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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ten Things: Did You Know...?

Devastating West London fire
Devastating West London tower block fire/TELEGRAPH.

News nuggets picked from the press.

  1. A year-long investigation by BBC Arabic and a Danish newspaper has uncovered evidence that the UK defence giant BAE Systems has made large-scale sales across the Middle East of sophisticated surveillance technology, including to many repressive governments. These sales have also included decryption software which could be used against the UK and its allies.
  2. US senators have voted overwhelmingly to impose fresh sanctions on Russia over its alleged interference in last year's election.
  3. A new social media campaign against a law which forces women to wear a headscarf is gaining momentum in Iran.
  4. Female IN or Fin is a "secret" Facebook group that has recently clocked up over a million members, largely from Nigeria.
  5. More than 400 people have died in so-called Islamic State attacks in the West during the past three years.
  6. Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths is expected to rise, police have said. Singer Adele was seen attending a vigil for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
  7. Tim Farron has said he is to step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats, less than a week after the election. In a statement, he said he was "torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader".
  8. An Argentine football player has caused outrage after admitting that he used a needle to hurt his rivals during a cup match on Sunday.
  9. Two teenage boys have been rescued, and are being treated for hypothermia, after spending three days lost in the catacombs beneath Paris.
  10. Burgers used to be fast and cheap - the epitome of fast food. But now a different type of patty exported from the US is rapidly expanding across the globe, the rise of the "better burger".

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