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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

Fourteen black male Cambridge students posing for a photo
Fourteen black male Cambridge students posing for a photo/BBC.

News nuggets chipped, chopped and chosen from the press.

  1. On World Press Freedom Day, cartoons both poignant and angry have been flooding in to the #FreeTurkeyMedia campaign organised by Amnesty International, to highlight that more than a hundred journalists are imprisoned in Turkey.
  2. The US Department of Justice has decided not to charge two white officers who shot and killed a black man in Louisiana last summer.
  3. A 62-year-old veteran of Britain's black art scene, Lubaina Himid, is in the running for the Turner Prize after organisers scrapped its age limit.
  4. A photograph of 14 black male students from Cambridge University has been liked more than 2,000 times on Facebook. The group posed for several images that were shared in a bid to encourage more black students to apply to the university.
  5. Four men are on trial in Germany for allegedly beating a man to death after setting out to "hunt refugees".
  6. Only one in four men in the Arab world supports equality for women in some areas, and most still believe a woman's primary role is at home, a survey suggests.
  7. A photo taken by a US Army camerawoman of the moment she and four Afghans were killed in an explosion has been released by the American military.
  8. In recent months, rumours about the poor state of Donald and Melania Trump’s marriage have plagued the couple, while to avoid accusations that Ivanka Trump is taking advantage of her White House platform to sell books, the president's daughter has promised to donate profits of her self-help book for mums to charity and has declined to do any publicity around the release.
  9. An Australian woman who killed eight children in a stabbing attack at her home will not stand trial because she was of "unsound mind" at the time.
  10. A failed businessman who conned friends and relatives - including his own daughter - out of more than £250,000 with a "catastrophic" betting scheme has been jailed for 27 months.
  11. Use of a common pesticide in spring could have an impact on wild bumblebees by interfering with their life cycle, a UK study suggests, by reducing egg development in queen bees.
  12. A slab of ice nearly twice the size of Rhode Island is breaking off a massive Antarctic glacier, and new satellite images do not bode well for the block's survival.
  13. It is 25 years since Scottish salmon became the first non-French food to win the Label Rouge designation.
  14. Bottles of a popular gin have been recalled across Canada after a batch was found to contain nearly twice the amount of advertised alcohol.
  15. The Office for National Statistics has found that fewer than 60% of adults in Britain consumed alcohol at least once a week last year - the lowest rate since it started its lifestyle survey in 2005.
  16. A new assessment tool has been developed to help evaluate people diagnosed with dementia.
  17. A former linen manufacturing site in Northern Ireland, now known as the Linen Mill Film and Television Studios, has played host to productions such as the hit US TV drama, Game of Thrones.
  18. Streaming pirated films and TV shows in the UK could get you 10 years in jail after controversial law is passed.
  19. The Sun newspaper has mistakenly published a story suggesting Prince Philip died, with the headline: "Prince Philip dead at 95, how did the Duke of Edinburgh die, etc etc."
  20. Humans will need to colonise another planet within one hundred years to ensure our survival, according to Professor Stephen Hawking.

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