The Speaker
Friday, 24 May 2024 – 22:55

Briefing Monday 22nd October

A train derailment in Taiwan has left 18 people dead and a further 170 injured. The train came off the rails at around 16:50 local time on Sunday, with 366 people on board. According to authorities, as many as several dozen people could still be trapped in the midst of the wreckage, whilst at this time it is still unknown as to the cause of the derailment.

Saudi Arabia’s explanation for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been met with international scepticism and condemnation. After initially denying that the Washington Post journalist was dead, they later confirmed he was killed in a ‘fist fight’ at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Many European leaders, such as Angela Merkel have condemned the account, whilst US President Donald Trump has claimed he was not satisfied with the account.

Tobacco company Philip Morris, who makes the Marlboro brand of cigarettes, have been attacked for ‘staggering hypocrisy’ by anti-smoking groups. A new ad, which encourages smokers to quit, has been criticised for directing consumers to other products, such as heated tobacco. Philip Morris claims their ultimate goal is to stop selling cigarettes due to the harm that the products cause.

And in other news,

Actress Selma Blair has announced on Instagram that she has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was diagnosed earlier this year, however, has been experiencing symptoms for as long as a decade. The condition is chronic, without a cure and can cause fatigue, vision problems and difficulty walking.

From the Speakerpolitics news desk, you are up to date.

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