Ten Things of Blast and Bombs
Israeli children signing bombs "with love" ready for use in Lebanon/theblogpirate
- A picture has been doing the rounds on Twitter, supposedly showing smiling Israeli children scrawling the words "From Israel with love" on shells destined to be fired into Gaza. The photo is real, but is actually eight years old, taken during the Israeli-Hezbollah war in 2006.
- In what has been described as a "day of slaughter" by MSN UK, scores of Palestinians have died after Israeli troops, backed by tanks and warplanes, escalated their ground offensive in Gaza City. Thousands of residents have been witnessed as fleeing, including a woman in a wheelchair who waved a white flag. Elsewhere, the Turkish prime minister has openly accused Israel of "barbarism that surpasses Hitler" during its ground invasion of Gaza, while unguarded comments from US secretary of state John Kerry on Israel's military operations in the Gaza Strip have been caught on a microphone he did not appear to know was recording, showing he is less certain in private than he is in public of Israel's right to defend itself "under siege". (Read more)
- Hugh Lewis, an Irish councillor has defended pulling down an Israeli flag at an international children's sailing event in Dublin. He said he did it "due to Israeli brutality" in Gaza, and that people should "demand justice for Palestine".
- On 20 July 1944, a 36-year-old German army officer, Col Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, arrived at a heavily guarded complex hidden in a forest in East Prussia. His mission was to bomb Adolf Hitler.
- A newly discovered collection of images by Japanese military photographer Yosuke Yamahata shows the utter devastation of Nagasaki the day after it was destroyed by an atomic bomb at the end of World War Two. Three days before, the first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon, Hiroshima had been decimated in 43 seconds, with the blast initially killing 30% of the population. What is not often cited, however, is that America dropped millions of leaflets that warned Japanese civilians about the atomic bomb, and urged them to petition their government to end their "useless war", while the more strategic target Kyoto (where the Emperor lived) was avoided because Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson had spent his honeymoon there.
- Britain will push to tighten sanctions against Russia unless Moscow's position on the Malaysia Airlines crash changes the foreign secretary has said, amidst concerns that international monitors have not been allowed proper access to the crash site. In its own retort, Russia has warned the West not to use the MH17 tragedy for "selfish political ends", while fighting has broken out as Dutch experts arrive at the disaster scene. (Read more)
- A father in the United States who says he caught a man sexually abusing his 11-year-old son beat the suspect unconscious before calling the police, and leaving him with severe facial injuries. Police say the father who carried out the attack is not going to be charged with any crime.
- American reality television star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West have reportedly hired a body double for their daughter North West.
- Medieval graffiti of straw kings, pentagrams, crosses, ships and "demon traps" have been offering a tantalising glimpse into England's past. For example, Lincolnshire's medieval graffiti project co-ordinator believes the straw king figure to be a pagan fertility symbol, possibly etched before a May Day celebration.
- In the sweltering summer heat blast of Delhi, swimming pools can have a seven hour waiting time to get in.