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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ten Things of Race and Riots

Mesut Özil presents President Erdogan with his Arsenal shirt/EPA
  1. The German Football Federation (DFB) has criticised its internationals Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan for posing in photos with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - a man they describe as disrespectful of democratic values.
  2. A book telling the stories of people living in a border zone shared by Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece is the winner of the new Highland Book Prize.
  3. Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities, has died aged 88, his agent has confirmed, while actress Margot Kidder, best known for her role as Lois Lane in Superman, has died in her sleep aged 69.
  4. The US Supreme Court has made a landmark ruling that could allow states across the country to legalise sports betting.
  5. Continuing to shred Barack Obama's legacy, US President Donald Trump says he will withdraw the US from an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran.
  6. The Trump administration is hopeful its summit with North Korea will go ahead, despite threats of cancellation.
  7. Sixty Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops on Monday, when 40,000 took part in demonstrations along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel that coincided with the controversial relocation to Jerusalem of the US embassy.
  8. Eurovision proved once more that it embraces the outsider with a win to Netta from Israel.
  9. The wedding of the year focuses on mixed-race relationships and embarrassing dads as Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are set to tie the knot on Saturday.
  10. It is a matter of weeks until the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia will be lifted.

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