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Spectators stand outside of Old Trafford stadium after today's final soccer match of the season between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth was abandoned. Photo / AP
Spectators stand outside of Old Trafford stadium after today's final soccer match of the season between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth was abandoned. Photo / AP

1 Fake bomb 'left after security exercise'

Police say the fake bomb at Old Trafford had been left in the football stadium following earlier security exercise. The device was planted by a security company as part of a training exercise. The Premier League says that Manchester United will play Bournemouth on Wednesday NZT, two days after the match was postponed because of a fake bomb found at Old Trafford stadium. Police evacuated Old Trafford on the final day of the Premier League season and dismantled the device. Police said it "wasn't viable" but "incredibly lifelike". Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on the item.

2 Isolation not the way

US President Barack Obama urged college graduates to shun those who want to confront a rapidly changing world by building walls around the United States or by embracing ignorance, as he delivered a sharp and barely concealed critique of Donald Trump.

Obama used his commencement speech at Rutgers University to illustrate a world view antithetical to the ideas espoused by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Obama said the pace of change on the planet is accelerating, not subsiding, and that the toughest challenges cannot be solved in isolation. "A wall won't stop that," Obama said. "The point is, to help ourselves, we've got to help others - not pull up the drawbridge and try to keep the world out."

3 Shark still attached

News reports say a 23-year-old woman was bitten by a small nurse shark in Boca Raton. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance with the shark still attached to her arm. A spokesperson for the Boca Raton Ocean Rescue told the newspaper the woman remained calm and there was a little blood. A splint board was used to support the woman's arm and the shark as she lay on the stretcher. The Boca Raton Regional Hospital operator told the AP that the woman had been treated and was in the process of being released.

4 Hold-up with chip packet

Authorities say a man tried to rob a car wash in Northern California with an empty potato chip bag and an alleged handgun. Rohnert Park's Department of Public Safety says that the man entered KaCees World of Water car wash and dropped an empty potato chip bag on the counter. He told the cashier to fill it with money, warning that he had a gun. The man gestured that the weapon was in the empty bag, but the cashier saw it held only a piece of cardboard and called a co-worker for help. Police say when the other employee approached, the suspect fled on foot.

5 Isis claims more Baghdad bombings

Isis (Islamic State) group launched a coordinated assault on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 14 people, while a string of other bomb attacks in or close to the capital killed 15 others, Iraqi officials said.The dawn attack local time on the gas plant began with a suicide car bombing at the facility's main gate in the town of Taji, about 20km north of Baghdad. Several suicide bombers and militants then broke into the plant and clashed with security forces. The Isis-affiliated Aamaq news agency credited a group of "caliphate soldiers" for the attack.

6 Protest anniversary in Spain marked

Thousands of Spaniards marched in downtown Madrid to mark the fifth anniversary of a protest movement that led to the creation of Podemos, now Spain's third most-popular political party. Madrid's Puerta del Sol square became the scene of a protest that lasted 28 days in 2011, sparking a movement that spread across Spain and similar "Occupy" sit-ins in cities across the world. Podemos will vie for power in a June 26 election An inconclusive December vote resulted in no parties able to form a government. Spain has been in a political stalemate, governed by a caretaker Government with Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy as Prime Minister.

7 Israel opposed to French initiative on deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told France's foreign minister that Israel remains opposed to a French initiative for an international conference to try to revive peace talks. Palestinians welcomed the proposal but Israel is concerned that the conference that France seeks to hold in the northern autumn would try to dictate terms for a peace deal.

8 Under 30s biggest users of e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among young adults in New South Wales, with many believing they aren't as harmful as traditional cigarettes despite a lack of medical evidence. New research shows that 18-29 year olds are the biggest users of the battery-powered devices, but smoke them less frequently than older adults. While adults over 30 are most likely to use e-cigarettes to help them quit or cut down smoking, a quarter of young people use them because they are "not as bad for your health" as cigarettes. The findings were based on a Cancer Institute of NSW study, which surveyed about 3000 tobacco smokers and people who recently quit to find out who used e-cigarettes and why. E-cigarettes are legal in Australia but the nicotine in them is classified as a dangerous poison, the sale and possession of which is illegal.

- agencies

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