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Fortnightly News Roundup 11th – 25th November 2018

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Photo Credit: Gary Knight via flickr, CC BY 2.0 https://flic.kr/p/jYZykc

Being well informed isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be time consuming. In this feature, The Yorker is bringing you a fortnightly roundup of politics free national and international news. From the stories you’ve seen to some you might not have, this is everything you need to know from the past two weeks.

Britain’s homelessness crisis

320,000 people are homeless in Britain, a new report from Shelter has shown this week. In the last year that figure has increased by 13,000, which means one in every 200 people are living on the streets or in temporary accommodation, including hostels and B&Bs. This report comes days after the UN special rapporteur, Philip Alston, wrote a report that said minister are in a “state of denial” over poverty. According to his analysis, 14 million people in the UK live in poverty. That’s a measure of “relative poverty” meaning there’s 14 million people on less than 55% the median income, taking into account costs such as childcare, housing, debt and disability. The government prefers a measure of “absolute poverty” which counts the number of people in households with less than 60% of the median income as it was in 2010/11.

Afghanistan bombings

55 people were killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week. The bomb exploded at a crowded religious gathering where clerics, religious scholars and others had gathered to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Another explosion near Kabul’s international airport wounded 96 people. While no group has claimed responsibility yet, many believe the Islamic State are responsible. While the Taliban are responsible for much of the escalations of violence, they have said they would no longer attack civilian targets, as they explore possible peace talks with the American government.

What else do you need to know?

US officials say that after more than two weeks of inferno, the wildfires in Northern California are completely contained.


The CIA found that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. However, Trump seemingly contradicted his intelligence service saying that “we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi.”


An estimated 85,000 children under five may have died in the past three years in Yemen from malnutrition, charity Save the Children reports.


A BBC report said some women are turning to sex work to cope with hardship inflicted by universal credit.


Stan Lee, co-creator of Marvel comics died.


As the interest in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody continues, this report discusses how Freddie Mercury’s African birthplace would persecute him today.


A rare pink diamond sold for £38.5m at a Swiss auction. A record price per carat. It was bought by US brand Harry Winston.


EU courts have said some tastes cannot be copyrighted because taste is not an “original intellectual creation,” but “an idea.”


Toxic is OED’s Word of the Year 2018.

And finally

I hope you’ve been surviving the rain.