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UK Conservative Party chairman says Brexit must be binding
LONDON Britain’s vote to leave the European Union must be binding, the chairman of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party said on Sunday, and the exit process will be started before the next general election. Patrick McLoughlin, who was made party chairman by new Prime Minister Theresa May last week, told the BBC’s Marr Show that the vote for Brexit meant Britain must now get control of its own borders and that immigration must be reduced. Asked about a report in the Observer newspaper that an “emergency brake” on the free movement of people was being discussed, which would allow Britain to keep access to the European single market, McLoughlin said: “Let us see.” “I’m quite clear that the referendum result is binding on parliament,” he said. Although May has vowed to press ahead with Brexit, supporters of remaining in the EU contend the referendum result is only advisory. At least seven lawsuits have been filed arguing that parliament must have the final decision on whether to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to start the two-year countdown to leave the bloc. May has indicated negotiations on an exit could not start this year. London’s High Court ruled last week that […]
UK seeks to assuage global worries over path to Brexit
CHENGDU, China Britain’s new finance minister Philip Hammond, under pressure from his peers from around the world, said on Sunday there could be more clarity later this year on how the country will exit the European Union. Several nations called on Britain during weekend talks on the world economy to explain how the politically fraught Brexit process will unfold in order to avoid adding a new drag on the long and slow recovery from the financial crisis. “It’s right at the top of the agenda here at the G20,” Hammond said at the end of the two-day meeting of the Group of 20 leading economies in the Chinese city of Chengdu. “It’s a new factor affecting the global economic outlook and it has increased the uncertainty which the world economy faces.” Britain was plunged into its biggest political crisis in decades by the June 23 Brexit vote and so far it has resisted calls from some other EU countries to trigger quickly the two-year process for negotiating its exit from the bloc. Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been in her job for less than two weeks, traveled to Germany and France last week to explain why she needed time […]
Conservative lawmaker Liam Fox to announce leadership bid on Thursday
LONDON Former British Defence Secretary Liam Fox will formally announce his bid to succeed Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday, he told radio station LBC on Wednesday. Asked whether he would be launching his bid on Thursday, he said: “I will.” Fox will become the second candidate to run for the leadership of the ruling Conservative Party after Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb announced his candidacy earlier on Wednesday. Cameron announced last Friday that he would step down as leader following the country’s vote to leave the European Union. (Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison)
‘For heaven’s sake man, go!’ PM Cameron tells Labour leader Corbyn
LONDON Prime Minister David Cameron, who promised to resign after Britain voted to leave the European Union, had some advice for his opposite number in the Labour Party on Wednesday: “For heaven’s sake man, go!” An overwhelming majority of Labour lawmakers passed a no confidence motion in Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday and almost all his senior policy team have withdrawn their support in protest at his leadership, but Corbyn has refused to step down. Cameron, speaking in parliament, said it was not in the national interest for Corbyn to remain in his post. “For heaven’s sake man, go,” Cameron said, drawing cheers from members of both parties. “It might be in my party’s interest for him to sit there, it’s not in the national interest.” Cameron’s unusually blunt comments illustrate the pressure Corbyn is under to quit after Britain voted to leave the EU following a campaign in which critics say Corbyn did not do enough to persuade voters to back ‘Remain’. Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said on BBC radio he thought Corbyn’s position was “untenable” while former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown told Sky TV: “I don’t think Jeremy Corbyn is going to stay. I think he’s going […]
Sturgeon’s plea to stay in Europe rebuffed in Brussels
BRUSSELS Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon pleaded her case in Brussels on Wednesday for Scots to stay in the EU, showing how Britain’s vote to leave the bloc could splinter the United Kingdom. But she drew a rebuff from Spain and a mixed response from European officials. EU leaders met for the first time without Britain. Outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron flew home after briefing his 27 peers on Tuesday evening on last week’s referendum defeat. Sturgeon has said that Scotland, where voters backed staying in the EU by a near 2-1 majority, must not be dragged out of the EU against its will. She wants to negotiate directly with Brussels to protect the membership rights of Scots. But Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, struggling to prevent the autonomous region of Catalonia from breaking away, said Madrid would oppose any EU negotiation with Scotland. “If the United Kingdom leaves, Scotland leaves,” he said after the first meeting of the 27 EU partners without a British representative. The 27 EU leaders sent a firm message to London that there would be “no negotiations of any kind” on future trade relations until the UK officially triggers the EU treaty’s exit clause. “This should […]
