The Roundup – Saturday 7 July 2012

Hitting the headlines today…


Flood Warnings Continue to Plague the UK

A severe flood warning has been issued to part of south-west England as torrential rain continues to cause major problems around the UK.

England and Wales have received 74 flood warnings and 143 flood alerts, whilst Scotland has been issued with 13 flood warnings.

The British Red Cross is on standby to help those hit by the floods.

About 30,000 Formula One fans have been urged to stay away from the British Grand Prix.

Roads and train services around the country have been severely disrupted.

Woman Arrested in Ongoing Terror Crackdown

A 22-year-old woman is the seventh person to be arrested in London as police continue their probe into terrorist plots.

Metropolitan Police officers arrested the woman at a house in Hackney and she is being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Six others were arrested earlier in the week and are being held on suspicion of the same charges.

The Metropolitan Police claim that the operation is not connected to the Olympic Games.

US Grant Afghanistan ‘major non-Nato ally’ Status

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has declared Afghanistan as a “major non-Nato ally” in a show of support for the country ravaged by war.

Afghanistan’s new status means that it joins a list of 14 countries that includes Israel and Turkey. This move means that Afghanistan has access to US weapons and military training which will see the Afghan military receive upgraded weapons.

The announcement comes just a day before the Tokyo conference on Sunday which aims to raise funds for Afghanistan.

But critics are still concerned about the corruption in Afghanistan and the ability  for the Taliban to infiltrate the army.

Libyans Take Part In Historic Election

Ecstatic Libyan citizens are voting in the first elections since the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi last year.

Libyans are voting for a 200 seat body which will have the task of selecting a cabinet and prime minister.

But the elections have been overshadowed by violence with the burning of ballots and the calls for boycotts.

Regional and tribal differences have also caused major conflict.

Nevertheless, this election marks a historic turning point in Libyan history as the country looks forward to becoming a democracy.

Murray Madness

Andy Murray becomes the first British tennis player to reach the Wimbledon final since 1938.

The Scotsman dispatched his opponent Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, taking the match three sets to one. Murray won 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 which brings him face to face with six time champion Roger Federer in the final.

With Federer back to his best, Murray has a mountain to climb.


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