This weeks headline news 21/08/2016

UK  

  • A father of three was shot dead in front of his family in Majorca this week, in what police are calling a case of `mistaken identity`. 33-year-old Trevor O`Neill from Ireland, was shot up to four times in the back, on a busy street in Costa de la Calma, around 15 miles from the capital Palma in the south west of the island. Witnesses say they saw a man fleeing the scene shortly after the shots were fired but police are still searching for the killer.
  • A British midwife was killed in front of her fiancé on the first night of a holiday in Thailand after being thrown from a tuk tuk, an inquest heard this week. Niamh Corrigan, 29, had been holidaying with her fiancee Paul Fortuna, when she was flung from the back of the motorised rickshaw, hitting her head on a mountainous road. Fortuna had tried to save her from falling and later battled to resuscitate her but unfortunately Corrigan passed away at the scene.
  • Police are desperately trying to track down a brave man who saved a passengers life at Tottenham Court Road underground station in London this Tuesday. CCTV footage has been released of the dramatic moment a 47-year-old man suddenly became unwell and fainted, causing him to tumble over and land on the tracks. The unknown bystander quickly jumped onto the live tracks to pull the man onto the platform safely with just moments before the train arrived.
  • A former British soldier and father-of-one has been left in a coma this week after a serious motorbike accident. 28-year-old Adam Hobbs, from Roath, Cardiff, had been holidaying in Koh Samui, Thailand when he was involved in the serious accident. His family are now crowdsurfing in order to raise £10,000 to bring him back to the UK to receive medical treatment.
  • A three-year-old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a house in Essex this Thursday. Dexter Neal was reportedly attacked by a pitfall terrier which witnesses claim was `out of control and dangerous`. The owner of the dog, who lives not far from Dexters home in Halstead, Essex, has since been arrested whilst police continue to investigate the death.

Foreign 

  • American actress Amber Heard has revealed she will be giving away the full amount of her divorce settlement to charities that help sick children and women who have suffered from domestic violence. Heard,30, recently filed for divorce from world-renowned actor Johnny Depp, after a turbulent and violent relationship. She will be giving the full amount of $7 million to charities  American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she says she has worked as a volunteer for 10 years.
  • President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to “separate” from the UN after it criticised his war on drugs as a crime under international law. Duterte, who was elected in May of this year, said he might ask China and African nations to form a separate body, after accusing the UN of failing on terrorism, hunger and ending conflicts. Duterte has recently sanctioned the killing of drug traffickers within the country, in an attempt to wipe out the mass drugs trade.
  • 36 former ISIS Jihadists have been hanged in Iraq after being found guilty of killing up to 1,700 military recruits at a former US base in 2014. The massacre at Camp Speicher, near Tikrmt, was carried out by so-called Islamic state who later released video and photo evidence, documenting the murders. Mass graves were found one year later by Iraqi government forces after they recaptured the area.
  • Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed ISIS for the deadly bomb attack which left 50 people dead in almost 100 more injured in the southern city of Gaziantep, just 25 miles from the Syrian border, this weekend. The victims had been attending the wedding of a member of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb. Islamic state has been blamed for a number of attacks in Turkey this year, often targeting Kurdish gatherings and rally`s.
  • Muslim women in Germany may soon be banned from wearing face veils in some public places after a proposal by ministers. Officials in Angela Merkel`s ruling coalition have said they want to make it illegal in some places where identification is needed, such as in schools, courts and while driving. They added that the face veil shows a lack of integration, preventing women from fitting in within its open society and does not promote solidarity. They also believe the veils may pose a security risk and suggest women are inferior to men.

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