This weeks headline news 5/3/2017

UK 

  • Thousands of protestors marched through London this week against austerity in the National health service. The protestors included NHS workers, campaigners and union representatives who hope to draw attention to plans which could see services in nearly two-thirds of England cut back.
  • Burglars raided the Surrey home of former England captain John Terry while he was on a family skiing holiday last weekend, police have revealed. The burglars are believed to have taken a large amount of valuables from the players seven-bedroom property,which features a half-acre of land. 
  • German automobile company, Daimler is set to recall about 75,000 Mercedez-Benz cars in the UK after 51 fires were reported, the firm have revealed. Whilst no deaths have been recorded as a result of the fault, many consumers have reported overheating in the vehicles. The faulty fuse affects some of its A, B, C, and E-class cars as well as its CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles. 
  • Tougher punishments have been introduced in the UK this week for drivers caught using their phones. Under the new rules, drivers caught using a phone within two years of passing their test will have their licence revoked. Penalties for using a phone at the wheel are now raised to 6 points and a £200 points, whilst new drivers who get six points or more must retake their practical and theory.

 Foreign 

  • US President Donald Trump has this week accused former president, Barack Obama of wire-tapping his phone a month before he was elected. Taking to twitter this weekend, Trump wrote, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”. Despite a court denying a wiretap request, he is calling for a congressional investigation into the claims. 
  • Kang Chol, the ambassador to North Korea has been expelled from Malaysia after criticising its investigation into the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of Kim Jong-un. Chol was told by Malaysia’s foreign ministry that he must leave the country within 48 hours and apologise for his remarks. 
  • China has said it will increase military spending by about 7% this year, just days after Donald Trump outlined a boost to the US defence budget.
  • 15 prisoners have been executed in Jordan this week after they were found guilty of terrorism offences, rape and sexual assault. The prisoners, who were all from Jordan, were hung on Saturday in a jail south of the capital city of Amman. The country had imposed a moratorium on capital punishment between 2006 and 2014 but revoked it after sharp rise in crime  as well as the growing threat from  Islamic State ISIS, which controls areas of neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

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