British expats flock to Brussels city halls to become Belgian
BRUSSELS Belgium is receiving hundreds of requests from British nationals keen to get Belgian citizenship following the decision of British voters in last Thursday’s referendum to back leaving the European Union, officials said. Nearly 24,000 British citizens live in Belgium, about a third of them in the capital Brussels, where many work for the EU institutions and for NATO which are based in the city. Dominique Dufourny, the mayor of the Ixelles borough of Brussels, said around 40 people had come to get the necessary documents in the last few days. “It doesn’t stop. Some have been queuing up for information since 7.30 this morning,” she said. Other Brussels boroughs speak of similar numbers of British citizens requesting information about becoming Belgians. About 50 requests have arrived on local government desks in the affluent suburbs of Uccle and Woluwe Saint Lambert. “Normally we rarely have anybody requesting information about citizenship,” a spokeswoman for Woluwe Saint Lambert said. “Since Friday there has been an explosion.” People are eligible for Belgian citizenship if they have lived and worked in the country for more than five years and can show a basic command of one of the country’s three official languages: Dutch, French […]
Rescuers trying to reach 20 children lost in Welsh mountains
LONDON Police said rescuers had found 20 schoolchildren who had become lost on Wednesday in the Brecon Beacons, a mountainous area in Wales. “We are pleased to confirm that following a search and rescue operation on the Brecon Beacons this afternoon, all 26 members of the party involved have been accounted for,” a police spokesman said. “It is also very pleasing that no one was injured, but as a precaution they are being taken to hospital to be checked.” (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison)
PM candidate Crabb says immigration is red line in Brexit talks
LONDON Britain must secure control over immigration in divorce negotiations with the European Union, Stephen Crabb, the first candidate to put himself forward to succeed David Cameron as British prime minister, said on Wednesday. Work and pensions minister Crabb, who supported Britain staying in the EU at last week’s vote, ruled out holding another referendum and said his Conservative Party and the country must now unite in focusing on negotiating the best Brexit deal. Cameron, who led the Remain campaign, announced his resignation after Britain voted by 52 to 48 percent to leave the bloc. A leadership contest within the ruling Conservative Party will take place to elect his successor by early September. Crabb, a lawmaker since 2005, said it was vital Britain sought as close an economic relationship with the EU as it had now but it was also clear immigration curbs would be needed. “The British people want control of immigration … For us, this is a red-line,” said Crabb, launching his leadership bid alongside business minister Sajid Javid who he said he would appoint as his finance minister if he won the top job. “Brexit needs to do what it says on the tin,” he said, adding […]
Britain’s future at stake in opposition turmoil over Brexit
LONDON In the global maelstrom created by Britain’s vote to the leave the European Union, turbulence within the opposition Labour Party looks like a ripple. But it could define the country for years to come. Jeremy Corbyn, the 67-year old activist behind a grassroots left-wing rebranding of Britain’s main opposition, is clinging on as party leader in the face of an attempt to oust him by his more centrist fellow Labour lawmakers. Three quarters of them backed a motion of no confidence on Tuesday, arguing that Corbyn’s lukewarm endorsement of the EU contributed to a vote to leave that has plunged the country into its worst crisis since World War Two. With Britain now poised to negotiate an exit far more painful than many voters anticipated, Corbyn’s critics say Labour needs to present a strong, united alternative to the ruling Conservative party’s ascendant eurosceptic right wing. Without that, they argue, Britain could lose the protections for workers, consumers and the environment within a free market afforded by the EU in a rush towards untrammelled corporate power, a reduced social safety net and international isolationism. Pro-Brexit Conservatives say that completely misrepresents their aims, emphasising a “one-nation” approach they say will balance […]
UK appoints interior ministry official to head EU divorce unit
