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Here’s What Happened Today: Friday

Everyone’s talking about the death of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and the US moving closer to military intervention in Syria.

NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a roundup of today’s news.


(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)




Morsi supporters march to the presidential palace in Cairo. (AP Photo/Mostafa Darwish)

#INTERVENTION: The US Government says 1,429 people were killed in the chemical weapons attack in Syria last week.

#EGYPT: Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi have taken to the streets. [BBC]

#SPYING: A breakdown of US intelligence’s multi-billion dollar “black budget” was released by Edward Snowden to a US newspaper. [Washington Post]

#BAN: A Californian court has upheld a ban on “gay therapy“.


  • NASA is funding six futuristic space exploration tech ideas. [Mashable]
  • The PC boom is officially over, and smartphones and tablets are taking over. [The Guardian]
  • The Syrian hackers behind recent high-profile attacks have warned of ‘many surprises‘ to come.


Are list-based articles (“22 Pictures of Miley Cyrus’ Open Mouth.” “37 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Pit Bulls”) changing the way we think – and the way we consume news? In this thoughtful piece for The New Yorker, Dublin-based writer Mark O’Connell writes 10 paragraphs about why lists are a crutch, a necessity, and probably bad for us. [The New Yorker]

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