An Focal Five – News you need to know
Friday, 20 July
An Focal brings you the top five news stories you need to know today
1. Fourteen killed at Batman screening
FOURTEEN people have been shot dead and 50 injured at a showing of the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado. The gunman was carrying a rifle and a handgun and reportedly threw a gas cannister into the cinema before he started shooting.
2. Syrian rebels appear to gain ground
REBELS in Syria have reportedly seized key border crossings into Iraq and Turkey and are pressing government forces in the capital, Damascus. The recent death of several high profile government officials and the infrequent appearances of President Bashar al-Assad, along with suspicious his family has fled, has led some to believe the rebels are winning the war.
3. Anti-Austerity protests continue in Spain
PROTESTS against the Spanish government’s budget cuts continue as EU countries approve a bailout for the country today. Police have used rubber bullets against protesters who are marching throughout the country.
4. Romney pulls ahead of Obama in swing state
US PRESIDENTIAL candidate Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of incumbent President Barack Obama in the state of Virginia, according to a recent poll. Swing states like Virginia will be crucial to winning November’s election.
5. Small German town discovers bad debt from 16th century
THE German town of Mittenwalde has discovered an unpaid debt from 1562. The small town lent Berlin 400 guilders 450 years ago. With compound interest and conversion to euros, Berlin would now owe several trillion euro.
Posted by Darragh Roche, Editor on at 11:40 am.
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