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News Bulletin 17/7/2015

News Bulletin 17/7/2015

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    Jul 16, 2015   Author : admin


This week has been rich in news. The U.K is struggling with domestic issues such as the gender pay gap and foxhunting laws, while the whole Europe is watching the situation around Greece. And while European leaders are trying to reach a final agreement that would put an end to Greece crisis, the Chinese stock market is throwing a few surprises at us. And, of course, one unexpectedly pleasant news came from NASA. Wondering what it might be? Check it out below:


  • David Cameron makes a major step to close the gender pay gap. Large firms will be forced to disclose information about gender payments among staff. 
  • The vote to change foxhunting laws has been postponed by the SNP. SNP’s leader Nicola Sturgeon tells David Cameron that he is “not master of all he surveys” while the government plans to relax foxhunting laws in England and Wales.
  • Water cannon use by police has been refused by the home secretary. It has been a year since three water cannons were purchased by London Mayor Boris Johnson and now there are developments.


  • Greek MPs approve Eurozone deal laws amid clashes on the streets of Greece. The tough EU laws that include tax rises and an increase in the retirement age were not support by the people of Greece, which led them to holding large-scale protests. 
  • Barack Obama praises Vladimir Putin for helping with Iran’s nuclear deal. Besides, the U.S. President said he was "encouraged" when Putin called him a few weeks back in order to discuss the Syrian crisis. The world is now wondering what it could mean. 
  • NASA reveals first images of Pluto. Images from the New Horizons probe reveal the highly-awaited scenery of the planet: apparently, Pluto has high mountains made of ice.

Finance/Business (UK vocabulary)

  • Would Greece’s temporary exit hurt the Eurozone much? This kind of scenario is widely discussed in the EU, which leads us to asking such questions. 
  • It has been the most volatile week on markets in a few years. The Chinese stock market seems to be recovering after a major collapse, but the situation with Greece brings uncertainties. 
  • Uber is now more popular than traditional cabs. More than 50 percent of all rides in North America are now carried out by Uber instead of traditional cabs. 


  • New developments in the Swiss FIFA corruption scandal. A Swiss probe into corruption now includes 81 acts of suspicious financial activity, which raises the question: is there any future for World Cups?
  • Real Madrid is named the 'most valuable' sports team by Forbes. The most popular, and now the most valuable, football club is valued at £2.08bn, while its competitor Barcelona is valued at £2.02bn. 
  • Manchester City buys Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling for $76 million. The football star is thus more expensive than David Beckham! 


  • Caitlyn Jenner receives ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award. In her first speech after identifying as transgender, Caitlyn demands respect for transgender people. 
  • Australia dog scandal: Johnny Depp’s wife Amber Heard faces charges. The actress is being accused of bringing her two Yorkshire terriers into Australia by a private jet without having the necessary permits.
  • Chris Brown’s LA home has been raided by three masked men. The star was not at his house at the time of the robbery, but his aunt was: she was locked in a closet.


  • After 9 years, NASA’s spacecraft finally reaches Pluto. See the images.  The spaceship came within 7,800 miles of Pluto and made outstanding pictures. 
  • Apple releases its new iPod touch. The iPod’s hardware has been significantly improved, while the company also introduced new colors. 
  • Android M’s release date and rumors. The operating system includes fixes as well as major improvements. When will you be able to get it?

This time in History

  • July 17: in 1955, Walt Disney’s $17 million theme park, Disneyland, was opened in California. 
  • July 16: in 1945, atom bomb was successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico. 
  • July 14: in 1789, French revolutionaries and rebel troops storm the Bastille royal fortress. 


Picture: Reuters, MYC Bulletin Writer Polina Tikhonova


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