The week in pictures: July 29 – August 03, 2015
Aug 4, 2015
As so many big stories broke last week perhaps we should just take the time to look back over some of the biggest from around the world
The battle against the Ebola virus gained significant ground last week as a drug trial sponsored by the World Health Organization, as well as the Norwegian and Canadian governments, reported a 100% success rate amongst the 2,014 people vaccinated immediately upon exposure and just 16 cases in the 2,380 people who received a delayed dose. Described as a “game changer” the trial will now continue and extend in scope to cover as many people as possible who are exposed to the deadly disease in Guinea.
Walter Palmer, the US dentist accused of killing Cecil the Lion just outside the Hwange national park in Zimbabwe earlier this month, faced calls for his extradition back to the African country to stand trial for the killing with a petition on the subject lodged with the White House by the Zimbabwean government. They have a month to respond. On Thursday Palmer wrote to his patients to apologize for unknowingly killing the famous lion and said he would assist authorities in their investigation.
Beijing, the Chinese capital, became the first city chosen to host a Winter Olympics having already hosted a summer Olympic games. It beat off competition from Almaty, Kazakhstan, the only other city left in the 2022 competition after Oslo, Stockholm and Krakow all withdrew citing a lack of public interest and the massive costs inherent in staging the event. The choice of Beijing was seen as controversial not because of the Chinese human rights record but because the Chinese capital is known for its lack of snow.
In sport England spanked the Australians in the third test at Edgbaston winning by 8 wickets as the visitors collapsed to 136 in their first innings and only managed 265 in their second. This puts England 2-1 up in the five match series and has led to calls for the Australian captain to stand down from his position. Will the Aussies be able to come back from this defeat and get the results they need to win the series? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime lets look at the big stories we covered last week.
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Meanwhile in the USA a man in Texas was airlifted to hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning having been hit in the face by a bullet he himself had fired at an Armadillo. According to the local sheriff’s department the man had attempted to shoot the animal just after 3am near Marietta, east Texas, but one of the rounds had bounced back and hit the man in the jaw. It is not known if the Armadillo survived the encounter, the second such incident just this year of ricochets from the animal.