Top stories today also include Doug Jones's extraordinary defeat over Roy Moore, a Swedish mass murderer's second trial, and Uber's $18,500 mistake
13 Diciembre 2017 12:35
Feminism’s domination - A US dictionary has named ‘feminism’ as its word of 2017 following a surge in online searches. Merriam-Webster said interest in the term was driven by women's marches, new TV shows and films on women's issues and the string of news stories on sexual assault and harassment claims. The number of people searching for the word was up 70% on 2016.
Humanity triumphs - The Democrat Doug Jones has beaten his Donald Trump-backed Republican rival Roy Moore in the staunchly Republican state of Alabama, sending political shockwaves throughout the 50-state country. He emerged victorious in a special election for a US Senate seat – by a margin of 49.9 to 48.4 with 100% of precincts reporting – and dealt a huge blow to the president and his efforts to pass tax reform on Capitol Hill.
Moore, who has been marred by accusations from two women that he sexually assaulted them when they were underage, and others who said he romantically pursued them as minors, refused to concede on the night and demanded a recount. Jones was able to become the first Democrat in a decade to win any statewide office in Alabama.
On trial, again - A Swedish far-right extremist whose shooting spree in the 1990s inspired ‘lone wolf’ terrorists such as Anders Breivik will go on trial in Germany on Wednesday morning for an unresolved murder of an Auschwitz survivor in Frankfurt 25 years ago. John Ausonius, 64, is already serving a life sentence in Sweden for the shooting of 11 people of immigrant background in the Stockholm and Uppsala area between August 1991 and January 1992.
Shady results - Britain’s most successful road cyclist Chris Froome is fighting for his reputation after returning a failed drugs test during his victory in the Vuelta in September, a joint investigation by the Guardian and Le Monde can reveal. Froome, who also won his fourth Tour de France in July, was found to have exceeded the permitted levels of the asthma drug salbutamol on a test taken on 7 September.
Another stark warning - A warming, rapidly changing Arctic is the ‘new normal’ and shows no signs of returning to the reliably frozen region of the past, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Arctic Report Card. Director of the administration's Arctic Researcher Program, Dr Jeremy Mathis, said the region did a great service to the planet - acting as a refrigerator. ‘We've now left that refrigerator door open,’ he added.
Priciest ride - Uber has apologised and refunded a customer after charging him $18,500 for a 21-minute ride. Uber initially refused to correct the mistake. A customer service representative told Salama that based on the time and distance of the trip, ‘this fare is correct.’ But after a torrent of abuse against the company on Twitter, Uber took the proper action required. ‘There was an error and we have provided a full refund,’ an Uber spokesperson told BuzzFeed Canada. ‘We sincerely apologize to this rider for his experience.’