The whole of last week in five minutes...
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- An 85-year-old Catholic priest was murdered at a church in northern France by two attackers, who burst into the building during morning mass on Tuesday. The men, who ISIS claim were their ‘soldiers’, performed a sermon in Arabic before slitting the throat of Fr Jacques Hamel and then forcing an elderly member of the congregation to film the priest’s body. The two men, one of whom was on probation after attempting to reach Syria, were later shot dead by police.
- At the Catholic Herald Damian Thompson said attacks like the one on Fr Hamel have become part of everyday life for Middle East Christians and, at the Guardian, Jason Burke examined the decision of some in the French media to stop publishing any images of terrorists – an attempt to prevent ‘posthumous glorification’. Meanwhile, the internet went mad over a Sky News report from the church where Fr Hamel was killed that could have been lifted from an episode of Alan Partridge or Brass Eye.
- A truck bomb blast, claimed by ISIS, killed nearly 50 people in the Syrian city of Qamishli.
- At the Democratic Party’s convention in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton accepted the party’s nomination for the presidential race and vowed to be a president ‘for all Americans’. She also got very excited about balloons.
- Earlier at the convention, Bernie Sanders supporters caused controversy by booing every mention of Clinton’s name, but Michelle Obama lightened the mood with a hugely well-received speech.
- Donald Trump claimed he was ‘being sarcastic’ when he urged Russia to try to find thousands of Clinton’s deleted emails.
- Byron Burger faced calls for a boycott of its restaurants after it was claimed the company helped the Home Office deport some of its staff, who were arrested on suspicion of charges including not having the right to work in the UK.
- An episode of Fireman Sam in which one of the characters appears to tread on a page from the Koran was removed from Channel 5's streaming site.
- Sir Philip Green has claimed a report by MPs into the collapse of BHS, which labelled the tycoon ‘the unacceptable face of capitalism’, is ‘biased and unfair’.
- A cloud shaped like Winnie the Pooh appeared above a children’s charity event in Dorset.
HASHTAG OF THE WEEK
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- The International Olympic Committee chose not to hand a total ban to the Russian team for the upcoming Olympics, due to allegations of state-sponsored doping. Instead, federations for each sport must decide whether to allow Russian competitors to take part. The governing body for athletics has already barred the Russian team from competing in the Rio Games, which starts on August 5, but sports including judo, fencing, tennis and badminton will not enforce a ban.
- England’s cricketers beat Pakistan by a whopping 330 runs at Old Trafford to bring the four-match Test series level at 1-1. Joe Root was man of the match, scoring 254 in the first innings.
- Manchester City’s new manager Pep Guardiola has banned his players from eating pizza and other junk food in a bid to get his squad in shape for the new Premier League season.
- Vivean Gray, the actress who played Ramsey Street busybody Mrs Mangel in Neighbours, has died.
- The longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize has been announced and it features the latest novel by previous winner JM Coetzee, a little-known crime novel and Ian McGuire’s salty whaling saga, The North Water.
- A set of stamps featuring Beatrix Potter characters has been released to mark the 150th anniversary of the author’s birth.
- A third attempt is underway to create a US version of Peep Show.
- Edinburgh International Festival has offered refunds to audience members BEFORE its version of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, which features, ahem, ‘adult scenes’, even opens.
- Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror is back for a third series. All six episodes will drop on Netflix at 7.01am on October 21.
- Video stars – Instagram is taking on YouTube by launching its own curated video channel.
- Bogey breakthrough – New antibiotics have been discovered by analysing the bacteria in snot, scientists report.
- Major - A seven-foot Great Dane from south Wales could soon be crowned world’s tallest dog.
- Prince George - It’s been a tough week for the little cutie – despite the fact it was his third birthday, the prince faced criticism for feeding ice cream to a dog (animal cruelty, apparently) and was the subject of a sweary rant on Facebook by a British Council employee.
- Apple – Sales of iPhone have declined for a second quarter in a row.
- Train passengers – We are paying up to £85 more than necessary on journeys because rail companies are failing to advertise their cheapest fares properly.
- Stephen Hawking on why the UK needs to rethink its definition of wealth, following Brexit.
- Woman’s Hour interviewed Patrisse Cullors, one of the three female founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Helen Lewis on why the new Harry Potter two-part play is a jukebox musical minus the tunes.
- At the Telegraph, Tony Hawks says parents should stick it to wasteful modern toys.
- Mike Thomson visits Syria’s secret library, an extraordinary collection of books recovered from bombed-out buildings.