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UnNews provides rosette-to-rosette coverage of the upcoming British general election. On 7 May, Brits are to elect 650 MPs (Military Police) with a view to making one of several really silly people the face of the nation (pending the ceremonial wink from Her Majesty). Full story»
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Republicans, after years of floundering against President Obama, were gleeful that an American drone strike had killed an American held hostage in an al-Qaeda camp.

Paul Ryan (R-WI) wrote a bill to prohibit attacking any enemy site where American hostages were being held. The enemy could avail itself of this protection by taking one or more American hostages and filing a form with the Department of Defense indicating where they are. Full story»

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The United States is moving an aircraft carrier toward Yemen, where it will be in position to do nothing.

A Pentagon spokesman for the Army denied that the ships were sent into the Gulf of Aden to block Iran from resupplying rebels in Yemen. A Navy spokesman said the U.S. has not boarded another ship since the start of the month, and that was merely an "April Fool." However, the U.S. is always looking for better recipes for couscous. Full story»

Cocaine haul
SAN DIEGO, California -- The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Boutwell, carrying more than 14 tons of cocaine, returned to Snow Station Zebra after an operation off the coast of Central and South America. Vice Admiral Charles Michel described the result as "some of the best shit I've ever tried."

The haul is destined for baseball ballparks across the nation. New rules to speed up the game force batters to remain in their "box." To encourage this, the white lines have been completely reformulated for the new season. Full story»

Mall garbage
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Dismayed organizers of the annual Earth Day concert are considering canceling the annual event after the city fined the organization for cleanup of the National Mall.

Patrons left the mall littered with 2.7 tons of debris. Organizers protested that they had placed three wastebaskets in the corner of the mall to accommodate styrofoam produced during the concert. Full story»

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Callers to the Internal Revenue Service stayed on hold for an average 95 minutes (with a recorded message that 'Your call is very important to us' once a minute or so).

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) tried to investigate but was put on hold for three hours. His committee discovered that the IRS had bought kazoos, rubber ducks, and a public opinion poll regarding the agency, as if there were any doubt. Full story»

Instructions for {{Lead articles}} (Edit them) (Return to the Front Page):

  • arrangePlease use this properly!--Indicates the article's layout on the Front Page:
    • lead One-across (the article in the "1-spot")
    • left Of the pairs of side-by-side articles, the article on the left side
    • right Of the pairs of side-by-side articles, the article on the right side
  • image — The image name (omit File:). There should always be an image, but if you leave this blank, the null image Spacer.gif will be used
  • dept — An optional "department" legend that will appear centered above the headline. Use them only in the 1-Spot; in the side-by-side leads (2- through 5-Spots), these graphics mess up rendering on smaller screens. Lowercase letters will become small capitals, but they won't look very good. Typical "departments" are:
    • BREAKING NEWS or URGENT for stories that either are relevant to big real-world news, or are not
    • EXCLUSIVE for "exclusive interviews," especially when they are exclusive because we're interviewing ourselves
    • PANIC in the SKIES — prized by all journalists, especially if it should have been the Happiest Day of the Year
    • NAVEL-GAZING for UnNews articles that revolve around UnNews
    • FEATURE for articles that are featured on the Uncyclopedia main page
    • ORIGINAL for stories with {{Original}} instead of real sources
    • EDITORIAL for stories tagged as UnNews Editorials
    • COLUMN for stories tagged as UnNews Columns
  • title — The page name (omit UnNews:); that is, the headline
  • short_titleOptional — If the page name is too long or doesn't look like a headline, provide the desired headline here.
  • summary — The first sentence or two of the story. If you can write a funnier lead by pulling stuff from throughout the story, that would be funnier.

Important notes:

  • If you put vertical space between the calls to {{Lead article}}, comment them out, or space will be output that will throw off the relation between articles.
  • If not using dept, set it to none. If not using short_title, turn the whole line into a comment: <!-- short_title= -->. To put it back into service, just remove the special characters. Don't remove the lines completely; that makes it harder for the next editor to see the correct form to follow.
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