Saturday, June 30 in the news....
- Police in London's bustling nightclub and theater district on Friday defused a bomb that could have killed hundreds after an ambulance crew spotted smoke coming from a Mercedes filled with a lethal mix of gasoline, propane and nails, authorities said. A second car found on a London street on Friday contained bomb materials too. And police sealed roads near Fleet Street in central London, the third area to be cordoned off after a potential threat was discovered there. Tony Blair has reportedly been asked by the new British Prime Minister to be the peace envoy to London as well as the Middle East. In related news, Baghdad has offered sister city status to London.
- A Mickey Mouse lookalike called 'Farfour' who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children's television program was beaten to death by an Israeli in the show's final episode Friday. The Hamas scriptwriters were lauded for not pulling a Sopranos finale and actually showing what happened to the lovable mouse. Alternative endings will appear in the DVD version of the show - one where Farfour converted to Christianity and was beheaded by a Daffy Duck lookalike. And another where Farfour was mistaken for an American agent on his magical journey to Waziristan, consequently having his eyes gouged out genitals mutilated and then hung upside down at the entrance to the province with a warning sign stabbed into his chest with a sword.
- Plans for next year's papal visit to Sydney were thrown into disarray yesterday, with the Australian Jockey Club refusing to sign off on its promise to host the Pope at Randwick racecourse. Punters have given it 8 to 1 odds while jockey's have noted how the Pope is overweight and his horse hasn't even been named so what's the point.
- Apple launched its new iPhone in US retail stores Friday to brisk demand as some New Yorkers lined up to get their hands on the latest offering from the computer and gadget maker which packs a cell phone, music player and web browser. One customer was impressed at how fast the technology had advanced as the iPhone seemed 'way past what The Matrix offered humans'.