The biggest news stories of 2016

The biggest news stories of 2016

  • Legendary singer-songwriter David Bowie passed away aged 69 after a long and private battle with cancer
  • Actor Alan Rickman dies of cancer within days of Bowies death
  • The World Health Organization announces an outbreak of the Zika virus in January
  • Kim Jong un launches a long-rage rocket into space and in the process violates multiple UN treaties .

  • In March, ISIS claimed the lives of at least 32 people and injured 250 more in Brussels after three coordinated bomb attacks.
  • German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung caused controversy in April after publishing detailed information on more than 214,000 offshore companies in the so-called ‘Panama Papers’.
  • World-renowned Pop artist, Prince, dies at the age of 57 after an apparent overdose of fentanyl

  • EgyptAir Flight 804 crashes into the Mediterranean sea on route to Cairo from Paris, killing 66 people on board.
  • MP Jo Cox is murdered in Birstall, where she had been due to hold a constituency surgery. Her murderer, Thomas Mair, who stabbed and shot Jo before fleeing the scene, was handed a life sentence in prison for his so-called ‘act of terror’.
  • Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies of septic shock at the age of 74 after battling with Parkinson’s

  • The UK votes to leave the European Union in the referendum.
  • David Cameron resigns as Prime minister and is swiftly replaced by former home secretary Theresa May.
  • ISIS attacks Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, killing 45 and injuring around 230 more

  • International investigators conclude that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a Buk missile that came from an area controlled by pro-Russian rebels.
  • Researchers release reports that claim Global CO2 levels have exceeded 400 ppm, believed to be the highest levels experiences in human history.

  • Controversial business tycoon Donald trump is named president elect after a tense and controversial campaign against Hilary Clinton.
  • Former Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, is assassinated in Ankara whilst giving a speech.
  • ISIS attack a Christmas market in  Bretscheidplatz, Berlin after hijacking a lorry and driving through a large crowd of people, killing around 12 people and injuring 56 more.
  • Singer songwriter George Michael dies aged 53 on Christmas day.

This weeks headline news 30/10/2016

UK

  • Former `dead or alive` founder and singer/songwriter, Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 this week. In a statement on twitter on tuesdy, the singers manager confirmed: ‘It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Pete Burns of (Dead Or Alive) died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest.’ Burns had undergone more than 300 plastic surgeries, many of which had caused numerous health problems. His death comes just days before he was due to release a compilation album with his former band.
  • Police have revealed that they are not looking for anyone in connection with a house fire which took the lives of a 6-year-old and her 8-year-old brother in Birmingham this week. A man in his 30’s, believed to be the father of the two young children, was found inside a burnt-out-car just hours after the fire and is believed to have torched the home before fleeing. He has since been hospitalised and is said to be in a critical condition however he will be questioned by police officers once he has made a full recovery.
  • The oldest hotel in the UK has burnt down this Friday after a fire which is thought to have started in a nearby art gallery, spread to the 17th-century building. The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter caught alight at around 5am after which,, all guests were evacuated and no-one was hurt. 110 firefighters were bought in to tackle the flames but a large portion of the building collapsed due to the intense heat.
  • Raymond Gilmour, who became an Royal Ulster Constabulary Special Branch informer when he was just 17, has been found dead at his home in Kent this week. The former super grass’ body was discovered by his 18-year-old son however his death is not being treated as suspicious. Gilmour previously gave evidence against 31 terror suspects and was given a new identity by  MI5 after a 1984 trial collapsed. It is thought they he had been suffering with alcoholism and physiological problems for some time.
  • A British mother-of-two died in front of her horrified family after being thrown from a hot air balloon during a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Suzanne Astle, 48, from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, was flung out of the hot air balloon’s basket, 20ft from the ground after it was caught on strong winds. Her family were also on board at the time but survived the crash, they have since returned home.

Foreign 

  •  Four people have been killed at a theme park in Australia this week after a family ride malfunctioned. Two men and two women died whilst on the river rapids ride at Dreamworld park on Australia’s east coast, after the six-person raft they were seated on, flipped over. Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson said he was not aware of any previous problems with the ride before giving his condolences to the victims families. Local police are continuing to interview witnesses and review CCTV.
  • A 36-year-old man from Brazil has been freed this week after allegedly being held captive by his parents for at least 20 years. Armando de Andrade was discovered by accident after police searched his home looking for members of drug gangs. Andrade is thought to have been held captive in the basement of his parents home since the age of 16. after they caught him experimenting with alcohol.
  • Italy has been hit by 2 earthquakes this week, the second time the country has suffered from devastating earthquakes this year. The earthquakes, both 5.5 and 6.1 in magnitude, struck central Italy, just 50 miles north of the same spot that was hit in August this year, killing 300 people. No deaths have been reported as of yet however many homes have been severely damaged.
  • Australia has this week unveiled strict new plans to ban any asylum seekers who try to reach the country by boat from ever being able to enter the country. The lifelong ban on visas would apply to those travelling as tourists, for business, or who married an Australian and had been sent to Nauru and Manus from 19 July 2013, although children are exempt from this.The proposed ban is to be put to parliament later this week.
  • Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign team has challenged the FBI over its decision to brief US lawmakers on a new inquiry into the Democratic candidate’s email use. Clinton told her supporters that the decision was “deeply troubling”, adding that she is confident the investigation into the emails will not change the FBI’s original finding in July, which criticised her but cleared her of any illegal acts.

