This week, last year: 5th – 11th June
Our news highlights from 12 months past, for your weekly dose of Slow Journalism perspective…
Sun 5th June 2016
“My ambition is always to be number one” — Arif Ahmed al-Zarouni tells Gulf News why he spent £3.4 million on a car registration plate bearing a single digit, the number one.
Mon 6th June 2016
A British paedophile who abused up to 200 Malaysian children is given 22 life sentences. Richard Huckle, 30, posed as an English teacher in Malaysia to commit offences against children aged between six months and 12 years between 2006 and 2014.
“20 minutes of action” — Dan Turner, the father of Brock Turner complains his son is paying “a steep price” considering the length of the attack he made on an unconscious woman on the campus of Stanford University.
Tue 7th June 2016
Chinese state media report that students who cheat in university entrance exams may be jailed for up to seven years. The Xinhua news agency says the government is cracking down on a widespread problem in schools.
Two teenage girls plead guilty to kidnapping a two-year-old child from a Primark shop in Newcastle, UK. The girls, aged 13 and 14, also stole baby bottles, milk and dummies.
Wed 8th June 2016
Four people are shot dead and six wounded in an attack at a market complex in Tel Aviv. Israeli police say the two gunmen were Palestinians from the West Bank.
Tennis player Maria Sharapova is suspended for two years for failing a drug test. The 29-year-old Russian tested positive for the recently banned drug meldonium during this year’s Australian Open.
Thu 9th June 2016
The United Nations human rights committee urges the Irish government to reform its restrictive abortion laws after ruling that an Irish woman denied access to an abortion had her human rights violated. The panel found that Amanda Mellet was subjected to “intense physical and mental suffering” when she was denied the procedure despite a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality in 2011.
Fri 10th June 2016
US media website Gawker files for bankruptcy after losing a $140m lawsuit. The site, founded by British journalist Nick Denton in 2002, was sued by former wrestler Hulk Hogan for publishing a sex tape involving him without his permission.
Sat 11th June 2016
Violent clashes break out between English and Russian fans as the teams meet in Marseille on the second day of the Euro 2016 football tournament.
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