LONDON Britain has appointed Oliver Robbins, a senior official at the interior ministry, to head the unit that will help negotiate an exit from the European Union. Robbins, Second Permanent Secretary at the Home Office, will move to his new role as head of the EU unit on July 4, the Cabinet Office said. “He will offer the very best advice and support to the government through these unprecedented times to ensure we secure the best possible deal for the UK,” Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood said. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison)
UK car industry – demand not hit by Brexit vote yet, forecast unchanged
LONDON UK car dealerships saw the same number of customers over the weekend as before Britons voted for Brexit last week, Britain’s car industry association said on Wednesday, noting that it would not change its forecast for record sales this year. Car sales hit an all-time high of 2.63 million last year, boosted by cheap finance and easily available credit. The CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said the pace of sales growth had slowed in recent months but that he was not immediately changing the forecast of about 2.7 million registrations in 2016. “I wouldn’t want to jump to conclusions on changing forecasts. In essence, the fundamentals of the market are still strong,” Mike Hawes told reporters at a briefing in London. “As I understand it, footfall in the dealerships over the weekend was pretty much where it should be despite three rugby test matches and six football matches which normally does have an impact.” At the same briefing, Jaguar Land Rover’s strategy director and Toyota’s Europe CEO said they saw no short-term changes to their investment plans, which are often made years in advance. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which said it was committed to its […]
Brexit: EU leaders meet without Cameron
EU leaders meet for the first time without British PM David Cameron to discuss plans for the UK’s exit from the bloc after last week’s vote.
Chagos islanders cannot return home, says Supreme Court
Former residents of the Chagos Islands who were forcibly removed from their homeland lose their appeal to the UK’s Supreme Court to return home.
Everest: Indian police couple’s summit claim investigated
Police investigate claims by two climbers who say they are India’s first couple to scale Mount Everest, after doubt is cast on photos of the ascent.
Istanbul Ataturk airport attack: 41 dead and more than 230 hurt
A suicide bomb and gun attack at Istanbul airport kills 41 people, at least 13 of them foreign nationals, and injures more than 230.
Syria conflict: Rebels ‘move on IS-held town near Iraq border’
US-backed Syrian rebels say they are advancing on Albu Kamal, an eastern town on the border with Iraq held by so-called Islamic State.
Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore dies aged 84
Pioneering rock guitarist Scotty Moore, who was a member of Elvis Presley’s original band dies, aged 84.
Asia shares continue global rebound
Stock markets in Asia continue to rise, following gains seen in the US and Europe on Tuesday.
Scotland determined to stay in EU, Sturgeon says in Brussels
BRUSSELS Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday on a short-notice visit to Brussels that Scotland was intent on remaining in the European Union, despite last week’s British vote to quit the bloc. After meeting European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the pro-independence leader told reporters: “Scotland is determined to stay in the EU.” Schulz said he had “listened and learned”. (Reporting by Svebor Kranjc; Writing by Alastair Macdonald; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)
El Chapo: Mexico judge halts extradition to US
A judge in Mexico temporarily halts the extradition of the country’s most notorious drugs lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, to the US.
Istanbul airport attack: Reporter describes departure lounge destruction
Reporter Hugh Sykes describes the scene as he walks through Istanbul airport following a gun and bomb attack.
S Korea, US and Japan in first ever joint missile drill
South Korea, the US and Japan conduct their first joint missile-tracking drill off Hawaii, a week after North Korea’s mid-range missile test.
Gay marriage in spotlight in Australia election
Same-sex marriage has become a front-page issue in the final days of Australia’s election campaign.
How Myanmar’s National Symphony Orchestra, once barely allowed to perform, is trying to win the hearts of its one-time military masters.
Being called a ‘bitch’
Why is Hillary Clinton so often associated with the word “bitch” – and how offensive is it?
Brexit: The divide between generations
Meet the Hannons, dealing with the family fallout from the Brexit vote
Maureen and Roger have waited 11 years to visit the place where their son Matthew died in Iraq, to lay a small cross there and to try to understand why he died.
A guide to Khoisan culture and language
The Khoisan are South Africa’s oldest inhabitants. The BBC spent the day with one of the group to learn more about their way of life.
Italian restoration workers at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem have uncovered a mosaic of an angel that was previously hidden beneath plaster.
Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘If you are out, you are out’
Jean-Claude Juncker has told the BBC that the UK has to face the consequences of leaving the EU.
