Gathering Thursday morning around a mosque used as a morgue for hundreds killed the day before, many Islamists waited confidently for a surge of sympathetic support from the broader public. But it failed to materialize. With their leaders jailed or silent, Islamists reeled in shock at the worst mass killing in Egypt’s modern history. By Thursday night, health officials had counted 638 dead and nearly 4,000 injured, but the final toll was expected to rise further.
A tense quiet settled over Cairo as the city braced for new protests by supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, after the Friday Prayer. The new government authorized the police to use lethal force if they felt endangered.
2. Eid Mubarak
For the world’s Muslims, the festival of Eid al-Fitr is a perfect conclusion to Ramadan — the month-long period of fasting and contemplation practiced by observers of Islam around the globe. One of the most festive periods in the religion’s calendar, Eid is often commemorated with large feasts, family-time, and through charitable acts and donations.
“Eid Mubarak” is a greeting shared among Muslims to wish another tidings upon the conclusion of Ramadan. The salutation found its way to the #2 spot in Global trends.
3. Just Can’t Let Her Go
A new One Direction song called “Just Can’t Let Her Go” leaked at the beginning of this week. It’s expected to appear on their upcoming (third) album. These guys capture the top trend all the time. At this point, we are anything but surprised. It’s already leaked anyways, so the band put it on their YouTube channel:
#BAP배드맨 is K-Pop (Korean pop music) trend. Korean pop groups trend all the time, and this is yet another boy band that will be stealing headlines, bet on that. They are industry veterans of hip hop, reuniting with a new album. The only surprise here is that the news didn’t trump the young lads of One Direction, really. Meet the fellas:
5. Happy Women’s Day
The equality and women’s rights laws of Tunis are perceived to be the most progressive women’s rights laws in the Arab world. Still, as Women’s Day happened this week in Tunisia, the topic of women’s rights is still one of much debate, with rallies for and against the laws happening this week and sparking a global Twitter trend.
Mrs. Jay-Z (I probably shouldn’t call her that. B, I’m sorry) cut her hair and trended on Twitter. Let’s pretend this paragraph is full of good reasons why this is news. Anyway, here’s the new ‘do:
The Teen Choice Awards are a big deal to teens, as the teens Tweet, so goes Twitter trends. The night was punctuated by heartfelt speeches by Glee start Lea Michelle (girlfriend of recently deceased co-star Cory Monteith) and Ashton Kutcher.
Dutch Prince Johan Friso passed away this week. He is most famous for giving up his place in line for the throne to marry his love choice. 18 months ago, he suffered a terrible brain injury in a ski accident involving an avalanche, and finally gave up his fight this week. While he was not a flashy public figure, condolences on his passing became a global Twitter trend.
10. Louis Saha
Louis Saha is a former Manchester United and Everton striker, who announced his retirement from pro football (that’s soccer, if you’re stateside) this week.
In true social media fashion, the Frenchman shared the announcement via Twitter (in his second language:)
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