Marijuana legalised, Brexit plans revealed, army called in to stop UK floods: What you've missed during the US election

As Donald Trump's win sinks in, here's some other news you may have missed

Voters backed plans to legalise marijuana in California, Massachusetts and Nevada

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

With all the news about the US presidential election result, it's easy to miss other news going on in the world.

So we've rounded up some of the latest stories and put them here in one place to get you back up to speed

Recreational Marijuana legalised 

Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada have voted to legalise the recreational use of marijuana in state-wide polls.

The vote took place in these states alongside the presidential election, and voters opted to give those aged over 21 the right to grow and use cannabis.

In Florida and North Carolina, voters also legalised the medicinal use of the drug, for problems such as cancer, Aids and hepatitis C.


Solider arrested in connection with car crash

A solider has been arrested after two girls were killed by a car, the army has confirmed.

The teenagers, who were out jogging at the time, were hit by a Ford Focus on Tuesday night in Aldershot, Hampshire.

An Army spokesperson said: "I can confirm that he is a serving soldier held in connection with this incident."

Families win appeal against the bedroom tax

Two families have won appeals against the Government’s bedroom tax at the Supreme Court.

The court ruled that the Government’s housing benefit changes discriminated against them.

One couple could not share a bedroom for medical reasons, and the other won the case as their son needed overnight medical care.

However, other claimants' challenges were dismissed as the judgement considered the specific circumstances of each case.

Army set to help Britain with flooding

Roughly 1,200 soldiers are to be put on standby this winter to help with flooding in Britain.

Three battalions, deployed in the north, midlands and south, will be ready to respond if called upon, for three months at a time. This is in response to criticism of the Government’s handling of previous major floods.

Whilst the response team will be led mostly by the army, members of the Royal Navy and the RAF will also be involved.

Plans for Brexit negotiations to be revealed

David Davis has pledged to share the Government’s “latest thinking” on the Brexit negotiations with leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

He will share the information before the first meeting of a forum which is intended to allow devolved administrations to help with Britain’s strategy.

It is reported that he will commit to sharing the department's analysis on exiting the European Union and to host monthly meetings of the forum.