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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

Manchester reacts to attack
Manchester unifies against attack/INSTAGRAM.

News nuggets picked from the press.

  1. Manchester, the UK's third most popular city for tourism, has been rocked by a suicide bombing. The terrorist attack killed 22 people, one victim as young as eight, in an explosion at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena.
  2. Salman Abedi has been named by police as the suspected suicide bomber. The 22-year-old was Manchester born and from a family of Libyan origin.
  3. Many parents, siblings and friends have launched genuine social media appeals using the hashtag #MissingInManchester to try to find their missing loved ones after the Manchester attack. But some images circulating online have been identified as fakes.
  4. Powerful stories of acts of kindness are emerging in the wake of the Manchester attack, with many people from the community rushing to help - offering free lifts home and rooms for the night.
  5. James Corden has shared an emotional tribute to Manchester on social media, explaining to his audience what the city of Manchester is like. "It was the birthplace of the leader of the Suffragettes. It's the home of the inventor of the first computer ... I think of the spirit of the people there and I'm telling you, a more tight-knit group of people, you will be hard-pressed to find," he said.
  6. US President Donald Trump has called those behind the Manchester suicide bombing and other similar attacks "evil losers in life", while Viktor Ozerov, who heads the defence committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, called the bombing a "lesson" to British special forces for refusing to co-operate with their Russian counterparts.
  7. Former CIA Director John Brennan has said the Russians "brazenly interfered" in last November's US elections and were "very aggressive".
  8. The White House has unveiled a $4.1tr (£3.1tr) budget that would take the axe to the social safety net for the poor. The plan would sharply slash food stamps, healthcare for low-income patients, disability benefits and eliminate student loan subsidies.
  9. Police recorded 1,200 assaults between residents living at care homes between 2014 and 2016 in the UK - that's more than one assault a day.
  10. More than a million people under the age of 25 in the UK applied for a vote in the general election in the five weeks after a snap poll was called by British prime minister Theresa May.
  11. More and more women in the UK are setting up their own businesses as a way of reconciling the demands of work and family, while rapid growth in female employment during the 1970s and 1980s means that women now make up almost half of the workforce.
  12. Interracial marriages were illegal in the US half a century ago.
  13. Strong evidence has emerged of the link between alcohol consumption in women and an increased risk of breast cancer.
  14. Femicide in South Africa is 5 times higher than the global average, while Romania has been criticised over its lack of commitment to tackling domestic violence in a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.
  15. A man left abandoned as a baby in a cinema toilet 61 years ago has tracked down his siblings with the help of a so-called "DNA detective".
  16. When people take their own lives in Malta, their bodies are usually discovered, because there are few deserted areas on the island, which is less than 17 miles long and only nine miles wide, with a population of 420,000 out of tourist season.
  17. A record number of people have complained after a French TV presenter posted a spoof ad on a gay dating website and made fun of people who responded live on air.
  18. Dozens of gay men who fled persecution in Chechnya are hoping to find safety in a handful of countries that have volunteered to help, while a British MP has stood down after reportedly telling students that homosexuality was "wrong" and "a danger to society".
  19. Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced. His attitude towards death was that it was like "getting a key to another room".
  20. Samsung's eye-scanning security technology, used on the new Galaxy S8 smartphone, has been fooled with a photograph and a contact lens.

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