Pope Francis meets the crew members of the ISS 53 space mission during a private meeting at the Vatican June 8, 2018. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS.

Fortnightly News Roundup 10th-24th of June 2018

Pope Francis meets the crew members of the ISS 53 space mission during a private meeting at the Vatican June 8, 2018. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS.
Pope Francis meets the crew members of the ISS 53 space mission during a private meeting at the Vatican June 8, 2018. Source: Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS.


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.

The 2018 Russia World Cup

In the least unsurprising turn of events for sports news, the World cup began on the 14th of June, this year hosted by Russia. Our very own Julia Pimblett as written a fantastic short article giving a quick overview. It’s well worth a read and you’ll find it here. It also came out this fortnight that the US, Mexico, and Canada will host the 2026 World Cup. Finally, England beat Tunisia 2-1 and Panama 6-1. Only twice before have England won their first two opening matches and this is only the third time they’ve ensured their place into the knockout stages.

A previously untouched rainforest, explored

In the Northern plains of Mozambique, Mount Lico peaks out at nearly 700m. In 2012, biologist Julian Bayliss discovered the volcano while looking on Google Earth at the nearby mountain Mount Mabu. Six years on, a 28-strong multinational team of biologists, climatologists, plant experts, and climbers, scaled a 125m cliff to access the rainforest hidden inside. The expedition offers lots of exciting insights. Most notably, scientists have already found one species of butterfly and a mouse species. Moreover, they hope that because this rainforest has been left untouched, it will offer a benchmark for the full effects of human interference on rainforests. Read more about the expedition here.

Instagram launches IGTV

IGTV, is the new video streaming services that has been announced. It was function both in the Instagram app, and it will be launched as it’s own app. It is specifically built for high-quality vertically shot video longer than 60 seconds and up to an hour. The target audience is mobile users and the idea is for it to act as a new way for influencers, celebrities, and anyone with an Instagram account to publish videos to their followers. It is the latest move of the Facebook owned Instagram to challenge the dominance of the Google owned YouTube. The feature is live now in the latest version of the Instagram app on both iOS and Android.

What else do you need to know?

Poundworld fell into administration putting 5,000 jobs at risk.


Starting from September, McDonalds will replace plastic straws with paper ones. The move should be completed next year, and it is the latest move by a big business to reduce their plastic usage. Read the BBC’s story here.


A 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Osaka, Japan, left three dead and over three hundred injured. Read more about it here.


Gaming addiction has been listed as a mental health condition by the World Health Organisation.


Koko the gorilla, famous for mastering sign language, died at the age of 46.


In lighter news, Women in Saudi Arabia are now allowed to drive; Saudi Arabia was the last country in the world that banned women from driving.


History has been made in recent days as there are now more female solicitors than male solicitors practising in the UK. The Law society has the story.


Boeing held a competition to see if anyone could come up with a personal flying machine – what seemed to come out were flying bikes.


A black felt hat believed to have been worn by Napoleon Bonaparte at the battle of Waterloo sold at auction for over £245,000 in France.


The Pope owns his own spacesuit. They even added a white cape.


And finally

The past two weeks of news has been very politics heavy, so here’s something rather dramatic.

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