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One4O / Condensing the week into 140. One40 is an illustrated zine that aims to provide students in Leeds with an informative, balanced and concise 140 character overview to current affairs.

Issue #1 5 . 3 . 2014


n 14 0 r ld i Wo / Israel Hezbollah will respond to an Israeli air stroke that hit one of its bases on the border with Syria on Monday night, the militant group said.

/ China Knife-wielding attackers have left 33 people dead and more than 130 wounded in an unprecedented attack at a Chinease train station.

“I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone.” - Kunming resident Yang Haifei

/ Egypt Democracy continues to be fragile in

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Eygypt as government resigns in protest, paving way for the Military’s leader Sisi to seek presidency.

/ Uganda Uganda’s president signed a new law imposing harsh penalties on gay people, defying protests rights groups as well as Western donors.

“We're sorry to see that you (the West) live the way you live but we keep quiet about it.” - President Yoweri Museveni, after signing the bill.

/ USA A bill that would have allowed business owners in Arizona who citied their religous beliefs to turn away gay customers has been vetoed. @weareOne40


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/ South Africa The Oscar Pistorius murder trial will be partially telivised, but his testimony won’t be shown, a court ruled on Thursday.

/ Ukraine The war of words continues between East & West as armed violence goes on in

“This is not a zero-sum end game, it is not West versus East.”

Kiev against the governments position to

- US Secretary of State, John Kerry

remain close to Russia.

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/ Afganistan Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Obama is ordering the accelleration for a full US withrawl from Afghanistan this year.

/ Syria Syria’s turmoil continues as refuges flood out of the conflict hit nation into neighboring countries already struggling with the quantity.

“The bordering countries are being destabilized both by the conflict and by the refugee presence itself.” - Nigel Pont, Mercy Corps

/ Nigeria Suspected Boko Haram Islamists killed 59 children in an attack on secondary school students, in the latest massacre in troubled Nigeria. #weareOne40


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Ugandan president Museveni defies critics and signs anti-gay bill Uganda’s president signed a new law imposing harsh penalties on gay people, defying protests rights groups as well as Western donors.

3 The Ugandan’s stupidity continued in their sign writing too.

Yoweri Musevini, President of Uganda signed a controversial bill on Monday criminalising homosexuality. The laws threaten those convicted of “homosexuality” with a 14 year prison sentence. Those found guilty of “aggravated homosexuality,” which has been defined as repeated gay sex between adults, could face life imprisonment. Musevini said the law was needed to prevent what he described as the West’s “social imperialism” promoting homosexuality in Africa. The original draft called for use of capital punishment for some homosexual acts but this proposal was withdrawn after global outcry. Musevini cited a report by Ugandan scientists which claims that there is no proven genetic basis for homosexuality as his reason for signing the bill. However there is speculation that Musevini signed the bill under pressure from the ruling party in an attempt to continue his 28 years as Ugandan President.

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4 The Ukraine crisis is progressing at a significant speed, who knows what will happen next?

In the Crimea region of the Ukraine protesters were angry at the idea of pulling away from Russia, wishing to maintain a close relationship with the country. In defiance to the affairs happening in the captial, dozens of armed gunmen took government buildings and raised the Russian flag. The government reacted to the clashes and placed 150,000 of its troops on high alert in attempts to threaten or intimidate the country’s new government. The new acting president Oleksander Turchinov, said “Any military movements, the more so if they are with weapons, beyond the boundaries of this territory will be seen by us as military aggression,”Despite the obvious divide the acting president doesn’t seem too worried about the pro-Russia protests, and stated “In Crimea we always had different sentiments and forces who try to split the country and proclaim separatism.” But he said that the Ukraine “could cope” #weareOne40

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n 14 0 UK i / Binding for Pre-nups Pre-nuptial agreements should become legally binding in court, according to an influencial report advising the goverment to change the law.

/ Paying for iPlayer? BBC director says he wants to extend the £145.50 annual license fee to cover people watching programmes on the iPlayer.

