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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thirty Things: Did You Know...?

Some of the people killed in the Manchester attack were children
Some victims of the Manchester attack were children/BBC.

News nuggets picked from the press.

  1. With the British army deployed to protect key sites, UK Police say they are investigating a "network" over Monday night's attack at Manchester Arena with five men arrested, as investigations continue over whether Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi acted alone.
  2. Two of Abedi's friends used a hotline to warn police about his extremist views in 2011, a Muslim community worker has told the BBC.
  3. The UK terror threat level has been raised to the highest level of "critical", meaning the police can call on the military and that further attacks may be imminent.
  4. As tributes were paid to the 22 people killed in the attack at Manchester Arena, some of them children, thousands of people gathered in Manchester's Albert Square for a "vigil of peace" on Tuesday night, while Kim Kardashian has been blasted for her "tacky" and "pathetic" social media tribute to Manchester attack victims.
  5. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said she is irritated with the US for releasing information about the Manchester bomber before UK police would have liked, while Donald Trump reportedly leaked details about an Islamic State terrorist threat to high-level Russian diplomats during a meeting in the White House's Oval Office.
  6. Donald Trump's mother was born in Scotland, his wife is believed to be a Roman Catholic, while his daughter Ivanka has converted to Judaism.
  7. Those keeping a close eye on America's First Lady during her husband's first overseas tour as president noticed she wore a head covering with her visit to the Pope, but not when she was in Saudi Arabia.
  8. There is a strict protocol to be followed when meeting the Pope. Although things have become more relaxed in recent years, traditionally, heads of states and their partners have chosen to wear black when visiting, with a notable exception - a Catholic queen is allowed to wear white.
  9. People living in the Iraqi city of Mosul, overrun by so-called Islamic State three years ago, have described a life of terror, with children killed for minor misdemeanours, public floggings and regular disappearances.
  10. More than 100 constituencies across the UK have no female candidates on the ballot, BBC research has learned.
  11. The UK's Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says he does not believe gay sex is a sin, following questions about his views on the subject.
  12. A South Korean military court has sentenced an army captain to a suspended prison term for having sex with a fellow male soldier in a ruling human rights groups criticised as regressive and intimidating.
  13. Taiwan has just taken a major step towards increasing rights for lesbian and gay people. The top court has ruled it is unconstitutional to ban same-sex couples from getting married and legally registering those marriages.
  14. A new dating app lets people search for sperm and egg donors, surrogate mothers and lovers.
  15. The price of Bitcoin, a digital currency once located at the fringe of finance, has been rising to new records in recent months as digital assets move into the mainstream.
  16. Google is planning to track billions of credit and debit card sales to compare online ad clicks with money spent offline.
  17. A rare Beatles poster owned by singer Mary Hopkin has been sold at auction for £28,000.
  18. Lotus, the British sports car maker, is being bought by China's Geely.
  19. A Chinese student has apologised following a furious reaction to her US graduation speech that praised the "fresh air of democracy".
  20. Google DeepMind's AI system, AlphaGo, has won the first and second of three matches it is playing against the world's number one Go player, Ke Jie.
  21. Dubai Police have revealed their first robot officer, giving it the task of patrolling the city's malls and tourist attractions.
  22. Harmony is a new type of sex doll - one that can move and talk.
  23. Orlando Bloom has reportedly apologised to the waitress who was apparently sacked after "a night of incredible sex" with the 40 year-old movie star in his hotel suite.
  24. The children of a 101-year-old man have legally challenged his marriage to his ex-maid, who is just over half his age.
  25. A 21-month jail term handed down last year to Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi has been confirmed by Spain's Supreme Court, but he is unlikely to go to prison.
  26. Venezuela is gripped by an ever-deepening economic and political crisis that has triggered almost daily anti-government protests since April.
  27. Firefighters worked for four hours to free a one-tonne bull from a peat bog on the Isle of Skye.
  28. Flamingos expend less energy standing on one leg than in a two-legged stance, scientists have confirmed.
  29. Four climbers have been found dead inside a tent on Mount Everest, taking the death toll this season to ten.
  30. Tabby’s star has been baffling astronomers for the past few months after a team of researchers noticed its light seemed to be dipping in brightness in bizarre ways. Proposed explanations ranged from a cloud of comets to orbiting "alien megastructures".

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