This week, last year: 30th October – 5th November
Our news highlights from 12 months past, for your weekly dose of Slow Journalism perspective…
Sun 30th October 2016
Canada and the EU sign a historic trade deal after seven years of talks. All 28 EU member states agreed to Ceta, which removes 99 percent of tariffs and is expected to generate increased trade of £9.8 billion a year.
“I want to do the job successfully” – Gareth Southgate on his appointment as manager of England’s national football team. The former Aston Villa defender succeeds both Roy Hodgson, who resigned after his side lost to Iceland in Euro 2016, and Sam Allardyce, who was manager for 67 days.
Mon 31st October 2016
UK home secretary Amber Rudd rejects calls for an inquiry into the “Battle of Orgreave”, a 1984 clash between police and striking miners. Despite a decades-long campaign to examine allegations of excessive police force during the confrontation, Rudd rules out a review saying “few lessons would be learned”.
Tue 1st November 2016
Police scuba divers discover €13.1 million in counterfeit €500 notes in a reservoir in southern Bulgaria. The country’s chief prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, says it is one of the largest hauls of counterfeit euros ever found.
Iraqi elite counter-terrorism units breach the city limits of Mosul for the first time in more than two years. The city has been under Isis control since June 2014.
Wed 2nd November 2016
“The saga is over” – Gawker founder Nick Denton announces that the media group has made a $31 million settlement with ex-wrestler Hulk Hogan. Gawker filed for bankruptcy in June after a jury awarded $140 million in damages to Hogan over the publication of a sex tape in which he appeared.
Thu 3rd November 2016
A small Macedonian town is revealed as the source of more than 100 pro-Trump “fake news” websites. Teenagers in Veles, population 45,000, tell BuzzFeed they routinely plagiarise incendiary stories from right-wing US blogs to maximise clicks, regardless of the articles’ accuracy.
Fri 4th November 2016
“Enemies of the people” – The Daily Mail’s front-page headline criticises three High Court judges who ruled that only parliament has the legal power to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and initiate the formal process for the UK to leave the European Union. The government says it will appeal the court’s decision.
Sat 5th November 2016
Andy Murray surpasses Novak Djokovic to become tennis world number one. The 29-year-old Wimbledon and Olympic champion is the first Briton to top the world ranking since its inception in 1973.
Thirteen people are shot dead in a bar in Juba, South Sudan. According to reports the gunman became angry after being refused free entry to the bar, which had a small admission fee.
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