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Tories to face third by-election as Johnson ally resigns
Boris Johnson quit as an MP, saying he was the victim of a "witch hunt" over Partygate report.

Boris Johnson: Laura Kuenssberg on the facts, farce and his future
Quitting Parliament is entirely on brand and raises questions about his next move, writes Laura Kuenssberg.

Ukraine counter-offensive actions have begun, Zelensky says
Ukraine's president refused to say which stage the counter-offensive against Russian forces was in.

Colombia plane crash: Four children found alive in Amazon after 40 days
It is a "magical day", says the president, as the four siblings are found after 40 days missing.

Blundell's School: Boy charged with two counts of attempted murder
The boy, 16, is charged following a violent assault on two teenagers and an adult at a boarding school.

Trombonist soldier tries to play on after fainting
The soldier was taking part in a rehearsal ahead of next weekend's Trooping the Colour.

Annecy stabbings suspect held over attempted murders
Four children and two adults were attacked in a park in France's Alpine region on Thursday.

Crispin Odey: City boss quits firm after sexual misconduct claims
Crispin Odey, a prominent hedge fund boss, strenuously denies the allegations.

Carlton Queen capsize: Passengers plan to sue owners of boat
The passengers narrowly escaped with their lives when the Carlton Queen capsized.

Welsh language: Driver wins case over English-only parking fine
A parking firm has lost a case against a driver after she requested the details of a fine in Welsh.

Hottest day in UK so far as temperatures hit 30C
The Prince of Wales pays tributes to soldiers who fainted amid the intense heat in London.

Watch: How Colombia children jungle rescue unfolded
Four children have been found alive, weeks after a plane crash in the Amazon jungle.

Week in pictures: 3-9 June 2023
A selection of striking images from around the world, taken over the past seven days.

Canada wildfires: North America air quality alerts in maps and images
Satellite images and before and after pictures show how smoke has shrouded the east coast of Canada and the US.

BBC drama asks: When do you let a sick child die?
Writer Jack Thorne on the 'complexity' of his latest drama, Best Interests.

Heatwaves: What do they do to the body and who is at risk?
What impact do high temperatures have on our bodies?

Four unique things about travelling abroad with a prime minister
From motorcades to VVIP lounges, my trips abroad to report on Rishi Sunak's foreign visits aren't typical.

Riley Keough: Director and actress 'struggled' to get War Pony funded
War Pony tells the story two Native American men trying to find their place in the modern world.

My Mum, Your Dad: What to expect from Davina McCall's 'middle-aged Love Island'
My Mum, Your Dad will air in Autumn on ITV and will feature single parents looking for love.

E-bikes: What is the law and is there an age limit?
Electric bikes are increasingly popular - but users must obey strict safety rules to ride them legally.

Bread to loo roll: How UK prices compare to five EU countries
UK shoppers are paying more for loo roll, butter and ketchup than some of our European neighbours, data suggests.

Concern over Loch Ness' falling water levels
The famous loch along with the River Ness have hit record low water marks.

Swallowtail butterfly enthusiasts flock to Strumpshaw
The insect flies during late May and June and can only be found in the UK in the Norfolk Broads.

Trump took nuclear secrets and kept files in shower, charges say
Donald Trump is accused of keeping classified documents in a ballroom and bathroom at his Florida home.

Renaissance World Tour: 'I saw Beyoncé five times in a month'
Superfan Bilal Rouabah went to Queen Bey's Renaissance World Tour five times in less than a month.

Allies rewarded in Johnson's honours list
The former PM's close allies are given honours in a list published just before he resigned as an MP.

US couple struggle to bank huge haul of pennies
A couple in Los Angeles attempt to cash in dozens of bags filled with the coins found in a basement.

Yr Wyddfa: Can Wales' highest mountain really go plastic-free?
It's an uphill challenge, but there are plans to cut out all single-use plastics on Yr Wyddfa.

Facebook owner Meta plans to create Twitter rival
A text-based version of Instagram could potentially let users carry across followers from other apps.

'No-one to blame' for death of schoolboy Hamdan Aslam
A 14-year-old boy who died after collapsing at a school on Tuesday had an undiagnosed heart condition.

Watch: Train smashes through truck on US railway crossing
The truck driver got away in time and no injuries were reported.

Labour waters down £28bn a year green projects pledge
Rachel Reeves says she cannot be "reckless" with spending and will ramp up investment to reach the figure by 2027.

