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Monday, June 12, 2017

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

Anti-Muslim extremist Breivik murdered 77 people in terror attacks
Anti-Muslim extremist Breivik murdered 77 people/AFP.

News nuggets picked from the press.

  1. Shifting sands have revealed a forgotten world of Nazi tunnels underneath The Hague in the Netherlands.
  2. Anti-Muslim extremist and neo-Nazi Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen, his lawyer has confirmed. Breivik murdered 77 people, many of them teenagers, in 2011 in two terror attacks that shocked Norway. His total tally of death was double that of the total deaths in the three separate attacks carried out in London and Manchester by five Muslim extremists in recent months.
  3. A white extremist accused of shooting dead one Indian man and injuring another at a bar in the US state of Kansas faces hate crime and firearms charges, the justice department says. He allegedly killed them because he thought they were Iranian. Witnesses said he inquired if their status in the US was legal before shouting "get out of my country" and opening fire.
  4. Two boys, aged 13, have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm in Liverpool, England, where there have been 80 shootings since April, with five men dead following various gun attacks - including 18-year-old Yusuf Sonko in Toxeth on 2 June. Meanwhile, police are appealing for information after three teenage girls were racially abused in Belfast city centre by a blonde-haired woman.
  5. A plane flying from Slovenia to the UK made an unplanned landing after the pilot was alerted to a "suspicious conversation" with "terrorist content", but no evidence was found and no charges were made.
  6. From shipwrecks to terror attacks, nothing is off-limits for the prank shows that have become a staple of North African TV during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.
  7. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, second son of the late deposed Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, is said to have been freed under an amnesty, in a move which could fuel further instability in the country.
  8. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said building walls will not solve problems caused by immigration, during a visit to Mexico City.
  9. A college student in the UK has been expelled after posting images of a dead animal on social media.
  10. Amazon Prime show The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond has been flown to hospital after a crash while on a practice run for a race in an electric car in Switzerland. Mr Hammond "climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames", the show said in a statement.
  11. Transport chiefs in the Spanish capital, Madrid, have launched a campaign discouraging "manspreading" - men encroaching on other seats by sitting with their legs wide apart.
  12. A Swedish councillor has suggested installing music in school toilets, to help pupils worried about embarrassing noises.
  13. A 13-year-old pupil from Essex has topped Stephen Hawking's IQ score.
  14. War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has won the Children's Book Award for a record fourth time.
  15. Walmart has asked employees to deliver online orders to customers on their way home from work.
  16. The Jews of Baghdad were one of the great trading communities in Asia.
  17. A $100m (£78m) project to search for signs of alien life is yet to find anything a year after launching.
  18. A photographer's journey across segregated 1960s America has been reprinted showing the struggle of African Americans, while tens of thousands of people have marched in Washington DC for gay rights in one of the biggest protests since President Trump took office.
  19. RD Laing was not only Scotland's most famous psychiatrist but for a period in the 1960s he was one of the most famous therapists in the world. He had celebrity friends such as Sean Connery, who Laing is said to have treated for stress by introducing the James Bond actor to psychedelic drug LSD.
  20. Adam West, the US actor best known as the star of the 1960s hit TV series Batman, has died aged 88, his family says.

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