The Week That Was – 21st-27th August 2017

I try to sum up the week’s events in bite-size form.

News

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Hurricane Harvey has made landfall in Texas, with two people confirmed dead and the death toll expected to rise. Although it has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, it has already resulted in heavy flooding in Houston.

A court has heard from 4 people suspected of carrying out the Barcelona terror attack. Earlier in the week Younes Abouyaaqoub, another key suspect, was shot dead by police.

US Navy destroyer the USS John S McCain has collided with an oil tanker near to Singapore. 10 US sailors are missing and search and rescue efforts have been underway for some time.

Widespread riots in India have left 36 people dead after spiritual guru Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of raping two of his sect’s followers.

A total solar eclipse has passed over the United States, with millions watching the event in the US and around the world.

Two men have been arrested after an individual attacked police outside Buckingham Palace with a four-foot sword in a suspected terrorist incident.

Two men have been charged after a crash involving two lorries and a minibus on the M1 which caused the deaths of eight people.

The Labour Party has announced a change of Brexit position, saying the UK should stay in the EU single market and customs union during any transitional arrangement.

Sport

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Andy Murray has withdrawn from the 2017 US Open due to a hip injury sustained earlier in the season.

American boxer Floyd Mayweather has beaten Conor McGregor in their high-stakes match, stopping the Irishman in the tenth round in Las Vegas.

New Zealand have won the Women’s Rugby World Cup, defeating England 41-32 in the final.

Mo Farah has won his final global track race with a thrilling finish in the 5,000m at a Diamond League meeting in Zurich.

The draw has been made for the group stages of the 2017/18 Champions League. Interesting match-ups include Bayern Munich v PSG, Barcelona v Juventus and Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund.

Entertainment

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Mr Robot star Rami Malek has been cast as Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic about the band members of Queen, titled Bohemian Rhapsody. Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw had each signed up for the role previously but pulled out.

Some Like It Hot has taken the top spot of the greatest 100 comedies of all time following a poll of 253 film critics by BBC Culture.

The 2017 Reading and Leeds Festivals have been taking place over the weekend, with Muse’s headline set concluding proceedings on Sunday night.

Taylor Swift has released her new single Look What You Made Me Do, which uses parts of Right Said Fred’s 1991 tune I’m Too Sexy.

Game of Thrones episode Beyond The Wall has gained the show’s second-highest ever ratings (10.2 million viewers), despite being leaked online prior to broadcast.

Alex Nicholson

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