News of the Week: 18 – 24 December 2016


Some of the week’s notable stories


18 December


British values oath proposed for public office holders – BBC

Mr Javid said people could not play a “positive role” in public life unless they accepted basic values


 19 December


Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov shot dead in Ankara – BBC

A Turkish policeman has shot dead Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, apparently in protest at Russia’s involvement in Aleppo


Migrants must be taught that Britain is a Christian country, says Lord Carey – Daily Mail

Our Christian heritage has built our civil society and sustained charity and social movements and has been the fabric of our daily existence for a millennium and more


20 December


Berlin attack: Lorry kills 12 at Christmas market – BBC

An articulated lorry has ploughed into a busy Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48, in what is thought to have been a deliberate attack


Berlin attack: Merkel ally demands revision of refugee policy – RT

Germany should once again review and reshape its policy towards migrants and refugees in light of the attack at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday

IMF backs Christine Legard despite guilty verdict over negligence – The Telegraph 

Christine Lagarde will keep her role as IMF’s managing director despite being convicted of “negligence” over a huge payout to a business tycoon while she was French finance minister


Labour accused of attempting Brexit betrayal – The Telegraph 

Its deputy leader in Brussels deleted lines in parliamentary documents promising to “respect” the referendum result


21 December


Berlin attack: Merkel “personally responsible”, says AfD MEP – BBC

She is said to be responsible owing to her decision to allow over a million migrants into Germany over the past two years


Palace roads closed in security review – BBC

Roads around Buckingham Palace will be closed during the changing of the guard as part of a tightening of security in the wake of the Berlin market attack


Marie Stopes UK abortion clinics put women at risk, says CQC – The Guardian

One of Britain’s biggest abortion providers put women at risk by failing to adequately train staff and neglecting to obtain proper consent from patients


Archbishop of Canterbury’s picture removed from King’s College London over “offence” – The Telegraph

Lord Carey’s image removed following a campaign by a group of students who claimed his views on same-sex marriage were “offensive”


22 December


Berlin attack: Tunisian fugitive ‘had been under surveillance’ – BBC

Anis Amri had been monitored earlier this year on suspicion of planning a robbery in order to pay for guns but surveillance was lifted for lack of evidence


23 December


Melbourne Christmas Day terror attack foiled – BBC 

Australian police have foiled a major terror attack in Melbourne planned for Christmas Day


Anis Amri killed in Milan – BBC

The Berlin market attacker, Anis Amri, has been shot dead by police in Milan after he opened fire on officials who requested to see his papers


Europe’s open borders are putting Britain’s security at risk, former police chief warns – The Telegraph

Europe’s open borders are undermining Britain’s security, former police chiefs have warned after it emerged that the terrorist behind the Berlin Christmas market attack travelled unhindered through three countries before being killed in Italy


UN says 5000 drown trying to reach Europe this year – BBC

The number of undocumented migrants who drown in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe has reached 5000, the highest annual total yet


December 24th


Man and woman appear in court on terrorism charges – BBC 

Munir Hassan Mohammed, 35, and Rowaida El-Hassan, 32, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on charges of making preparations to conduct a terrorist attack


Berlin market attack: Tunisia arrests suspect Amri’s nephew – BBC

Tunisian security forces have arrested the nephew of the Berlin market attacker Anis Amri and two other suspects said to be members of a “terrorist cell”