Thursday, July 24 in the news.....
- An Australian man's dare went horribly wrong when he tried to play chicken with cars on a freeway wearing only his underwear. The 18 year old was critically injured after being hit by a four-wheel drive on a freeway in the southern city of Melbourne in the early hours of Wednesday. It was ranked 97th stupidest thing done by an Aussie this week.
- Disgraced former West Coast Eagles player Ben Cousins has arrived in Melbourne as he sets out to rekindle his AFL career. Cousins, who was last year sacked by West Coast and suspended by the AFL for one year for bringing the game into disrepute amid his battle with drug addiction, has registered to play with VFL team Port Melbourne, he has also privately expressed interest in other Melbourne clubs unrelated to football.
- U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, on a foreign tour he hopes will boost his election chances, will give an outdoor speech in Berlin on Thursday that is expected to draw a massive crowd. Known for his stirring, heartfelt and emotionally powerful speeches, Germans are expected to be treated to a grand old Hitler-style time.
- A Pakistani official says an army helicopter has saved two Italian climbers from one of the world's highest mountains. When asked for further details the official added, "Well they weren't here to fight Al-Qaeda, unless they were going to kill them laughing".