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The week in pictures: August 04 – August 10, 2015

Aug 12, 2015 - by Nich Moore

Weekly news in pictures

There was a plethora of breaking news stories last week so let’s look back at some of the biggest that made the headlines over the last seven days

Japan commemorated the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6th 1945. Seventy years after the 8:15am detonation, that had equaled some 12,000 tons of TNT and killed 70,000 people instantly with another 70,000 dying later of their injuries or illnesses, the city’s bells tolled and tens of thousands gathered with the country’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, in the Peace Memorial Park and observed a moment of silence for the dead.

Fox News hosted the first televised Republican debate drawing together numerous candidates including the ever entertaining Donald Trump whose bombastic personality dominated proceedings. During the debate Trump was question by Megyn Kelly on his attitude to women, an exchange he later described as being “nasty” saying “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever.” In the ensuing controversy he said only a “sick person” would that about menstruation.

The 100mph winds of Typhoon Soudelor caused widespread damage across both Taiwan and then the Chinese province of Fujian last week as the massive storm system wreaked havoc across massive swathes of the region. Despite the Chinese having ample warning and placing 7,000 personnel on standby and evacuating some 163,000 people (even ordering 32,000 vessels back to port) there were still hundreds of injuries, six deaths and millions of households were left without electricity or running water.

In sport MotoGP rider Marc Marquez took a well earned victory at the Indianapolis Grand Prix taking the lead three laps before the end and stayed there till the checkered flag. This second successive victory for the Spaniard lifts him to third in the title race behind Jorge Lorenzo and current championship leader Valentino Rossi. With 8 events left in the season can Marquez overhaul his rivals? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here are some of the big news stories from last week.

1. The Seattle Seahawks gave a four-year, USD 87.6 contract extension to Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson.

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Russell Wilson signed the contract (Photo: SB Nation)


2. Daniel Sturridge was expected to return to action earlier than it was speculated before.

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Recovering could be a long process (Photo: the Independent)


3. Jose Mourinho prepared to fight for his fourth Premier League title with Chelsea before the 2015-16 Premier League season started.

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Back to the good ol’ days? (Photo: Getty via DailyMail)


4. After activating last year at Manchester United, this year Angel di Maria looks for better days at Paris Saint-Germain. The transfer between the two clubs was completed.

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Tears of joy or tears of sadness? (Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty images)


5. Manchester City extended Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini’s contract before the start of the 2015-16 Premier League season.

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Manuel Pellegrini is looking at another season with Manchester City (Photo: Daniel Ochoa De Olza/AP)


6. Former first round draft pick Aldon Smith was released by San Francisco 49ers after the player’s latest arrest for alleged hit and run and DUI.

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More trouble for Aldon Smith (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA Today Sports)

7. Two men claimed to be Juan Manuel Fangio’s sons and the court ordered the exhumation of the five-time Formula One world champion, in order to perform a DNA test.

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“Out” for a DNA test (Photo: Daily Mail)

Meanwhile Jon Stewart, long time host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” left after 16 years in an emotional farewell before young Trevor Noah takes the reins of the flagship satire show. Joined by former colleagues and lampooned by political friends and foes alike, Mr. Stewart took advantage of his last spell of duty behind the famous desk to warn America of “blatant mendacity” saying that “Whenever something’s been titled ‘Freedom’ ‘Family’ ‘Fairness’ ‘Health’ ‘America’, take a good long sniff.” The question is, what will Stewart do next?

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