Rishi Sunak set to become UK’s new Prime Minister after winning party race

Rishi Sunak is set to become Britain’s first prime minister of colour today, Tuesday, after he won the race to lead the Conservative Party, tasked with steering a deeply divided country through an economic downturn set to leave millions of people poorer. One of the wealthiest politicians in Westminster, Sunak, 42, will become the country’s youngest leader in modern times – and its third in less than two months – as he takes over during one of the most turbulent eras in British political history. He replaces Liz Truss, who…

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Ukrainian forces advance in south as Russia yields on second front

Ukrainian forces were reported to be recapturing towns along the west bank of the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine on Monday, with Moscow forced to yield territory along a second major front line just days after claiming to have annexed it. The scale of the Ukrainian advance was unconfirmed, with Kyiv maintaining all but complete silence about the situation in the area. But Russian military bloggers described a Ukrainian tank advance through dozens of kilometers of territory along the bank of the river. In one of the rare comments by…

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UK: World’s 2nd-longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 96 – Buckingham Palace

…Charles becomes new King The world’s second-longest reigning monarch, the United Kingdom (UK)’s Queen Elizabeth II, has died, Buckingham Palace announced yesterday.  The British monarch, who was enthroned in 1952, died aged 96 and her death ends the longest reign in British history. In an issued statement, Buckingham Palace stated that “the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral Thursday afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow, (today)”.  For many in Britain, Elizabeth II was the only living monarch they…

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Liz Truss becomes UK’s third female Prime Minister

..To replace Boris Johnson The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Liz Truss, has been elected the Conservative Party leader, and will replace Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister. Truss, 47, defeated her closest challenger, Rishi Sunak, and will be UK’s third female Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May. The veteran right-wing politician is therefore set to assume office as the new Prime Minister of the UK, replacing Boris Johnson, who was forced to resign weeks ago. She defeated Rishi Sunak, 42, in the final…

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Rushdie’s attacker says he is surprised author survived stabbing

The man who allegedly stabbed Salman Rushdie on stage at an event in New York said he was “surprised” to learn the renowned author was alive following the attack. Hadi Matar, 24, said Salman, 75, was “someone who attacked Islam” but did not confirm that his actions were driven by a fatwa issued by Iran in the 1980s. Matar pleaded not guilty through his lawyer to charges stemming from the assault and is currently being held at Chautauqua County Jail, in New York State. He is due to appear in…

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16 dead, 36 missing after flash flooding in north-western China

At least 16 people have died and a further 36 are missing after a flash flood in north-western China, according to a report on state television on Thursday. The flash floods occurred on Wednesday evening in the mountains in Datong County near the city of Xining in Qinghai Province, after heavy rainfall. The downpours triggered landslides that blocked and diverted rivers, affecting more than 6,000 people in two towns and six villages, the report said. The authorities mobilised around 2,000 rescue workers, including police officers, paramilitary units, emergency services and…

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Daughter of Angola former president to appeal against decision to deliver body to ex-wife

Tchize dos Santos, daughter of former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, will appeal against the Spanish court’s decision to deliver the corpse of her father to his ex-wife Ana Paula dos Santos, her lawyer Carmen Varela said. “The decision of the instruction judge number 11 of Barcelona to deliver the body of the former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos to his former wife will be subject to appeal by Tchize dos Santos. “We will file an appeal because we understand that the criminal jurisdiction is not competent to…

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German army sends civilian airplane to relieve troops in Mali

The German Army, on Thursday dispatched a civilian airplane from Cologne to rotate troops in Mali, after authorities in the West African state finally granted permission, a German military spokesperson told dpa. The plane took off with 88 soldiers from the UN mission MINUSMA and five soldiers from the EU training mission EUTM Mali on board, sources close to German parliament said in a briefing. Mali’s provisional military government suspended troop rotations for the UN mission on July 14. Thursday’s flight is the first one enabling troop rotations for Germans since then, according to the parliamentary sources.…

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Cambodian Police confiscate 18.3 kg of illegal drugs

Cambodia’s anti-drug police have arrested a local man for possessing and trafficking narcotics, confiscating 18.3 kg of illicit drugs, the National Police said on Thursday. The suspect, 41, was apprehended earlier on Wednesday afternoon at his rental room in capital Phnom Penh. “Some 17.8 kg of ecstasy (MDMA), 447.9 grams of ketamine and 12.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine were seized from the suspect during the raid,’’ the National Police said on its website. It was the second major crackdown this week after the police in Sihanoukville on Tuesday arrested five…

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Israel shuts down 7 Palestinian NGOs in West Bank

Israel on Thursday shut down seven Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), in the West Bank, the NGOs representatives and directors said. During an Israeli raid in the central West Bank city of Ramallah at pre-dawn on Thursday, breaking into the offices of seven civil society and human rights organisations based in the city. Israel has outlawed six of these NGOs, which were labeled as “terrorist’’ organisations in October 2021. Israel said that the Palestinian NGOs were linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Palestinian left-wing group.

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