Brussels ‘last supper’ marks UK Brexit
The BBC’s Laurence Peter is following all the latest developments at an EU crisis summit in Brussels after the UK voted last week to leave the 28-member bloc.
BBC journalist reports from Istanbul plane
A gun and bomb attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport has killed at least 28 people and injured up to 60, with reports of at least one suicide bomber.
Justin Trudeau gets comic book treatment in Marvel tale
A cartoon depiction of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears on the cover of a new Marvel comic book coming out in August.
Reality Check: Have MEPs done ‘proper jobs’?
Nigel Farage says most MEPs have never done a ‘proper job’ in their lives. Is he right?
Twitter is putting together a team focused on VR and AR
Twitter is beginning to devote resources toward building out a dedicated VR/AR-focused team. The social media company has hired former Apple designer Alessandro Sabatelli to lead the initiative as Twitter’s Director of VR and AR, Will Mason over at UploadVR reports. Update: Twitter has confirmed the hire and said that the Augmented Reality team will be housed within the… Read More
Nasa tests its most powerful booster yet
Nasa has conducted a second round of test on a booster which is designed to send human beings deep into space.
Twitter targets smaller businesses with launch of Dashboard
Twitter — hot on the heels of the launch of its app for influencers, Twitter Engage — has today released yet another standalone application: Twitter Dashboard. The new service, available on both web and mobile, is aimed at businesses that want to use Twitter to connect with their customers. The app offers a suite of tools, including customized feeds of tweets, tools for… Read More
Pinterest is soon launching a way to search for products with your smartphone camera
Pinterest today has a new tool for finding things that you might want to buy — and they’ll be things you see in the real world. Here’s how it will work: go to Pinterest search and tap the visual search button, point your camera at anything you’re interested in, and it’ll automatically do a visual search for everything you see. Pinterest will populate the photo with… Read More
Breastfeeding brides respond to Canada wedding photo
A Canadian mum has gained internet fame for taking time out of her own wedding to breastfeed her nine-month-old daughter
Facebook from other sites with new Save and Share Chrome extensions
Facebook colonized the internet with its Like button that sees 10 billion views per day around the web. Now it’s getting a makeover for mobile alongside the launch of two new Save and Share Chrome extensions that let you capture content from any site. Together, these updates should help fill the News Feed with news stories from around the web, and turn Facebook into a more… Read More
Messaging app LINE sets price range for possible July IPO, poised to raise over $1 billion
LINE Corp., makers of a messaging app that’s gone mainstream in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan, has set a price range for an initial public offering on the Tokyo and New York Stock exchanges in July. Its shares would be priced between 2,700 and 3,700 yen, or about $26.50-$31.50 per share. As The Wall Street Journal reported earlier today, at those prices, LINE’s IPO could raise up… Read More
Brexit ‘most important moment since Berlin Wall’: Le Pen
France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen has called the UK’s Brexit vote “the most important moment since the fall of the Berlin Wall”.
Facebook tests new option that pushes users to send money on Messenger
Facebook is testing a new option designed to highlight the company’s ability to handle person-to-person payments through its Messenger chat application. The company confirmed it has added a new option in its flagship app’s main navigation titled “Send or Request Money.” The feature will move Facebook users into Messenger in order to manage payments, or it sends them… Read More
President Obama warns against Brexit ‘hysteria’
In an interview with America’s National Public Radio, US President Barack Obama said there was no need for a hysterical reaction to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
Indian writer and photographer Sooni Taraporevala relates the story of a much-feted 31-year-old picture of a family in the city of Mumbai.
YCombinator makes every SimCity player’s dream reality with new research initiative
Ever wanted to design a city from scratch? All those years tinkering with SimCity and Legos are going to finally start paying dividends for a lucky few. YCombinator is looking for urban mavericks to address everything from the creation of affordable housing to the design of public spaces in its new research undertaking. The buzz-word smart-city is rapidly becoming platitudinous but YC will… Read More
So, does anybody want Twitter?
