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Pentagon scraps account

The Pentagon has scrapped the Twitter account of an agency that counters homemade explosives after it posted joking comments about a bombing in the Philippines, officials said on Friday. After explosions at two movie theaters in the Philippines, a staff member at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Organization (JIEDDO) wrote in a tweet on Wednesday that perhaps the cinemas were showing the film Gigli, a 2003 romantic comedy starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez that flopped at the box office. “Were they re-showing Gigli? Bomb explosions occur at 2 movie theaters in the Philippines... the IED is a global threat,” the post said. When the posting sparked critical reaction online, the agency tried to make another joke. “Bad ppl doing bad thing didn’t warrant bad movie reference. Will punish #socialmedia rep by forcing 2 watch Gigli,” the agency wrote on its Twitter account. After more negative reaction JIEDDO issued an apology. Pentagon press secretary George Little then promptly announced in a tweet that he had ordered the suspension of the JIEDDO Twitter account “following inappropriate and offensive tweets.”

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Ban cat-eating: congressman

A congressman has joined animal rights activists to try and halt the consumption of barbecued cat at an annual religious festival. The activists say at least 100 cats were due to be eaten at this weekend’s festival of Santa Efigenia in La Quebrada, a town south of Lima. Congressman Juan Urquiza joined activists this year to write the district mayor and the health minister and demand a ban on cat-eating. Activists also claim that dining on felines is a public health danger. La Quebrada residents defend their tradition and say the cats are specially bred with only a few eaten.

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