[smiths] politics sub-editors Alley and Shaun summarise last week’s major news stories in the sixth instalment of ‘Top 10 Stories of the Week.’
1. Islamic State hacks into US Central Command Twitter.
The Islamic State have continued their CyberJihad by hacking into US military databases and Central Command Twitter feeds.
2. Convicted rapist and footballer Ched evans faces a career wrecking public backlash.
After many days of controversial debate, Oldham Athletic have abandoned plans to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans. The heated discussion has sparked an inquiry by the FA into the possibility of new regulations surrounding the inclusion and exclusion of criminals in the sport.
3. Charlie Hebdo: #jesuischarlie? #jesuisahmed? #jesuisjuif?
The world was gripped in a freedom of speech frenzy after the terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo magazine, followed by the hostage situation in a Jewish shop. Despite controversy over various hashtags and culpability, one thing remains clear: freedom of speech is not a right that the world will relinquish easily.
4. The British ebola nurse who contracted ebola is no longer critically ill.
On a more positive note this week, Pauline Cafferkey, the British nurse who caught ebola in Sierra Leone is no longer in a critical condition. As part of her treatment she has been given blood from Will Pooley, the UK’s ebola patient 0, who was successfully treated at the Royal Free Hospital last August.
5. Ex-Ukraine President, Viktor Yanukovych. is put on Interpol’s International Wanted List
Yanukovych is officially a wanted criminal for crimes against the Ukrainian people, according to Interpol. For an update on the Ukraine crisis, click here.
6. Cameron will uproot the televised debates if not next to greenery
David Cameron states he feels passionate over the exclusion of the Green Party from televised debates in the run up to the general election in may: “You can’t have some minor parties in and not other parties in.” He has announced that he will not take part in the televised debates, due before the election, if the Green Party are not involved.
7. Despite warnings, an anti-islamic protest took place in Dresden in the wake of Parisian Terror.
PEGIDA, a group who describe themselves as ‘patriotic Europeans against the Islamification of the West,’ staged a protest with thousands in attendance against Islam. The group claim to want their Judeo-Christian nation defended against the onslaught of Muslim extremism.
8. Cameron comes into the New Year swinging with five new election promises.
Speaking in Nottingham, David Cameron laid out the Tories’ five new election promises:
- Getting to a budget surplus
- Cutting spending
- Cutting welfare
- Cracking down on tax avoidance
- Funding the NHS
9. Controversies arise surrounding the AirAsia jet flight.
Some experts have argued with pre-supposed notions and believe that the AirAsia flight exploded before it crashed, killing everyone on board.
10. The government forced to confess; Only 45% of new pensioners are eligible for the reformed state pension.
After a freedom of information request, the Department of Work and Pensions was forced to confess that only 45% of the new retirees from 2016 will be eligible to receive the maximum state pension of £150 a week.