Twitter is in trouble. In a move out of a middle school flag football game, Microsoft selected LinkedIn to join its team. The sheer size of the transaction has reignited conversations about who will be picked next to join the super special circle of public mega-cap tech companies. Vultures have been circling Twitter for well over a year, but the company has defied all experts who have… Read More
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Facebook rolls out Slideshow movie-maker to compete with Google and Apple
Most people can’t shoot compelling videos, and static photos are boring. That’s why the tech giants are all pushing their own versions of automatic movie makers based on your media. This month, Apple announced its version called Memories coming to iOS 10 Photos, Google Photos already has its Movies Assistant and today Facebook is rolling out Slideshow to all iOS users around the… Read More
Facebook launches human-curated Featured Events list
Approximately 550 million people use Facebook Events each month, with 60 percent of connections to events happening serendipitously in the News Feed. But Facebook is giving hardcore extroverts seeking more parties a new Featured Events list full of hand-picked gatherings. Starting today, iOS users in 10 U.S. cities will see the option for Featured Events in a carousel atop their list of… Read More
Post-Brexit model – Norway or Canada?
Norway, Switzerland, Canada or Singapore? What approach should the UK take to trade deals with the EU and others, once it leaves the European bloc?
Leet debuts a simple app for sharing your best gameplay highlights
Services like YouTube Gaming and Twitch are great for watching videos and live streams from your favorite gamers, but a new app called Leet, launching now, has a slightly different take. Instead of focusing on live-streamed gameplay and real-time chat, Leet lets gamers share short highlights from their favorite console or PC games to its online community and the social web. Others can then… Read More
Twitter adds stickers to photo uploads
People seem to like editing photos through social media, which comes as no surprise with today’s announcement from Twitter: stickers. Made to be plastered over your new photos, Twitter is making sure that emojis, props, accessories, and anything else of the sort is available to add to that penchant of decorating images you post online. Twitter’s new stickers are also connected… Read More
Lessons from history
As European leaders meet this week to find a way forward from the UK’s decision to leave the EU, James Naughtie surveys the mood in France.
What happens now?
When will it happen? Will it break up the UK? We take a look at six key questions following the UK’s shock exit from the EU
A running tab of what tech people think about whether we’re living in a simulation
Are we living in a simulation? For whatever reason, this is a hot topic in Silicon Valley these days. It all more or less started when Tesla Motors CEO (and soon to be SolarCity CEO — check one off for the simulation argument there) Elon Musk made a claim at the Code Conference that there’s such a high chance that we’re living in a simulation that it’s more likely we… Read More
Twitter quietly launches tags to location feeds with Foursquare
Location feeds linked to from these tags could inspire people to tweet more while out and about, fuel Moments about particular places, and improve Twitter’s ad targeting data. Better location functionality could be an important building block for Twitter’s future products and revenue potential. [Update: What’s new is that specific location tags now appear in the main… Read More
Prisma uses AI to turn your photos into graphic novel fodder double quick
Artists beware! AI is coming for your paintbrush too… A new iOS app, called Prisma, is using deep learning algorithms to turn smartphone photos into stylized artworks based on different artwork/graphical styles. Snap or choose your photo, select an ‘art filter’ to be applied and then wait as the app works its algorithmic magic — returning your… Read More
Polls close in UK referendum, Farage sees Remain victory
LONDON Voting closed in Britain’s bitterly fought referendum on whether to quit the European Union on Thursday, with a prominent Leave campaigner saying he expected to lose and early surveys suggesting voters had chosen to remain in the bloc. Nigel Farage, head of the UK Independence Party and a leading voice in favour of leaving the EU, told Sky News he did not expect to be on the winning side. “It’s been an extraordinary referendum campaign, turnout looks to be exceptionally high and looks like Remain will edge it,” Farage told Sky News. A spokesman for Farage declined to elaborate. The survey by pollster YouGov showed Remain ahead by a margin of 52 to 48 percent. Unlike a classic exit poll, it was based on online responses by a pre-selected sample of people rather than a survey of voters as they left polling stations. Pollster Ipsos-MORI also put Remain in the lead, saying that surveys it had carried out on Wednesday and Thursday gave it a 54-46 margin of victory. An Ipsos-MORI poll published earlier had just a 52-48 split for Remain. The pound climbed to its highest for this year, rising above $1.50, up almost 1 percent on the […]
