This weeks headline news 27/09/2015

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UK 

  • In Sheffield, heartbroken boyfriend had become ‘engaged’ to his girlfriend after her sudden death on Wednesday. Josh Thompson,22, was working as a tennis coach in Corfu when he received the news that his girlfriend Abigail Hall, 18, had been found dead in her room less than a week after enrolling in University. He immediately flew home to be with her parents where he made the loving gesture.
  • A young man suffering from cerebral palsy and autism was kicked off a flight to Mauritius this week because he ‘did not sit in his seat properly and was making other passengers nervous’. 16-year-old David Bysooa had been flying from Heathrow airport to Mauritius to see his grandmother, a trip he had made on previous occasions before. Having originally booked a window seat to help him with his anxiety, air crew moved him to an aisle seat where a woman later complained he be removed from the flight. The airline is yet to comment on the case, whilst David’s mother has accused Air Mauritius of discrimination.
  • Police officers in Kingston upon Thames have released images of a spectacularly huge ‘cannabis forest’ just a few streets away from University grounds this Thursday. The discovery was made after a member of public contacted the police to say they had spotted a few of the plants growing in the area however images show the larger scale of the class B plants, with some standing more than 6ft tall.
  • The last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay will finally be released within the next 30 days according to the U.S. government. Shaker Aamer, who was born in Saudi Arabia but grew up in London with his British wife and children, will be flown back to the UK after spending 13 years behind bars in a controversial case which has never seen him charged or stand trial. He was detained by the U.S military in Afghanistan in 2001 whilst doing volunteer work for an Islamic charity before being transferred to Guantanamo.
  • A UK coroner has called for a change to payday loan rules this week after a disabled teenager took his own life on the same day loan company Wonga emptied his back account, leaving him penniless. 18-year-old Kane Sparham-Price from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, hung himself after realising they company had cleared out his savings. Coroner John Pollard voiced his concerns that their may be similar deaths in the future unless changes were made to loan company policies.
  • A former teaching assistant at Abraham Moss Community School in Manchester has escaped jail this week despite admitting to having sex with an underage pupil. Caroline Berriman, 30, has been charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child and a third sexual activity charge relating to her position of trust. Yes she received just a two-year suspended sentence, community service and a £100 fine after pleading guilty to the charges.

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Foreign 

  • Distressing footage emerged this week of a young suicide bomber in the final moments before he blew himself up during an attack on a Syrian village. Uzbekistan national Jafar al-Tayyar was ordered to blow himself up by older Jihadis who are filmed patting the young man on his back and waving him off as he sits in an armoured vehicle packed with explosives. Jafar looks visibly distressed and reluctant during the filming, at one point even crying in the moments before he drives off into the besieged villages of Fua and Kafriyeh.
  • Popular American singer and rapper Azealia Banks was confronted by police officers in a LA airport this Tuesday after launching into a foul-mouthed tirade against a flight attendant. The 24-year-old had been attempting to disembark her flight from New York  but was unable to leave due to other passengers blocking the baggage aisle. After verbally and physically attacking one male passenger, she then turned on the flight attendant who informed the police. No charges have been made against the young singer.
  • Harrowing images have emerged this week of the moment an armed Israeli soldier was involved in a stand-off with a veiled Palestinian woman moments before her death. Student Hadeel al-Hashlamon, 18, was shot dead at a West Bank checkpoint in the city of Hebron after reportedly attempting to stab a guard at the border. Tensions have been rising between Jewish and Muslim communities this week ahead of key holidays. Hadeel was taken to an Israeli hospital but later died of her injuries. The soldier was not wounded.
  • Volkswagen’s Martin Winterkorn has stepped down from his position as CEO this week after admitting that 11 million of the automobile company’s vehicles were rigged to give false emissions data. In a statement released on Volkswagen’s website this week, Winterkorn issued a public apology, explaining ‘The violations of these diesel motors by our company go against everything that Volkswagen stands for’ before making a further apology to customers, authorities and the general public for the misconduct. Volkswagen shares closed nearly 20 per cent down on Tuesday, just one day after a 17 per cent decline in shares.
  • Former hedge fund manager and founder and Chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, has sparked outrage this week after raising the cost of AIDS drug Daraprim. The 32-year-old, who purchased the rights to the 62-year-old drug in August of this year for $55million, has this week increased the price of the tablet from $13.50 per tablet to $750. Speaking of his controversial decision, Shkreli said that his company ‘needed to make a profit on the drug’ although actual production of the drug costs roughly $1. Daraprim is used to treat toxoplasmosis, an opportunistic parasitic infection that can cause serious and life-threatening problems.
  • A shocking video has been released of a disabled man in a wheelchair moments before he was shot dead in the street by Delaware police. Officers had been responding to a 911 call that someone had attempted to shoot themselves and upon arrival at the scene, found 28-year-old Jeremy McDole still armed with a 38-caliber handgun. After repeated requests for him to ‘drop the gun’ they eventually opened fire o McDole after he reached into his jean pockets. Police later clashed with the victim’s family over the incident, which they believe to be unjust.
  • An unnamed paralysed man from the U.S has this week been able to walk again using the power of thought. Thanks to specialists at the University of California, the 26-year-old, who’s spinal cord was completely severed in a motorcyclist accident, has managed to walk 12 feet for the first time in 5 years. Researchers managed to create a device which captured the man’s brain waves which then sends them as signals to electrodes around his knees which in turn stimulate his muscles, allowing him to swing his legs. The ‘miracle technology’ could potentially offer hope to thousands of people who rely on wheelchairs.
  • Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has this week accused Saudi Arabia  of “incompetence” and urged them to “take responsibility” after at least 717 people were killed and 863 injured in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca on Thursday. The unfortunate event occurred as two million pilgrims take part in the Hajj’s last major rite during blistering 46c heat. King Salman has ordered a safety review for the Hajj pilgrimage, this is the second disaster to strike Mecca in just as many weeks after a crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque.

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