Heat health alert in force as parts of UK to hit 30C
This weekend will be 5C to 10C hotter than normal June weather, forecasters predict.

French Open 2023 results: Iga Swiatek beats Karolina Muchova for Paris title
Poland's Iga Swiatek maintains her recent grip on the French Open by beating Karolina Muchova to win her third Roland Garros title in four years.

World Test Championship final: Cameron Green makes controversial catch to remove Shubman Gill
Australia's Cameron Green's incredible but controversial catch survives an umpire review to remove India's Shubman Gill for 18.

World Test Championship final: Ravi Jadeja bowls Australian Cameron Green in strange fashion
Watch the moment India's Ravi Jadeja's bowls Cameron Green for 25 in unusual fashion on the fourth day of the World Test Championship final.

Surbiton Trophy 2023 results: Andy Murray beats Jordan Thompson to reach final
Andy Murray reaches his first singles final on British soil in almost seven years by beating Jordan Thompson in straight sets at the Surbiton Trophy.

Premier 15s: Gloucester-Hartpury 21-12 Bristol Bears - Hosts reach first final
Gloucester-Hartpury reach their first Premier 15s final, holding off a resurgent Bristol to win 21-12 at Kingsholm.

Boris Johnson's resignation statement in full
The former UK prime minister has resigned as a MP, saying there is no evidence that he misled Parliament.

Boris Johnson resignation: Former PM's political career... in 72 seconds
A look back on the former prime minister's political career as he announces as a resignation as an MP.

Why did Boris Johnson resign?
The former prime minister has stepped down as an MP, but did he jump before he was pushed?

I've been forced out over Partygate report, says Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson is to step down as an MP but insists that "I did not lie" over Covid lockdowns.

Chris Mason: The ghost of Boris Johnson haunts Rishi Sunak
The ex-PM, with a life-long knack for throwing stones and grabbing attention, is doing just that.

Did former PM mislead Parliament?
MPs are investigating whether Mr Johnson was in contempt of Parliament.

Hazardous air quality filmed over New York lake
This is what an AQI over 400 looks like, filmed from a boat on one of New York's Finger Lakes.

Canada wildfires: Global help arrives as Quebec fights ‘historic’ fires
With crews on the ground working 14-hour days, Quebec is welcoming help from France and the US.

Is climate change fuelling wildfires?
Smoke from wildfires has enveloped Toronto and New York. We look at the role of a changing climate.

Watch: Timelapse of New York shrouded in orange haze
Timelapse video of the city's skyline shows the air quality worsen in a matter of a few hours.

How Delhi copes with toxic air pollution
As wildfires rage in Canada, a view from one of the most polluted cities in the world.

Al Jazeera

Fourteen people killed in Kazakhstan forest fires
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev sacked emergency situations minister Yury Ilyin on Saturday.

Guatemala releases military officials convicted of grave crimes
The men were previously sentenced to between 33 and 58 years in prison for crimes against humanity.

Germany’s anti-Palestinianism is escalating
It is high time Germany stops conflating Palestinian activism with anti-Semitism in an attempt to atone for its past.

UK politics reels from ex-PM Johnson’s shock exit
Johnson, who has been under investigation over 'Partygate', says his opponents were 'determined to drive me out'.

France knife attack suspect charged with attempted murder
Abdalmasih H is refusing to speak about the motives behind his attack on children in the French Alpine town of Annecy.

Philippines evacuates thousands after Mayon volcano rumbles
More than 6,000 villagers forced to evacuate from near the Mayon volcano's crater in northeastern Albay province.

Ukraine claims gains near Bakhmut as battle rages in east
Russia says Ukraine has started a long-expected counteroffensive but denies Kyiv made gains along the front lines.

Deadly blast rocks explosives factory in Turkey’s capital
At least five workers have been killed in explosion at the MKE Rocket and Explosives Factory outside Ankara.

The AI apocalypse: Imminent risk or misdirection?
As tech bosses raise the doomsday alarm, others say it’s a distraction from AI’s real, less sensational dangers.

Sudan’s 24-hour truce: ‘We don’t hear the sound of guns’
Aid agencies hoping to deliver aid during the truce period but will need a guarantee of safe passage from warring sides.

‘Collective punishment’: Israel demolishes Palestinian homes
Israel's policy of demolishing the family homes of Palestinians accused of attacking Israelis considered a war crime.