Poll shows Remain ahead with 54 percent in UK’s EU vote – Ipsos MORI boss
LONDON The “Remain” camp has an eight-point lead over those who want Britain to leave the European Union, according to a poll by Ipsos MORI, the firm’s chief executive said on Thursday, shortly after voting in the country’s EU membership referendum ended. “We have carried on polling and have 54 Remain v 46 Leave today/yesterday,” Ben Page, CEO of Ipsos MORI said in a message on Twitter. (Reporting by Freya Berry; editing by William Schomberg)
Facial recognition systems stumble when confronted with million-face database
We’re all a bit worried about the terrifying surveillance state that becomes possible when you cross omnipresent cameras with reliable facial recognition — but a new study suggests that some of the best algorithms are far from infallible when it comes to sorting through a million or more faces. The University of Washington’s MegaFace Challenge is an open competition among… Read More
YouGov poll puts ‘In’ camp in lead after Britons vote on EU – Sky
LONDON The campaign to keep Britain in the European Union appears to be ahead in Thursday’s EU membership referendum, according to polling firm YouGov which surveyed people about how they voted, Sky News reported. A YouGov online poll of nearly 4,800 people found 52 percent of respondents said they voted to remain in the EU and 48 percent voted to leave, Joe Twyman, YouGov’s head of political and social research for Europe, told Sky News. “It’s still close and it’s still too early to know definitely. But based on the figures that we are seeing, based on the trends that have occurred and based on historical precedent we think that ‘Remain’ are in the strongest position.” The online survey was based on people who were previously polled by YouGov about their voting intentions and who agreed to share their decision with the firm once they had cast their votes, according to YouGov. British broadcasters are not conducting so-called exit polls — in which people are asked as they leave polling stations how they voted — because the EU referendum is a virtually unprecedented event and the margin of error could be too large. When Scotland held an independence referendum in […]
EgyptAir Flight MS804 recorders to go to Paris for repairs
Damaged flight recorders from the EgyptAir aircraft which crashed last month will be sent to France for repairs, Egyptian investigators say.
Colombia and Farc rebels sign historic ceasefire
The Colombian government and the Farc rebels have signed a historic ceasefire deal, seen as one of the last steps needed to end decades of conflict.
Britain’s financial industry on edge as referendum result nears
LONDON Traders are at their desks for the night, corporate lawyers are staffing a “rapid response” centre and the Bank of England is on high alert; Britain’s financial sector is as ready as it can be for a referendum that may change the industry forever. An industry that employs 2.2 million people and earns the nation huge sums is divided over Thursday’s vote, in which Britons have been deciding whether their country should remain in the European Union or leave. Those who want Britain to stay believe a vote for “Brexit” will have consequences for London’s financial centre that overshadow sterling’s ejection from the forerunner of the euro in 1992 and even the onset of the global crisis in 2008. “This is the biggest vote in my lifetime. Black Wednesday and the impact of Lehman Brothers collapsing – these other big events don’t even compare in magnitude to this,” said Mark Boleat, Chairman of the City of London’s Policy and Resources Committee. “We are just beginning to think through what will have to happen legally and it is massive, absolutely massive,” he told Reuters. Already some effects are being felt. During the bitterly fought referendum campaign, Britain’s share of global […]
Facebook Live grows up with two-person broadcasts and waiting rooms for viewers
Today at VidCon Facebook pre-announced three new big product updates for Facebook Live, their live-streaming platform built into Facebook. The platform will soon let you do two-person remote broadcasts, pre-schedule your streams and create a virtual waiting room for viewers and broadcast with MSQRD’s face masks. Broadcast with a friend The first upcoming update is the ability to stream… Read More
People are Facebook Live-ing the House sit-in too, Zuckerberg points out
The use of Periscope to document the House sit-in has captured the hearts and minds of internetgoers, who proclaim the live-streaming app a necessity for liberty. Mark Zuckerberg would like to point out, though, that some people are using Facebook Live, too. Read More
Migrant crisis: 4,500 rescued in Mediterranean in one day
The Italian navy and coastguard say they have rescued about 4,500 migrants from dozens of small boats in the Mediterranean during the course of Thursday.
