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- A request to delay the demolition of the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais has been rejected by a French court. President Francois Hollande has said the camp will be removed before the end of 2016. Some of the latest unaccompanied refugee children to travel from Calais to London covered their faces as they arrived, following a row about the ages of the refugees to be rescued. The home office ruled out carrying out ‘unethical’ dental checks to try to verify their ages.
- British MPs have approved a proposal to strip Sir Philip Green of his knighthood over the BHS pensions scandal. During a debate in the House of Commons, Iain Wright, the chair of the business committee, said Sir Philip, who is the former owner of BHS, ‘took the rings from (the company’s) fingers’ and ‘beat it black and blue’. The MPs’ vote to remove the knighthood is non-binding, but increases the pressure on the businessman. Earlier in the week Green said he was ‘sad and very sorry’ about the collapse of BHS. Analysing events, Robert Peston asked whether the real BHS scandal is that Sir Philip broke no laws during his involvement in the company.
- Thursday saw the most intense day so far in the battle to push ISIS from the city of Mosul, in Iraq. The Iraqi-led operation has been met with fierce resistance from the Islamists. ITV News carried an eye-witness account of the fighting, while The Atlantic looked at how ISIS are spinning the unfolding conflict.
- A 15-year-old girl has been found guilty of murdering a woman and her daughter while they slept. Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her 13-year-old Katie Edwards were killed at their home in Lincolnshire last April. The teenager's boyfriend, also 15, admitted murder last week.
- Google released its Pixel smartphones to positive reviews, including this one from Wired which suggests the Pixel trumps the iPhone. Here’s a handy guide to the phone’s best features and how to get your hands on one.
- After the Nobel committee said Bob Dylan, recently awarded their prize for literature, was ignoring them, the American music legend has finally acknowledged the honour with a brief reference on his website.
- Police in Paris have released CCTV images of the armed gang who held Kim Kardashian at gunpoint while robbing her of millions of pounds-worth of jewellery.
- Prime Minister Theresa May announced a £40m funding package to tackle homelessness – news that she announced in the 25th anniversary edition of The Big Issue.
- Scores of rare under-sea species have been discovered in the deepest trenches in the Pacific Ocean.
HASHTAG OF THE WEEK
The US final presidential debate sparked a Twitter frenzy after Donald Trump suggested that, if he was voted president, he would work to remove ‘bad hombres’ from America. The phrase immediately trended on Twitter with references to bad haircuts...
and The Three Amigos...
During the debate Trump said he couldn’t say whether he would accept the result of the election in light of a win for Hillary Clinton. Speaking afterwards, he clarified that he would accept the outcome on November 8 in light of a ‘clear’ result, but left the possibility of a challenge open.
- The big news this week is that Phil Collins has announced he is hitting the road for a comeback tour in 2017. During a round of interviews to promote the beautifully titled, Not Dead Yet Tour, Collins discussed his dislike of Sir Paul McCartney and the role his music plays in American Psycho.
- Radiohead are the first confirmed headliner for Glastonbury 2017.
- Colin Firth has reportedly joined the cast of the Mary Poppins sequel. AV Club writes up the news brilliantly here. Meanwhile, a new Willy Wonka film is reportedly in the works.
- Oasis reportedly refused to appear on the Trainspotting soundtrack because they thought Danny Boyle’s film was about actual trainspotters and not Scottish drug addicts.
- Thousands queued to pay their respects to Anthony Foley, the Munster rugby head coach and former Ireland international, at a church in his hometown of Killaloe. Foley died suddenly in Paris last weekend. His funeral is set to be held on Friday.
- In the Champions League, Leicester City kept up their 100% record by beating FC Copenhagen 1-0 at home, but Manchester City got thrashed 4-0 at the Camp Nou by Barcelona, with Lionel Messi scoring a hat-trick. City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had a nightmare match, getting sent off after passing the ball straight to Barca’s Luis Suarez. Bravo was brought to the club by manager Pep Guardiola to replace Joe Hart, a point that was not lost on internet comedians…
- Football manager Harry Redknapp admitted accidentally running over his wife when she got her foot and coat stuck in their car door. ‘I sort of drove over her foot, basically,’ he said.
Beyonce – Not even the small matter of having her ear lobe sliced open by an earring was enough to stop the pop queen in her tracks at a gig this week.
Ribena – The gorilla that escaped from his enclosure at London Zoo necked five litres of undiluted Ribena before returning to its cage. Lad.
Jemima Khan – Her controversial Halloween Donald Trump costume is being auctioned to raise money for Syrian refugees.
Wine - Global wine production has fallen by 5 per cent due to climatic events.
Mars mission - The European space probe Schiaparelli may have crash-landed on Mars after suffering technical problems.
Cheryl’s marriage – Cheryl Cole/Tweedy/Versini-Fernandez is in need of a fresh surname after her she was granted a ‘quickie divorce’ from Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
STUFF THAT GOT US THINKING THIS WEEK
- A tear-jerking account of mothering without a mother from Saturday Night Live star Casey Wilson on podcast Longest Shortest Time.
- Vogue has published extracts from You Will Not Have My Hate, Antoine Leiris’s heart-breaking memoir about the death of his wife in the terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.
- We discovered that having a good swear might actually be good for you. Thank f***.
- There’s a lovely radio series hosted by poet Hollie McNish about birth sex and parenthood (We reviewed Hollie’s excellent book, Nobody Told Me, about being a mum, here.)