Around the world last week there was no end of big news stories so we take a moment to look back at some of the biggest from the previous seven days.
In Turkey, following the failed military coup against the authoritarian regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a massive nation-wide crackdown aimed at increasing his grip on power saw the suspension, sacking and arrest of thousands of government officials, teachers and university lecturers, as well as huge swathes of the judiciary and thousands of servicemen including over 100 admirals and generals. A state of emergency was declared on Wednesday that allowed Erdogan to bypass parliament in creating laws.
In the United States Donald Trump announced his running mate in the 2016 Presidential election, Mike Pence, and accepted the Republican Party’s nomination at their convention in Cleveland that was beset with drama after it was found the speech made by Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, had been plagiarized from a speech given by Michelle Obama in 2008. Meanwhile across the aisle Hillary Clinton announced her running mate, Tim Kaine, a Virginia senator who plays Harmonica in the Jugbusters.
In Germany a disturbed youth of Iranian-German descent went on a rampage last week shooting dead nine people and injuring dozens more in and around a shopping mall in Munich, the nation’s third largest city. Described as a disturbed loner with a preoccupation with mass shootings, Ali Sonboly is said to have been bullied at school and used an illegal Glock handgun in the attack. Germany is now considering tightening the country’s gun control laws in the wake of the deadly attack last week.
In sports Chris Froome became the first Briton to successful defend the Tour de France title as he finished the 21 stage race some 4 minutes five seconds ahead of his nearest rival Romain Bardet and as the cycling world turns its attention to the 2016 Rio Olympics the question is just who’ll be taking home that prized gold medal? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out as the build up to Rio continues but in the meantime here’s a look at some of the big stories we covered in the last week.
1. Juicy Stakes started a new site with new bonuses and new promotions.
2. GamingZion took a look at the best value premier league winner odds for next year.
3. An Interpol gambling investigation completed, resulting in mass arrests in Europe and Asia.
4. As the field narrows to just two it’s time to bet on the Labour leadership contest but who will it be? Smith or Corbyn?
5. Betting on Pokémon Go has been made possible thanks to the number one online sportsbook in Australia, Sportsbet.
6. The soccer season may not be far off now but you can bet on the ICC, International Champions Cup, till that rolls around again this autumn.
7. We look at the IOC’s decision not to ban all Russian participation in the 2016 Rio Olympics and how it also punishes the whistleblower Yulia Stepanova.
Meanwhile, in the US, police in Miami shot Charles Kinsey a black care-worker who was attempting to get an autistic youth to return to the home from which he’d wandered away. In video footage shot of the incident Kinsey is seen lying on his back with his hands in the air moments before being shot in the leg by a police officer who, when questioned as to why he’d fired, said “I don’t know.” Later the officer would set the record straight saying he’d actually been aiming his three shots at the non-threatening autistic man sitting on the ground nearby armed with a deadly toy truck, so that’s alright then…….