Monday, February 26 in the news.....
- Islam is growing fast among African Americans, who are undeterred by increased scrutiny of Muslims in the United States since the September 11 attacks, according to imams and experts. It is thought that Muslims in the Middle East just can't wait for hip hop videos full of half-naked women and alcohol to start flourishing there. Meanwhile in the United States the growth means that Ramadan - where muslims fast from sun up to sun down - should go down well in neighbourhoods where tempers flare easily.
- The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe swooped around the back of Mars early on Sunday, completing a key maneuver in its 10-year mission to meet a distant comet. Controllers had been concerned the probe might face difficulties as it passed through the Martian shadow, losing the solar power source of its instruments and leaving it reliant on a brace of tiny batteries. But after a 20 minute lull, and after the French controllers had been commandeered by German ones who had pushed through a Belgium and Netherlands contingent of controllers, not to mention threatening some British ones on the way, the probe emerged from the other side of Mars at around 0230 GMT and all was well.
- Presidential candidate John Edwards courted Democratic activists in New Hampshire on Saturday, playing up differences with rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the key primary state. Edwards emphasised that while his balls may not be as hairy they're just as big.
- Kevin Federline has supposedly visited freshly bald-headed Britney Spears in rehab. K-Fed was said to have told her she's a bigger loser than he is now.