With no shortage of headline grabbing stories over the last seven days perhaps we should take a moment to review some of the most important from last week
Fourteen people were shot dead, and another 21 injured, in the latest mass shooting in the US that occurred last week at a Christmas party organized for the employees of the San Bernardino Public Health Department. Syed Rizwan Farook, who had left the party after a dispute, and his wife Tashfeen Malik opened fire with a selection of automatic weapons, and were shot dead after a police pursuit later in the day. The FBI are investigating it as an act of terrorism after explosives were found at the home the couple, in their twenties, shared with their six month old child.
COP21, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, was held in Le Bourget, Paris, last week with a vast array of world leaders making speeches encouraging delegates to arrive at, for the first time, a “binding and universal” agreement on the planet’s response to this global crisis. Despite public pressure however, many observers feel the differences in vested interests between developed and developing nations may prevent anything but a very watered down compromise treaty being signed.
British Prime Minister David Cameron led the call for an expansion of UK airstrikes against so-called Islamic State last week with parliament debating and then voting on including targets within the territory of Syria. Opposed by Jeremy Corben, leader of the Labour party the government carried the vote with 66 opposition MPs voting with them, including Labour foreign affairs spokesman Hillary Benn who made a well-received impassioned plea for continued military action against the extremists.
In sport Real Madrid, who have been busy readying their appeal against expulsion from the Copa del Rey for fielding ineligible players during their 3-1 win over Cadiz, answered critics with four first half goals against Getafe to remain in touch with La Liga leaders Barcelona. Will they catch up and overtake their big rivals? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out but in the meantime here’s a look back at some of the major stories we covered from around the world over the last seven days.
1. PokerStars’ Ronaldo hosted a celebrity poker tournament and he also played reaching second place.
2. The most unpredictable Premier League season ever is unfolding in front of our eyes.
3. New market statistics showed that Australia gambling has hit a record high, with Australians spending more money on gambling now than ever before.
4. An FBI was underway regarding the Sepp Blatter bribery scandal. The FIFA president was being investigated for allegedly accepting bribes from sports marketing company ISL.
5. The new Kardashian-West baby name was announced, and it was Saint West. It is another ridiculous baby name from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who named their first child North West.
6. A new solution emerged from the internet about how Chelsea can become champions again next season.
Meanwhile the wreck of the San Jose, a Spanish galleon sunk in 1708 by the British, often described as the “holy grail” of sunken vessels was discovered off the port city of Cartagena. The galleon was carrying a fortune in gold, silver, gems and jewelry, today worth some $1 billion, that the Spanish King was to use as finance for his war of succession. Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian President said the find “constitutes one of the greatest discoveries of submerged patrimony in the history of mankind.” He also announced the construction of a museum in Cartagena to house some of the wreck’s treasures.