News In Focus: A Look At This Week’s Most Interesting Stories

Sport: American Floyd “Money” Mayweather beat Filipino Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao on Saturday in a what was called “The Fight of the Century” at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The tournament improved Mayweather’s professional record to 48-0 after the judges awarded him the bout on an unanimous points decision.

Pacquiao, with 57 victories in his boxing career, blamed his defeat on a shoulder injury, saying he found it painful to throw his feared right hook against Mayweather.

As for the viewers who paid hefty fees for the fight, the 12 rounds turned out to be boring and never lived up to the hype.

The result also left millions of Filipinos in dismay, as they witnessed sponsored broadcasts of the president-hopeful Pacquiao’s defeat in town squares and municipal gymnasiums.

Mayweather, who earlier declared he would fight Britain’s Amir Khan in September and then retire,  offered on Tuesday to fight Pacquiao again in a year’s time, after the latter has recovered from his injury.

Ho-hum fight or not, each pugilist pocketed a lucrative sum from the event.  It was estimated that the income from pay-per-view subscriptions and bar and restaurant showing fees easily climbed up to $300 million.  Mayweather admitted that his income was in “nine figures.”

Pacquiao — who reportedly received 40 percent slice of the fight pie – could face a fine or suspension by Nevada boxing officials for failing to disclose a shoulder injury to the Nevada State Athletic Commission before his loss to Mayweather.

Even if the fight was boring, you gotta hand it to the professional boxing industry… it always breeds controversy and drama.

Here are some of boxing controversial moments:


UK: The nation cheered as the sovereign’s subjects welcomed a new member to the Royal Family on Saturday.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their second child at 8:34 am at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital.

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, as the child is named, will be the fourth in line to the British throne, and the first to take the title of princess for 25 years.

Whereas the choice of “Elizabeth” and “Diana” are obvious tributes to the child’s great grandmother and grandmother, rather diverse interpretations are offered for “Charlotte.”

Linda Rosenkrantz, co-founder of Nameberry, explains that, “Charlotte is the feminine version of Charles, the father of Prince William and is a version of Carole, the name of Kate’s mother.  Charlotte is also the middle name of Pippa Middleton, Kate’s sister.”

The UK Mirror and the BBC has explored other historic links for the name, and can be read here or here.

For more, we turn to CBS This Morning:


US: Two gunmen were killed in the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, some 20 miles from Dallas, Texas, on Sunday.

The two assailants shot and wounded a security guard before being killed by police officers who arrived later to the scene.

On the day of the shooting, an exhibition and contest was hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative who offered a US $10,000 prize for the best caricature of the prophet Muhammad.

It has been reported that many Muslims find the drawings disrespectful and a sacrilege. But the American Freedom Defense Initiative insists on exercising its right to freedom of expression.

Authorities still could not pin down the motivation of the attack to be a result of the exhibition and contest.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State (ISIS) group claimed that the shooting was carried out by two pro-ISIS individuals.  If the claim is true, the incident would mark the jihadist group’s first attack on United States soil.

The two gunmen were later identified to be Elton Simpson, 31, and Nadir Soofi, 34, who lived in the same apartment in Phoenix, Arizona.

Simpson was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation over alleged plans to travel to Somalia to wage holy war. The New York Times spotted a Facebook page that possibly belongs to Soofi, in which Soofi is said to be graduated from the International School of Islamabad, in Pakistan, in 1998, although Soofi’s cousin suggested otherwise.

The New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative event was set up by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer in 2010, and is also known as Stop Islamization of America.

Geller, who organized the exhibition and contest, is also involved in a campaign against the development of an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in New York where the Twin Towers once stood.  She is also associated with the “Obama birther” movement, which questioned whether President Barack Obama was born in America.

Geller has repeatedly said she is not anti-Muslim but does not believe moderate Islam can exist.

The Washington Post carries a profile report on Pamela Geller and can be read here.

For more on why many Muslims are against the depiction of Muhammad, we go to this informative video:


UK: Britain’s 50 million voters have made their choice.

Tory leader David Cameron will stay in 10 Downing Street for another five years — with his Conservative Party not having to lean on lesser parties to form a government.

Beating out all expectations, the Conservative Party won 331 of 650 seats in Westminster, just five seats above the threshold of 326 to form a majority.

Runner-up Labour Party lost 25 seats, and remains the opposition with 232 seats as the second largest party in the House of Commons.  Labour Party leader Ed Miliband shortly resigned when the polling results showed that defeat was inevitable.

The election results have also brought down Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats who took the blame for a crushing defeat.  And Nigel Farage of the UK Independent Party also resigned after failing to win the coastal Kent constituency of South Thanet.

Highest marks go to the Scottish National Party, which won 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats, up from six in 2010.

Here’s what Cameron faces in his next term:


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