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Day: July 19, 2016

US election: Melania Trump plagiarised Michelle Obama
America, ENGLISH

US election: Melania Trump plagiarised Michelle Obama

    Donald Trump's wife, Melania, took centre stage on the first day of the Republican National Convention but faced accusations that a portion of her speech plagiarised Michelle Obama. Commentators noticed similarities with Mrs Obama's 2008 convention speech. Mrs Trump's speech also praised her husband as a "compassionate" man who would "fight for the country". It was her first speech of the campaign and she had the help of a speechwriting team. Mr Trump's communications adviser Jason Miller issued a statement saying: "In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. "Melania's immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which m...
Mercury hits 30C as UK basks in mini heatwave
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Mercury hits 30C as UK basks in mini heatwave

    The UK's mini-heatwave saw the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures hit 30C in some parts of the country. Much of the country basked in sunshine on Monday, with the mercury reaching 30C in London's Kew Gardens and St James's Park, 28.7C in Cardiff, 24.8C in Edinburgh and 25.9C in Castlederg, Northern Ireland. Thermometers are expected to climb to 34C (93.2F) today, bringing an even warmer day, and prompting Government officials to issue health warnings. Public Health England (PHE) is urging people to look out for elderly relatives and friends who may be susceptible to the high temperatures - and to take extra care of young children, babies and those with heath issues. But the hot and humid air is expected to trigger thunderstorms across much of the UK from this e...
British PM May trades 10 Downing St for flat next door
ENGLISH, London

British PM May trades 10 Downing St for flat next door

    Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May is pulling rank and will move into the more spacious flat above 11 Downing Street rather than the designated one above the premier's Number 10 office, it was confirmed Monday. While 10 Downing Street, with its famous black door, is the office and official residence of the prime minister, the flat above Number 11 next door the finance minister's headquarters — is the bigger of the two. May is following in the footsteps of the last three prime ministers — Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron — in making the switch. In 1997, Blair opted for Number 11 because he needed room for his young family, while his finance minister, Brown, had no children at that time. May, who has spoken of how she likes to cook in her rare revelations abo...
Deputy mayor of Istanbul district shot dead in office
Arab world, ENGLISH

Deputy mayor of Istanbul district shot dead in office

    A senior official working for Istanbul’s Sisli district city hall died Monday after two gunmen walked into his office and shot him in the head. It was not immediately clear if the incident was related to the failed coup that has been roiling Turkey for the past several days. Deputy Mayor in charge of Development Cemil Candas was rushed to a nearby hospital, but succumbed to his injuries afterwards. Police detained the two gunmen, who were taken out by the rear entrance. Various reports inaccurately stated that Candas was Jewish. Sisli is home to some of Istanbul’s remaining Jews, as well as the Jewish newspaper and the Ottoman-Turkish Sephardic Culture Research Center. The Sisli municipality is run by the opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP. The CHP condemned Frid...
Afghan teen killed after injuring passengers on German train
Asia, ENGLISH

Afghan teen killed after injuring passengers on German train

    A teenage Afghan migrant armed with an ax and a knife attacked passengers aboard a regional train in southern Germany on Monday night, injuring four people before he was shot and killed by police as he fled, authorities said. Wuerzburg police said on their Facebook page that three of the victims suffered serious injuries and one was slightly injured. Another 14 people were being treated for shock. Bavaria's top security official, state Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, told Germany's ARD television that the attacker had been identified as a 17-year-old Afghan. German officials did not identify the victims, but Hong Kong's immigration department said in a statement Tuesday that among those injured in the attack were four members of a family of five from the southern Chine...