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Underwear bomber plot failed because he 'wore same pants for two weeks'

telegraph.co.uk — The 2009 "underpants bomb" plot failed because the terrorist had been wearing his explosive-laden undergarments for more than two weeks and soiled the explosives, a senior US official said. Umar Abdulmutallab sent shockwaves through US intelligence when he successfully smuggled a bomb onto a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day three years ago.
Jul 25, 2014

RT @petermartell: 4 Lions stuff: Underwear bomber failed as 'wore same pants for two weeks'. Journo asks: was bomb 'damp' ? telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…

Jul 25, 2014

4 Lions stuff: Underwear bomber failed as 'wore same pants for two weeks'. Journo asks: was bomb 'damp' ? telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…

Jul 25, 2014

If there's on thing I can't abide it's a slovenly psychopath... bit.ly/1piWjyP

Hamas leader's three sisters live secretly in Israel as full citizens

telegraph.co.uk — Blind since birth, Mr Abu Rukayek sat on a thin floor cushion and said he was happy living in Israel. "Our life is normal here and we want it to continue,'' he said. Perhaps he felt discussion of his wife's family links might jeopardise his relatively comfortable lifestyle.

Don’t women have opinions?

telegraph.co.uk — Christopher Howse, the page's editor, insists "we are sex-blind on Letters", pointing out that most people write by email. This means that, as they scroll down, a decision has been made to consider the letter for publication before he, or his assistant editor Sally Peck, has seen the signature.
Jul 25, 2014

Why do so few women write to newspapers? I speak to the army of redoubtable female Telegraph letter writers: telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-l…

Jul 25, 2014

Invigorating piece on the sharp wit of female letters-to-newspaper writers telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-l… @hwallop

Now that Ed Miliband has accepted reality, Labour might be ready for the 2020 election

blogs.telegraph.co.uk — Almost unnoticed, his party has taken its first strides in ditching the baggage of the past Whisper it, but there are signs - just one or two fragile straws in the wind - that Labour finally gets it. Over the past few days, the eyes of the world have been focused on Ukraine and Gaza.
Jul 25, 2014

The 4 horsemen of austerity apocalypse clip-clopped into Milton Keynes, & McCluskey stood back & waved them on blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danhodges…

Jul 25, 2014

The 2015 election is lost. But Labour's three wise men might have come up with a 2020 vision > Telegraph > tinyurl.com/knuymcu

Commonwealth Games 2014: Rod Stewart rocked it

telegraph.co.uk — Rod Stewart rocked Hampden Park last night, delivering a breezy master class in charisma, soul and sheer vocal magic. At 69-years-old, he's still got the pipes, as they say. The Commonwealth Games may not have had a budget to match the Olympics but at least they found a vintage rocker for the opening ceremony who can still sing.
Jul 25, 2014

Attack of the 70-year-old rockers: whose voices are wearing well & who should stick to singing in the shower? telegraph.co.uk/sport/otherspo…

Vince Cable launches investigation into Comet liquidators

telegraph.co.uk — The collapse of Comet was "one of the more regrettable episodes of British corporate history" and "simply an old fashioned corporate raid", lawyers acting for the employees said during the hearing. The landmark case laid bare the chaos at Comet as it collapsed, with the tribunal ruling that 6,889 workers had not been collectively consulted about losing their jobs.

Police spend £5,000 on flowers to deter criminals

telegraph.co.uk — Police have spent £5,000 on a community flower garden in an attempt to combat anti-social behaviour, prompting a mixed response from the public. The scheme to use a floral display as a deterrent to miscreants and petty criminals in the St Andrew's Park area of Bristol has received financial backing from Avon and Somerset Police and is already said to have had a "remarkable effect".
Jul 25, 2014

Police spend £5,000 on flowers to deter criminals go.shr.lc/1xapjx3 Nice use of "miscreant"

Cristiano Ronaldo is deeply unimpressed by Japanese TV

babb.telegraph.co.uk — Never knowingly under-weird, Japanese television is an acquired taste. If you're a fan of endless antics and senseless noise you're in dreamland. Cristiano Ronaldo is not in this demographic. On a pre-season jaunt in Japan with Real Madrid he appeared on a TV breakfast show. Its host demonstrated a jowl-exercising contraption.
Jul 25, 2014

The non-endorsement endorsement > Cristiano Ronaldo is deeply unimpressed by Japanese TV host babb.telegraph.co.uk/2014/07/cristi… #babb via @TeleFootball

By George they’ve done it! The retailers riding high on the Prince George effect

telegraph.co.uk — For the companies that supply baby goods to the Prince George, the royal household's patronage is a mixed blessing, however. Almost none can officially reveal their involvement with the palace and are subject to stringent non-disclosure agreements to protect Kate and William's privacy.
Jul 25, 2014

By George they’ve done it! The retailers riding high on the Prince George effect telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/pr…

'Hard fought' compensation victory for Bristol heart surgery victim

telegraph.co.uk — Laurence Vick, of Michelmores solicitors, which represented Daniel's family in the claim, said: "The family are relieved that their hard-fought battle has reached a conclusion. Mr Dhasmana took no part in the case, and was not therefore available to explain what we alleged to have been his serious mismanagement of Daniel's surgery."

Children’s loom bands threaten sea life

telegraph.co.uk — Fish and sea birds could be under threat from the craze for loom bands, experts have warned. Conservationists from the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, Devon, are worried marine life could die after eating the tiny elastic bands used to make the popular bracelets.
Jul 25, 2014

Appears the August silly season stories have come early: 'loom band craze threaten sea life' telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife… Weak, very weak!

BSkyB seals £5bn deal with Murdoch to create 'Sky Europe'

telegraph.co.uk — BSkyB has agreed to buy Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia from 21st Century Fox for a total of £4.9bn cash, in a deal that will create a pan-European pay-TV and broadband empire. The British company will acquire Fox's 57pc of Sky Deutschland for £2.9bn and make an offer of €6.75 per share for the remaining publicly traded shares.

Joe, review: Nicolas Cage, restrained

telegraph.co.uk — One of the better scenes entails nothing more than Joe's crew explaining their job to young Gary (Tye Sheridan), who finds them in the wilderness one day and begs them for work.
Jul 25, 2014

Good morning! Here's my review of Joe - a whisky-breathed, bristly-necked Nicolas Cage film: telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/f…

Telegraph Markets Webchat

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Why Britain should follow the yellow brick road to Kansas and cut taxes

telegraph.co.uk — With deteriorating demographics, however, exactly the same concerns are expressed about the longer-term outlook for the public finances as in Britain. What's more, getting the national debt back on to a sustainable footing, one that can cope with future downturns, will require a lot more fiscal action than the current administration is prepared to face up to.
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