How will Saudi Arabia’s oil output cut affect prices?
Saudi Arabia goes it alone in cutting oil production by one million barrels a day starting in July.

Can Trump run for president after indictment?
Neither the indictment itself nor a conviction would prevent the ex-US president from running for 2024 election.

Pakistan’s FM: ‘We’re at the fork in the road towards democracy’
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari discusses the formidable challenges facing Pakistan.

Colombian gang leaders announce talks to address urban violence
Colombia’s government seeks to draw urban criminal networks into disarmament talks as it pursues 'total peace'.

Discarded mortar detonates killing more than 20 in Somalia: Media
Local official says unexploded mortar detonated near to where mostly children - aged between 10 and 15 - were playing.

Putin claims Russian forces halting Ukrainian counteroffensive
Claims by pro-Moscow commentators that Ukraine's counteroffensive has failed are premature, says war monitor think tank.

Four children found in Colombian jungle 40 days after plane crash
Colombia's military found the four children aged 13, 9 , 4, and 12-month-old, who survived plane crash on May 1.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 472
As the war enters its 472nd day, these are the main developments.

Canadian appointee investigating China election claims steps down
Former Governor General David Johnston says the atmosphere has become too partisan to continue his work.

Trump indictment details plot to hide sensitive documents
Trump has been charged with 37 felony counts for keeping and hiding documents with sensitive national security content.

Serbians join anti-government protest following mass shootings
Tens of thousands demonstrate in Belgrade, calling on interior minister to resign following deadly mass shootings.

US says Iran is helping Russia build drone manufacturing facility
US intelligence officials say Iran and Russia continue to strengthen their military cooperation and weapons assistance.

Several killed in hotel siege in Somalia’s Mogadishu
At least six people have been killed and 10 injured in attack on upmarket hotel restaurant, police said.

Pakistan lays out budget but may not satisfy IMF
The 'plain-vanilla' budget is unlikely to satisfy IMF, which could lead to the South Asian nation defaulting on debt.

Global Times

High temperatures appear early in many places; experts warn extreme weather could become norm

Infographic: China's spectacular scientific achievements progress thanks to non-stop efforts to boost self-sufficiency

Exclusive: China-Serbia ties set example in turbulent world for what cooperation between like-minded countries can achieve: Serbian Deputy PM

Chinese, Russian militaries hold joint aerial strategic patrol in Asia-Pacific region amid US-led provocations

Freeing fry

Healthcare for mental disorders in spotlight after fatal stabbing in HK mall

Diplomats taste China's ecological progress in SW China's Guizhou

China's vehicle exports in April surge 150% to reach 425,000, maintaining strong growth momentum

Chinese cities upgrade security checks for gaokao examinees in effort to tackle cheating

What US left behind in Iraq - division, terrorism threat and lingering impacts of depleted uranium bombs

Three detained, two local officials expelled from posts after journalist beaten in SW China

South China records historical high temperatures, with super typhoon Mawar attributed as cause

Activities held across China to celebrate Children's Day

Registration reform

How US jeopardizes global security with unscrupulous cyberattacks and vast cyber weapon arsenal

Hope, joy can always be found in 'flowers of the motherland'

Chinese Ambassador renews call for cooperation with Myanmar in cracking down on telecoms fraud

Chinese mainland blasts US-DPP collusion as escalating tension shows Washington's 'bankrupt credibility'

Authorities roll out measures to promote graduates' employment

Child's play

Skilled competition

China remains key driver of global trade growth despite 'decoupling' push: report

China-Russia trade, regional economic development gets boost with Vladivostok being new transit port for domestic trade

Provinces roll out policies in Q2 growth sprint, as experts expect full-year GDP growth to exceed 6%

Market regulator in Beijing fines Apple $28,130 for displaying false advertisement

New frontiers

Demographers urge localities to strengthen policy support for one-child families

PLA Navy Type 071 amphibious landing ships spotted east of Taiwan island

Path of Chinese modernization inspires foreign political parties

Annual report shows China's environment quality keeps improving; authorities vow to enhance monitoring

Young people are majority re-infected with COVID-19 in current wave: epidemiologist

China's home-developed C919 plane enters regular service Monday, with public snapping up tickets

Chinese netizens warmly welcome giant panda Ya Ya's return to Beijing Zoo following one month in quarantine

Chinese mainland to promote peaceful exchange with Taiwan compatriots in more effective, precise way

