The big news stories came thick and fast last week so let’s take a moment to look back at some of the important headlines that broke around the world.
In the USA the outgoing President Barack Hussain Obama granted clemency to 273 people the most well known of who was Chelsea Manning who has served seven years for leaking information to the media when working as an intelligence analyst in the army. Famous for transitioning during the process of being incarcerated Manning will be freed from captivity in May this year. Opinions in the nation are divided over both the conviction of Manning in the first place and this commuting of her sentence.
In Washington DC, USA, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the forty fifth President of the United States in a time honored traditional swearing in ceremony on the Capitol steps. The unlikely victor in last November’s general election, Trump was joined by his wife Melania and the rest of his family as the proceedings were watched over by a large crowd which gathered despite the cold temperatures in the US capital. Vice President Mike Pence was also sworn in at the ceremony last Friday lunchtime.
In the UK it was revealed last week that the British Navy conducted a test of a Trident Nuclear Missile off the coast of major ally the United States last year only to have the missile stray off course (targeted at a patch of ocean near Africa) and head towards the US coast. Details of this failed test were not revealed at the time just weeks before a crucial parliamentary vote to renew funding for the system and current Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to deny she knew of the test results at the time.
In sports the Super Bowl is all set at the New England Patriots sealed their ticket with a 36-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Falcons grabbed their spot with a 44-21 massacre of the Green Bay Packers. This will the 9th appearance for the Patriots in a Super Bowl but the question is can they win when the whistle goes in Houston on Feb 5th? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s a look at some of the big news stories we’ve covered over the last week.
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5. The US Supreme Court has delayed their decision to hear from New Jersey lawmakers aiming to legalize sports betting.
6. We took a look back at how Yair Rodriguez became Mexico’s biggest MMA star.
7. We checked out NetBet Sportsbook’s betting offers for winter sports.
Meanwhile British nationalist lager lout Nigel Farage, former head of UKIP and one of the dominant forces behind the pro Brexit campaign last year, who has been noted for his friendship with Donald Trump has snagged himself a job with US right-wing mouth piece and faux news purveyor Fox News where he’ll become a pundit and commentator, which may prove interesting if only because he still has a radio show on LBC in the UK to get on with and is currently the sitting MEP for South-East England.