FACTS OF THE DAY

16 February 2017

A Belgian minister arrived by bike to a news conference to promote cycling on Tuesday, only to find it had been stolen when he left half an hour later.

reuters.com

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Since 1990, daily worldwide child mortality rates have fallen by 17,000 - the equivalent of not having 27 major fatal plane crashes every day.

digg.com

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The US Senate is to block an Obama-era regulation, due to come into force in December, that would prevent 75,000 mentally ill people buying guns.

ap.org

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India has broken a world record by launching 104 satellites in a single mission. The previous record was 37, set by Russia in 2014.

bbc.co.uk

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Icelandic police have been stopping people for ‘driving under the influence of the Northern Lights’ – the drivers in swerving cars are not drunk but mesmerised.

bbc.co.uk

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The Bank of England is to keep making plastic banknotes using small amounts of animal fat because it would cost £80m to change back to paper.

reuters.com

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In Apple’s new reality TV show, developers make 60-second ‘escalator pitches’ to a panel of celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s called Planet of the Apps.

qz.com

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