Top US court blocks Obama migrant plan
A Supreme Court deadlock over Barack Obama’s plan to shield people living illegally is a major blow to the president and denies access to work permits to millions.
At Disrupt SF, Facebook’s Chief Messenger David Marcus will chat about chat
Will voice replace our thumbs? Will brands drown out our friends? Are chatbots the future if nobody wants them? TechCrunch Disrupt SF will get the answers from David Marcus, Facebook’s head of Messenger. Get your tickets to see him live on stage Sept 12th to 14th. Formerly the founder of mobile payments company Zong, Marcus became the president of PayPal after his startup was acquired.… Read More
Circle takes $60M to grow its social payments biz globally, as it steps into China
How do you compete with China’s homegrown social payments giants? Veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire, co-founder of US based social payments app Circle, reckons you don’t; not like for like in the domestic Chinese market… Read More
Labour to rally pro-EU troops as Sun shines on Brexit campaign
LONDON Britain’s opposition Labour leader will try on Tuesday to rally his party behind a campaign to keep Britain in the European Union after polls indicated growing momentum for those wanting to leave and the nation’s biggest-selling paper backed Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn, criticised by some for offering only lukewarm backing for his party’s “In” stance, will tell supporters that remaining in the EU would protect jobs, pitching to Labour voters who campaigners say will be key in deciding the outcome of the June 23 referendum. The vote will help determine Britain’s future in trade and world affairs but also shape the EU. The pound and euro have lost value on fears a British exit from Europe, or Brexit, would tip the 28-member bloc back into recession. With Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party deeply split over the issue, the prime minister, who wants to keep Britain in the EU, has recently given the left-leaning opposition party the lead role in the “Remain” campaign. According to a YouGov poll for Tuesday’s Times newspaper, the “Out” campaign has opened up a 7-point lead over “In” while an ORB poll for The Daily Telegraph put “Out” one point ahead. In another, though not […]
UK banks show restrained appetite for central bank funds before EU vote
LONDON British banks showed only modest appetite for six-month sterling funds from the Bank of England at an extra long-term repo operation which the central bank held on Tuesday to meet demand in the run-up to next week’s European Union referendum. Banks bid for and were allotted 2.455 billion pounds of funds, the lowest volume since February’s regular monthly long-term repo operation. The BoE has a further repo scheduled for next Tuesday, two days before the June 23 vote, and a further one on the Tuesday after the referendum. (Reporting by David Milliken, editing by Andy Bruce)
EU court backs Britain over child benefit residency rule
LUXEMBOURG The European Union’s top court ruled on Tuesday that Britain could deny child benefit to foreigners who are not economically active in the country, one of the hot-button issues in Britain’s looming referendum on EU membership. The European Court of Justice said a rule that makes allowances conditional on the right to reside in Britain might amount to discrimination, but could be justified by a need to protect public finances. The right to reside applies to foreigners who work, are looking for work or have been in Britain for at least five years. The European Commission had argued that the British process of checking whether claimants of child benefit and child tax credit are legally resident discriminates against foreigners because British citizens are not checked in that way. The court said the condition did not go beyond what is necessary to attain the objective of protecting its finances. Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat member of the European Parliament (MEP) and a proponent of Britain staying in the European Union, called it a “landmark judgement”. “This ruling is a victory for Britain, confirming we have a fair immigration system as well as having full access to the EU single market,” she […]
UK inflation slightly weaker than expected, steady at +0.3 percent
LONDON, June 14 British inflation held steady in May against expectations for a small increase, as continued falls in clothing prices offset pressure from fuel prices, official data showed on Tuesday. Consumer prices rose 0.3 percent compared with a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said, and slightly below economists’ expectation for a 0.4 percent annual rise. Overall, the figures underlined the lack of inflationary pressure in Britain’s economy, with inflation holding at 0.3 percent throughout 2016 with the exception of March. British inflation has been below the Bank of England’s 2 percent target for more than two years and last year it was zero, the lowest since comparable records began in 1950. Still, BoE policymakers are unlikely to put too weight on the inflation data when they meet this week, given the uncertainty created by next week’s referendum on Britain’s European Union membership. In May the Bank of England forecast inflation would stay below 1 percent until almost the end of the year and to undershoot its target until 2018, due to the global slump in oil prices, the effect of past rises in sterling and lacklustre wage growth. Clothing and footwear prices fell 0.4 percent on the […]
