There were plenty of big news stories around the world last week so we take a moment to revisit some of the biggest from the last seven days.
The UK was rocked last week by the death of Jo Cox, Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen who was stabbed and shot following a constituency surgery in Birstall. A rising star in the Labour party she was just 41 years old. A 52 year old man was arrested for the attack with eyewitnesses describing him as having shouting “Britain First” during the murder of Mz Cox who leaves behind a husband and two children. Campaigning on both sides of the EU referendum was suspended following the MP’s death.
In Brazil the acting governor of the Olympic host city, Rio de Janeiro, last week declared a state of financial disaster with only two months to go before the games kick off. Warning of a possible total collapse of public services in the city Francisco Dornelles took the step to allow more fiscal leeway with the federal government agreeing to make a one-off payment of some $850,000,000 so that the city may honor its commitments. The Olympic games begin in Rio on the 5th of August.
In the US the number of high profile shootings continued to rise last week as Alejandro “Jano” Fuentes, a former contestant in the Mexican version of “The Voice” was gunned down in Chicago just ten days after Christina Grimmie, a contestant on the US version of “The Voice” was shot and killed whilst signing autographs by an attacker who then killed themselves in Orlando, the state that was also scene of the most deadly shooting in modern US history when 49 people were shot at the Pulse nightclub.
In sports Andy Murray won his fifth Queen’s Club title beating Milos Raonic 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 in a final that saw the Scot come back to victory from a set down and three games against him in the second. With old coach Ivan Lendl back on the scene it seems there could be some more wins in store for Murray, but which will he take next? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out the answer to that, but in the meantime here’s a look at some of the stories we covered over the last seven days.
1. Rumors started about a huge merger in the world of Daily Fantasy Sports: DraftKings and FanDuel together as one.
2. New York Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee unlikely to pass the online poker bill this year.
3. We look at why the rival campaigns are making a bet on Brexit at Bet365 look like a novelty wager.
4. We look at why your bet on the US presidential election could go either way in the most unpredictable contest in recent history.
5. Complete our personality test and find out what type of football fan you are!
6. Sepp Blatter accused UEFA of cheating on drawings, and tried to imply that he’s an honest person…
7. GamingZion aimed to collect the craziest fans at Euro 2016 who were there in France and supported their respective teams.
Meanwhile numerous instances of crowd trouble marred the Euro 2016 Finals in France last week with the fans of various nations clashing with police and each other as the group stage of the tournament continued. Some violent fans were arrested, some jailed and some deported, UEFA said it would be investigating the instances and taking steps as necessary. Following trouble with England supporters the head of Russian football fans, Alexander Shprygin, was deported from France along with 19 other fans.