[smiths] politics sub-editors Alley and Shaun summarise last week’s major news stories in the second instalment of ‘Top 10 Stories of the Week.’
1. Update on Ukraine crisis.
Ukrainian president Poroshenko orders troops into the cities of Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kharkiv and northern Luhansk.
Labour has made a huge policy statement in that if they win the next general election they will abolish the House of Lords and replace it with a fully elected senate. Furthermore, Labour announced specific devolution powers that would be given to cities, including greater powers over public transport. Labour support remaining, their candidate Alan Billings won the Police Crime Commissioner election earlier this week in south Yorkshire.
3. Cuba leads the ebola front line.
Cuba lead the force of foreign doctors into the region of West Africa. They have sent the most aid out of any other nation to date.
4. Fiona Wolf, chairwoman of the historical child abuse inquiry steps down.
Fiona Wolf, chairwoman of the historical child abuse inquiry, has stepped down due to discovered connections, dinners and overlapping cliques with high public figures, along with consistent calls from victims groups for her resignation due to severe lack of confidence.
5. With US elections round the corner, the Democrats fear for the future.
Experts have predicted a fall in Democrat favour, meaning their non-involvement in Senate, even while Obama is still in power.
6. Tesco under criminal investigation after profit black hole of £263 million.
One of the largest UK supermarkets faces criminal investigation with many high officials risking jail sentences due to illegal accounting practises and fraud over several years.
7. Mayor of Mexican city Iguala arrested.
Jose Luis Abarca, fugitive Mayor of Iguala, has been arrested over the case of 43 missing students.
The prime minister reportedly repeatedly declined to wear the T-shirt ‘This is what a feminist looks like’ for the magazine ELLE. Despite many high public officials agreeing to the shoot without hesitation. Furthermore, there have been allegations against the charity ‘Fawcett’, who have been selling the £45 T-shirts, yet are made by women who are paid 62p an hour on the island of Mauritius.
9. Sweden joins nations in recognising Palestinian Statehood.
Thursday 30th October saw the Swedish government officially recognising Palestine as a state, in the hope that others will follow suit.
10. Russian bomber in UK airspace.
Russian ‘Bear Bomber’ had to be escorted out of British airspace by RAF Typhoons. The rising tensions between Russia and Europe had forced the intervention following a similar incident on Wednesday when two Bear Bombers were tracked over the North Sea.
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