“One of the advantages of the licence fee is that it’s flexible and has adapted over the years. It started as a radio licence. Then TV. Then colour TV.” - Tony Hall, BBC General Director

/ Stafford NHS Closed The scandal-hit Stafford NHS trust

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where hundreds of patients died needlessly in “terrible and unnecessary suffering” will be dissolved.

/ Justice For Lee Rigby The muslim convert, Michael Abebolaja, convicted of hacking soldier Lee Rigby to death was ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

“Your sickening and pitiless conduct was in stark contrast to the bravery and compassion shown by the various women at the scene.” - Mr Justice Sweeny

/ The oldest known survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, Alice Herz-Sommer, has died in London at the age of 110.

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/ 14 Year Old Rapist A 14 year old boy from Blackpool has become the youngest ever person to be charged with raping their own mother.

/ Wettest Winter Ever New figures show around 6,500 properties have been flooded this winter causing many families lives upside down after the wettest winter ever.

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“We've had a housing policy that has encouraged too much building in flood plains area. And we’ve been on and on about this” - Nigel Wilson, Legal and General chief executive

/ UK Uni's Lagging Budding scientists and mathematicians may be better off studying in the USA of Asia to study a degree as the UK is lagging internationally in thes subjects.

/ Phone Hacking Scandal Rebekah Brooks has told the phonehacking trial she approved payments to public officials - but only when there was an “overwhelming public interest”.

“If there wasn't a public interest defence then it was not done because it was considered to be illegal.” - Rebekah Brooks, former editor of News of the World.

/ 3 Person Baby Details How the creation of babies using sperm and eggs from 3 people will be regulated has been released, saying it will eliminate genetic disease. #weareOne40


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Killer of Fusilier Lee Rigby sentenced to die behind bars The muslim convert, Michael Abebolajo, convicted of hacking soldier Lee Rigby to death was ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

7 Lee Rigby’s killer will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Lee Rigby’s killer, Michael Abebolajo, was ordered on Wednesday to spend the rest of his life behind bars, while his fellow killer was jailed for a minimum of 45 years. Both were physically dragged from the dock in the Old Bailey court after they started screaming at the judge during the sentencing. In may last year the pair ran the fusilier down in a car, leapt out and then began a sustained and frenzied attack on the motionless body of the soldier. They selected the Fusilier Rigby, 25, as their vicim because he was wearing a ‘Help For Heroes” hooded top that day, and they assumed he was a soldier. “We are satisfied that justice has been served, but unfortunately no amount of justice will ever bring Lee back.” - Fusilier Rigby’s mother, Lyn Rigby.

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Wettest winter since records began - and now snow is on its way New figures show around 6,500 properties have been flooded this winter causing many families lives upside down after the wettest winter ever.

8 Many peoples homes were damaged in the latest storms, in the wettest winter ever.

Around 435mm of rain was recorded up to February 24th in England and Wales, beating the previous highest toital of 423mm set in 1915. The Met Office has confirmed this has been the wettest winter since 1766 and in contrast to this, scientists say they are 75% certain that 2014 will be the hottest summer on record. The weather misery across Britain is set to continue after forecasters issued a severe weather warning for snow. This week David Cameron was accused by Labour of using “phoney” figures on flood defenses, after an independent stats watchdog said that Government spending has fallen since the Coalition came to power. Many are urging George Osborne to use next month’s budget to restore flood defense spending to its pre-2010 level.

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in 14 0 Poli tics / Scottish Independance David Cameron has traded a war of words with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond over the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry.

/ 30% Rise in Net Migration A surge in immigration from Europe and a drop in people leaving the UK has dealt a blow to the Goverments hopes of slashing net migration.

“Until we end the open-door immigration policy with the EU and take back full control over our borders nothing can really be done.” - Nigel Farage, UKIP Leader

/ Homlessness Increases The number of people homeless in

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England continues to rise and is now up by more than 37% since 2010 with some blaming it on benefit cuts.

