This week headline news 5/2/2017

UK

  • An 18-year-old man has been found dead in a pub car park in Llanbedrog, near Pwllheli, Gwynedd after being shot this weekend. The victim, who police are yet to name, is said to have been shot by a group of ‘up to four men’ whilst he sat in his vehicle outside of the Ship Inn pub on Sunday night.
  • Cabin crew at British Airways are set to participate in six days of industrial action over low pay this week, in what staff are describing as a ‘dispute over poverty pay’. The airline has said that the strikes should not affect passengers and added that they have increased sanctions on employees who participate by threatening to dock two years of bonuses and remove all staff travel discounts for the next year.
  • An undergraduate student from the University of Bristol has been found dead beneath Clifton Suspension Bridge this Monday, in what police believe to be a suicide. The body of Lara Nosiru, 23, from Thurrock, in Essex, was discovered after friends notified the local authority of her disappearance. Nosiru was in the final year of her neuroscience course and a keen dancer. Her death follows that of three other students over the past few months: Miranda Williams, 19, Daniel Green, 18, and 18-year-old Kim Long. A spokesperson for the university said it has been carrying out a review of its mental health services.
  • Thousands of people took to the streets of London this Saturday in protest over Donald Trumps’ upcoming state visit. Demonstrators urged Prime minister Theresa May to withdraw her controversial invitation after the president caused outrage over his recent “racist” travel ban. Protestors walked from the US embassy to Downing street, brandishing placards with “No to scapegoating Muslims” and “No to Trump, No to War”, written on them. 

Foreign 

  • Heavy snow and avalanches in Afghanistan and Pakistan have claimed the lives of nearly 100 people this week, as officials warn of more snow storms to come. The worst-hit areas are the mountainous north-eastern province of Badakhshan, Nangahar in the east and Parwan near Kabul, which has seen several homes destroyed and major roads closed down.
  • Turkish police have detained 445 people suspected of having links to ISIS this week after carrying out early morning raids in 18 provinces. The co-ordinated raids saw the arrest of suspects in southeastern Sanliurfa, Gaziantep and Istanbul- where an ISIS attack at New Year left 39 people dead. 
  • The US federal appeals court has rejected Donald Trump’s request to reinstate a travel ban blocked by a federal judge on Friday. The ruling means the travel ban will remain suspended until the full case has been heard on Monday. The controversial ban has been named ‘unconstitutional’ by several lawyers as protestors say it ‘violates freedom of religion rights by appearing to target Muslims’. 
  • The French interior ministry has confirmed that a man was shot outside the Louvre museum in Paris this Friday, after attacking a soldier with a machete. French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that the incident clearly represented “an attack of a terrorist nature” after 29-year-old Abdullah attacked a soldier, leaving him with scalp wounds. Despite being shot 4 times by a second soldier, Abdullah is said to be in a stable condition in hospital. 

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