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Friday, July 11, 2014

Ten Things of Rage and Rivalry

The annual bull run has opened in the cobbled streets of Pamplona, Spain/Getty
  1. Residents of Pamplona in Spain have been celebrating one of the country's most popular traditions of running with bulls. The event was made famous in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises". There have been 14 fatalities over the past century at the fiesta, which dates to the 13th Century.
  2. Teachers, firefighters and council staff rallied on 10 July in what was thought to be the biggest day of industrial action in the United Kingdom for years.
  3. Emergency powers to ensure police and security services can continue to access phone and internet records of its citizens are being rushed through the UK Parliament. It has the backing of all three main parties for the highly unusual move, with the prime minister calling the move for new short-term data laws as "essential".
  4. The German government has ordered the expulsion of a CIA official in Berlin in response to two cases of alleged spying by the United States.
  5. Islamist militant group ISIS burst out of its stronghold in eastern Syria to seize Mosul, Iraq's second city, then advance down the length of the Euphrates Valley to threaten the edge of Baghdad itself. It has recently rebranded itself as "Islamic State", but can it rule? Meanwhile seeming to be in retaliation, Iraqi security forces and government-affiliated militias appear to have executed at least 255 prisoners since 9 June, a human rights group says. (Read more)
  6. The death toll from Israeli air strikes on Gaza has risen to 100 people, including women and young children, Palestinian sources say. Israel's prime minister has said they will resist foreign pressure to halt its operations, while Gaza militants already have fired more than 550 rockets against Israel in the offensive. (Read more)
  7. In 1935, the German Nazi party held a contest to find the most perfect Aryan baby who would then be featured on the cover of Sonne ins Hause, a Nazi family magazine. They found their ideal baby but never found out that she was in fact Jewish. (Read more)
  8. The first British clergyman to enter a gay marriage has been blocked by the Church of England from taking up a new post.
  9. People who dress up as Mickey Mouse and Spider-Man and roam New York City's Times Square are being legislated as a public nuisance. The unlicensed workers, who are under scrutiny in the wake of unsavoury incidents with tourists, can be very aggressive.
  10. In Los Angeles, a trend is growing towards the smallest "fashion" size yet: triple zero.

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