/ Legal Highs A summit was chaired by the Home Office on Thursday with a summit of drugs experts and police later so-called “legal highs”.

“The way they are presented suggests to people that they are legal and safe. But sometimes they are not legal and they are certainly not safe.” - Home Office Minister Norman Baker

/ An Important Ally Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany sees Britain as an “importantant ally” in the work of changing the European Union for the better. @weareOne40


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/ RBS Loss, Bigger Bonus The bonus row is set to reignite as RBS annouces ‘sobering’ £8.2Bil continued slump into the red when the bonus pot for staff is £576mil.

/ Rise in Minimum Wage Britian’s minimum wage could rise by £3 up to £6.50 and hour following recommendations from the goverments advisors on low pay.

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“Labour said last yar that we need to see above-inflation rises in the minimum wage to restore the value lost over recent years” - George Osbourne

/ Big 6 To Face Penalties The UK’s big 6 energy suppliers are to be hit with financial penalties if they fail to meet new rules helping smaller firms break into the market.

/ Bitcoin Bank Heist Digital currency Bitcoin has suffered a setback after one of the world’s largest exchanges went bust amid £210mil of missing bitcoins.

“Given the fact that Bitcoin are extremely hard to trace, chances are slim that the hackers will actually be caught.” - TradeFortress

/ Royal Mail Overvalued Banks hugely overestimated the value of Royal Mail at up to £8.6Bil when asked months ahead of the sale for £3.3Bil, it’s been revealed. #weareOne40


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Home Office chairs government summit into legal highs A summit was chaired by the Home Office on Thursday with a summit of drugs experts and police later so-called “legal highs”.

1 1 The government has been critised for reacting too quickly to legal highs without any research done.

Legal highs have previously been designed to mirror the effects produced by the consumption of cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis. However the chemists behind the production of these drugs have started producing a substance which imitates the effects of Heroin. The drug is known as “doxylam” or AH-7921 and has potentially fatal side effects.The drug is understood to have been developed in the 1970s as a pain reliever, but never developed commercially. Experts believe it has been re-created using information from old scientific journals. Norman Baker, the UK drugs minister, raised the alarm following the death of Jason Nock. Nock died after accidentally taking five times the fatal amount of the drug, hoping that it would cure his insomnia. The government will hold a summit of drugs experts and police on Thursday as it attempts to tackle this ever more prominent issue of so-called “legal highs”.

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UK set for a first real-term minimum wage hike in six years Britian’s minimum wage could rise by £3 up to £6.50 and hour following recommendations from the goverments advisors on low pay.

1 2 George Osbourne supports the minimum wage rise, which could come into effect later this year.

The low pay commission recommend raising the national minimum wage to £6.50. Business sectary Vince Cable told MPs today that it would be the first increase in real terms to the wage since 2008.At present, the minimum wages stands at £6.31 an hour for adults and £5.03 an hour for 18 to 20 year olds. The proposal however has been met with criticism. The Union Unite said ‘This increase is a slap in the face for low paid workers. The rise is an insult when the minimum cost of living has increased by a staggering 25% since the beginning of the economic crisis’ Chancellor George Osbourne announced his support for the wage rise. Stating that ‘Britain can afford an above the inflation increase in the minimum wage so we restore its real value’. However this rise still falls short of promised £7 wage by the Chancellor by 2015-16.

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140 Tec h in / Apple Glitch Fixed Apple has issued fixes for a security flaw that allows hackers to intercept email data, patching a major glitch in its Mac OS X system.

/ What Bills? WhatsApp annouced that the service would be soon adding the ability to make free calls, just after its purchase by Facebook for £11billion.

“We are going to introduce voice in WhatsApp in the second quarter of this year. I think we have the best voice product out there.” - WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum

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/ $50K Twitter Name Returned Twitter username @N which had been hacked and stolen, has been returned to its original owner. The owner has previously been offered $50,000 for it.

