Monday 1st February
- Trump hires new legal team for his second impeachment – Trump has named two new lawyers to lead the defence at his impeachment trial in the Senate next week. This move doesn’t come without controversy though as David Schoen, who is now working with Trump, has also been known to have ties with Jeffrey Epstein.
- Thousands of Russians arrested in protests supporting Navalny – Over 5,000 have been detained by police as protests continue in Russia in support of Navalny. The protests are being conducted in the hope of getting Navalny released from jail.
- Isle of Man lifts all COVID-19 restrictions – Footage has seen pubs filling up with people on the Isle of Man as all restrictions including mask wearing and social distancing has come to an end. Locals are said to be feeling upbeat, as morale remains very high.
- Tyson Fury announces his sixth child is on the way – Tyson Fury, boxing champion, has revealed himself and his wife, Paris are expecting baby number 6. Tyson shared the news stating the ‘Lord has blessed us definitely with another child and I’m very thankful’.
Tuesday 2nd February
- Captain Sir Tom Moore passes away aged 100 – Captain Tom, most famously known for raising over £30 million for NHS Charities Together, passed away aged 100 after testing positive for COVID-19. His famous quote ‘Tomorrow will be a good day” trended on Twitter in his memory.
- Football ‘headers’ are limited in training – England is set to be the first country in the world to limit heading the ball in training in order to tackle the growing concerns with the sports dementia crisis.
- Rare Aye-Aye lemur born at Bristol Zoo, UK – One of the most rare and threatened lemurs in the world, the Aye-Aye lemur has been born at Bristol Zoo. The species became increasingly endangered due to deforrestation in their native land.
- Angelina Jolie is to sell rare Winston Churchill painting – Angelina Jolie is set to sell Churchill’s only wartime painting of the Moroccan landscape. It is expected to reach £2.5 million at auction, which is the record for a painting by a wartime PM.
Wednesday 3rd February
- Extremely rare black leopard spotted – The rare melanistic leopard was spotted in Tadoba National Park. These leopards have become increasingly rare as their coats are highly coveted by poachers. Around 11% of leopards have this unique pigmentation, displaying how unique this sighting is.
- Jeff Bezos to step down from Chief Executive role at Amazon -The billionaire will remain as the executive chair of the company, as he hands the reins to Andy Jassy. Bezos founded the web giant in 1994 but has stepped down to allow him more time to do his other projects and passions.
- Man who made $30,000 from GameStop shares spends money on consoles for local children’s hospital – Hunter Kahn, a 20-year old university student spent his huge profits from Gamestop shares on games consoles for children’s hospitals. Hunter told CNN there was ‘no group of people more deserving of receiving a bunch of video games than some kids going through a hard time.’
- Influencers in the UK can no longer use beauty-enhancing filters in beauty advertisements – The ASA decided influencers should no longer be allowed to use enhancing filters on beauty advertisements as this is described as ‘misleading’.
- The nation clapped in Captain Sir Tom’s memory – The UK came together once again to clap in Captain Tom’s memory for 2 minutes, for the contributions he gave to our society. His family were very touched by this, as PM, Boris Johnson led the clapping, live from Downing Street.
Thursday 4th February
- UK trials mixing vaccinations – The UK are conducting a study to see if giving people different Covid vaccines for their first and second dose is effective or better than the current approach of using the same jab twice. Scientists noticed that Ebola immunisation programmes involved mixing different jabs to enhance protection.
- Worlds first double transplant is successful – Joe DiMeo, 22, underwent a 23-hour surgery after suffering third-degree burns over 80% of his body. A medical team of over 140 experts completed a full face and double hand transplant. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime gift, and I hope the family can take some comfort knowing that part of the donor lives on with me”, DiMeo said.
- Head of Tokyo Olympics heard making sexist remarks – Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese PM has conceded that he may have to resign after making many sexist remarks, including one in front of the entire Japanse Olympic committee.
- Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are in talks over a £200 million trilogy fight in Dubai – Boxing stars Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are in talks of a trilogy fight in Dubai, despite both being retired for many years now. If the fight does happen, it is predicted to be watched by millions globally.
Friday 5th February
- Christopher Plummer passes away aged 91 – The Sound of Music star, best known for playing Captain Von Trapp has passed away aged 91 in his home in Connecticut, with his wife by his side.
- ‘Smallest reptile on Earth’ discovered in Madagascar – Two nano-chameleon’s have been discovered with the length of just 13.5mm in Madagascar! They are believed to be the smallest reptiles on Earth.
- Trump resigns from America’s Actors Union – After America’s Screen Actors Guild launched an investigation on Trump, he was forced to resign. Despite Donald Trump appearing in a number of films in the past, he responded by saying “Who cares?”