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Day: July 8, 2016

Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May win Tory MPs’ vote on leadership
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May win Tory MPs’ vote on leadership

    The home secretary, Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom, the junior energy minister who campaigned for Brexit, will be the two candidates put before Conservative party members in the vote to confirm Britain’s next prime minister. Conservative MPs chose Leadsom, who was considered a rank outsider when the contest began, over the justice secretary, Michael Gove, who entered the contest last Friday, effectively stopping his fellow Vote Leave campaigner Boris Johnson from entering the race. In the second round of voting by Tory MPs, May scooped up 199 votes, Leadsom scored 84 and Gove was knocked out, with just 46. The choice means that the next British prime minister is guaranteed to be a woman, the second after Margaret Thatcher. May said Britain needed “strong, proven” leadershi...
How to find out if you can get an EU passport
ENGLISH, Europe

How to find out if you can get an EU passport

    Following the Leave vote, being a British citizen may no longer guarantee the right to live and work in the EU - and people are getting worried. While they will not change overnight, Britons can ultimately expect the "European Union'' line at the top of their passports to be gone when they apply to renew their documents. As a result, many are seeking alternative ways of gaining an EU passport. So what does make you eligible? Descent When it comes to digging for familial roots in the EU, Ireland is the natural choice for most, with its closeness both geographically and culturally. If either of your parents was an Irish citizen born in Ireland, or if you were born in Ireland to Irish parents, you are automatically entitled to citizenship, and if any of your grandparents were...
India govt examining Zakir Naik’s speeches
Asia, ENGLISH

India govt examining Zakir Naik’s speeches

    Amidst allegations that Islamist preacher Zakir Naik was involved in making hate speeches, Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said CDs of his speeches are being examined for necessary action and asserted that the government will not compromise on the issue of terrorism. "We have taken cognisance of Zakir Naik's speeches and have given necessary instructions for a probe. A thorough investigation will be done. "CDs of his speeches are being examined," Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. The home minister said necessary action will be taken in this regard. "As far as government is concerned, we will not compromise on terrorism at any cost. Whatever is justified will be done," he said. Naik, founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is...
Super Typhoon Nepartak hits Taiwan: cutting electricity and transport links
Asia, ENGLISH

Super Typhoon Nepartak hits Taiwan: cutting electricity and transport links

    Super Typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan with powerful winds and torrential rain early on Friday. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes as the island cancelled hundreds of flights and shut offices and schools for the day. With gusts of up to 234 kph (145 mph) the typhoon landed at Taimali township in eastern Taitung county shortly before 6:00 am Friday morning (2200 GMT on Thursday). Almost 9,000 people have been moved from homes that were deemed prone to landslides or flooding with some 1,800 people in shelters. About 97,000 households lost power due to the storm, with more than 70,000 without electricity as of Friday morning. The government said financial markets, schools and offices would all be closed Friday and the bullet train service suspended. Mos...
Five Dallas police officers shot dead at anti violence protest
America, ENGLISH

Five Dallas police officers shot dead at anti violence protest

    The city of Dallas was plunged into chaos overnight as five police officers were shot dead and at least six others were wounded when dozens of shots were fired during a downtown protest against violence. It was the deadliest day for US law enforcement since 9/11. There was a lengthy standoff between police officers and one man suspected to be one of the shooters, before, according to numerous local reports, he was shot dead. It was unclear whether the suspect was shot by police or killed himself. The Guardian was unable to confirm the reports. Three other suspects were in custody. The Dallas police chief, David Brown, said he did not have a “complete comfort level” that all suspects had been apprehended. The suspect involved in the standoff had warned that bombs had been p...