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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

Paul Pogba the world's most expensive footballer visits Mecca
World's highest paid footballer is on a visit to Mecca/BBC.

News nuggets picked from the press.

  1. The authorities in the US are still considering banning laptops from cabin baggage on all international flights, the head of Homeland Security says.
  2. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has said he would be willing to execute those who kill children or British soldiers.
  3. The US army have been known to use psychological warfare - known as "music torture" - by blasting a wall of sound non-stop, usually consisting of rock and heavy metal music.
  4. A song accusing UK PM Theresa May of being a "liar" has reached the Top Ten of the Official Singles Chart.
  5. Europe can no longer "completely depend" on the US and UK following the election of President Trump and Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says.
  6. French President Emmanuel Macron has said his clenched handshake with Donald Trump was "not innocent" and was a "moment of truth". He said, "Donald Trump, the Turkish president or the Russian president see things in terms of power relationships, which doesn't bother me."
  7. Hundreds of people are expected to join a peace walk in Manchester organised by the Islamic community to pay their respects to those killed or injured in last week's arena attack, while a Sunday vigil was held for 29-year-old victim Martyn Hett at Heaton Moor Park in Stockport.
  8. Indonesian comedian Sakdiyah Maruf is a rare character in Indonesia - a female Muslim stand-up comic.
  9. Actor and comedian Stephen Fry has issued a stark warning to prepare for the internet of the future, or face the worst of science fiction's predictions.
  10. A Turkish butcher tagged as "Salt Bae" by Bruno Mars has stolen the hearts of thousands online with his smouldering good looks, and long, dark hair.
  11. Fourteenth century Persian Sufi poet Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz is considered by many – from different cultures – to be one of the seven literary wonders of the world.
  12. The world's most expensive footballer Paul Pogba is on a pilgrimage to Islam's holiest city as he marks the start of Ramadan.
  13. A young sports physiotherapist has died just days after retiring from Mansfield Town FC due to a terminal cancer diagnosis.
  14. A convenience store in Scotland has been robbed for the second time in five months.
  15. The brother of a teenager dumped unconscious in a wheelie bin after a night out has posted pictures on social media in a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs.
  16. Australia's youngest mother who had her first child at the age of 14 is now expecting her second child, while after 17 years of trying to start a family, a mother finally gave birth to sextuplets.
  17. Michael Jackson's son Blanket has changed his name after years of bullying - to Bigi.
  18. A couple forced to postpone their Greek island wedding after half the invitee's British Airways flights were cancelled have finally said "I do", while BA says it is "working round the clock" to reunite passengers with their bags but it will take "some days" to clear the backlog after a systems failure.
  19. A picture, which appears to show a hare smoking a cigarette, is currently making the rounds on social media.
  20. US scientists have re-engineered a vital antibiotic in a bid to wipe out one of the world's most threatening superbugs.

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