[smiths] politics sub-editors Alley and Shaun summarise last week’s major news stories in the eighth instalment of ‘Top 10 Stories of the Week.’
1. First female bishop consecrated
Libby Lane, after a consecrating ceremony, has become the first female bishop in the Church of England. The reforms, announced late last year, show promise for greater equality in the largest religious institution in the UK.
2. Apartheid Assassin given parole
Eugene de Kock, aka Prime Evil, was an assassin responsible for the deaths of over 100 people during the apartheid in South Africa. He was given a sentence of 212 years but due to the SA government wanting a “clean slate”, he has been granted parole.
3. Fracking causing earthquakes in Parliament
Pro- and anti-frackers have launched campaigns over the proposed legislation surrounding the ability for fracking companies in the UK to extract gas from under people’s homes.
4. Al-Jazeera journalist freed from Egyptian Jail
Peter Greste, Al-Jazeera journalist, was jailed in 2013 in Egypt under charges of spreading false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood – a now illegal faction. He is now waiting to be extradited to Australia. Meanwhile, an Egyptian court has upheld 183 Muslim Brotherhood death sentences on charges of killing police officers.
5. War PM Winston Churchill remembrance marking his funeral
A service was held on Friday in many locations across the country to commemorate and mark the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s funeral.
6. Ukraine Controversy
Weapons, money or men? These are the questions raised at recent peace talks. Would sending arms and military backing not just flare the situation further? Shouldn’t more be done to try and bring peace to hostile regions?
7. Englands biggest hospitals refuse Austerity Measures
England’s biggest hospitals have vetoed the £1.7 billion worth of cuts to NHS spending amidst rising fears over a severe loss in patient care.
8. Magic Mushrooms – cancer cure?
Leading researchers at top medical facilities in the US have found that magic mushrooms have cured cases of anxiety and depression in cancer patients, and have even had an effect on the cancerous cells found in the brain.
9. New reports in parliament call for online voting by 2020
Secure online voting could be implemented by 2020 in the UK, a new parliamentary report states. It is hoped that a new technological voting revolution could replace the ballot box system and revitalise dwindling voter participation.
10. Excitement across the country as SYRIZA voted into power in Greek Elections
Greece’s newly elected PM, leader of the anti-austerity party SYRIZA, has already been in negotiations about lessening Greece’s financial debt, much to the elation of Greek nationals.
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