On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. A Republican, the reality TV star and controversial businessman had won the election in a surprise contest against Democrat Hillary Clinton in November 2016.
From uprisings across the Arab world and the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and Kim Jong-il, to a magnitude-nine earthquake that shook north-eastern Japan unleashing a savage tsunami, 2011 was a tumultuous year worldwide.
It was the year that the deadliest outbreak of ebola started in West Africa and began to spread, the year that Russian conflict in Ukraine and Crimea raised global tensions and the year that a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur destined for Beijing vanished – just four months before a different, unrelated Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down near the Ukrainian border.
It was the year that David Cameron and Nick Clegg joined forces at Westminster to send Labour’s Gordon Brown packing and when thousands of US embassy cables by Julian Assange’s Wikileaks website caused global controversy.
Fresh and clear tap water is something we take for granted in a country where rainfall is plentiful. But, to provide an uninterrupted supply of great tasting, high quality water is no mean feat.
After many months of deadlock, frustration and setbacks, trying to get a Brexit deal accepted by both her own Parliament and the European Union, an exhausted-looking Theresa May resigned in July. Boris Johnson succeeded her as Prime Minister and soon called a General Election, which took place just before Christmas. In what was becoming an increasingly chaotic UK political environment, the Tories won by a convincing margin in England and made significant gains in Wales. In Scotland, however, the SNP scored a landslide victory, winning 48 seats and delivering what First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called a clear message for a second independence referendum. The General Election was a disaster for Labour, which lost ground nationwide.
The #MeToo movement went global, after taking off in the United States in 2017 as a response to the allegations of sexual harassment and abuse made against heavyweight Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In addition, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Congolese physician Denis Mukwege and Yazidi assault survivor Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
Cash-strapped councils are coming under pressure to scrap commercial loans after Fife's local authority became one of the first in Scotland to save millions.
A warning has been issued after it emerged that more than 650 young adults in Scotland had been interviewed in the past year by TV Licence officers.
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