/ Pay By Finger The upcoming Samsung S5 smartphone will the the 3rd to have fingerprint sensors by the first that you can use to pay online through PayPal.

“With a simple swipe of a finger, they can securely log into their PayPal account to shop and pay with the convenience mobile devices afford.” - Hill Ferguson, chief product officer at PayPal

/ World Cup Hacking Hackers are threatening to disrupt the World Cup with attacks ranging from jamming to data theft, adding to the list of challenges for Brazil. @weareOne40


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/ Sochi Medals Mean More Money More government cash is expected to be put into winter sports after Great Britain had their equal best games in Sochi, winning 4 medals.

/ Adidas Tee's Pulled Adidas has pulled a range World Cup promotional shirts after a complaint from the Brazilian Government after being labelled as sexist.

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“Brazil is happy to recieve tourists for the World Cup, but it is also ready to combat sex tourism.” - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Twitter

/ Openly-Gay in NBA Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and is net to become the first active openly gay player in the NBA.

/ Female Driver Makes F1 British driver Susie Wolff will become the first woman in 22 years to compete in a Formula One event event this year, hopefully changing sexist attitudes in F1.

“It's a tough environment, but I had the solid Silverstone test behind me, which has shown people a little bit more of what I am capable.” - Susue Wolff

/ Tom Finney Death Thousands of people turned out for the funderal of Sir Tom Finney in Preston. The former England 79 capped winger died two weeks ago. #weareOne40


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WhatBills? WhatsApp to add voice messaging within months WhatsApp annouced that the service would be soon adding the ability to make free calls, just after its purchase by Facebook for £11billion.

1 5 The other network providers were unhappy with WhatsApp’s latest annoucement.

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum, who sold his company to Facebook last week for $19 billion, has revealed the messaging app will bring voice services to its users in the second quarter of 2014. Speaking at Mobile world Congress in Barcelona, Koum said: “We want to make sure people always have the ability to stay in touch with their friends and loved ones really affordably. We're going to introduce voice on WhatsApp in the second quarter of this year.” The addition of voice services will put WhatsApp directly into competition with Skype and Viber which allow users to make free calls over the internet. The WhatsApp messaging app already allows users to record and send voice messages to each other, but not connect live.


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Lookin to’ Score World Cup T-shirts pulled by Adidas after host’s complaint '

Adidas has pulled a range World Cup promotional shirts after a formal complaint from the Brazilian Government after being labelled as sexist.

1 6 Bazil’s Christ the Redeemer is getting into the football spirit.

Brazil’s tourism board condemned some T-shirts being sold on the Adidas webiste as sexist. One shirt said “Lookin’ to Score”, with a woman in a bikini in the front of the word “Brazil” and an image of the Sugar Loaf Mountain. Another said “I (heart) Brazil,” with what appeared to be the image of a thong bikini inside the heart. “Adidas always pays close attention to the opinion of its consumers and partners.” - Adidas, in a statement. Adidas, a main World Cup sponsor and the official ball providor for the tournament that begins in June, said in a statement the products were limited edition T-shirts available only in the USA. “Brazil is happy to welcome the tourists that will arriveee for the World Cup, but is also ready to fight against sexual tourism” - President Dilma Rousseff on Twitter.


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/ North Korea Welcomes Yorkshire A zoo in North Korea has welcomed its newest animal attraction - a pack of Yorkshire Terriers.

/ Mango Unchained Thieves armed with heavy machinery and cranes have stolen a 10-metre, 7-tonne mango monument in northern Australia.

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/ Pee Your Fat Out Controvercial injections make you able to pee out your own fat by injecting solute which breaks down excess fat cells.

/ Street Borth in NYC A British woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl on the pavement in Manhattan after she was unable to hail a taxi in time.

/ Weed Cookies A Girl Scout is in high demand after she started selling cookies outside a medical marijuana clinic, selling 117 boxes in just 2 hours. @weareOne40


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