Sunday news round-up: August 25th-31st

An ongoing series that gathers some main headlines from the week, for people too busy to keep an eye on the news.

Lord Richard Attenborough dies: The actor and director known for Jurassic Park, whose career spanned over 70 years, dies just days before his 91st birthday.

Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling go head-to-head over Scottish independence: With just three weeks to go, the First Minister of Scotland and the former Chancellor of the Exchequer try to win over Scottish voters. Polls show that Alex Salmond is the clear winner.

Gaza and Israel agree to a ceasefire: Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, which has killed over 2,000 Palestinians since it began, comes to an end as all sides agree to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt. The terms of the agreement are almost identical to the ones brokered in 2012, and three Israeli cabinet ministers have criticized the deal.

Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP: The libertarian maverick MP for Clacton-On-Sea announces that he is switching to UKIP because he doesn’t believe David Cameron is serious about changing the country for the better. He has sparked a by-election in Clacton and if he wins, Carswell will be the first ever UKIP MP.

Vladimir Putin calls for statehood talks for Eastern Ukraine: Ahead of Russian fighters being discovered in the region, Putin claims it is impossible to know how long the conflict will last for, and urges international leaders to enter discussions of statehood. This comes ahead of EU ultimatums and possible sanctions against Russia for annexing a region of a foreign country.

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