There was no shortage of big news stories breaking around the world last week so we take a moment to review some of the most significant.
Barack Obama became the first sitting US President since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 to visit the island nation of Cuba last week amid the thawing relations between the two countries. Accompanied by his wife and children the President’s visit comes hard on the heels of the restoration of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba. Holding meetings with President Raul Castro the US President laid a wreath at the Jose Marti Monument in Revolution Square and urged Cubans to look to the future with hope.
In Belgium a series of coordinated terrorist attacks killed at least 35 and injured another 300. Two attacks took place at the Brussels Airport in Zaventem and another at the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels. Three suicide bombers we’re accounted for amongst the dead although another bomb was found undetonated at the airport. The attacks came just four days after authorities arrested Salah Abdeslam accused of being a participant in the Paris attacks in November of last year.
In Lahore, Pakistan, an explosion in a Gulshan-i-Iqbal park last week killed at least 69 injuring several hundred others, many of them women and children celebrating the Christian festival of Easter. A splinter group of the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that occurred at the main gate of the park. The apparent suicide bomber was condemned by President Mamnoon Hussain and the government announced three days of mourning across the country in the wake of the attack.
In sports England came back from two goals down in Berlin last week to beat the World Cup holders Germany 3-2 in a superb bounce back that saw goals from Kroos and Gomez equaled by Kane and Vardy and then a minute into injury time Eric Dier’s header gave England the win. Can they build on this friendly victory on the road to the Euro 2016 finals? 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 stories from around the world we covered last week. 1. A West Australian family with financial struggles took home the $40 million OZ lottery jackpot.
2. Cheltenham Bookies Got Hit With Technical Issues During Last Day Gold Cup.
3. Glenn Verbauwhede has shown some crazy goalkeeper skills – it was pretty hard to understand what he was up to.
4. Cyberbingo scheduled two exciting online bingo promotions for Easter Weekend.
5. Times are more interesting that ever: Clinton Takes Arizona While Sanders Demonstrates that Organizational Strength Can Be More Decisive in the Caucus States.
6. GamingZion discussed the Oxford v Cambridge annual boat race.
7. GamingZion assembled a list of famous football players that are still active and also love to play poker.
Meanwhile in the UK the campaign to have Britons vote to leave the EU in the referendum to be held later this year suffered a small PR disaster last week when it transpired that the Ukip backed call center operated to assist people in that effort was staffed by EU migrants, the very people the so-called Brexit Campaign wishes to bar from entering the country. The somewhat hypocritical nature of the position quickly became a viral online joke. The referendum will be held on the 23rd of June this year.