The Rundown – 12.02.18

Feb 12 2018 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.



  • David Davis has described a leaked EU paper suggesting it could cut UK access to the single market if there was a post-Brexit row as “discourteous”. A draft document leaked on Wednesday suggested any dispute could mean UK benefits being suspended in the “transition period” after Brexit. The UK Brexit secretary said it had not been “in good faith” to publish it. He also said every economic forecast about Brexit had been “proven wrong so far”.

  • Ministers could cut off funding for Oxfam if it cannot account for the way it handled claims of sexual misconduct by aid workers, the international development secretary has warned. Penny Mordaunt will meet the charity on Monday to hear more about claims staff used prostitutes in Haiti in 2011. She said Oxfam had failed in its “moral leadership” over the “scandal”.

  • Labour’s proposal to bring services such as water, energy and rail into public ownership would be “cost free”, John McDonnell has said. The shadow chancellor says he wants to put public services “irreversibly in the hands of workers” so they can “never again be taken away”. In a speech in London, Mr McDonnell said privatisation had failed.

  • UKIP leader Henry Bolton is confident he will win the backing of his party in a vote of members next weekend, he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr. Mr Bolton suggested he was still in a relationship with Jo Marney, whose racist texts about Meghan Markle sparked a no-confidence vote in him.

  • Two Welsh MPs have said abuse against politicians has “definitely got worse”, both online and in person. David Davies, Conservative MP for Monmouth and Carolyn Harris, Labour MP for Swansea East, said they had received “threatening” personal abuse. It comes after a cross party committee called for a new code of conduct for MPs, Peers and workers in parliament.



  • Prominent Pakistani human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir has died at the age of 66. She reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to hospital, where she later died. The pro-democracy activist championed women’s rights throughout her career. She was imprisoned in 1983 and put under house arrest in 2007. Five years ago, leaked documents suggested that some intelligence officers had planned to kill her.

  • The leader of South Africa’s ruling party has acknowledged growing impatience over the failure to resolve President Jacob Zuma’s future. Cyril Ramaphosa said the matter had to be handled with “care and purpose”. Mr Zuma is facing extensive corruption charges after a turbulent nine years in power.

  • State media in China have accused Sweden of a movie-style plot to spirit away detained bookseller Gui Minhai, who has Swedish citizenship. The Hong Kong-based businessman was seized on 20 January while travelling to the Chinese capital, Beijing. On Friday a video interview was released in which he accused Stockholm of “sensationalising” his case. A Chinese tabloid condemned Sweden for trying to “demonstrate its diplomatic heroism by ‘saving the bookseller'”.

  • A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board. The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow. The cause of crash is unclear. Investigators and emergency crews are working at the snow-covered site.

  • Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will defend itself “against any attack” after carrying out what appear to be its largest strikes on sites in Syria in decades. Israel launched raids against Iranian targets after saying it had intercepted an Iranian drone crossing the Syria-Israel border. Iran denies the allegation.



  • YouTube has suspended advertising on video blogger Logan Paul’s channels owing to his “pattern of behaviour”. In December, he was criticised for uploading a video of a dead body recorded in Japan’s so-called suicide forest. He later apologised. Since his return to YouTube, he has made a video in which he fired a taser at a dead rat, and joked on Twitter about eating detergent capsules. YouTube said his actions could “damage” the wider video-making community.

  • Uber and Waymo have reached a settlement over claims Uber stole trade secrets from the self-driving company. As part of the agreement, Uber is giving a 0.34% Uber stake to Waymo, worth approximately $245m (£177m). Uber has also agreed not to use Waymo’s technology in its self-driving cars, though it maintains it never did.

  • Telecoms company EE has revealed plans to sell a 4G antenna that promises to bring fast broadband internet to thousands of homes in rural areas. EE’s Simon Till said the “shoebox-size” antenna would let more people access the company’s 4G broadband service. The company said it had delivered speeds of 100Mbps to homes during a trial in Cumbria.

  • Facebook is testing a new “downvote” button that will let people hide comments and provide feedback about them. However, the social network denied that the new feature was a “dislike” button, which many Facebook users have requested. The downvote button is being tried out by a small number of US users.



  • Former world number one Serena Williams says she has not yet decided whether she will compete at this year’s remaining three Grand Slams. The American will make her competitive return to tennis at the Fed Cup this weekend after giving birth to her first child in September. The 36-year-old missed the Australian Open in January to give her more time to recover from the birth. Asked whether she will be at the French Open in May she said: “I don’t know.”

  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he should win an award for his behaviour on the touchline. The Portuguese coach has been sent to the stands on several occasions during his managerial career following clashes with fourth officials. However, Mourinho says he has changed his ways and feels he is now one of the Premier League’s best behaved managers.

  • Johanna Konta and Heather Watson both won as Britain beat Hungary to reach the Fed Cup World Group II play-off. World number 11 Konta broke Fanny Stollar’s serve five times in a 6-3 6-1 win to give GB an unassailable 2-0 lead and no need to play the doubles rubber.

  • Teenager Red Gerard snatched a dramatic victory in the men’s slopestyle to win the United States’ first gold of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The 17-year-old scored 87.16 on his final run to beat Canadians Max Parrot (86.00) and Mark McMorris (85.20).



  • The Black Panther soundtrack which was curated by Kendrick Lamar and TDE is out now – with notable features from Swae Lee, Ab Soul, Jorja Smith and James Blake.
  • Guns N’ Roses, Jarvis Cocker, Alicia Keys and the late Prince all made a stand against fans who filmed their gigs with phones.  Hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar, who launched his European tour in Dublin last week, is the latest high-profile performer to attempt to take charge of his image in the face of modern technology.
  • Drake scores a third stint at Number 1 on this week’s Official Singles Chart with God’s Plan. The lead single from the Canadian’s recent Scary Hours EP, God’s Plan notched up 7.1 million streams to eclipse the nearest competition, Rudimental.



  • Idris Elba, the Luther actor, popped the question to girlfriend Sabrina Dhowrie on stage at an east London cinema on Saturday.
  • A survey of UK head teachers has found that nearly half are struggling to get mental health support for their pupils. A total of 45% of 655 of school leaders quizzed by children’s mental health charity Place2Be said it was a problem.

  • A graduate who sued Oxford University over his failure to get a top degree has had his claim dismissed by the High Court. Faiz Siddiqui claimed “inadequate teaching” contributed to his low mark in a final year history paper in 2000. He alleged it cost him entry to a top US law college and sought £1m from the university.

  • US actor and comedian Rob Delaney has revealed that his two-year-old son Henry has died after spending half his life battling a cancerous brain tumour. Mr Delaney, who lives in London and is best known for starring in the British sitcom Catastrophe, announced the “very sad news” in a Facebook post on Friday.