With so many big stories breaking over the last seven days we take a look back at the big stories that hit the headlines last week.
Tuesday last week saw a Turkish fighter patrol shoot down a Russian aircraft that, it is claimed, strayed into Turkish airspace for 17 seconds whilst taking part in bombing operations against targets in Syria. One pilot from the SU-24 was recovered, the other died. This is the first instance of a NATO nation destroying a Russian warplane since the 1950s and Vladimir Putin’s reaction was one of outrage and he imposed sanctions against Turkey whose president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, regretted the incident.
In the US Robert Lewis Dear was arrested last week following a deadly attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Three people, including a police officer, were killed during the attack and nine others were wounded. The attack was said to have been motivated by Dear’s opposition to abortion. President Barack Obama called for tighter gun controls following the incident which involved an “assault weapon” bemoaning the continued “easy accessibility of weapons of war” within the US.
Leading candidate for the Republican nomination in the race for the White House in 2016, Donald Trump, came under fire last week for mocking a New York Times reporter who suffers from a congenital joint condition. Following an impression of the reporter at a rally in South Carolina the paper called Trump’s behavior “outrageous”. Donald Trump used an article written by the reporter, Serge Kovaleski, to back up erroneous claims “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated 9/11.
In sport Tyson Fury surprised the boxing world by winning a unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko to become the heavyweight champion of the world. The 27 year old now holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, however Klitschko has already confirmed he’ll be taking up a rematch clause in their contract. Can Fury beat the big man from Ukraine a second time? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but the in the meantime lets look back at the stories we covered last week.
1. PokerStars has received the award for the ‘Poker Operator of the Year’ for the second time in a row at the prestigious eGaming Review awards.
2. DFS operators FanDuel and DraftKings continued to deny allegations from US lawmakers that their activities constitute as gambling, while simultaneously applying for a sports gambling license in the UK.
3. Sports betting in Nigeria is becoming more popular and commonplace among citizens. As a result, it’s now a growing source of income and jobs for the poverty-stricken country.
4. 11 people were arrested at a secret gambling den in Kuwait after undergoing heavy scrutiny by local authorities. Kuwait continues its efforts to ban any form of gambling activities within its territory.
5. A British couple had won the £1 million EuroMillions jackpot for the second time in two years, having had first won it in 2013. It was the 10th biggest EuroMillions jackpot to be won in the UK.
6. Gambling on the Premier League favorites Manchester City gets a little more difficult after their recent slump in performance.
7. Several elderly Jewish women in Florida had been accused by authorities of illegal gambling. An investigation revealed that they were in fact just playing friendly games of mahjong in a condominium clubhouse.
Meanwhile as consumers went wild in the annual Black Friday sales one company “Cards Against Humanity” offered a different experience requesting customers send them money to purchase nothing. Their website even required customers to tick a box reading “I understand I am paying Cards Against Humanity $5 and receiving nothing in return.” The company made $71,000 from the sale and published a list of what its staff spent the money on, which included numerous donations to charity [UPDATE: Customers discovered hidden cards in the box.]