News of the Week: 22 – 28 January 2017


Some of the week’s notable stories


 January 22


Queen’s chaplain resigns over cathedral Koran reading row saying he has a ‘duty’ to defend Christianity – The Telegraph

A chaplain to the Queen has resigned after criticising a church that allowed a Koran reading which said that Jesus was not the son of God to be read during its Epiphany service


Jogger punched into Birmingham canal escapes by declaring faith in Allah – Birmingham Mail

“The man fell in the canal and was prevented from getting out by his assailant. He swam to the other side where he was able to get out and seek help from a passerby.”


Boys who think they are girls allowed to join Girl Guides for first time – The Telegraph

Adult men who also identify their gender as female could become leaders too under radical new proposals to the traditional single-sex policy of girlguiding


January 23


Brothers jailed for trafficking people from Poland to work at Sports Direct – The Guardian

Two brothers who trafficked vulnerable men from Poland to work in a Sports Direct warehouse have been jailed for six years each under the Modern Slavery Act


Dutch PM Rutte: ‘If you don’t like it here, then leave’ – BBC

Weeks before Dutch voters go to the polls, Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said that anyone who rejects the country’s values should leave


January 24


Trump executive order pulls out of TPP trade deal – BBC

President Donald Trump has fulfilled a campaign pledge by signing an executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)


Presidential candidate François Fillon calls for France to ‘ignore’ Schengen and have ‘real’ borders – The Telegraph

“As long as Europe’s borders are not protected by our partners, France will re-establish real controls at its borders”


Supreme Court says Parliament must give Article 50 go-ahead – BBC

The judgement means Theresa May cannot begin talks with the EU until MPs and peers give their backing


January 25


UK risks ‘selling its honour’ on Hong Kong – BBC

The former governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, says the UK risks not meeting its promises to the territory and “selling its honour” in an attempt to reach trade deals with China


Rough sleeping sees rise of 16% on last year – BBC

More than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England’s streets


Trump orders wall to be built on Mexico border – BBC

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order for an “impassable physical barrier” to be built along the US border with Mexico


January 26


UK economy grows by 0.6% in fourth quarter – BBC

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that a feared slowdown in the UK economy as a result of Brexit has not shown up in official data


Health of children in Scotland ‘among worst in Europe’ – BBC

The health of children in Scotland is among the worst in Europe, according to a major new study


Theresa May: UK and US cannot return to ‘failed’ interventions – BBC

“The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over.”


Theresa May’s intelligence warning over US torture – BBC

The UK PM has suggested that British intelligence sharing could be withdrawn from some operations with the US, if torture is reintroduced


January 27


Mexico condemns Trump’s imports tax proposal – BBC

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the proposed 20% tax on Mexican imports would make them more expensive for US consumers, who would be paying for the wall


Donald Trump: Persecuted Christian refugees to get priority – BBC

“We are going to help them”


January 28


Donald Trump: ‘Brexit is a blessing for the world’ – The Telegraph

The vote to leave the EU was a “tremendous asset, not a liability”


 Theresa May in Turkey: UK agrees £100m defence deal – BBC

Britain has agreed a £100m defence deal to help develop fighter jets for the Turkish air force