The Rundown – 11.06.17

Jun 12 2017 BY Rachel Ayeh-Datey

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 and World alongside a few other miscellaneous bits that caught our eye.

 

Politics

 

• Last Thursday’s general election confirmed a hung parliament following a surge in votes for Labour. Two senior Conservative advisors have since resigned as Theresa May attempts to avoid a leadership challenge. Elsewhere, May pledges that her government deal with the DUP will ‘provide certainty’.
• Diane Abbot has been replaced as Labour’s shadow home secretary during a “period of her ill health”, the party has confirmed. She was replaced by Lyn Brown, who currently serves as the party’s shadow policing minister.
• A hashtag (#AbbotAppreciation) went viral after the news of Diane Abbot being replaced broke. This hashtag was flooded with positive messages about the MP who has served for over 30 years.

 

World

 

• Ex-FBI chief James Comey told Congress that the Trump administration’s comments about him and the FBI were “lies plain and simple”.
• A video has emerged showing armed police shooting dead the three men who carried out the London terror attack. CCTV footage shows the three men attacking a pedestrian in Borough Market before charging at armed officers. The men are then shot dead.
• The UN has received reports that 231 Iraqi civilians have been killed by so-called Islamic State while attempting to flee Mosul over the past two weeks.
• The Malaysian government has removed a category on “preventing” homosexuality from a sex education video competition for young people, following an outcry among activists. They had said it could increase hatred and violence against LGBT people.
• A conservationist who played a key role in reintroducing the eastern black rhino to Rwanda has been killed by one of the animals, a wildlife group says.

 

 

Music

 

• Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester Benefit Concert helped raise over £2million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. The total raised since the Manchester terror attack on May 22 now exceeds £10million.
• Ariana Grande has resumed her tour in Paris, just over two weeks after the terrorist attack at her Manchester Arena concert.
• The music video to Fifth Harmony’s latest single “Down” featuring Gucci Mane was released. The video features the girl band throwing a midnight motel party.
• The long-awaited Carpool Karaoke episode featuring Ed Sheeran was released this past week on the Late Late Show Youtube channel. The video garnered over 2 million views within the first 7 hours of its release.

 

 

Technology

 

• The comments section of Britney Spears’ Instagram account has been used by cyber-thieves to co-ordinate attacks. Security firm Eset found the gang controlled its malware, called Turla, by posting comments about images in the singer’s gallery.
• Every year tens of thousands of people are conned by online scammers, but it is not only the authorities taking action. A global network of tech-savvy volunteers is also working to expose them. So-called scam baiters spend their evenings trying to unearth online con artists by pretending to fall for their tricks.
• Apple’s iOS 11 mobile operating system will not be available for the iPhone 5 and 5C or the iPad 4 when it is released in the autumn. It means those with the older devices will no longer receive software or security updates.
• Police forces across Europe could get data from net firms almost immediately under new European Commission plans. The proposals aim to help police act quickly in the wake of terror attacks to round up collaborators and suspects.

 

 

Sports

 

• Sri Lanka executed a masterful run-chase to stun holders India with a seven-wicket Champions Trophy win at The Oval and throw Group B wide open.
• England reach the final of the Under-20 World Cup for the first time by coming from behind to beat Italy
• Fernando Alonso has indicated he will leave McLaren-Honda at the end of the year if he does not see signs they can be competitive by September. The two-time world champion is out of contract at the end of this season.
• Romania’s Simona Halep moved within one win of a first Grand Slam title and the number one ranking with victory over Karolina Pliskova at the French Open.

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

• There’s a call for UK festivals to provide drug-testing services to reduce deaths caused by drugs. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) says stronger ecstasy in the UK is resulting in “serious health harm”.
• Levels of satisfaction with university “value for money” have fallen for the fifth year in a row, in a major annual study of student attitudes. Five years ago, 53% of students across the UK thought university was “good” or “very good” value – but this has now slumped to its lowest level of 35%.
• Universities in the UK are being challenged over marketing claims to students that they are in the “top 1%” of the world’s universities. The University of Reading is going to have to take down such a claim after a complaint to the advertising watchdog.