It’s been a busy week. So much so that you probably haven’t had the time to catch up with everything going on in the world. Fortunately (for you), we’ve got your back. Here’s what happened this week in the worlds of Politics, Technology, Sports, Music and Business alongside a few other miscellaneous bits that caught our eye.
- At least 28 people of 18 nationalities have been killed in an attack on a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso by al-Qaida-linked militants, security officials have confirmed.
- Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist imprisoned in Iran for more than a year, has been released along with three other dual-nationality prisoners as Tehran prepares to implement a historic nuclear agreement with western leaders the white house confirmed.
- A US drone strike killed three suspected al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen on Saturday, according to local tribesmen.
- An acclaimed Canadian HIV/Aids treatment centre has been given the green light to operate a supervised drug injection site by Canada’s federal government, becoming the second such approved site in North America.
- A woman who died of Ebola this week in Sierra Leone may have exposed at least 27 others to the disease, an aid agency report claims, raising the risk of more cases just as the epidemic appeared to be ending.
- Ken Livingstone will not have a formal role on Labour’s defence review, which will consider the party’s stance on Trident.
- Labour’s general election policies were not too left wing, an internal report into why the party lost says. There are claims the report, which was completed in November, has been suppressed by the party because it would undermine Jeremy Corbyn, these were some suggestions from an internal report from labour this week.
- Putting councils in charge of emergency welfare payments to hard-pressed families in England has led to concerns of a “postcode lottery”, MPs have said.
- Shadow attorney general Catherine McKinnell has resigned from the shadow cabinet, citing concerns over Labour’s direction under Jeremy Corbyn. Ms McKinnell said Labour was heading down an “increasingly negative path” amid “internal conflict” stemming from the recent shadow cabinet reshuffle.
- New “English votes for English laws” rules have been implemented in the House of Commons for the first time. Conservative MPs cheered as English and Welsh members prepared to give their consent to parts of the Housing and Planning Bill that only apply to their constituencies.
- As Wikipedia turns 15, its operator The Wikimedia Foundation is hoping to secure its long-term future with a new endowment fund that aims to raise $100m over the next 10 years the company announced as it reached its 15th anniversary
- Netflix has announced plans to crack down on subscribers who use tools such as proxies or VPNs to watch video from other countries.
- Microsoft has completed the roll out of the real-time translation feature to all Skype for Windows users. It says traffic spiked after the preview launched a year ago.
- Tim Peake’s spacewalk has been stopped after fellow astronaut Tim Kopra discovered water his helmet.
- Video game publisher Activision is being sued by the family of Angolan rebel Chief Jonas Savimbi, who have objected to his depiction in the game Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
- BT Group’s takeover of mobile phone network EE has been given final clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The £12.5bn deal brings together the UK’s largest fixed-line business and the largest mobile telecoms business.
- A Labour government could ban companies from paying dividends to shareholders unless they pay workers the living wage, Jeremy Corbyn has said.
- US bank Citigroup has reported a jump in fourth quarter profits compared with a year earlier, helped by a big fall in legal costs. The bank said net profit rose to $3.34bn (£2.43bn) compared with $344m in the last quarter of 2014 when it paid $3.5bn in legal and other charges.
- The Bank of England has banned two former Co-operative Bank executives from holding senior banking positions. The BoE’s Prudential Regulation Authority said former chief executive Barry Tootell had been banned for “breaches” in the running of the bank.
- UK shares fell again on Friday, with mining stocks dragging the market lower as the prices of oil and commodities continued to tumble. The FTSE 100 was down 124.9 points, or 2.1% at 5,793.3 points.
- Energy companies are “overcharging in many cases” with prices failing to fall in line with dropping wholesale costs, the industry’s regulator has said. Dermot Nolan, chief executive of Ofgem, told the BBC that domestic gas and electricity prices should be cheaper “for the vast majority of people”.
- David Haye knocked out Mark de Mori in first round of boxing comeback. Haye sent the Australian crashing to canvas after 125 seconds.
- The Russian athletics federation has chosen Dmitry Shlyakhtin as president in an attempt to wash away allegations of widespread doping and have the ban on its team lifted before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
- Investigators looking into the corruption scandal that has engulfed South African cricket are understood to have spoken to 47 players and staff in the country, with two active former Test cricketers among those believed to have been involved.
- Jamie Murray’s partnership with Bruno Soares has borne fruit almost immediately after the pair lifted the Apia International Sydney men’s doubles title in their second tournament together.
- The six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt says he feels shocked and let down by the scandal-hit IAAF, but the Jamaican sprinter is against resetting athletics world records as the sport attempts to move on from the doping crisis.
- Blackstar became David Bowie’s 10th No.1 album, a few days after the Pop Icon’s untimely death due to cancer.
- Rapper Kendrick Lamar will be honoured with the Key to the City in his hometown of Compton, California. Mayor Aja Brown will fete the Swimming Pools (Drank) artist during a special ceremony on 13 February (15), when he will be given the key to represent his significant contributions to their community.
- Yasiin Bey, the US rapper and actor commonly known as Mos Def, has been given 14 days to leave South Africa after he was arrested for violating local immigration laws while trying to leave the country, a government spokesman said on Friday.
- A Petition to get David Bowie’s face on new £20 note passed 12,000 signatures this week.