The 13 things you might have missed this weekend

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry died, England missed out on the Six Nations Gran Slam and officials reject Donald Trump’s claim that Germany owes Western allies ‘vast sums of money’.

If you’ve been away from a screen or newspaper all weekend or want a summary, here’s a quick recap of the main events:

1. Chuck Berry, rock and roll legend, dies aged 90

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry died on Saturday at the age of 90.

Tributes from across the world have been paid to the “hero of rock and roll”, famed for his hit singles Johnny B. Goode, Roll Over Beethoven and Sweet Little Sixteen.

Berry, the man cited as creating the script for rock and roll, had celebrated his 90th birthday in October with the announcement that he was releasing his first album since 1979.

2. No Six Nations Grand Slam, but Eddie Jones claims back to back titles

And so another Six Nations Championship enters into the past tense. It was a good one.

For all the fuss we’ll see about England falling short in their bid to win back-to-back Grand Slams or set new records, it doesn’t really matter. The first goal of any side in the Championship is to win it. England did that.

They could have lost at home to France, rode their luck in Cardiff and had a mighty scare before eventually overcoming a fog of confusion against Italy. But that’s the mark of a championship side. You win well (Scotland), you win ugly and you win through gritted teeth.  But what matters is you win.

Players react at the final whistle as England fail to win Grand Slam

Players react at the final whistle as England fail to win Grand Slam CREDIT: AFP

The president had said in a tweet on Saturday that “the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany”.

But his demand was swiftly rejected by German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, who said on Sunday that “there is no debt account at Nato”.

US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington CREDIT: AFP

4. Marine A’s defence criticised for tarnishing reputation of regiment

The defence used to free Marine A has tarnished the reputation of his fellow troops, the former commanding officer of his unit has said.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman had his murder conviction quashed after the Court Martial appeal heard that he shot a wounded Taliban insurgent when his regiment went “feral”.

The description was part of a defence put forward by Colonel Oliver Lee who provided evidence to say that Blackman’s unit was “gung-ho” and “completely out of control” following five months in Afghanistan.

5. Footballer accidentally thanks wife and girlfriend in man of the match speech

Ghanaian footballer Mohammed Anas made a hilarious blunder in what is being called ‘the greatest man of the match speech of all time.’

Anas earned the award after putting in a stellar performance for his Free State Stars team in their 2-2 draw with Ajax Cape Town on Friday evening.

After bagging the man of the match award with a standout two-goal display, Anas began his obligatory post-match interview with a revealing slip of the tongue.

6. Wobbly skyscrapers may trigger motion-sickness and depression

If working in an office high-rise makes you tired and grumpy, it may not just be your job that’s to blame.

Skyscrapers may trigger motion-sickness, sleepiness and depression because they sway slightly in the wind, experts believe, and are launching a £7 million study to gauge the impact and work out how to prevent it.

Experts are concerned that the movements of very tall buildings and wobbly bridges are having a damaging effect on health.

7. Tony Blair admits he did not realise how many migrants would come to the UK after EU expanded

Tony Blair has admitted he did not realise how many migrants would come to the UK when he opened Britain’s borders to millions of European workers.

The former Labour leader relaxed immigration controls in 2004 after 10 new nations including Poland, Lithuania and Hungary, were admitted to the EU.

He tried to play down the significance of opening Britain’s borders, arguing that most EU migrants came to the UK after 2008.

8. Liverpool draw with Man City makes Pep Guardiola ‘proud’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola acclaimed his side’s draw with Liverpool as ‘the proudest day of his coaching career’.

The top four contenders played out a scintillating game at The Etihad, with Sergio Aguero cancelling out James Milner’s penalty in a match filled with incident.

Both sides squandered easy chances and felt they suffered from contentious decisions. City hit the post and Liverpool could have extended their lead during a blistering spell after they went ahead.

“It is one of happiest days of my career as a manager. I am so proud.”

