Top Stories: Week Beginning 3rd December


Brexit deal: Theresa May gives herself two weeks to win over House of Commons

The House of Commons will vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal 11th December after a five-day debate and two days after a possible TV showdown with Jeremy Corbyn. Stating she had no plan B, she has pleaded MPs to consider the country’s best interest and the importance of delivering Brexit. She faced a surprising blow when Donald Trump later said it sounded like ‘a great deal for the EU’ that would stop the UK trading with the US.

Paul Manafort denies secret talks with WikiLeaks founder during Trump campaign

Sources say Paul Manafort held secret talks with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London in March 2016, months before Democratic emails hacked by Russian intelligence officers were published. Both Manafort and Assange have since denied this claims, insisting it was a hoax. The claims could interest Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who is investigating alleged Russia-Trump election collusion, already stating that Manafort had repeatedly lied to the FBI despite agreeing to cooperate in a plea deal.

UN adds reggae music to list of international cultural treasures

UNESCO said the Jamaican music as furthered ‘international discourse on injustice’, while others praised it for breaking down colonial race barriers and acting as an example of the positive cultural effects of immigration. Jamaica applied for this recognition at a UN meeting in Mauritius earlier this year, with reggae artists such as Hollie Cook seconding it recommending that politicians could learn from the music’s ‘strong message of peace, love and unity’.

Chinese scientist defends embryo gene editing

Last Wednesday at the International Human Genome Editing Summit at the University of Hong Kong, scientist He Jiankui said he was proud of his work that investigated the reduction of the impact of HIV by altering baby DNA. He neither said when the details of the trial would be published or named the scientific journal they would be published on, leading Nobel laureate David Baltimore to call the work irresponsible, saying there ‘has been a failure of self regulation by the scientific communist because of a lack of transparency’.