Good week for giraffes, bad week for sarcasm. We round up the week's news...
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- Quote of the week
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- In a keynote speech by Tim Cook, Apple finally unveiled the iPhone 7 – it’s water resistant and has a better camera, but has no socket for headphones, with wireless AirPods now the way to listen to music.
- The BMA called off the first in a series of planned five-day strikes by junior doctors – the industrial action had been due to start on September 12.
- Labour MP Keith Vaz stepped down as chairman of the home affairs select committee after allegations about rent boys and drugs.
- Syrian forces have retaken parts of Aleppo city which had been captured by rebels last month.
- US President Barack Obama says Donald Trump’s ‘wacky ideas’ should be challenged.
- The government is planning to build 20 new grammar schools in areas considered ‘typically working-class’.
- A fearless six-year-old confronted an axe-wielding robber at her family’s shop in New Zealand.
- Giant Pandas are no longer an endangered species, although they still remain ‘vulnerable’ to extinction.
HASHTAG OF THE WEEK
More than 174,000 people proclaimed YouTube was 'dead' this week in response to the introduction of new guidelines that say YouTube will pull advertising on any video it deems ‘not advertiser friendly’. Accusations of censorship were flying, but is it really something people who want to monetise their content should be overly worried about? Maybe not, said the New Statesman.
- Legendary nightclub Fabric is to close after Islington council revoked its licence.
- Daniel Day-Lewis is reuniting with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson for an as-yet-untitled new film set in the 1950s New York fashion industry – it will be Day-Lewis’s first film since Lincoln in 2012.
- One More Time With Feeling, a documentary about the making of Nick Cave’s latest album Skeleton Tree (out now) and the death of his son Arthur has been released in cinemas for a limited run.
- Sir Nicholas Serota is leaving his role as director of the Tate to take up the job of chairman of the Arts Council.
- The Paralympics in Rio is underway and there has already been success for British competitors with para-cyclist Dame Sarah Storey becoming the UK's most successful female Paralympian of all time by winning her 12th gold medal.
- England’s new football manager Sam Allardyce scraped a win in his first game in charge of the national side – Adam Lallana scored a last-minute winner away to Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier.
- British boxer Kell Brook will be a huge underdog when he steps into the ring against the fearsome middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin at the O2 arena on Saturday night.
Beards – A 24-year-old body positivity campaigner from Britain, Harnaam Kaur, has become the youngest woman in the world to grow a full beard, according to Guinness World Records.
UB40 - Jeremy Corbyn appeared at a press conference alongside a number of members of Birmingham’s most eminent reggae combo.
Giraffes – Scientists have discovered that giraffes are made up of four species and not just the one as previously thought.
HiddleSwift – Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift have broken up, with the Brit actor’s buddies claiming he was the one to shake it off (or something).
Sarcasm – North Korea is banning sarky comments to stop people ‘ironically agreeing’ with Kim Jong-Un.
Andy Murray – the Wimbledon and Olympic champ suffered a shock defeat in the quarter final of the US Open
STUFF WE FOUND INTERESTING THIS WEEK
- A Guardian story of how one doctor helped turn the tide against cot deaths…
- Is a gluten-free diet actually beneficial? The BBC magazine investigates…
- Fusion tells a psychiatrist's creepy tale of Facebook ‘people you may know’ recommendations going horribly wrong…