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  • MPs condemn Boris Johnson for his 'despicable act of cowardice' over ambassador – live news

    Posted 2019-07-11 11:37:12 by: Mr. Bootstate

    The day’s political developments, including Tom Watson’s intervention after BBC Panorama report on Labour and antisemitismWestminster bullying and harassment is ‘significant problem’Labour whistleblower: ‘In 30 years I’ll be very proud of myselfPanorama set out claims of antisemitism in Labour. Our panel responds 12.29pm BST In an interview for today’s Sun Boris Johnson rejected suggestions that he contributed to Sir Kim Darroch’s decision to resign by not backing him in the ITV debate on Tuesday. Johnson told the paper:I can’t believe they’re trying to blame me for this.It seems bizarre to me. I’m a great supporter of Kim’s. I worked very well with him for years.Why did he not voice more support for Kim Darroch in Tuesday night’s TV debate? “No, I did,” Johnson protests. “I said I believe very strongly that civil servants should not have their views leaked.” But you didn’t say you’d keep him in his job, I tell him. “No, but I think it’s totally, totally wrong to drag the career prospects of a civil servant into a political debate,” Johnson says. But maybe people want to see a leader sticking up for their own side? “I made it very clear that under no circumstances would anybody else take a decision about who is going to represent the U.K. I was absolutely categorical about that. And for the record I am a long-standing admirer of Kim Darroch. And I say furthermore that if Donald Trump can make friends with Kim Jong Un, then he can make friends with Kim Dar-roch.” 12.07pm BST Towards the end of the urgent question on Kim Darroch the Conservative MP David Morris said Boris Johnson should apologise for not supporting Darroch in the ITV debate on Tuesday. He said:It is incumbent on every member of parliament in this place to back up our excellent diplomats and civil servants and [Johnson] should come to the house and apologise. Continue ...

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  • Tommy Robinson given nine-month jail sentence for contempt of court

    Posted 2019-07-11 11:24:43 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Robinson, 36, was found guilty of breaching reporting ban by livestreaming footage of defendants in ongoing trial Tommy Robinson has been given a nine-month jail sentence – of which he will serve around 10 weeks - after he was found guilty of contempt of court at an earlier hearing.The 36-year-old, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, broadcast reports that encouraged “vigilante action” and “unlawful physical” aggression against defendants in a sexual exploitation trial, according to the judges who found him guilty earlier this month. Continue ...

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  • Greece: 20-minute storm kills six tourists in Halkidiki – video report

    Posted 2019-07-11 10:40:54 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Six people have been killed and dozens more injured in fierce storms in northern Greece. Strong winds and hail hit the popular Halkidiki region near the city of Thessaloniki late on Wednesday. Television footage showed overturned cars, fallen trees, torn roofs and mudslides. The freak storm lasted about 20 minutes, according to witnesses interviewed by the state broadcaster ERTSix tourists killed in fierce storms in northern Greece Continue ...

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  • Yesterday’s tomorrow today: what we can learn from past urban visions

    Posted 2019-07-11 10:00:56 by: Mr. Bootstate

    From modernist machine-built perfection to a nuclear-proof metropolis buried far underground, our predictions for future cities tell us much about the pastFuture Cities: Architecture and the Imagination by Paul Dobraszczyk is published by Reaktion BooksEver since the world’s first recognised skyscrapers were built in Chicago and New York in the 1880s, cities have been in thrall to visions of extraordinary height. Early intimations of the ways in which skyscrapers would transform cities came in the 1910s, with images such as Richard Rummell’s below suggesting a future not only of immensely tall buildings but also of multilayered streets, railways and flying machines. Continue ...

