This Week in the News | 08/12/17

'This Week in the News' discusses the conflict in the Congo, Trumps decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the discovery of a black hole and the SSPCA appeal to rehome cats.

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Conflict in Congo has been called a “mega-crisis” and has been deemed to be “outpacing Syria, Yemen and Iraq”. The crisis has seen 1.7 people flee their homes due to mass hunger and instability from rivals and militias fighting for control of territory.

The World responds to the US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The UK, France, Germany, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have chosen not to support this conclusion. However, President of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is grateful to Donald Trump and hopes that other countries will “follow suit”.

A statue of Jesus shown as a homeless man sleeping on a park bench is to be revealed in Glasgow. The statue is to be displayed in the City Centre in Nelson Mandela Place. Representatives of various homelessness projects who have backed the project are hoping that it will help raise awareness of the homeless situation in the city.

Scottish SPCA is seeking to find new homes for 14 cats that are being cared for at their centre in Angus. The Scottish animal welfare charity has been inundated with a significant amount of cats who have been abused, abandoned and injured cats.

Freddie Mercury Biopic has found a director. Actor turned Bafta-nominated director Decter Fletcher is to direct the film while Mr Robot's Rami Malek is set to play Freddie Mercury. The film is set to be released in December 2018 as planned.

Astronomers have discovered a massive black hole 13 billion light-years away. The black hole is so far away that we are seeing it 690 million years after the big bang. It is 800 million times the mass of the Sun. The now holds the record for the oldest quasar is known existence as the previous holder was 800 million years old.

Finally, Mackie's open an ice cream parlour in Marischal Square, Aberdeen which includes a chocolate tap for crepes and waffles.

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