This weeks headline news 16/4/2017

UK 

  • A British tourist was killed in Israel this Good Friday after she was stabbed multiple times in a knife attack. 20-year-old University student, Hannah Bladon was stabbed with a kitchen knife in the abdomen whilst on a tram close to the Old City. Police have arrested Jamil Tamimi, 57, a Palestinian man from East Jerusalem who was described as mentally unstable.
  • Dozens of firefighters were called to 16th century stately home in Dorset this week after a huge fire broke out. More than 20 fire engines from Dorset and Wiltshire rescue service were called to Farnham House, a Grade I listed building after flames engulfed the entire mansion. 
  • The parents of an eight-month-old boy with mitochondrial disease have been left devastated by a judges decision to turn off his life-support. Heartbroken Connie Yates and Chris Gard have raised more than £1.26million for their son Charlie to have treatment in the US and have continuously appealed the decision to turn his life support off. 

Foreign 

  • At least 39 have died after an explosion in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo this week. Reports suggest the blast was the result of a car bomb which went off at a transit point for Syrians who were being taken to safe havens on the outskirts of the city. The news comes just days after Syrian president Bashar al-Assad denied carrying out a chemical gas attack on his own people. 
  • An american grandmother who repeatedly terrorised her seven-year-old granddaughter by dressing up as a witch and telling her that creatures lived in the attic of their home has been sentenced to prison. Geneva S. Robinson, 51, was sentenced in Oklahoma City on Thursday, after having pleaded guilty to five counts of felony child abuse. Her boyfriend Joshua Granger, 33, was sentenced to 30 years for his role in letting the abuse go on.
  • The US dropped its largest non-nuclear weapon on Eastern Afghanistan this week in a bid to target ISIS’ network of caves and tunnels. The blast is reported to have killed at least 26 militants and destroyed three underground tunnels along with enemy weapons and ammunition.
  • Michaella Surat, the american sorority girl who was body slammed to the ground by a police officer has spoken out about her horrific experience. The 22-year-old said she was left  ‘humiliated’ when Fort Collins police officers violently threw her to the ground outside Bondi Beach Bar on April 6 after an incident involving her boyfriend. Surat was left with shattered bones in her face and mild concussion. 

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