Attractive sound

China unveils tube-launched drone with breakthrough flight performance

China to join expanded military drills with SE Asian countries

China's FAST boosts tourism, income in astronomy-themed town

Floating sensation

Union criticized for whitewashing Cathay crew's discrimination

China develops 1,050 irradiation induced-mutant varieties, boosting food security

Hospitals call for maternity-friendly society

BRI to become a bedrock of new world order: Hungarian scholar

Handy system

PLA Navy's Type 055 10,000 ton-class large destroyer leads intensive drills in South China Sea amid rising tensions

Application of nuclear tech 'should be part of national strategy': report

Xizang embraces democracy with effective policy design, practices

Special guest

Xizang's high-quality development charts course for regional growth and beyond

Gen Z could play significant role in Xizang's sustainable development: forum

MercoPress - South American Agency

Canada wildfires smoke reducing solar power and New England summer heat

Operator ISO said smoke from wildfires in Canada has significantly lowered production from solar resources in New England Solar power generation in the northeast United States is tumbling by more than 50% as a result of the smoke from eastern Canada wildfires. On Thursday ISO New England, the operator of the grid, said solar power generation in New England was 56% below last week during times of peak demand.

Honduran President lands in China to bolster bilateral ties

With Castro's decision, Honduras joined the group of nations to cut diplomatic relations with Taipei Honduran President Xiomara Castro arrived in Shanghai Friday, starting a six-day visit to China which will include a meeting with President Xi Jinping following her government’s decision to establish diplomatic relations with Beijing and cut off ties with Taiwan.

French minister warns against rushing EU-Mercosur deal

Brazil is currently “engaging in a strong energy transition” under Lula, Becht said France's Junior Trade Minister Olivier Becht expressed his concerns said this week during his visit to Brazil about concluding the EU-Mercosur deal too hastily. While his country does want a deal concluded between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur, Becht warns against entering into it too quickly, without assurances on environmental and social issues.

Colombian gov't, ELN sign 6-month truce

Petro hopes to achieve total peace by 2025 The Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) Friday signed in Havana a 180-day "national", "bilateral" and "temporary" ceasefire effective from August 3, it was reported. The UN and the Catholic Church will supervise compliance.

Argentine Central Bank releases gruesome projections

Unemployment is also expected to grow for the remainder of 2023 by the BCRA Argentine Central Bank's (BCRA) monthly Relevamiento de Expectativas de Mercado (Market Expectancy Survey - REM) report for May released Friday forecasted inflation by the end of this year to reach 148.9%, 22.5 percentage points (p.p.) higher than the previous projection, it was announced in Buenos Aires.

Trump indicted in Mar-a-Lago classified documents case

“The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax,” Trump wrote on Truth Former US President Donald Trump has been indicted of 37 criminal charges for the classified White House documents seized by the FBI at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida regarding nuclear secrets and information on the military defense capabilities of foreign countries for "withholding national security information" and "obstruction of justice," it was reported in Washington DC.

Miracle in the Colombian rainforest

President Petro wrote on Twitter and posted a photo of military personnel and indigenous people, purportedly involved in the rescue operation. Four Indigenous children who went missing in the Colombian Amazon after surviving a plane crash 40 days ago have been found alive, Colombian President Gustavo Petro said on Friday. The small crash triggered a massive rescue operation for the four siblings.

Julian Assange loses latest bid to halt US extradition

UK's High Court Judge, Jonathan Swift, turned down Assange's recent appeal  saying it would simply “re-run” arguments that have previously been made. WikiLeaks' founder Australian born Julilan Assange has lost another attempt to block his extradition from UK to the US, according to a court order published on Friday. The 51-year-old is facing 18 treason charges in the US over the release of a series of confidential US military documents and diplomatic cables.

Partygate: defiant Boris Johnson resigns Parliament..."at least for now"

It “is very sad to be leaving Parliament — at least for now — but above all I am bewildered and appalled that I can be forced out,” Johnson added Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was standing down as a member of Parliament on Friday after confidentially receiving the Partygate report. Johnson accused opponents of trying to drive him out of Parliament.

Pascoe's third volume of “Falklands Saga,” covering 1852/1982

Pascoe traces the gradual growth of the Malvinas lobby until the claim became Argentine government policy with the arrival of General Peron. The third volume of Graham Pascoe’s Falklands Saga has been published: it is as substantial as his two earlier volumes – 730 pages – and covers the period 1852 to 1982.