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Tuesday, July 12 2022


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The truth is I’m not who you think I am. Most people know me as Mo Farah, but it’s not my name or it’s not the reality. The real story is I was born in Somaliland, north of Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin…When I was four my dad was killed in the civil war, you know as a family we were torn apart. I was separated from my mother, and I was brought into the UK illegally under the name of another child called Mohamed Farah.

That’s what the former Olympic champion Mo Farah revealed in a BBC documentary. He was trafficked at the age of nine by a woman he’d never met, flown into the UK under another child’s passport—then made to look after a family's children. Farah had previously claimed to have come to the UK as a refugee with his parents. BBC News has the sad details.


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Headlines That Matter

  • Coming soon: New leaders in UK and Sri Lanka
  • India set to beat China’s population 
  • Medha Patkar booked for fraud
  • A crazy fake IPL scam
  • IndiGo’s latest ‘mass chutti’ problem
  • Adding salt at the table can lead to premature death
  • Starbucks goes all in on kaapi

 

Sanity Break

  • A gloriously bizarre 70s-era Japanese TV series called 'Kamen Riders'

 

A list of intriguing things

  • An “artificial gravity living facility” on the moon
  • The architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum also made a dog house for a 12-year-old boy 
  • The world’s thinnest mechanical watch
  • The maned wolf that looks like the bizarre spawn of a wolf and a deer but is neither

 

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