And other top stories including Theresa May's Brexit defeat, our fondness for a tipple too many, and penis-themed cliffhanger wins phrase of the year
14 Diciembre 2017 12:40
Game-Changer - Rupert Murdoch has agreed to sell $66bn (£49bn) worth of 21st Century Fox’s assets, including a Hollywood film studio and 39% stake in Sky. The takeover involves the 86-year-old mogul and his family taking a 4.25% stake in Disney, which gains control of Fox assets including Avatar, X-Men, The Simpsons and Modern Family as well as the FX and National Geographic businesses. Murdoch will retain control of Fox assets including the profitable, and controversial, Fox News channel.
'Monstrous’ Weinstein - Actress Salma Hayek has described Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a rage-fuelled ‘monster’, alleging he sexually harassed and threatened her. Writing in the New York Times, Hayek said Weinstein once told her: ‘I will kill you, don't think I can't.’ Holly Baird, a spokeswoman for Weinstein, disputed Hayek's account.
Brexit blow - Conservative rebels inflicted a humiliating defeat on Theresa May in the House of Commons as they backed an amendment to her European Union withdrawal bill over parliament’s right to a meaningful vote on the Brexit deal. As the prime minister prepared to meet her fellow EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday, a series of last minute concessions by ministers and intense pressure from Tory whips failed to deter 11 of the government’s MPs from voting against the leadership.
Rohingya crisis - More than 6,700 Rohingya Muslims, including at least 730 children under the age of five were killed between August and September after violence broke out in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, according to Médecins Sans Frontières.
Equality under attack - Bermuda’s Senate has given final legislative approval to a measure that would ban same-sex marriage in the British island territory just months after it was legalised, and allow only domestic partnerships. Senators on Wednesday approved the Domestic Partnership Act by an 8-3 vote. The House of Assembly approved it 24-10 on Friday.
A tipple or two - Scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that the size of wine glasses has swelled nearly seven-fold over the past 300 years, rising most sharply in the last two decades. Wine glasses have ballooned in size from an average capacity of 66ml in the early 1700s to 449ml today, the study reveals – a change that may have encouraged us to drink far more than is healthy.
Phallic cliffhanger - ‘Please tell me that's not your penis’, a cliffhanger line from soap opera Shortland Street, has won New Zealand's quote of the year competition. It was uttered by the character Chris Warner, when a nude picture his son had sent to his girlfriend popped up on the family iPad. The dramatic moment went viral, even catching the attention of newspapers in the UK and American chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! which did a spoof of it with Alec Baldwin.