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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

UK post-war leader Clement Attlee
British post-war leader Clement Attlee/GETTY.

News nuggets cut, strut and stitched from the press.

  1. A white, beer-swilling gunman had shot seven people of colour, one fatally, at a California apartment complex pool party.
  2. Clashes have broken out between police and protesters on the sidelines of a traditional May Day labour march in Paris.
  3. An Italian row over place names is dredging up memories of fascism.
  4. A Donald Trump presidency has raised major security questions in Asia, while Trump invites Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. Meanwhile in another Trump flip-flop, Trump has said he would be "honoured" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in the right circumstances.
  5. Russian authorities have detained dozens of protesters at rallies demanding that President Vladimir Putin should not seek re-election next year.
  6. Two women have been arrested after a street fight ahead of a planned speech by right-wing UKIP leader Paul Nuttall in Hartlepool.
  7. In the UK, Clement Attlee is revered on the left as the father of the NHS and the welfare state. What is less celebrated, but no less true, is his role as the father of Britain's nuclear bomb.
  8. A British man who allegedly fought against so-called Islamic State in Syria has been accused of terror offences.
  9. A US judge has ordered a post-mortem exam on the body of an intellectually disabled man executed by lethal injection who was reportedly in pain during his final moments.
  10. The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, is attempting to soften its image.
  11. No live event this year has drawn a bigger audience to a single page on the BBC Sport website than Anthony Joshua's boxing win over Wladimir Klitschko.
  12. There is speculation that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg could be pondering a political career.
  13. Child stars have been a crucial part of Hollywood for generations, but many of them choose totally different careers in adulthood.
  14. A 17-year-old Formula 4 driver who had to have both his legs amputated after a crash will definitely race again, his family says.
  15. Quintessentially, which has 70 offices around the world, and 2,500 members of staff, does everything from organising holidays, to advising clients about private schools, helping buy properties, arranging private concerts by pop stars, or booking a dog walker.
  16. The number of people finding treasure in Wales is increasing as metal detecting becomes a more popular pastime, archaeologists have said.
  17. A growing body of evidence suggests your regular showers may be grosser than your sweat.
  18. People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke, research suggests.
  19. The psychological importance of wasting time means, in fact, it's highly fulfilling and necessary.
  20. Botanists have unlocked the genetic secrets of the plant prized for producing tea.

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