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Rounding up the top five news stories this week

By River Reporter Feb 7, 2013

This week at a glance from further affield.

Gemma Coleman 

Gay marriage agreed

Same-sex marriage has been approved by MPs in England and Wales. The House of Commons voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill with 400 votes to 175, making it a clear 225 difference.

Although the bill showed a great support and a move forward for Britain, there was still a remaining 136 Conservatives who opposed the bill.

Read more in our own article on this. 

More beef products being removed

Two supermarket chains have had to remove more beef products after their supplier raised another concern about horse meat.

Tesco and Aldi have had to remove both spaghetti bolognese and lasagna from their Everyday Value and Today’s Special ranges. This was after their French supplier, Comigel, flagged up the problem.

Previous similar controversy was raised in mid-January with UK supermarkets disposing of  some frozen burgers as a precaution. The big supermarket chain, Asda had to withdraw four frozen burger products that contained 80 per cent horse meat which was supplied by Northern Ireland company Freeza Meats.

Bionic man

This week introduced Rex, the real-life million-dollar bionic man that is set to revolutionise medicine.

The project has helped to prove that it is possible to replace human body parts. The bionic man has synthetic blood, artificial organs, robotic limbs, a prosthetic heart and eyes.

Rex is currently being displayed in the London Science Museum and will remain there until March 11.

Evening Standard TV channel

The Evening Standard announced the broadcast of their new TV channel, London Live.

London Live will be broadcast 18 hours a day, with a minimum of four and a half hours of London news and one hour of current affairs programming. The TV channel will also contain hyper-local TV streams from each London borough.

The Evening Standard fought hard for the rights against four other competitors, but was described as the most understanding of London’s diverse communities.

London Live will be broadcast on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and IPTV. It will also be interactive with a split-screen accessibility to view instant reaction from websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

England v Brazil

The match began with the celebration of Ronaldino and Steven Gerrard’s 100th cap, which then followed by a minute silence for the Rio nightclub tragedy, anniversary of the Munich air crash and 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore’s death.

England took the lead through Wayne Rooney, his 27th goal for his country.

Brazil fought back with a goal by Fred but a superb goal from Frank Lampard meant England came out victorious.

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