The last seven days were full of big news stories so we take a moment to review some of the most important we and other publications covered last week
In Turkey the border town of Suruc was struck by a terrorist suicide bombing that killed dozens of young activists from the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations who were meeting to discuss the reconstruction of the nearby Syrian town of Kobane. In response to this action the Turkish air force began bombing both IS forces and Kurdish militants as well as agreeing to allow US and allied forces to use its bases in the ongoing fight against Islamic State.
In Japan a financial scandal at the massive conglomerate that is Toshiba resulted in the resignation of their chief executive, Hisao Tanaka, after it was revealed the company’s upper management had overstated its operating profits by some 1.2 billion dollars over several years. His exit was hastened by Japanese finance minister, Taro Aso, noting that such manifest wrong doing could damage international confidence in Japanese business. Seven other company officials also left in the wake of the scandal.
Barack Hussain Obama became the first sitting US President to visit Kenya last week as he traveled to the nation of his father’s birth and amidst extremely high profile security congratulated the country on its economic and business potential as well as paying his respects at the scene of the 1998 Nairobi embassy bombing. There was some controversy along the way as he and President Kenyatta stood united on terrorism but wholly divided on the issues of gay rights and women’s issues.
In sport Sebastian Vettel won the Hungarian Grand Prix after a rather chaotic, drama-filled, race saw the dominant Mercedes of Hamilton and Rosberg fail to finish in the top three. In Red Bull’s best result of the season so far Danilil Kvyat came second and his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo came in third behind the Ferrari. Can Red Bull keep the pressure on after the summer break? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out. In the meantime let’s take a look at the big stories we covered last week.
1. GamingZion reminded you readers how the date is approaching, when the biggest casino hub in Russia will open its gates targetting mainly the rich Asian players.
2. Germany’s transfer fees are not so out of this world as they are in England, but Arturo Vidal’s return to Germany is nevertheless one of the biggest hits of the transfer season.
3. Well within the race GamingZion predicted Froome’s victory at the Tour de France, as well as trying to figure out what can be behind the newfound hysteria about drug abuse in cycling.
4. Full Tilt Poker made poker champion Marc Kennedy their new player ambassador.
5. PokerStars signed their new ambassador as well, it is Brazilian player Felipe Mojave.
6. Meanwhile the FBI asked for the extradition of two men arrested in Israel in connection with fraud and the JP Morgan hacking attack.
7. It was also decided that up and coming Irish_British challenger Tyson fury could take on Ukrainian veteran Wladimir Klitschko in October. The match will be held in Dusseldorf, and the trashtalking has already begun.
Meanwhile the usually staid world of the British Houses of Parliament was somewhat shocked when a British tabloid newspaper released footage of the Deputy speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Sewel snorting cocaine from the breasts of a prostitute. This prompted his speedy resignation both from that post and also from that of Chairman of the Lord’s privileges and conduct committee which charged him with upholding and enforcing standards in the upper chamber. The matter has been referred to the police.