This weeks headline news 26/03/2017

 UK 

  • Former Royal Marine Sgt Alexander Blackman who was jailed for shooting an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has had his murder conviction reduced to “manslaughter on the ground of diminished responsibility” by an appeal court this week. Blackman, 42, from Taunton, Somerset, has already served three years of a life sentence despite having a recognised mental illness at the time of the shooting in September 2011.
  • A 32-year-old man was electrocuted to death after charging his mobile phone whilst in the bath, an inquest has this week heard. Richard Bull died at his home in Ealing, West London last December after his iPhone charger made contact with the bath water causing severe burns to his chest, arm and hand.
  • Four people have been left dead and fifty more have been critically injured after an ISIS attacker went on a bloody rampage on Westminster bridge this week. Dartford-born Khalid Masood, 52, drove his car into pedestrians before crashing the vehicle into railings and running into the grounds of Parliament where he proceeded to stab PC Keith Palmer. He was shot dead by police shortly after. 

Foreign 

  • Former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak has been freed from detention this week, more than 6 years after being overthrown. Mr Mubarak returned to his home in the northern suburb of Heliopolis after Egypt’s top appeals court cleared him over the deaths of protesters in the February 2011 uprising.
  • At least 11 people were detained by Police in Poland this week after taking part in a naked demonstration at the Auschwitz museum. According to staff at the museum, which is located on the same site as the former Nazi concentration camp, “a group of people killed a sheep, undressed and chained themselves together”. Police are still unaware as to the motive behind the demonstration but said that had arrested the group, aged between 20 and 27.
  • The US and UK have announced a ban on passengers carrying and using large electronic devices in aircraft cabins after intelligence suggests a terror threat to US-bound flights. The new carry-on restrictions means laptops and other large electronic devices will no longer be able to be used in the cabin on direct passenger flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

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