The Rundown – 11.12.17

Dec 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.



  • Boris Johnson has urged the EU to move Brexit talks forward so divisions over the Irish border can be “thrashed out”. The foreign secretary said getting on with trade talks was the “solution” to the current impasse. But the EU says this can only happen when enough progress has been made in agreeing what will happen at the Northern Ireland border.

  • A man is due to appear in court later over an alleged plot to kill the prime minister, Theresa May. Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London, is accused of planning to bomb Downing Street security gates and then attack the PM with a knife.

  • The deal the UK government was set to agree with the European Union on Monday came as “a big shock” to the DUP, its leader Arlene Foster has said. Talks in Brussels halted because the DUP, which props up the Tory minority government, rejected a proposal about the future of the Irish border.

  • Ministers say no part of the UK will be treated differently in the Brexit talks as Labour branded their approach an “embarrassment”. No agreement has been reached with the EU after a DUP backlash against proposals for the Irish border.

  • The government has not carried out an impact assessment of leaving the EU on the UK economy, Brexit Secretary David Davis has told MPs.



  • US President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior administration officials have said. He is due to announce the controversial decision in a speech later. Mr Trump is also expected to approve moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but not for several years.

  • The Manchester Arena bomber had been a “subject of interest” and opportunities to stop him were missed, a review says. Its author, David Anderson QC, said it was conceivable Salman Abedi’s attack, which killed 22 people, could have been avoided had “cards fallen differently”. But he said it was “unknowable” whether reopening investigations into Abedi would have thwarted his plans, adding: “MI5 assesses that it would not.”

  • A US woman who vanished last month after going on a Tinder date has been found dead by police, her family says. Sydney Loofe, 24, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was last seen on 15 November after going to meet another woman.

  • The number of homeless people in the United States has increased for the first time since 2010. Just under 554,000 people were homeless, a report from the department of housing and urban development said.

  • An Australian court will decide the fate of two more politicians caught up in a dual citizenship row that has already unseated nine lawmakers. Dual nationals are not allowed to stand for parliament in Australia.

  • Fears are growing over the fate of a Pakistani activist who has been reported missing since the weekend. Raza Khan from Lahore disappeared after attending a public discussion on a recent, controversial protest by a hardline religious group.

  • Nations have agreed that the world needs to completely stop plastic waste from entering the oceans. The UN resolution, which is set to be sealed tomorrow, has no timetable and is not legally binding. But ministers at an environment summit in Kenya believe it will set the course for much tougher policies and send a clear signal to business.

  • Time magazine has named “the Silence Breakers” – women who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment – as its “Person of the Year”. The movement is most closely associated with the #MeToo hashtag which sprung up as allegations emerged against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. President Donald Trump was named as runner-up.

  • Russia’s Vladimir Putin is to seek another term as president in next year’s election.



  • Two men have been charged in Singapore for illegally renting out their homes for short-term stays via Airbnb, according to local media. It is the first known case of its kind since new laws against home sharing came into effect in June.

  • Jeremy Hunt has told Facebook to “stay away from my kids” after it launched a new messaging app aimed at children. The social network announced on Tuesday it was testing Messenger Kids in the US for those under 13 who cannot sign up for its full service. The health secretary took to Twitter to condemn the new tool, saying the firm had promised to prevent under-age use of its product.

  • A US study into drone safety has suggested that collisions with aircraft are more damaging than bird strikes. It said current aircraft manufacturing standards are not appropriate for the growth in drone use but stopped short of saying such hits could be fatal.

  • Google will dedicate more than 10,000 staff to rooting out violent extremist content on YouTube in 2018, the video sharing website’s chief has said.
  • The BBC is launching a new scheme to help young people identify real news and filter out fake or false information. The project is targeted at secondary schools and sixth forms across the UK.



  • BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo is to replace Reggie Yates on BBC One’s Top of the Pops Christmas and New Year specials. Yates stepped down from the shows on Monday after making “ill-considered remarks” in a podcast. He apologised last month for using the phrase “fat Jewish guy” to refer to managers in the music industry.

  • Katy Perry and the Catholic Church have been awarded almost $10m (£7.5m) in damages after the star’s plans to buy a former LA convent ended up in court. Perry agreed to purchase the hilltop property for $14.5m (£10.8m) in 2015. But two of the nuns who used to live there objected, and instead sold it to restaurateur Dana Hollister without the approval of the archdiocese.

  • Pop star Selena Gomez has made her Instagram account private after expressing her dissatisfaction with a recent interview published in Billboard magazine.

  • Singer Ariana Grande’s heartbreaking Twitter post following the terror attack at her concert in Manchester, England has become the second most popular tweet of 2017.
  • Meek Mill has had his latest bid for bail shot down after he was deemed a “danger to the community”.
  • Ed Sheeran has been named Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2017. The 26-year-old singer topped the year-end list with 6.3 billion streams – taking the title from the 2016 winner Drake. The Canadian rapper placed second in this year’s list, followed by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar. While the top five most streamed artists noticeably lacked any women, Rihanna was named the most streamed female performer of the year, followed by Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez.



  • Serena Williams has entered the Australian Open in January, tournament director Craig Tiley has said. The 36-year-old won the Melbourne event in January while in the early weeks of pregnancy and gave birth to a daughter in September.
  • Russia has been banned from competing at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee. But Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag.

  • Britain’s Kelly Sotherton is set to be awarded a bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Games after Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova failed to have a doping ban overturned. Chernova was stripped of the medal she won at Beijing earlier this year after testing positive for a steroid.

  • England’s fightback in the second Test ultimately came to nothing as Australia powered to a 120-run win in Adelaide and a 2-0 Ashes lead.



  • Lubaina Himid has become the oldest winner of the Turner Prize, and the first black woman to pick up the art award. The 63-year-old Zanzibar-born, Preston-based artist won the £25,000 prize for work addressing racial politics and the legacy of slavery.

  • Nearly a third of teenage girls have been sexually harassed online by children their own age, a study from charity Childnet suggests. Some 31% of girls aged 13-17 have been targeted with unwanted sexual attention, compared with 11% of boys. One in 10 of the 1,559 teens interviewed reported receiving threats of sexual violence, including rape.

  • Christine Keeler, the model embroiled in the 1963 Profumo affair, has died aged 75, her son has said.
  • House of Cards is set to re-enter production in 2018, with Robin Wright as the new lead. The future of the hit TV show had been left uncertain, after Kevin Spacey was fired following allegations of sexual misconduct.
  • Up to one in five patients is regularly missing GP appointments in Scotland, new research reveals. A study of more than 500,000 people in the country found poorer patients living in affluent areas were the most likely to miss an appointment.

  • Former U.S. President Barack Obama scored the most popular post of 2017, earning almost five million ‘likes’ after responding to the violence at a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville in August.