The Rundown – 27.11.17

Nov 27 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

  • PM Theresa May is to warn EU leaders to be wary of “hostile states like Russia” and pledge the UK will stay committed to European security after Brexit. In Brussels for a summit, she will say it is crucial that European countries work together to “protect our shared values and ideals”.

  • The Republic of Ireland could face a general election after the country’s second largest party said it would table a motion of no confidence against the deputy prime minister.
  • The BBC’s Question Time was cut short on Thursday when an audience member was taken ill during the recording. The BBC One show, from Colchester town hall, in Essex, was suspended while the woman was given first aid.

  • Ministers are considering how to amend UK law to recognise animal sentience after Brexit, Michael Gove says. The environment secretary also said leaving the EU would allow the UK to crack down on puppy smuggling and the live export of animals for slaughter.

  • Michael Gove has hit out at the way social media “corrupts and distorts” political reporting and decision making following a row about animal welfare. The environment secretary said attacks on MPs over a vote on an EU protocol about “animal sentience” had been “absolutely wrong”. The Commons vote sparked protests and a celebrity-backed social media campaign.

 

World

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to marry in the spring after announcing their engagement, admitting they were “totally unprepared” for the media storm that surrounded the first months of their relationship.
  • Crowds are gathering at a 60,000-seat stadium in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, to witness the swearing-in of Emmerson Mnangagwa as the country’s president. It follows the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe after 37 years of authoritarian rule. The former vice-president’s dismissal earlier this month led the ruling Zanu-PF party and the army to intervene and force Mr Mugabe to quit.
  • Lawyers for former top White House aide Michael Flynn have told Donald Trump’s legal team they can no longer discuss the investigation into alleged Russia interference in the 2016 US election, media reports say. The move suggests Mr Flynn may be cooperating with prosecutors.

  • A local Japanese politician has been criticised by lawmakers for trying to bring her baby to a council session. Yuka Ogata said she wanted to show how difficult it is for women to juggle careers and raise children.

  • Serena Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in one of the biggest showbiz weddings of the year. A-listers including Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria were at the star-studded bash which took place in New Orleans on Thursday. The event had a Beauty and the Beast theme and included 200 people on the guest list, according to media reports.
  • The European Commission has cancelled the UK’s turn to host the European Capital of Culture after Brexit, disappointing the bidding cities. Five places have already bid to hold the title in 2023 – Dundee, Nottingham, Leeds, Milton Keynes and Belfast/Derry. But the commission has said the UK will no longer be eligible to have a host city after it leaves the EU in 2019.

  • Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province, killing 200 people, state media say. Witnesses say the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, near al-Arish, was targeted during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in 2013.

 

Technology

  • Part of YouTube’s system for reporting sexualised comments left on children’s videos has not been functioning correctly for more than a year, say volunteer moderators. They say there could be up to 100,000 predatory accounts leaving indecent comments on videos.

  • A majority of Android smartphones collect location data and send it back to Google, even when location services are switched off. News website Quartz reported Android phones gathered information about nearby mobile phone masts and shared those details with Google. One privacy advocate described the finding as a “betrayal” of users.

  • Facebook plans to let people see if they had “liked” pages created by “foreign actors” to spread propaganda during the US presidential election. The social network has previously said as many as 126 million Americans may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based agents over the past two years.

  • The UK’s information commissioner has “huge concerns about Uber’s data policies and ethics” following a breach that exposed the details of 57 million customers and drivers. Uber did not tell anyone about the breach and paid a ransom to hackers to delete the data.

 

Music

  • Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has said he is “shocked and saddened” to be accused of rape by an ex-member of a girl band. In a blog post published earlier this month, Melissa Schuman claimed Carter forced her into a sex act against her will and raped her when she was 18.

  • Lauren London, The ATL actress, announced her breakup Wednesday with longtime boyfriend rapper Nipsey Hussle in a joint Twitter press release.
  • Taylor Swift announced three stadium gigs in the UK and Ireland. 

  • Stormzy apologised on Wednesday for using homophobic tweets between 2011 and 2014. He says they were views “that I’ve unlearned as I’ve grown up and become a man”

 

Sports

  • A South African court has increased Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’s jail sentence for killing his girlfriend to 13 years and five months. Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was too short. The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled his sentence be increased to 15 years, less time already served.
  • Everton’s 5-1 Europa League loss to Atalanta leaves “a bad taste in the mouth” of their supporters, says caretaker manager David Unsworth. Just 17,431 turned up at Goodison Park to watch the Blues suffer a humiliating defeat in the final home group game of this season’s failed European campaign.

  • Brazilian footballer Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for taking part in the gang rape of a woman in Milan in 2013. An Italian court ruled the 33-year-old and five other Brazilians assaulted the Albanian woman, who was 22, after plying her with alcohol in a nightclub.

  • France captain Yannick Noah has dropped Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau from the doubles before the Davis Cup final against Belgium begins on Friday. They have been replaced by Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert for Saturday’s doubles in Lille.

 

Miscellaneous 

  • Moderate coffee drinking is safe, and three to four cups a day may have some health benefits, according to a large review of studies, in the BMJ. It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in coffee drinkers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke – but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause.

  • US actress Uma Thurman sent out a Thanksgiving message venting anger at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women.
  • Moderate coffee drinking is safe, and three to four cups a day may have some health benefits, according to a large review of studies, in the BMJ. It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in coffee drinkers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke – but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause.

  • London’s commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010. Fourteen of 20 local authorities that saw the largest percentage increases in vacant homes from 2015 to 2016 are in the South East, analysis shows.

  • Rita Ora has revealed on an Australian television show that she had her eggs frozen in her early 20s. The British singer, now 26, said her doctor recommended the procedure as she had “always wanted a big family”.

  • YouTuber Jack Maynard – who left I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! when offensive tweets he posted in 2012 emerged – has apologised for saying some “pretty disgusting things”.