This weeks headline news 23/10/2016

UK 

  • The family of British conspiracy theorist, Max Spiers who was found dead in Poland in June have spoken out about his `suspicious` death. Spiers, 39, was found dead on a sofa at the house of a friend he had been staying with in Poland, where he had gone to give a talk about conspiracy theories and UFOs. Despite no post-mortem examination being carried out, investigators claimed he had died from natural causes. However, friends and family have revealed that he began `vomiting black liquid` in the moments before his death. His mother Vanessa Bates, 63, said that Spiers had sent her a text message shorty before his death saying,’Your boy’s in trouble. If anything happens to me, investigate.’
  • A murder investigation has begun in Malaga this week after a British man was found dead outside the city airport. Steven Allford, 51, was found tied to a bench in an outdoor area by the airport train station by a security guard. Investigators believe he may have been the victim of a sex assault although they are still awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.
  • A British banker and former Cambridge University graduate has today pleaded not guilty to murdering two Indonesian sex workers at his luxury Hong Kong flat in 2014. 31-year-old Rurik Jutting, was high on cocaine when he filmed himself slitting the women`s throats after meeting them and offering to pay for sex. The bodies of Sumarti Ningsih, 23 and Seneng Mujiasih, 26, were found in his apartment after he subjected them to days of cruel violence, at one point even forcing one of them to lick a toiler seat.

Foreign 

  • Five people are thought to be dead after a light aircraft crashed and exploded into a ball of flames in Malta. Dash-cam footage has been released by a member of the public showing the moment seemingly nose-dived into the ground shortly after taking off the from the runway at Malta Airport. Police believe that three french defence ministry officials and two private contractors were onboard the flight, which was bound to Libya’s coast.
  • A Russian mother reportedly jumped to hear death holding her young son after becoming depressed with the results of plastic surgery. Anna Ozhigova, 33, was subjected to constant ridicule from her husband Oleg Ponomarev, after a nose job left her looking `like a pig`, ultimately leading to their separation. Ozhigova jumped from her parents high-rise apartment in the city of Omsk, Siberia, last Thursday whilst holding her sleeping son in her arms.
  • Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, a Saudi Arabian prince, has been executed in the country`s capital city of Riyadh after been found guilty of shooting another man dead during a brawl three years ago. Saudi authorities have not yet released information on exactly how he was executed, however the capitals most common form of capital punishment is beheading. The prince is the 134th person to have been executed in Saudi Arabia this year.
  • Australian native, Gable Totsee has been found innocent of killing a 26-year-old women he met on dating app `Tinder` this week. Warriena Wright, a bank cashier, plunged to her death from the 14th floor of Totsee`s balcony after a night of consuming drink and drugs turned aggressive. Totsee has maintained that Wright had become violent and unstable before leaping to her death, despite his trying to calm her down.

This weeks headline news 16/10/2016

UK 

  •  A four-month old baby boy has died whilst his brother has been left with life-changing injuries after being mauled by a  Staffordshire bull terrier this week. Archie Joe Darby and his 22-month-old brother, Daniel-Jay Darby were attacked by the dog at their aunt and uncles home in Colchester, Essex by what is believed to be a dog belonging to an serving police officer. PC Clare Ferdinand, 31, has since had the dog put down. Daniel is now in a critical condition in intensive care.
  • The british royal navy was put on red alert this weekend after it was revealed that Russia plans to sail a fleet of warships along the British coast into Syria. Russia’s flagship vessel  Admiral Kuznetsov and several others will pass the UK as they make their journey towards the  war-torn country where it will be preparing to bomb rebel forces in Aleppo. The fleet is expected to practice bombing just north or Scotland before continuing on its journey. The news comes at a time where tensions between the Russia and the UK are rapidly escalating.
  • Terrifying footage was released this week showing the moment a 29-stone angry gorilla escaped from an enclosure at London Zoo after crowds were warned not to taunt him. Eighteen-year-old male silverback Kumbuka was caught on camera smashing into the glass window of his enclosure before escaping. Zoo keepers believe the glass may have been cracked before the incident, allowing him to break through more easily. Kumbuka was able to roam the zoo for 90 minutes before he was tranquillised by vets.
  • A 15-year-old boy has admitted to the murder of a school dinner lady and her 13-year-old daughter in April of this year, after a court hearing heard how he stabbed them to death as they slept. Elizabeth Edwards and her daughter Katie were killed in their home as they slept on April 14th. The unnamed boy and a female accomplice, who were both 14 at the time of the incident, crept into their bedrooms and knifed the victims to death before bathing to rinse off the blood and watching a film. The pair revealed they had plotted the attack the previous night and have since shown no remorse or reasoning behind the unprovoked murders.

Foreign 

  •  King Bhumibol Adulyadej of  Bangkok has sadly passed away this week at the age of 88, after several years of suffering from poor health. The kings death has shocked the Southeast Asian nation with many of the country`s 67 million people chasing to dress in black after declaring a year of mourning. After reigning over the country for 70 years, his son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is now expected to assume his role.
  • A wheelchair-bound woman has revealed how she was gang-raped by up to six migrants in a toilet at an asylum centre in Sweden. The 30-year-old women who wishes not to be named, said she was sharing a taxi home with a man after visiting the medieval town of Visby on Sweden`s Gotland island when she asked to stop off to use the bathroom. However, upon entering the toiler, she was brutally raped by up to 6 men. Demonstrators have since attacked the asylum centre with rocks in angry protest whilst police continue to investigate the case.
  • A shocking video showing a daughter live streaming her parents heroin binge has gone viral this week.The footage, shot in America, shows the young girls parents unresponsive and sweating as the girl attempt to wake them up. The video comes in the midst of a huge heroin epidemic in the U.S.
  • France has this week paid tribute to the 86 people killed in the Bastille Day lorry attack on July 14. The names of the victims were read out whilst white roses were placed at the top of a hill overlooking the Promenade des Anglais, where the massacre took place. Frances president Francois Hollande was in attendance and spoke to many of the victims families as well as the survivors.