Last week saw numerous big breaking stories hit the headlines so we take a look back at the most important of the last seven days.
After a Russian SU-24 bomber taking part in ongoing combat operations in Syria supposedly ignored warnings and strayed into Turkish airspace, for 17 seconds or so, patrolling aircraft from the Turkish Air Force shot it down. One pilot was killed, the other recovered. Vladimir Putin reacted angrily to the first such incident between a NATO nation and Russia since the 1950s, imposing sanctions on Turkey. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan regretted the incident. Moscow demands a full apology.
President Barack Obama once again had cause to call for tighter gun controls in the US last week following a deadly attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. A policeman and two civilians were killed in the attack which also injured nine others. The president described the attack as having been perpetrated with “an assault weapon” and regretted the “easy accessibility of weapons of war” in the US. Police arrested loner Robert Lewis Dear of Carolina for the attack.
Donald Trump, still the leading Republican candidate for the party’s nomination for the presidential race in 2016, behaved in a manner the New York Times described as “outrageous” last week when he did an impersonation of one of their reporters, Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition. Trump had used the work of Mr. Kovaleski to back up his stupid claims “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated after 9/11, something the reporter denies inferring in his work.
In sport Andy Murray beat David Goffin of Belgium 6-3 7-5 6-3 to give Great Britain its first Davis Cup trophy since 1936. Team GB won its first title for 79 years after winning the best of five tie in Ghent which saw Jamie Murray win the doubles with his brother. Having achieved so much for British tennis does a knighthood beckon for Andy Murray? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s some of the biggest stories we covered over the last week.
1. 63-year old Avondale resident Cecilia Randel had been named the holder of the sole winning ticket of the $475,000 Louisiana Lottery jackpot.
2. There were a number of exciting Thanksgiving Day NFL games that took place on Thursday, including Philadelphia versus Detroit, Carolina versus Dallas, and Chicago versus Green Bay.
3. Philadelphia is easily the saddest pro sports city in the USA right now, given that its teams in all major sports leagues are doing poorly in games and rankings.
4. A British couple won the £1 million EuroMillions jackpot for the second time in two years, having had first won it in 2013. It was the 10th biggest EuroMillions jackpot to be won in the UK.
5. Despite the huge amount players wagered in Las Vegas, overall gaming revenues dropped in Nevada 2015 October.
Meanwhile “Cards Against Humanity”, manufacturer of the popular game of the same name, offered its customers something different this Black Friday by putting absolutely nothing on sale on their website for the bargain price of $5. The offer, that required takers to tick a check box reading “I understand I am paying Cards Against Humanity $5 and receiving nothing in return”, netted the company $71,000. The company then released an exhaustive and eclectic list of what their staff spent the money on.
There was a mass 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
The heavy metal band “Goodbye to Gravity” on stage at the popular “Colectiv Club” in Bucharest, Romania, last week used pyrotechnic effects that ignited parts of the club causing a fire that swept through the venue. Twenty nine people lost their lives, with that figure likely to rise, and a further 140 were hospitalized with smoke inhalation and severe burns. President of Romania, Klaus Johannis, has said safety regulations were ignored at the club and three days of mourning were held for the dead.
An airliner operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, under the name Metrojet, broke up at high altitude over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula killing all 224 passengers and crew, all but three of whom were Russians. Islamic state linked militants have claimed responsibility for the loss of the aircraft that crashed on Saturday having departed the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, however these claims were dismissed by authorities. Investigations into the cause of the Airbus 321’s crash continue.
The ruling AKP, Justice & Development Party, in Turkey gained back the majority in parliament it had lost back in June when elections were held last week. The AKP of current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan won 316 seats with 49.4% of the vote leaving main opposition party, the CHP, to garner only 25.4%. The HDP, a pro-Kurdish party, and the MHP, a nationalist party, both won enough of the vote to take their seats in the Ankara parliament, but overall the result was a big win for Erdogan’s government.
In sport the position of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was once more called into question after his side lost against Liverpool 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, their sixth league defeat in 11 games. Although it is likely Mourinho will cling on for now just how much time can he have left if he can’t get results? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s a look at some of the important stories from around the world that we covered over the last week.
1.Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are once again the favourites to win the FIFA Balon d’Or award.
2.Lewis Hamilton secured his 3rd Formula One World Championship title, but his teammate was frustrated with the result.
3.Watch an Estonian player winning the thrilling final of the USD 1.2 million Pokerstars tournament.
4.LeoVegas introduced a mobile jackpot. They have an impressive list of jackpot winners at LeoVegas casino, it’s worth giving a try!
5.A player placed a NZD 400,000 wager on the All Blacks beating Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.
Meanwhile a book mix up left hundreds of copies of “Little Red Riding Hood Eats The Wolf” recalled by authorities from primary schools across Chile. The book, a collection of short erotic stories by Pilar Quintana had been confused with the classic children’s fairy tale despite containing sexual and violent content. “I’m surprised people are shocked about the sexual content of the book.” Said the bemused author who went on to say he felt it was not inappropriate reading material for young people.