THE RUNDOWN – 10.01.16

Jan 11 2016 BY Eto Worchie

It’s been a busy week. So much so that you probably haven’t had the time to catch up with everything going on in the world. Fortunately (for you), we’ve got your back. Here’s what happened this week in the worlds of Politics, Technology, Sports, Music alongside a few other miscellaneous bits that caught our eye.


el chap

  • The fugitive drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was caught this week. He allegedly contributed to his own capture by attempting to make a film about his rags-to-riches rise to the top of one of the world’s most extensive criminal enterprises.
  • A man from the Isle of Wight has died on Koh Tao in Thailand, the island where two British tourists were murdered in 2014.
  • Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a Libyan police training centre on Thursday that killed at least 47 people in the worst militant attack since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
  • Two suspected militants stabbed and wounded two Austrians and a Swede at a hotel in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, the interior ministry has said.
  • The partner of former EastEnders actor Sian Blake has been arrested in Ghana over the alleged murder of her and her two sons. Arthur Simpson-Kent was arrested on Saturday after fleeing the UK following the death of Blake and their two children, Zachary, eight, and Amon, four.




  • The government has been put on notice that it is in breach of international law for allowing the export of British-made missiles and military equipment to Saudi Arabia that might have been used to kill civilians.
  • The Labour MP Simon Danczuk charged £5,000 for an interview with a national newspaper in which he discussed intimate text messages he had sent to a teenage girl.
  • The government claims that it increased spending on flood defences ahead of the wettest December on record are “essentially meaningless”, an independent adviser on climate change has said.
  • The British National party has been struck off the UK’s register of political parties, the Electoral Commission has confirmed.




  • Motorola, the brand which invented the mobile phone, brought us the iconic “Motorola brick”, and gave us both the first flip-phone and the iconic Razr, is to cease to exist.
  • A Chinese manufacturer’s booth at CES in Las Vegas has been raided by US marshals in a crackdown on patent-infringing hoverboards.
  • Edward Snowden this week spoke at Consumer Electronics Show disguised as a robot.
  • A Chinese company claimed a world first on Wednesday by unveiling a drone capable of carrying a human passenger. The drone was exhibited this week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
  • Netflix announced Wednesday that it’s launching in an additional 130 countries, making the streaming service available in almost every country, with the notable exception of China.



Mo Farah celebrates winning the men's 5,000m final at the European Championships in Helsinki in June

  • Mo Farah this week called for drug cheats to be given life bans, he this week revealed his frustration at having lost medals to cheats and called for permanent exclusion for those associated of taking performance enhancing drugs.
  • Bournemouth reached a deal with Wolves to sign striker Benik Afobe for a fee believed to be around £10m, which would be a club record transfer fee.
  • Guus Hiddink likened Oscar and Diego Costa to charging bulls during their training ground bust-up on Thursday but Chelsea’s interim manager suggested he was not unhappy to see their passions stirred.
  • A French daredevil known for aerial stunts has fallen to his death while preparing for a dangerous tightrope walk between two hot air balloons.
  • Yaya Touré has described the decision not to award him Africa’s Player of the Year for the fifth successive year as “pathetic” and “indecent” after the Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder finished as runner-up behind the Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Glo-CAF African Football player of the year award.
  • Real Madrid announced Zinedine Zidane as their new manager; the former Real Madrid player will take charge of the first team with immediate effect after Rafael Benitez was sacked.



  • Kanye West this week released new song “Real Friends” featuring Ty Dolla Sign, to establish the return of his Good Fridays, a series in which he will release music every Friday leading up to his new album relase. Which he also announced he will release his seventh studio album SWISH on February the 11th.
  • Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco last year revealed that he would release three albums in 2016, named ‘Droga’, ‘Skulls’ and ‘Roy’, this week he announced ‘Roy’ would be his last album ever.
  • Soul singer Otis Clay died aged 73 in his hometown of Chicago yesterday evening (January 8) after suffering a heart attack.
  • Hip hop artist Chance The Rapper last night reached his goal of raising $100,000 (£69,000) for homeless people in his hometown of Chicago.
  • Kano has announced details of new album Made In The Manor and released single “3 Wheel-ups” featuring Wiley and Giggs.
  • Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has just become the first person in UK chart history to control the top three positions at the same time thanks to the popular singles from his new album, Purpose. In first place is “Love Yourself”, the record’s third official release.