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Conversation Fuel: Today’s News From Around The Web [17.11.15]

Every man needs to know what’s happening around the world. Here’s today’s essential water cooler banter for the magnificent bastard.

#1 Terrorist Attacks On Paris


  • The Associated Press and French media have quoted senior officials as saying Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud is the mastermind of the deadly attacks, that killed 129 people [9news]
  • The Eiffel Tower has reopened three days after closing because of the wave of terror attacks on Paris [ABC Online]
  • Hacker collective Anonymous has taken to YouTube to state they will be exacting retribution on terrorist group ISIL following the attacks [9news]

#2 Mitchell Johnson Retires From Cricket


  • One of Australia’s greatest ever fast bowlers has decided to walk away after contemplating retirement intensely for the past couple of months
  • Johnson retires after 73 Tests as the country’s fourth highest Test wicket-taker with 311 scalps.
  • Johnson’s series-sweeping 37 wickets at an average of 13.97 in the Ashes series two summers ago will live large in Australian cricketing folklore forever [Geelong Advertiser]

#3 Charlie Sheen Has Confirmed To Be HIV Positive


  • TMZ is reporting that Sheen — who is due to sit down with Today show host Matt Lauer for a live tell-all interview — is taking the position that he has been HIV-positive for over two years but has conquered the disease with medication []

#4 Global Resistance To Antibiotics


  • The World Health Organisation has warned the overuse of antibiotics is fuelling dangerously high resistance levels and called on individual countries to tackle misconceptions about the drugs [ABC Online]

#5 Heatwave To Hit Australia This Week


  • A scorching heatwave is building across the country this week with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecasting severe and extreme conditions in some areas.
  • Darwin: 35 degrees Celsius until Sunday
  • Sydney: 33C tomorrow, 38C on Friday
  • Brisbane: 30C tomorrow, 34C on Saturday
  • Melbourne: 31C today, 34C on Thursday
  • Canberra: 30-33C from tomorrow to Sunday
  • Adelaide: 34C today, 38C tomorrow
  • Perth: 35C on Saturday [ABC Online]

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