The Rundown – 13.11.17

Nov 13 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.



  • Priti Patel has been ordered back from Africa by the prime minister following controversy over her meetings with Israeli officials, the BBC understands. Ms Patel apologised on Monday to the PM about unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians in August. Penny Mordaunt has been promoted to the cabinet as the new International Development Secretary, following the resignation of Priti Patel.

  • The family of sacked Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant has said he was accused of “unwanted attention, inappropriate touching or groping” but was deprived of “natural justice”. He was found dead on Tuesday after being suspended by the party.

  • The health service should get the cash boost it was promised during the EU referendum, NHS England’s boss says. Simon Stevens used controversial claims used by Vote Leave – that the NHS could benefit by £350m a week – to put the case for more money in a major speech. With waiting times worsening, he said trust in politics would be damaged if the NHS did not get more.

  • A key aide to Jeremy Corbyn, and the son of former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, has been suspended from his job. David Prescott is being investigated by the Labour leader’s office after he was suspended a few days ago, the BBC understands. It comes amid widespread allegations of misconduct at Westminster.



  • Voters in the US state of Virginia have elected their first openly transgender state legislator. Danica Roem, a 32-year-old journalist, ousted pro-Trump incumbent Republican Bob Marshall.

  • US President Donald Trump is in China for talks likely to be dominated by tensions over North Korea. His arrival came after a speech to the South Korean parliament in which Mr Trump urged China to further isolate North Korea.

  • Sky has threatened to shut down Sky News if the news channel proves to be an obstacle in Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox bid. Regulators are investigating the deal amid concerns that Mr Murdoch’s media empire could become too powerful.

  • Germany’s top court has ruled that there must be the option of registering a third gender on birth certificates. It would make Germany the first European country to offer intersex people the choice of identifying as neither male nor female. The case was brought by a registered female whose chromosome test confirmed they were neither one sex nor the other.

  • Spain is considering constitutional changes that could allow its regions to hold referendums on independence in the future, the foreign minister says. Alfonso Dastis said that a nationwide vote on the issue could be held.

  • At least six children have been killed and 25 others injured in an explosion at a primary school in north-west Tanzania, witnesses say. Reports say the pupils were playing with a grenade they had found.



  • The company behind Snapchat has taken a $40m (£30m) hit to its finances after its video-recording sunglasses failed to sell as well as hoped. Snap launched Spectacles in September 2016, originally selling them only through pop-up vending machines. Pressing a button on the glasses records a short video that can be shared on the Snapchat messaging app. But on Tuesday the company revealed costs of $40m (£30m) due to “excess inventory” and cancelled orders.

  • Google says it is “not happy” that its search results displayed false information about Texas gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, who killed 26 people. The search engine displayed a carousel of posts “popular on Twitter” that contained false stories that Kelley was a Muslim and a left-wing extremist.

  • Facebook is testing a system that allows users to message themselves their nude photos in an effort to combat so-called revenge porn. It will store a “fingerprint” of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by disgruntled ex-lovers. The trial is in Australia, where studies suggest one in five women aged 18-45 may have had image-based abuse.

  • Twitter plans to increase the number of characters in tweets from 140 to 280 for the majority of users. The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can convey more information in a single character. The move follows a trial among a small group of users which started in September in response to criticism that it was not easy enough to tweet.

  • Uber has struck a deal with the US National Aeronautical and Space Administration (Nasa) as part of its plans to roll out flying cars in cities around the world. It would work with the space agency to develop software for managing flying taxi routes, Uber’s chief product officer Jeff Holden announced at the Web Summit in Lisbon. Nasa is yet to comment on the deal.



  • Kelly Clarkson, Camila Cabello and Kehlani will receive honors at Billboard‘s annual Women in Music dinner and awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Nov. 30.
  • Rihanna is set to host the 2018 Met Gala. Vogue announced the theme for the 2018 Met Gala is ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’.
  • Taylor Swift has confirmed she collaborated with Ed Sheeran and Future on a track for her new album Reputation. The 27-year-old singer released her sixth record last Friday.
  • The boss of a firm which provided Mariah Carey’s security has alleged in a draft legal complaint over pay that the star sexually harassed him. A lawyer for Michael Anello, the president of Anello Security & Consulting, has prepared the lawsuit as he alleges Carey owes him more than $700,000 (£533,000) in agreed payments.
  • Iggy Azalea changed her upcoming album name to ‘Surviving The Summer’ and shared four new tracks on Twitter.



  • England and Germany players will wear black armbands bearing poppies for Friday’s friendly at Wembley. The tribute is in remembrance of members of the armed forces, said the Football Association (FA) and German Football Association (DFB).

  • Wales will play in the the China Cup in March 2018 along with Uruguay and the Czech Republic. The competition was held for the first time in January 2017 between Chile, Croatia and Iceland and hosts China.

  • Justin Rose birdied three of the final four holes to complete back-to-back European Tour wins with a one-shot victory at the Turkish Airlines Open.
  • The BBC will continue to broadcast the ATP World Tour Finals after agreeing an extension to the current deal for the 2019 and 2020 tournaments.
  • Olympic marathon winner Jemima Sumgong has been banned for four years after her claim she was taking EPO for an ectopic pregnancy was rejected. Sumgong told a Kenyan law court she was given the banned substance in hospital, but her paperwork was deemed to have been provided by “an imposter” and her claims labelled as “not authentic”.

  • Four-time Olympic silver medallist Frankie Fredericks has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after being charged with money laundering and corruption.



  • Ed Westwick has strongly denied an actress’s claim that he raped her. Kristina Cohen posted on Facebook that the former Gossip Girl actor held her down and assaulted her at his home three years ago. But the 30-year-old says he doesn’t know her, and denies the attack.
  • British Vogue’s new editor Edward Enninful has been praised for his first cover of the magazine. The December issue, featuring model Adwoa Aboah, has a retro feel to it and represents a new era for the publication. Zayn Malik, Sadiq Khan, Millie Bobby Brown, Cara Delevingne, Zadie Smith, and Skepta all feature in the issue.

  • The BBC has said it is dealing with a “spike” in complaints of sexual harassment. The deputy director general told MPs there had been a recent increase in the number of cases after the BBC encouraged staff to come forward. Anne Bulford said the corporation is currently investigating 25 individuals for alleged sexual harassment.