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- The headlines
- Hashtag of the week
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- Stuff we found interesting this week
- A fractious second TV debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton saw Trump raise allegations of sexual abuse against Bill Clinton. Vox attempts to unpick the allegations against the former President here.
- After the debate, Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives, said he would no longer be supporting Trump’s campaign and two women came forward to say they were once groped by the presidential hopeful.
- Hillary Clinton’s team has been dealing with a Wikileaks hack of the campaign chairman’s emails. The leaks include Clinton’s team criticising Catholics, Southerners and ‘needy Latinos’.
- The internet found some fun amid the murk, with this magnificent, Dirty Dancing-inspired video…
- Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature for 'having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.' The Wall Street Journal picks out some of the best examples of that poetic expression, while at Guardian, music journalist Richard Williams explains why Dylan deserves the prize.
- Boko Haram has released 21 of the missing Chibok girls.
- Boris Johnson called for people to protest outside the Russian embassy in London over Moscow’s continuing role in the Syrian conflict. Russia has responded by accusing the foreign secretary of ‘Russophobic hysteria’, and an aide of Jeremy Corbyn was criticised by Brendan Cox, the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox - who campaigned for more aid to Syria - for saying a focus on Russian atrocities diverted attention from casualties caused by US bombing. Meanwhile, bombs continued to fall on Eastern Aleppo with at least 15 people killed on Wednesday.
- Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, has died at the age of 88.
- In Germany, ISIS terrorism suspect Jabel Albakr, who was caught by other Syrian refugees, has killed himself in prison. Meanwhile, police in Sydney, Australia, said two teenagers arrested on Wednesday were about to commit an ISIS-inspired attack.
- A legal challenge to the British government's right to begin the official Brexit process without the approval of parliament is due to get under way.
- Lily Allen apologised on behalf of Great Britain when visiting unaccompanied children at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais. The pop star defended herself on Twitter after her comments triggered a backlash on social media.
- The British government has ruled out plans for a new royal yacht and said it is ‘very, very unlikely’ taxpayers’ money will be used to investigate privately-backed proposals. However, International Trade Minister Mark Garnier said he was ‘very keen’ to see a business plan for a new yacht.
- The US military launched missile strikes in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a US Navy destroyer.
- Pakistan's Supreme Court has delayed an appeal into a high-profile blasphemy case against a Christian mother on death row since 2010, after one of the judges stepped down.
- The killer clown craze has claimed its latest victim: McDonald’s has announced Ronald McDonald will be lying low to avoid people thinking he’s one of the pranksters.
- The Scottish National Party has taken the next step towards a second referendum for independence.
HASHTAG OF THE WEEK
Unilever products including Hellmann’s mayo and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, were suddenly made unavailable on Tesco’s website, leading to reports the supermarket was in dispute with consumer goods giant, due to the drop in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote. The fact that Marmite might become scarce led to an unsurprising Twitter reaction. Some were horrified, others not so much…
- Disney has announced Aladdin is its latest classic cartoon that will be adapted into a live-action film, and Guy Ritchie is reportedly in discussions to direct it.
- After 2018, History of Art A-Level will be no more, due to a cull on ‘soft subjects’ carried out by Michael Gove when he was education secretary.
- Will Young has said he is feeling ‘dandy’ after his decision to leave Strictly Come Dancing for ‘personal reasons’.
- Dario Fo, the Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright, has died at the age of 90. Fo is best known for writing The Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
- The Broadway smash-hit musical Hamilton will hold open auditions for rappers and hip hop dancers ahead of the show’s West End opening.
- Forbes has released a list of the highest earning dead celebrities – Michael Jackson comes out on top with $825m. New entrants in the 2016 list includes Prince, whose $25m puts him in fifth, and David Bowie, who comes in 11th with $10.5m.
- After England’s football team played out a dull 0-0 draw away to Slovenia in a World Cup qualifying match, interim manager Gareth Southgate said he took over ‘a mess’ following the sacking of Sam Allardyce. Despite the result, England sit top of their group, two points ahead of Slovenia and Lithuania.
- There was success for England’s cricketers who sealed a 2-1 victory away to Bangladesh in a fiery one-day series. England beat their hosts in the decisive match on Wednesday – Ben Duckett scored 63 while Sam Billings posted 62.
- Italy’s Olympic committee has officially pulled out of the bidding to host the 2024 Games after Rome’s city council voted to oppose the project.
- Two-time Olympic medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced her retirement from athletics.
Cannabis therapy - A UK government regulator says certain cannabis products can be considered medicine.
Janet Jackson – The pop star is expecting her first child at the age of 50.
Trouts for freedom - Up to 80,000 rainbow trout have escaped into the Danish sea after a cargo ship rammed a fish farm, prompting urgent calls for fishermen to help catch them.
Samsung – After numerous reports of the Galaxy Note 7 spontaneously combusting, Samsung has decided to stop making the smartphone, a move that could cost them more than $2bn.
Wifi – A man tried to make a cup of tea via wifi – it took him 11 hours.
Kardashian fancy dress – A Halloween costume inspired by Kim Kardashian’s recent ordeal at the hands of armed robbers has been withdrawn from sale.
STUFF WE FOUND INTERESTING THIS WEEK
1. President Obama guest edits Wired, and in his editorial for the magazine he says now is the greatest time to be alive.
2. An extraordinary interview with singer Leonard Cohen, courtesy of the New Yorker.
3. 'It goes without saying that hardly anyone wants to parent like a Brit' says Jenny McCartney at the Spectator.