Guardiola was delighted to have come away with a point

Guardiola was delighted to have come away with a point CREDIT: AP

9. Australian teenager almost mauled to death after jumping into crocodile-infested waters ‘for a dare’

An Australian teenager was nearly mauled to death over the weekend after he jumped into a crocodile-infested river, reportedly for a “dare.”

Lee De Paauw, 18, was attacked by one of the predators after entering the Johnstone River in north Queensland at around 2.30am on Saturday night.

He is said to have tried to fight off the crocodile by punching it in the head, sustaining severe hand and arm injuries in the process.

10. The refugees who fled war in Yemen only to find drought in Somalia

With its disastrous economy, a population shattered by decades of conflict and now a looming famine, Somalia might not seem the most obvious destination for an immigrant.

Yet tens of thousands of refugees have moved to Somalia and the self-declared republic of Somaliland in the past two years, even as drought has destroyed crops and wiped out livestock.

In an echo of the migrant crisis in the west, they have sailed in an unofficial flotilla of boats across the Gulf of Aden – fleeing war in Yemen only to find hunger in their new home.

“There is a saying in Somalia: ‘choose between one of two hard things,’” said Hassan Cabdoo, one of the new arrivals, who has settled with his family in the Somaliland town of Burao.

“In Yemen, there is war. Here in Somalia, there is no good employment but at least there is peace.”

Hassan Cabdoo, 40 fed the conlict in Yemen with his Wife, Nimco Ibrahim and their 3 children

Hassan Cabdoo, 40 fed the conlict in Yemen with his Wife, Nimco Ibrahim and their three children CREDIT: TOM PILSTON

11. Tax burden on the wealthy has trebled since the 1970s

The tax burden shouldered by Britain’s wealthiest has almost trebled since the 1970s, analysis of historic data reveals – further undermining the Conservative’s reputation as a “low tax” party.

Daily Telegraph analysis of nearly four decades of tax and income records shows high earners are now responsible for paying a higher proportion of Britain’s total income tax bill than they have done under any Labour government.

Today the top 1pc of income taxpayers, who earn in excess of £162,000 a year, now pay nearly a third (27pc) of all income tax.

12. Man charged after masterpiece damaged in National Gallery screwdriver attack

Thomas Gainsborough’s portrait of William Hallet and Elizabeth Stephens, The Morning Walk, came under attack from a man armed with a screwdriver on Saturday.

Staff and gallery-goers rushed to detail the man, who was restrained until members of the police arrived at the scene in Room 34 on the second floor of the museum.

The masterpiece, which was acquired for the nation from Lord Rothschild in 1954, has now been removed from display while conservation experts assess the damage, after it suffered two long gouges which penetrated the paintwork during the afternoon assault.

Mr and Mrs Hallett or The morning walk, by Thomas Gainsborough

Mr and Mrs Hallett or The morning walk, by Thomas Gainsborough CREDIT: DEAGOSTINI/GETTY IMAGES

13. Syrian rebels launch surprise attack on Damascus

Syrian forces were scrambling to defend frontlines near the heart of Damascus on Sunday after a surprise offensive by opposition groups.

Shelling and sniper fire echoed across the Syrian capital as rebels and jihadists attacked regime positions in the Jobar neighbourhood, just 2km north-east of the Old City walls.

Control of Jobar has been split between regime forces and opposition fighters for more than two years, making it one of the few areas in Damascus not under firm regime control.

East Africa crisis: Where Britain leads, the world must follow

Right now, the world’s wealthy nations face the ultimate test.

In South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and North East Nigeria people are dying of hunger.

If we take collective, coordinated action, we can prevent millions of people from starving to death. If we do not, international inaction will stain our history and collective conscience.

The pictures of shrunken, emaciated children that are emerging are truly horrific. Their suffering is so shocking you’d be forgiven for turning away from these haunting images.

They desperately need our help. The babies whose bodies are giving up because they are so starved, the parents who spend every moment in a battle to get their children something to eat. Every death from hunger is preventable. And every one of these lives is worth saving.


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