Betting odds indicate 55 percent chance of “In” ahead of UK’s EU vote – Betfair
LONDON The implied probability of a British vote to stay in the European Union fell to 62 percent on Tuesday from about 78 percent last week, according to betting odds from Betfair. Bookmakers, who up until last week had the “In” camp as the strong favorite, have cut the odds on a British exit, or Brexit, after polling firms indicated growing momentum for the “Out” camp ahead of the June 23 membership referendum. According to Betfair odds, the implied probability of an In vote stood at 62 percent at 1220 GMT after earlier falling to as low as 55 percent. As recently as last Thursday, betting odds had indicated a 78 percent probability of an In vote, according to Betfair, and markets have taken fright in recent days. Bookmaker William Hill said it was now likely that the “Out” campaign would become the favorite in EU referendum betting by the weekend, if the trend continued. “We were forced to shorten our Brexit odds yet again overnight … and the momentum is such that it seems inevitable Brexit will be favorite by the weekend if this trend continues,” said Graham Sharpe, William Hill’s spokesman. (Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Stephen […]
Orlando shooting: Vigils held around world to honour victims
Vigils have been held in Orlando, Florida, and around the world for victims of Sunday’s deadly gun attack on a gay nightclub.
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Orlando shooting: How do you get denied a gun in Florida?
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French police chief’s killer ‘claimed allegiance to IS’
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Gunman’s former workmate: He wanted to ‘shoot, murder people’
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I hid her in a cupboard
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Polls show increasing support for Brexit; Murdoch’s Sun backs ‘Leave’
LONDON Britain’s “Leave” campaign opened up a 7-point lead over “Remain” ahead of a referendum on membership of the European Union an opinion poll showed late Monday, while the nation’s biggest-selling newspaper urged readers to vote to quit the bloc. The result of the June 23 referendum will have far-reaching consequences for politics, the economy, defense, migration and diplomacy in Britain and elsewhere. Recent polls are suggesting that momentum has swung towards the “Leave” camp, or a so called Brexit, unsettling investors. “Leave” in recent days has focused its campaign on the issue of immigration. According to the YouGov poll for The Times, “Leave” held 46 percent support compared with 39 percent support for “Remain.” Undecided voters were 11 percent, while 4 percent won’t vote. Last Monday The Times/YouGov had reported a 1 percent lead for the “Remain” campaign. In another, though not unexpected, boost for “Leave,” media tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper called on its readers to vote to quit the 28-member EU. “The Sun urges everyone to vote Leave. We must set ourselves free from dictatorial Brussels,” said the tabloid, which has a circulation of 1.7 million. Other polls published on Monday also put “Leave” ahead, while betting […]
Land and language
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Barcelona pays €5.5m euro fine over Neymar transfer
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Why is Microsoft paying £18bn for LinkedIn?
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Venezuela’s government requests that the Supreme Court block the opposition’s proposal to hold a referendum to remove President Maduro from office.
Vigils around the world for Orlando
In Australia, Sydney Harbour Bridge was illuminated in rainbow colours, while in Wales a choir sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
Thousands attend London vigil to mourn Orlando shooting victims
LONDON Thousands of people held a two-minute silence at a vigil in London’s Soho neighbourhood on Monday to remember the victims of a massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At least 49 people were killed and 53 others were wounded at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday before the gunman, who had pledged loyalty to Islamic State, was shot dead by police. It was the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history. From 1800 GMT bars stopped serving, crowds fell silent and hundreds of balloons were let off in memory of those killed. London Mayor Sadiq Khan was in attendance. “We stand here today united together in solidarity with our U.S. neighbours, our friends, our colleagues, our family and all of those affected across the LGBT community,” Scottish National Party equalities spokeswoman, Angela Crawley, told Sky News. A vigil was also held in the Canal Street district in central Manchester, northern England – an area of the city that is filled with gay bars and restaurants. The Metropolitan Police said there was no intelligence to suggest an increased risk of attacks in London but it has increased its patrols in areas popular with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender […]
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