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HELLO RIO 2016!
After worries about Zika, controversy concerning the involvement of Russian competitors and worry over whether the facilities would be ready in time, the Rio Olympics has finally got underway. Usain Bolt is aiming to make history by winning three gold medals at his third Olympics on the trot, while Team GB has set itself a target of winning 48 medals at the Games. And, Andy Murray has been picked to be Britain’s flag bearer in Saturday’s opening ceremony.
- A woman died and five more people were injured after a man went on a knife rampage in Russell Square in London.
- The high court has ruled that 21-year-old Amina Al-Jeffery, who was locked up by her father in Saudi Arabia, must be allowed to return the UK, while in Iran, British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has appeared in court for the first time, four months after she was arrested while visiting her parents.
- Thousands packed into a French cathedral for the funeral of Fr Jacques Hamel, the priest murdered in an attack claimed by ISIS.
- The UN said it is ‘extremely’ concerned for the safety of children caught up in the violence engulfing the Syrian city of Aleppo.
- Following the anniversary of the death of Mike Duggan, a number of #BlackLivesMatter activists gridlocked traffic by protesting on the M4 at Heathrow and in Nottingham.
- At least 10 children were injured when a bouncy castle came loose from its moorings at an event in Dorset.
- Marks and Spencer has created a clothing line for children with autism.
- Kim Kardashian revealed her sadness at the news that her beloved Blackberry has gone kaput.
- A glass walkway has been opened at the top of a sheer cliff in China’s Tianmen mountain.
- Puppets used in Spitting Image, including Prince Charles and Elton John, have been salvaged by a collector.
HASHTAGS OF THE WEEK
It’s been a tough week for Donald Trump. The presidential hopeful got into a public spat with the parents of a dead US Muslim soldier, kicked a crying baby out of one of his rallies and found himself the subject of the mocking hashtags, #TrumpTheMovie and #trumpolympics. Our favourites included ‘Tiny Handball’, Synchronised Speaking’ (in reference to his wife’s conference speech) and…
- After rave reviews for the theatre production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, fans have finally been able to get their hands on the script – and the sales record set by Fifty Shades of Grey has already been smashed.
- A new series of Poldark is on the way and it has been revealed that a rape scene from Winston Graham's original book will be toned down for TV.
- Singer-songwriter John Newman is to undergo surgery after the return of a brain tumour.
- A petition has been launched to get film review website Rotten Tomatoes shut down after critics panned the latest comic book movie, Suicide Squad.
- The Edinburgh Festival starts today (Friday) - here's a handy guide for surviving the madness of the Fringe.
- Not able to get to Edinburgh, but fancy checking out some comedy? Then head to iPlayer and checkout Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brilliant single girl sitcom, Fleabag [or buy a ticket to Cracking Up – Ed].
- Lewis Hamilton is heading into the summer break in the Formula One season with a 19-point lead in the drivers’ championship. Hamilton has overturned a deficit of 43 points to move ahead of his rival and McLaren teammate Nico Rosberg, with his latest victory coming at the weekend in the German Grand Prix.
- Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury has been charged by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) with a doping offence. He was charged over a urine sample taken in February 2015, nine months before he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to become champion. In response, Fury’s team has said they will be suing UKAD.
- Meanwhile, Carl Frampton became the first Northern Irish boxer to win world titles at two different weights after defeating featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz in New York.
- Jimmy Walker won his first major with victory in the PGA Championship in America.
- A renowned internet prankster managed to fool plenty of people with a (fictional) extract from Leicester City striker, Jamie Vardy's new autobiography involving four cans of strong continental lager and a dead dog.
- Lottery luck: After a successful operation to remove a cancerous tumour, Sonia Davies told her daughter to buy a EuroMillions ticket – the family are now £61.1m richer.
- Boobs: Women around the world, like these mums in Colombia, are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week.
- 90s nostalgia – Families descended on Camp Bestival last week, with parents getting the chance to sing-a-long to ‘Lager, lager, lager’ as Underworld brought proceedings to a close.
- Pokemon problems: The makers of Pokemon Go are facing legal action over accusations the game is encouraging trespassing.
- Ozzy Osborne: The Brummie rocker is a sex addict, news which doesn’t paint a particularly nice mental picture. Sorry.
- Bowie bores: In the week that Bowie’s Black Star was nominated for the Mercury Prize, professional pseud Paul Morley had his rush-released book on the late music legend ripped to shreds in entertaining style at the Spectator.
- Everyone’s loving Stranger Things, but BoJack Horseman, an animated series about a horse trying to make it in Hollywood, is the Netflix show to watch: The New Yorker explains why.
- ‘Rejecting modernity has become the ultimate aspiration’: Hadley Freeman explores attachment parenting.
- Instagram is taking on Snapchat with its new Stories feature: Hypebeast compares and contrasts.
- At the i, Simon Kelner argues that there’s nothing wrong with the BBC paying its stars a bucket-load of cash.