This week, last year: 10th – 16th July
Our news highlights from 12 months past, for your weekly dose of Slow Journalism perspective…
Sun 10th July 2016
Gun battles in South Sudan result in over 300 deaths. The fighting between government and opposition forces in the capital, Juba, marks the most serious escalation of tensions since the end of the civil war in 2015.
Andy Murray becomes Wimbledon champion, beating Milos Raonic in the final.
Mon 11th July 2016
Andrea Leadsom withdraws from the race to become Conservative party leader, saying it is “in the best interests of the country” to avoid a lengthy contest. Her withdrawal means that the only remaining candidate, Theresa May, will become prime minister.
Tue 12th July 2016
At least 25 people die and dozens more are injured in a train crash in southern Italy. The colliding trains were travelling on a single track between Corato and Andria in Puglia.
Bernie Sanders endorses his former Democratic party rival Hillary Clinton for president at a campaign event in New Hampshire.
Syrian activists claim that Russian jets bombed a refugee camp near the Jordanian border, killing at least eight people. Most of those living at the makeshift Hammad camp are relatives of rebel fighters from eastern Syria.
Wed 13th July 2016
In her first speech as prime minister, Theresa May pledges to lead a “one nation” government that “works not for a privileged few but for everyone”. She appoints Boris Johnson as foreign secretary and replaces George Osborne with Philip Hammond as chancellor.
Thu 14th July 2016
A man intentionally drives a 19-tonne lorry through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on the seafront of Nice in France, killing 86 people and injuring more than 400.
Fri 15th July 2016
An attempted coup d’état takes place in Turkey. Hundreds of people are killed in fighting during the short-lived bid to overthrow the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which is ended when government forces regain control in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara.
Donald Trump confirms Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate in the US presidential campaign.
Sat 16th July 2016
Approximately 35,000 Venezuelans enter neighbouring Colombia in a single day to buy food and medicine. The border, which has been closed for nearly a year due to gang activity, was opened for eight hours to alleviate shortages of essential supplies and basic goods in Venezuela.
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