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  • The White Storm 2: Drug Lords review – triad sequel makes a hash of its plot

    Posted 2019-07-11 10:00:52 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Triad violence ripples through Hong Kong society in a second-rate import that brings frustration, agitation and fleeting highsThis sequel-in-name-only to 2013’s action-thriller The White Storm brings over from its predecessor the Hong Kong-set crime milieu, a tri-protagonist structure and just one actor (the sardonic Louis Koo, bizarrely playing an entirely different character here) for another bout of serviceable but so-so drama peppered with violence. Several of the participants are major names in Asian cinema but the actor Andy Lau will likely be the best known to western audiences, having played the underworld mole planted with the cops in the immortal Infernal Affairs trilogy, the template for Martin Scorsese’s The Departed.Here Lau, working up his best mournful expression of melancholy (or perhaps just constipation), plays Yu, a mid-level gangster in a triad gang when the action starts in 2004. He is compelled by the big boss to cut off three fingers of his colleague/friend Fung (Koo), for disobeying orders not to sell drugs on his beat. Years pass, and Yu manages to leave the underworld and become a super-rich legit businessman thanks to help from his brainiac wife Chow (Karena Lam). Meanwhile Fung has become the capo and is doing a bustling trade in narcotics, creating a tide of crime that local police detective Lam (Michael Miu) struggles to stem while raising his young daughter, whose mother was killed way back by – you guessed it – a druggie. Eventually it emerges that Yu has used his wealth to order hits on the drug lords whose business has caused so much suffering. Continue ...

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  • Gladys Berejiklian urged to rule out logging in Murray Valley national park

    Posted 2019-07-11 09:58:43 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Labor says deputy premier John Barilaro’s plan is outrageous while the Greens label it ‘criminal’New South Wales Labor has demanded Gladys Berejiklian rule out Liberal party support for a Nationals bill that would open up the Murray Valley national park to logging.The premier refused to comment on Thursday after the deputy premier, John Barilaro, vowed to de-gazette the park in the state’s Riverina region or reduce its size. Continue ...

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  • Louisiana storm brings twin threat of rising river and flash floods

    Posted 2019-07-11 09:45:27 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Governor declares emergency as high Mississippi prompts evacuations in some areasA potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico presents twin troubles for parts of south-east Louisiana: the possibility that a high Mississippi River will be lapping at the tops of levees this weekend and a danger of flash floods like the one that hit New Orleans on Wednesday.The Gulf of Mexico disturbance that dumped as much as 20cm (8in) of rain in parts of New Orleans in three hours was forecast to strengthen into a tropical depression on Thursday, a tropical storm called Barry on Thursday night and possibly a weak hurricane by Friday. Continue ...

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  • Syrians are watching crops burn. These starvation crimes must end | Mohammad Kanfash and Ali al-Jasem

    Posted 2019-07-11 09:00:52 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Amid a war that may have cost 500,000 lives, we must hold the Syrian government and others to account for the use of hunger as a weaponIn 2017, we started an agricultural project to help hundreds of families survive the blockade by the Assad government, as part of the Damaan Humanitarian Organization’s programme to support civilians in besieged eastern ghouta in Syria.The project not only provided sustenance to the besieged population, it offered employment opportunities for many people. Continue ...

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  • France hits back at US over tax on digital giants

    Posted 2019-07-11 08:57:19 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Donald Trump threatens trade war over planned levy on firms such as Amazon and FacebookFrance has hit back against US plans to investigate a planned tax on big digital companies, saying it was free to decide how it applies taxes as a sovereign country.On Wednesday, Donald Trump ordered an investigation into the French tax, an inquiry that could lead to the US imposing tariffs or other trade restrictions. Continue ...

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  • Reckitt Benckiser to pay $1.4bn fine over opioid treatment sales

    Posted 2019-07-11 08:36:34 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Nurofen maker reaches deal with US over alleged fraudulent marketing of SuboxoneReckitt Benckiser has agreed to pay a $1.4bn (£1.1bn) fine to settle a US investigation into sales of a treatment for addiction to opioids by its former prescription drugs business Indivior.The maker of Nurofen and Durex said it had reached a deal with the US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to resolve the long-running inquiry into sales and marketing of Suboxone Film, an opioid-based drug. Continue ...

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