January 24, 2015

Top News Stories –

Islamic State terrorists execute Japanese hostage –
Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe has called the footage of Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto apparently holding a photograph showing the body of fellow captive Haruna Yukawa “outrageous and unacceptable”. On January 20th 2015 Islamic State said it would kill the two men unless Japan paid a ransom of $200m (£130m) within 72 hours.
Shinzō Abe April 2014Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe

Where are the richest 1% in the world? –
According to Credit Suisse anyone who has assets worth over $798,000 (£530,000) is one of 1% of the richest people in the world. 18 million of the top 47 million richest people are in the US, 3.5m in France, 2.9m in the UK and 2.8m in Germany. Ten percent of Swiss residents, a total of 800,000, are in the top 1%.

50 years since the death of Winston Churchill –
Sir Winston Churchill, prime minister of England through World War II died 50 years ago today. He was Conservative prime minister from 10 May 1940 – 26 July 1945 and again in 26 October 1951 – 6 April 1955.
Churchill V sign HU 55521Winston Churchill

FA Cup upsets return –
In England and Wales the fourth round of the FA Cup sees some of the most surprising results for many years. Premier League leaders Chelsea are beaten on their own ground 4-2 by Bradford City after leading the League One team 2-0. Manchester City who are second in the Premier League also lose at home to Championship side Middlesborough. This followed Cambridge United holding on for a 0-0 draw against Manchester United yesterday.
José Mourinho'14 Jose Mourinho

List of the day –

Increase in wealth of richest 10 billionaires (ranked 2013)

Billionaire Wealth in 2013 ($bn) Wealth in 2014 ($bn) Increase Nationality
Warren BuffetWarren Buffett 53.5 58.2 9% US
Michael BloombergMichael Bloomberg 27.0 33.0 22% US
Carl IcahnCarl Icahn 20.0 24.5 23% US
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal AlsaudPrince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud 20.0 20.4 2% Saudi Arabia
George SorosGeorge Soros 19.2 23.0 20% US
Joseph Safra 15.9 16.0 1% Brazil
Luis Carlos Sarmiento Luis Carlos Sarmiento 13.9 14.2 2% Colombia
Mikhail ProkhorovMikhail Prokhorov 13.0 10.9 -16% Russia
Alexey MordashovAlexey Mordashov 12.8 10.5 -18% Russia
Abigail Johnson 12.7 17.3 36% US

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Other News Stories –

Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Subsequent to the January 15 announcement that Target Canada would close all 133 stores, they announce the layoff of 17,000 employees. (CBC)
  • The measles outbreak at Disneyland (Anaheim), which originated on December 28, 2014 (patient zero being an unvaccinated California woman who apparently transmitted the virus through airports and the theme park), but was unreported until January 7, spreads from California to six other states, including Nebraska, and Mexico. It now involves at least eighty-five cases. (AJC) (CBS)
Politics and elections

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