This week, a new report on Russia’s doping scandal, Tata Steel makes a promising promise, Christmas is coming and more!
1. Italian PM resigns
Matteo Renzi will resign as the Italian prime minister after losing the referendum to change the constitution. This is a major victory for rightwing anti-establishment parties. The PM conceded defeat in his speech at Palazzo Chigi. He said that he would submit his notice of resignation to Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president, on 12th December.
2. Man found guilty of supplying terrorist with cash
Zakaria Boufassil, from Birmingham gave £3,000 to Mohamed Abrini, who was spotted on CCTV at Brussels airport, just before the bombings in March. He was found guilty on Tuesday of engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism. Boufassil will be sentenced on 12th December.
3. Tata Steel commits to securing Port Talbot’s future
Tata Steel have announced that they will make a commitment to secure jobs and production at Port Talbot, and other steelworks across the UK. This could end the uncertainty for the thousands of workers, when Tata’s UK business was put up for sale. Tata have said that this is “an important step forward” for its future in the UK.
4. Over 1,000 Russian athletes gained from doping
More than 1,000 athletes, such as Olympic medalists, benefited from Russian state-sponsored doping between 2011 and 2015, a report states. It adds that at least 30 sports covered up samples. The Russian secret service reportedly developed ways of opening the urine sample bottles and replacing their contents, without the intervention being noticed.
It’s almost Christmas! We’re into the festive period, with Christmassy food, lighting, TV shows and ads all out. This will be Strode Ledger’s last ‘5 Biggest Stories of the Week’ for 2016. Check back next year to keep up to date with 2017’s news. 2016 has been an interesting year for news, here’s hoping that 2017 brings us better events to report on.