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.
Last week was a busy seven days so lets take a moment to look back at some of the stories that hit our headlines and those of publications around the world
At NASA scientists announced the discovery of water on the surface of Mars. The highly salted liquid forms dark stains on the terrain and only flows during the summer months before drying out in autumn. The precise origin of the liquid is as yet unknown but scientists hope that its discovery could lead to more precise searches both for life on Mars and potential sites for human habitation in the future. “Mars is not the dry, arid planet that we thought of in the past.” said NASA.
In the Middle East Russian combat aircraft conducted military operations over Syria as keen ally of President Bashar Assad, Vladimir Putin, launched attacks on various rebel groups currently fighting the nation’s ongoing civil war. This included some anti-Assad groups supported and financed by the US who denounced the presence of Russian forces in the area and described the bombings as “indiscriminate”. US air operations over Syria continued uninterrupted despite the Russian sorties.
In Roseburg, Oregon, a student opened fire at Umpqua community college killing nine classmates and wounding nine others. The gunman, 26 year old British born Chris Harper-Mercer, who was enrolled at the college on a writing course, apparently targeted Christians in his attack. Police say they recovered a dozen legally purchased weapons from both his person and home and that Mercer killed himself as police moved in after a short gun battle. His motives were not immediately clear.
In sport hosts England crashed out of the Rugby World Cup having been completely outclassed by Australia in their 13-33 defeat. The result puts Wales and Australia through from Pool A, the first time a host nation has failed to win a place in the quarter-finals. The question now is who will lift the trophy in the final? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out but in the meantime here’s a look at some of the big stories we covered over the last seven days.
1. NCAA considers daily fantasy sports as gambling, so participating college athletes due to be handed a year suspension.
2. After the first seven rounds of the Premier League and the first two of the Champions League, the Red Devils were the best English side.
3. Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond thinks that the Scottish giants will join the English top-flight in the next decade.
4. Gambling revenue incomes fell for the third month in a row in Nevada, though gambling still flourishes in certain districts of Las Vegas.
5. Former Borussia Dormund coach Jurgen Klopp became the favorite to take over Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers was fired.
Meanwhile Stephen Hawking once again warned against possible alien invasion comparing any encounter Humans might have with extraterrestrials as being akin to the result of Columbus discovering America on the Native Americans. “Advanced aliens,” he said, “would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.” His comments were made to “raise public awareness about the importance of space flight”.