Landmark moments in 2019

Jessica Meir in space

2019 was a year dominated by Brexit, it has taken 12 months longer than we expected and we’re still not over the finishing line. However, like most calendar years these last 12 months have been riddled with lots of controversy and political scandals as well as tragedy and mayhem. We are unable to include every […]

Iraqi Protesters storm US embassy over airstrikes on Shia militia

US embassy attack

Hundreds of Iraqi protesters storm US embassy in Baghdad. They have reportedly broken into the US embassy compound as violence erupted at the grounds of the US embassy. The protesters reacted with fury and were angered over the US bombing of bases connected to Kitaib Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria on Sunday.  The Iraqi people […]

British woman found guilty for false gang rape claims

aiya napa rape, british woman found guilty of lying

A British woman, 19 has been found guilty of lying about being gang-raped by Isreali youths in Ayia Napa, Cyprus.  After withdrawing her allegation that she was attacked by 12 Israeli youths in a hotel in July, she was arrested.  But the woman claims Cypriot police made her falsely confess to lying about the incident. […]

The Brands we loved and lost over the decade

blockbusters

The Brands we loved and lost over the 10 years The UK retail industry has struggled heavily in recent years and many brands have fallen into administration.  Whilst some are able to secure rescue deals with their creditors, some of our best-loved brands have disappeared from the UK’s High Street.  Take a look at some […]

Sunday Papers – Queen’s Honours list ‘security breach’

honour list gvt leak

Brief. BrIEf.Me In today’s briefing update, the Sunday papers front pages focus on the leaked Honours list. Also making the front splash is the police’s ‘troubling’ use of artificial intelligence.  In our special feature, we take a look at the government’s accidental leak of personal information of some of the most high-profile public figures. And […]

Daily News Briefing: Netanyahu wins party vote – LA reviewing cases against Weinstein & Brit family die at resort on Xmas Eve

netanyahu wins party vote

BRIEF – ME! – DAILY NEWS BRIEFING In today’s briefing update, a rescue mission is underway for a pilot whose refurbished fighter jet crashed in northwestern Iran. Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing eight cases against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.  Israel’s Prime Minister wins the party vote and will lead the Likud party into the March elections. […]

Green Bay Packers are Kings of the North – Are they heading to the Super Bowl?

Packers kings of the North

The NFC North belongs to the Green Bay Packers, and their defence makes them serious Super Bowl contenders this season.  “I think there’s more work to be done, and I think that we can do more work,” cornerback Jaire Alexander said last week. “But Super Bowl- level defence? Psshh, I like to think so, of […]

Daily News Briefing: Trump brushes off North Korea’s threats – Indian Ocean Tsunami remembered & Burkina Faso attacks kill 35

remembering indian ocean tsumani - 15 years on

BRIEF – ME! – DAILY NEWS BRIEFING In today’s briefing update, President Trump had a light-hearted response to North Korea’s Christmas present threat.  The world remembers the Indian Ocean tsunami and its 230,000 victims 15 years on.  Burkina Faso suffered a double extremist attack, killing 35 civilians and seven soldiers. The drowning of a British man and […]

Daily News Briefing: 8 killed at sea trying to reach Spain – US hunts for killer of NFL star’s brother & Caroline Flack ignores Court’s rules

‘I’m not going to stay silent’ vows TV presenter Caroline Flack

BRIEF – ME! – DAILY NEWS BRIEFING In today’s briefing update, eight people have died at sea in 24 hours trying to reach Spain. Around 24 people are still missing. Islamic rights body denounces India’s citizenship bill and strongly condemned the violence and loss of life in the wake of peaceful protests over the controversial bill.  The […]

Boeing Starliner returns after failed mission to ISS

Starliner returns to earth

The Boeing Company has cut short the uncrewed demonstration flight of its new astronaut capsule.  The Starliner successfully launched from Florida but suffered technical problems that stopped it from taking the right path to the International Space Station.  It appears the capsule burnt too much fuel as it fired its thrusters and didn’t have enough […]

Daily News Briefing: Australian PM smacks down Greta – Queen’s Speech acknowledge’s ‘bumpy’ year & Turkey in talks with Russia

people fleeing bombing in syria

BRIEF – ME! – DAILY NEWS BRIEFING In today’s briefing update, North Korea’s so-called ‘Christmas gift’ could be a new hardline anti-US policy. Australia PM smacks down Greta Thunberg’s bushfire criticism, and says he’s ‘not here to impress people overseas’. And five Australians have been hospitalised after a Christmas balloon drop at a shopping centre.   As thousands […]

Tesco Christmas card factory denies ‘forced labour’

tescos christmas card factory in china forced to deny forced labour

A factory in China has denied it used forced labour after a British child found a message from workers inside a Tesco charity Christmas card.  The card supplier, Zhejiang Yunguang Printing, told China’s Global Times it has “never done such a thing.” Tesco stopped production at the factory after the message was discovered. The message […]

Trump impeached, what happens next? 

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US President Donald Trump was been impeached by the House of Representatives vote on Wednesday. But he remains President.  Early next year they’ll be a trial in the Senate that could, but probably won’t, cost him the White House. What happens now?  House Speaker Nacy Pelosi would not commit Wednesday night to send the two […]

The decade the Kardashians took over our lives

The decade the Kardashians took over everything

The decade the Kardashians took over our lives How the Kardashian clan became A-list stars is more complicated than you’ll remember. We take a look at the rise of the family and how they took over the decade.  It’s easy to forget that 10 years ago KUWTK was only a few seasons old and no […]

‘You are not forgotten, we’ll celebrate later’ Hong Kong pens Christmas cards

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Hong Kongers have been gathering across the city in their spare time to write Christmas cards to injured protesters and those in detention as the anti-government movement continues through the festive season.  “I don’t even want to celebrate because so many people are seriously injured,” said officer worker Felix Wong.  “We didn’t forget about them. […]

Daily News Briefing: Australian brothers jailed for airliner plot – 10 civilians killed in Afghan after bomb explodes & YouTuber announces break from social media

Youtuber takes a break

BRIEF – ME! – DAILY NEWS BRIEFING In today’s briefing update, two brothers in Australia have been jailed for their airline meatgrinder plot. In Afghanistan, 10 civilians – including women and children – were killed when a roadside bomb detonated.  In the UK, the government is set to introduce a bill that will prevent a delay to […]