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Day: July 15, 2016

Despairing Protest Upstages Boris Johnson Interview Outside His Home
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Despairing Protest Upstages Boris Johnson Interview Outside His Home

    Boris Johnson had only been promoted to head one of the great offices of state for a couple of hours before he began being trolled in public. The newly-elevated Foreign Secretary prompted much scorn and mockery from pundits when reports of his appointment broke. But one despairing protester couldn’t resist taking taking measures into their own hands in an attempt to atone for the man soon to be representing Britain on the world stage. A crafty member of the public affixed a sign apologising for the move to the fence outside his London home. It was captured by a Sky News camera crew as a journalist asked whether he should apologise for previous comments he had made about senior foreign politicians. “You’ve got a few people to apologise to? President Obama for example?” they...
EU finance ministers get tough with Italian bank trying for third bailout
ENGLISH, Europe

EU finance ministers get tough with Italian bank trying for third bailout

    The idea of modern banking was born in Siena in 1624, when the Medici Grand Duke decided to guarantee accounts held at Monte dei Paschi, the world’s oldest bank, with the proceeds of pasture he held in the Maremma in south-western Tuscany. Nearly 400 years later, the principle established by the Tuscan ruler – that account holders and investors are protected by the state – lies at the heart of a crisis at Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) that is worrying financial markets around the world. The country’s third-largest lender has already been bailed out twice in modern Italian history but is likely to need a third multibillion-euro intervention by the Italian government – a move that would need Brussels to break new rules designed to prevent such taxpayer bailouts after the 2...
What We Know About Those Missing After The Nice Attack
ENGLISH, Europe

What We Know About Those Missing After The Nice Attack

    A truck rammed into the crowd at Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France, reportedly killing at least 80 people and injuring hundreds at the famous Promenade des Anglais after a firework display on July 14, 2016. The vehicle drove through the crowd for around 1.2 miles (two kilometers), before the driver was neutralized by the security forces. Officials are said to be investigating if the driver was working alone or affiliated with a terrorist group At least 84 people have been killed in the French city of Nice after an armed man drove a truck at full speed for 2km through a crowd who had gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks display over the seafront. The attack on France’s national day came eight months after 130 people were killed in Paris in coordinated attack...
Cameron Begins Post-PM Life With School Run
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Cameron Begins Post-PM Life With School Run

    David Cameron started his first day as a former prime minister by swapping Number 10 Downing Street for one of the country's most desirable neighbourhoods. The ex-Conservative leader was pictured in a blue polo shirt and casual jacket, smart jeans and black shoes as he left for the school run on Thursday morning. He was accompanied by a heavy police presence on the tree-lined street in London's Notting Hill. He, his wife Samantha, and their children Nancy, 12, Elwen, 10, and Florence, five, are all believed to be staying at the property for the time being following his resignation on Wednesday. Mr Cameron was later pictured having a coffee with former chancellor George Osborne, his right-hand man during their time in office. They were among several members of the so-called...
French foreign minister says Boris Johnson a liar
ENGLISH, Europe

French foreign minister says Boris Johnson a liar

    Jean-Marc Ayrault says new foreign secretary told a lot of lies to the British people. Britain’s new foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, is a liar with his back against the wall, his French counterpart has said. Jean-Marc Ayrault, who met Johnson when the two men were both mayors, was asked on French radio if he was surprised by Johnson’s appointment. “I don’t know if it surprised me,” he said. “It’s a sign of the British political crisis that has come out of the referendum vote.” He said France needed a partner it could negotiate with who was “clear, credible and who could be trusted”. The Europe 1 radio interviewer told Mr Ayrault: “I’ve got the impression you’re scared of being faced with the fanciful Boris Johnson,” to which the French foreign minister replied: “No, I...