The news, longreads + memes you might have missed
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- The headlines
- Hashtag of the week
- The IndeXYZ
- Stuff that got us thinking this week
- The Syrian military has launched a new offensive in Aleppo following the collapse of the truce on Wednesday, when 13 people are reported to have been killed. Meanwhile, talks between Russia (which supports the government) and the US (which backs the opposition) came to an end without progress. Writing in the New York Times about the refugee crisis, Nicholas Kristof says ‘Anne Frank today is a Syrian girl’.
- Mary Berry has left Great British Bake Off, but her co-presenter Paul Hollywood will stay with the show when it moves to Channel 4. The Daily Mash’s take on it: ‘Mary Berry says ‘F**k this sh*t, I’m outta here’, while, slightly off topic, Great British Bake Off Memes introduced us to Churros Kemp (above).
- Jeremy Corbyn is expected to win the Labour leadership election, announced tomorrow (Saturday). Meanwhile, when asked to name his favourite biscuit, Corbyn told Mumsnet, ‘I’m totally anti-sugar on health grounds, so eat very few biscuits, but if forced to accept one, it’s always a pleasure to have a shortbread.’ Now everyone is wondering what he puts in his jam.
- Cuddling kittens could kill you, according to doctors from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who found that the scope of the cat-borne bacterial disease, cat scratch fever, is larger than previously thought. The disease can, in extreme cases, result in complications which can be fatal.
- Don’t let your toddler near button batteries. If swallowed, the small batteries can get stuck in the oesophagus and burn a hole through its lining. Great Ormond Street Hospital has seen a recent increase in cases.
- Relatives of Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot dead by police officers in the US city of Charlotte, have urged the police to make public the footage of him before he was shot, in which they say it’s not clear he was armed.
- Ahmad Khan Rahami, the main suspect in the New York and New Jersey bombing plots, has been charged with five counts of attempted murder and with planting bombs. It has emerged that Rahami’s father suspected his son was a terrorist and was ‘fascinated’ by jihadism and Osama Bin Laden.
- Paul Gascoigne pleaded guilty to racially abusing a black security guard while performing his one-man show in Wolverhampton.
- A former star of TV quiz Eggheads has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
HASHTAG OF THE WEEK
#Brangelina is no more because Angelina Jolie is filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. The Frisky rounds up the best memes on the topic featuring Jennifer Aniston. Marion Cotillard has denied playing any part in the split, and, very randomly, Sinitta has also assured us that she had no involvement in the breakdown of the marriage, either.
- Film director Curtis Hanson, whose films include LA Confidential, 8 Mile and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, has died at the age of 71.
- Leonard Cohen celebrated his 82nd birthday by releasing a new song, You Want It Darker, the title track of his forthcoming album.
- Disney has withdrawn a children’s costume promoting upcoming film, Moana, after accusations of cultural appropriation – the full body costume, with brown skin and tattoos, represents the character Maui, a Polynesian demi-god.
- David Bowie’s art collection, including pieces by Henry Moore and Damien Hirst, has gone on display for the first time, before it is auctioned off in November.
- The Queen paid tribute to Britain’s paralympians who returned from Rio 2016 having amassed a total of 147 medals.
- Olympic champion Mo Farah became the latest athlete to have his medical records leaked by Russian hackers.
- Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United ended a three-game losing streak by beating Northampton Town in the EFL Cup. United will now play their cross-town rivals Manchester City in the next round.
Oxford University - The first UK uni to top the international league tables.
Facebook - Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are spending $3bn to try and cure ‘all diseases’.
Sipsmiths - They have merged two of our favourite things – booze and cake – in their new lemon drizzle-flavoured gin.
Microsoft - It has been urged to compensate customers whose computers have suffered malfunctions caused by Windows 10.
China’s space station – It is reportedly out of control and expected to crash back to earth next year, which sounds a bit worrying.
Chat privacy – Edward Snowden has urged people not to use Google’s new chat app allo, because all chats are stored by Google’s servers indefinitely.
- Louiza Patikas, aka Helen from The Archers, on putting domestic abuse on the radio.
- The latest edition of ‘Celebrities Read Mean Tweets’ is out, and it’s pretty funny.
- The transgender family from Equador in which the father gave birth.
- At Vanity Fair, acclaimed author William Langeweische explores the dark side of the internet.