Friday, June 22 in the news....
- The Polish PM has stunned European leaders today with an astonishing attack on Germany for starting the Second World War. He said his country was losing out in today's European Union as a direct result of the millions of deaths that followed its invasion by Germany in 1939. The issue of population is at the heart of a heated row over voting rights in the EU. Germany, for its part, told the Polish PM to look at the French, as they never complain. Germany then gave a pat on France's head and passed off a chocolate bar to them it stole from the Belgians.
- The chief U.S. nuclear envoy made a rare trip to North Korea on Thursday in a surprise bid to accelerate international efforts to press the communist government to abandon its nuclear weapons program. The North Korean leadership said it was okay as long as he obeyed the signs to not feed the North Koreans.
- In Moscow a fire swept through a nursing home Thursday and killed at least 10 people, the latest in a series of deadly fires in Russia. It was uncertain how many of the elderly people had dirt on President Putin they were going to unveil.
- New Zealand authorities have blocked a couple's bid to officially name their new son '4real,' saying numerals are not allowed. Pat and Sheena Wheaton said they decided to name their new baby '4real' shortly after having an ultrasound and being struck by the reality of his impending arrival. Although the authorities shot the name down, they did approve the child to call his parents 'Idiot1' and 'Idiot2'.
- Closing ranks against Hamas, Egypt's president invited Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders to a peace summit, officials said Thursday, the biggest show of support yet by moderate Arab states for beleaguered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Not to be outdone, Hamas hosted its own peace summit, with Hezbollah, Syria and Jimmy Carter in attendance, the summit went well until someone spiked the punch with alcohol and 15 people died.