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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

Broadcaster Katie Hopkins calls for final solution against Muslims
British broadcaster calls for "final solution" against Muslims/BBC.

News nuggets picked from the press.

  1. Queen Elizabeth II has condemned the "wicked" Manchester attack as she met children injured by the suicide bombing, while "hate peddler" and British broadcaster Katie Hopkins has tweeted for a "final solution" against Muslims in the UK.
  2. Hate crimes have almost doubled in Manchester with a bomb threat, racist taunts and graffiti among those reported to Greater Manchester Police following Monday's attack.
  3. In the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bomb attack, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said that suicide bomber Salman Abedi was known "up to a point" by security services, while leaks to American media about the investigation into the attack are "deeply troubling", US President Donald Trump has said.
  4. A US federal appeals court has refused to lift a temporary block on President Trump's revised travel restrictions saying the ban "intended to bar Muslims" from the country, while during Trump's Europe visit, the presidential handshake between Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron has been described as "screw-you in handshake form".
  5. US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson has sparked outrage after describing poverty as a "state of mind", while debt-ridden Greece's far-left group Conspiracy of Fire Cells has been sending letter bombs to European politicians.
  6. The retirement age should rise to at least 70 in rich countries by 2050 as life expectancy rises above 100, according to a new report.
  7. Three men accused over the killing of a leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas have been put to death by the group in the Gaza Strip.
  8. An Afghan singer and television personality has publicly burned a skin-coloured dress after religious figures and members of the public criticised her for wearing it during a recent concert.
  9. A British man who started a fire in a plane toilet has had a jail sentence doubled.
  10. Two sisters in the UK have been awarded £300,000 by the National Lottery despite their winning scratchcard being accidentally ripped in half while they celebrated.
  11. One of the UK's biggest exam boards admitted to an error in an English Literature GCSE exam relating to a question on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, in which key character Tybalt's background was suggested to be Montague when in fact he is a Capulet - and students are fuming.
  12. Director Baz Luhrmann has admitted that a second series about the rise of hip-hop in 1970s New York "is unlikely to happen" following reports the show has been axed by Netflix.
  13. Film fans could be vulnerable to attack by hackers who hide malicious code inside files that provide subtitles, a security firm has warned.
  14. A girl dragged off a dock in Canada by a sea lion is being treated with antibiotics because of the risk of a dangerous infection.
  15. Doctors in England can stop providing life-support treatment to an ill baby against the wishes of the parents, Court of Appeal judges have ruled.
  16. A pregnant US teenager branded "immoral" by her school and barred from its graduation ceremony is to have her own event, organised by her parents.
  17. McDonald's has apologised for "upset" caused by a TV advert that charity campaigners have said "exploits childhood bereavement".
  18. A promotional selfie campaign by Walkers Crisps' marketing managers was hijacked by pranksters who responded with pictures of serial killers and disgraced celebrities.
  19. Singer Sir Cliff Richard and South Yorkshire Police have settled a legal fight over reports naming him as a suspected sex offender.
  20. Debate has begin in the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland about whether there may be a way that same-sex marriage could be allowed in church.

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