Weekly Roundup – the first of our new weekly news summaries

Welcome to our first Weekly Roundup! We know you’re busy, and as much as you’d love to keep up to date with everything going on in the world, you just don’t have time to sit and watch the news every night. So we’ve done it for you.

Facebook – Up to 50m accounts attacked

With more than 2bn users, Facebook is the world’s largest, and most well known, social network. This week the internet giant had a breach of security causing around 50 million accounts to be attacked. This figure includes both Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, whose accounts were also attacked.

Hackers found bugs in the ‘View As’ feature on Facebook, allowing them to take over people’s accounts. The investigation is still in early stages so it’s unknown exactly who was the cause of these attacks or where they took place.


Body found in the River Severn

A body has been found in the River Severn, bringing the search for missing student, Thomas Jones, to a pause.

The 18-year-old, from Bromsgrove, had not been heard from or seen since Wednesday 19th September. Two men, arrested on suspicion of murder, were released without charge. According to a spokesperson, ‘formal identification has not yet taken place.’

Over 11,000 people signed a petition for CCTV along the River Severn in the city in the hope it will prevent cases like this from happening again. Thomas’ parents say ‘he’s just disappeared,’ but they thank everybody for their support.

The University of Worcester extended their free taxi service an extra week to make students feel safer.


Boris Johnson

Alternative Plan for Brexit

Boris Johnson suggests a “Super Canada” free trade deal should be made.

Up to 40 Tory MPs are prepared to vote against any Canada-style deal if Theresa May opted for it, stated Dominic Grieve. Michael Gove also urged the party to stick by the Prime Minister as a pose to Johnson’s new plan.

Boris Johnson said a Super Canada deal would consist of: “Zero tariffs and zero quotas” on all imports and exports, mutual recognition agreements covering UK and EU regulations to ensure “conformity of goods with each other’s standards”, technological solutions to keep supply chains operating smoothly and a deal covering goods as well as services.


Courtesy of the family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse

Girl who died eating a baguette

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, died on 17th July 2016 after eating a Pret a Manger sandwich on a flight from London, England to Nice, France, which wasn’t labelled to include sesame seeds.

Natasha’s father oversaw the situation by injecting two EpiPen shots in to her legs but she went into cardiac arrest crying, ‘Daddy, help me I can’t breathe’, and died later that day in a French hospital. The father, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, said he was “stunned that a big food company could mislabel a sandwich and this would cause my daughter to die”.

An inquest found Pret a Manger to have used ‘inadequate’ labelling. As a result of the case, Dr Cummings, the coroner on the case, will file 3 reports to prevent the reoccurrence of a similar incident.


Salisbury Poisoning Suspect

Investigative journalists, on Wednesday, identified Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga as a suspect of going undercover in Salisbury as Ruslan Boshirov.

Putin honoured this suspect, claiming he was a civilian and on Russian TV he claimed he visited Salisbury as a tourist. It’s thought that 39 year-old Chepiga, who has earned over 20 military awards for his service in Russia, was involved in the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skirpal and his daughter Yulia in March.

Quick Fire Updates

  • Meghan Markle closing her own car door behind her causes the Internet to break.
  • Salad Cream won’t be changing it’s name to Sandwich Cream, Heinz follows ‘will of the people’
  • Postman Pat and Rosie and Jim author, John Cunliffe, dies at 85
  • Photo of two 18 year olds in a nightclub goes viral as a meme.

  • Progress in UK life expectancy “stops for the first time”

Here’s something fun to do (or maybe not). Click here to try the BBC’s ‘Life Expectancy Calculator’ and let us know in the comments or on Twitter what it told you!

Check back every Sunday for a summary of the week’s news, including politics, current affairs, sports and general trivia.


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