News & Politics

Daily Visual 13.02.16: Supreme Court Justice Scalia Dies

On Saturday evening news broke of the death of Antonin Scalia, who had served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since his appointment by Ronald Reagan in 1986. The longest serving member of the Supreme Court at the time of his death, Scalia was 79 years old. Reports indicated that Scalia was found dead on…

Daily Visual 12.03.16: Pope and Russian Patriarch in Historic Meeting

On Friday Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome and leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, met with Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus’ and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba. The meeting was the first in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch. With Francis wearing the…

Daily Visual 04.02.16: Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed

Daily Visual 04.02.16: Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed

At a ceremony in Auckland on Thursday, twelve countries of the Pacific Rim – the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, and Brunei – signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the largest multinational trade deals ever negotiated. Together these twelve signatories make up 40% of the world’s economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership aims to cut…

Daily Visual 16.01.16: International Sanctions On Iran Lifted

A week of convoluted diplomacy between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran began on Monday when Iran removed the core of its Arak heavy water nuclear reactor, filling the space with cement in a clear effort to demonstrate its compliance with a nuclear deal signed last year. The move means that the Arak reactor will…

Daily Visual 07.01.16: Krysset Burns in Skellefteå

Max is Sweden’s favourite fast food chain, more profitable in the country than McDonald’s or Burger King, serving the usual fare of hamburgers, chicken bits, fries, and milkshakes but emphasising its national heritage and regularly topping taste tests. Swedish music only is played in Max restaurants, while the chain has taken a lead in the sector when it comes to…

Daily Visual 28.12.15: Deal On South Korean Comfort Women

On Monday, the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan announced a deal meant to bring resolution to decades of animosity over the issue of comfort women: the tens of thousands of Korean women forced to work as sex slaves by Japan during the Second World War. In a joint statement delivered by Fumio Kishida alongside his South Korean counterpart Yun…

York Inundated: The December 2015 Floods

With water levels already high across the north of England, and in parts of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales – after Storm Desmond in the first week of December brought record rainfalls and flooded thousands of homes in Cumbria and Lancashire, with heavy rain persisting throughout the month – on 26 December, Boxing Day, more rain caused the Environment Agency to issue 7 severe…

Daily Visual 21.12.15: Falcon 9 Rocket In Historic Landing

Late on Monday, the first stage booster of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed upright on solid ground at Cape Canaveral. With eleven satellites on board, the Falcon 9 travelled 200 kilometres before returning to Earth. This marks the first time that an orbital rocket has completed a soft landing, and it has been heralded as a major step towards…

Daily Visual 18.12.15: UN Sets Time Frame for Syria

On Friday the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution which outlines a path towards a peaceful settlement in Syria. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254 is billed as the first resolution focused exclusively on a political solution to the Syrian crisis. It calls for a ceasefire and talks beginning early January between the Syrian government and opposition groups. Expressing its support for…