Friday, June 21

Day: June 30, 2016

The Pound is Why Britain Will Survive Brexit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

The Pound is Why Britain Will Survive Brexit

    Comedian/civics instructor John Oliver has devoted a couple of segments to the dire effects to come, while Lindsay Lohan made her “Remain” case on Twitter. More conventional economic thinkers have outlined their disagreement with Brexit results, and economist Tim Hardford sounds downright heartbroken on a recent episode of NPR’s Planet Money podcast. Economist Intelligence Unit’s Alex White predicts a serious economic slowdown in the U.K. next year. The markets, meanwhile, are jumping all over the place. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped about 900 points in the two days following the Brexit vote, only to rebound more than 500 points Tuesday and Wednesday. The Stoxx Europe 600 is up almost 3%, after a few disastrous days, while London’s FTSE gained 4% after dropping ...
Fears for morbidly obese boy, aged 10
Asia, ENGLISH

Fears for morbidly obese boy, aged 10

    Arya, from the village of Cipurwasari in the Arawang Regency, weighs 192kg – approximately 30 stone. His ballooning weight has left him unable to walk, forcing him to stop attending school. He has taken to wearing a sarong after his parents were no longer able to find clothes that fit him. According to local reports, people have been travelling from nearby villages to view the boy dubbed “the world’s fattest child”. During Ramadan, Rokayah said, Arya has been fasting for the first half of each day like many children his age. His attempts to fast until sunset were abandoned early in the holy month when he started experiencing stomach pains.
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un gets new top post
Asia, ENGLISH

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un gets new top post

    North Korea has created a new, supreme governing commission with leader Kim Jong-Un as its chairman, underlining the 33-year-old's absolute control over every aspect of state policy in the isolated, nuclear-armed nation. The country's legislative body, the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), unanimously voted Kim as head of the State Affairs Commission on Wednesday, the North's official KCNA news agency said. The new agency replaces the National Defence Commission as the country's highest branch of government and supreme policymaking organisation. Nominating Kim for the post, SPA president Kim Yong-Nam said it was the "unshakable faith and unswerving will of all service personnel and people of the country to uphold Kim Jong-Un ... at the top post of the DPRK". DPRK is the off...
Labour MPs go to police over death threats after refusal to back Jeremy Corbyn
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Labour MPs go to police over death threats after refusal to back Jeremy Corbyn

    Labour MPs have been forced to call in the police over death threats in the last 48 hours after they refused to back Jeremy Corbyn, The Telegraph has learnt. Vicky Foxcroft, a Labour whip, received a call to her constituency office which said: “If she doesn’t support Corbyn I will come down to the office and kick the f*** out of you.” Police officers had to rush her office, close the shutters and attempt to trace the call after the man said he was on his way and hung up. Another MP who resigned over Mr Corbyn’s leadership has received an email naming their child and threatening to kill them. Police have been passed the message and are now investigating. Lucy Powell, the former shadow education secretary, received a message telling her to kill herself after announcing she w...
Will UK tourists need a visa to visit the EU after Brexit?
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Will UK tourists need a visa to visit the EU after Brexit?

    One of the myriad of troubling questions posed by the prospect of leaving the European Union is how travel will work in a post-Brexit Europe. Will UK tourists need a new passport – and more importantly, if freedom of movement isn't part of a future deal with the EU, will they need a visa to visit popular destinations such as France, Spain and Italy? In the meantime, there will be no changes to the way we travel around the continent. Until the two-year negotiation period is over – and it won't begin until Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is triggered – free movement will continue as normal. The European Health Insurance cards also remain valid. Even after leaving terms are finalised, there is no guarantee that freedom of movement between the UK and EU member states will come...