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This Week in Pictures: May 23 – 29, 2017

Week in pictures

There were no shortage of important news events last week so lets take a moment to look back over some of the biggest breaking stories around the world.

In the UK a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the Manchester Arena killing 22 and injuring dozens of others. The attack on Monday night came at the end of a concert by Ariana Grande and was perpetrated by Salman Ramadan Abedi, supposedly a member of ISIS. A massive investigation was begun with several associated arrests and raids across the region. With the terror threat level raised to “Critical” British troops were seen patrolling and guarding public places in the UK last week.

In the US three men who came to the assistance of two teenage girls being abused by a threatening individual were stabbed, two of them, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Rick Best fatally. Aboard a commuter train in Portland, Oregon, a white supremacist Jeremy Joseph Christian, shouted hate speech at two young women, one black, one muslim, and when several other passengers stood up to him, he attacked them with a bladed weapon. Micah Fletcher, the third hero, remains in critical condition.

Across the world passengers of the world’s favorite airline, British Airways, faced increasing chaos as their computer system failed leaving travelers stranded as flights were canceled and staff attempted to deal with the situation. A full investigation was begun into the failure as the airline battled to recover and sort through the backlog with some accusing them of cutting-costs and outsourcing IT jobs abroad in the months preceding this instance that left scenes of utter chaos at airports around the globe.

In sports both the big motor racing events of the week were witness to high drama as Lewis Hamilton had a disastrous qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix leading to neither Mercedes making the podium whilst across the Atlantic Fernando Alonso failed in his bid to win the Indy 500 when his engine failed with 21 laps to go. The question is will he be back next year to make another attempt? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s a look at last week’s big stories.

1. We took a look at three of the top young pitchers to watch in the MLB this season.

MLB pitcher

Joe Ross is one of the best players on the Washinton Nationals right now (photo: washingtontimes.com)

2. One lucky player at GUTS Casino won a massive online slot jackpot.

Jackpot winner

This 23 year old player won more than SEK 1 million (photo: gamingzion.com)

3. We broke down a few of the players that could soon make the move to Manchester United.

Man United

Antoine Griezmann is one of the betting favorites to head to Man United (photo: espnfc.com)

4. Shannon Briggs failed a drug test and is out of his heavyweight title fight.

Shannon Briggs drugs

Briggs tested positive for elevated testosterone levels (photo: skysports.com)

5. We broke down some of the biggest upsets in the history of MMA.

Edgar Penn

Almost no one predicted Frankie Edgar to defeat Penn in their first fight (photo: cagepages.com)

6. Some of the most hilarious Trump betting specials at Paddy Power are discussed.

Donald laughing

You won’t believe what you can bet on nowadays (photo: elitedaily.com)

7. We took a look at the current odds for the next UK Prime Minster.

UK election

Theresa May is leading the betting odds by a wide margin (photo: newstatesman.com)

Meanwhile the glamorous world of the silver screen lamented the passing of one of the true greats of cinema, Roger Moore, who passed away after a short battle with cancer last week. Best known for his roles in The Pretenders, The Saint and, of course, James Bond, Roger Moore was a keenly aware of his own shortcomings as an actor and played off them mercilessly often ascribing his success more to luck than talent. He worked tirelessly as a good will ambassador for UNICEF for which he was knighted.

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