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TGIF: The best news and views from this week

TGIF: The best news and views from this week

Fri September 21, 2012 3:14pm

NEWS.COM.AU looks back at the week, recapping everything you need to know before you take off for Friday night drinks.

Savvy smartphone users have had their first taste of the iPhone 5 today, some joining Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the queue in Brisbane.

The verdict? Well, you’ll have to find out for yourself.

We already know what Samsung thinks of the iPhone 5. It's, well, not a lot.

We'll get to the hard news in a moment. But first, here are five things to avoid this weekend:

1) Swimming in Lake Labynkyr. It has MONSTERS; 2) Watching Nic Cage "lose his s**t" in any number of Nic Cage films; 3) Taking meow meow, or Ritalin, or any recretaional drug; 4) Being Lara Bingle, watching Being Lara Bingle, hanging out with Lara Bingle while watching Being Lara Bingle...; and 5) The tattoo parlour unless you've really thought hard about it.

In a week that saw violent Islamic protests on the streets of Sydney, multiculturalism was at the forefront of headlines in the Australian press.

A recording of eight-year-old Ruqaya urging other children to join the fight for a global Islamic state at a conference held in Bankstown gripped the Australian public, but it was a three-year-old child bearing a sign reading, “behead all those who insult the prophet”, that enraged readers and forced NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to crack the proverbial whip on Monday.

Details of the Jordanian mother of the child carrying the sign soon came to light as she turned herself in to police, claiming she was unaware of what the word “behead” meant and that she was “not a bad mum”.

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