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Aubameyang scores twice and Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup
Aubameyang scores twice and Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup
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Arsenal beat Chelsea 2:1 to win the FA Cup this Saturday at the Wembley stadium in London. The victory gave the Gunners,  besides the silverware, a spot for the group stage of the Europa League 2020/21.

Aubameyang was the name of the game, scoring two goals -- one in each half -- and helped the Gunners to win the FA Cup for the 14th time.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Vivienne Westwood protests Julian Assange's extradition to the US, suspends herself in massive birdcage
Vivienne Westwood protests Julian Assange's extradition to the US, suspends herself in massive birdcage
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British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood is leading the protests outside the Old Bailey in London to stop the extradition of Julian Assange and has suspended herself in a massive birdcage 10ft above the ground.

"If the canary died they all got out. Julian Assange is in a cage and he needs to get out. Don't extradite to America," so Westwood and adding that she was wearing yellow as he still hadn't had any sun and that the cage represented "the space Julian will inhabit if he is extradited to the US."

Assange's extradition battle at Old Bailey is set to resume on September 7.

Sports • Soccer
Arsenal reaches FA Cup final after victory over Manchester City
Arsenal reaches FA Cup final after victory over Manchester City
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Arsenal beat reigning FA Cup champions Manchester City at Wembley with two goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The victory guaranteed Arsenal a place in the FA Cup final to face Chelsea or Manchester United on August 1.

Science • Medicine
Study: Brain inflamation, psychoses and stroke linked to Covid-19 also with mild symptoms
Brain images from patients on the study
Brain images from patients on the study Credit: Reproduction

Scientist from UCL (University College London) published that mild Covid-19 disease can have serious consequences. Also for young patients who can hope for a milder course of the disease. A Covid-19 disease can cause consequential damages like nerve damage, brain infections, delirium, psychoses and strokes. Damage was also found in those who had already been cured. The study is published in the medical journal "Brain".

Business • Economy
Uber to launch commuter boat service in London
Galaxy Clipper, a Thames Clippers riverboat, on the River Thames
Galaxy Clipper, a Thames Clippers riverboat, on the River Thames Credit: Acabashi (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

A Thames Clippers London riverboat service will be rebranded Uber Boat later this summer. The deal will allow Uber users to book a Thames river journey through the app, and board using a QR code on their phone.

Uber will buy the naming rights for the fleet of riverboats and piers along the river at Canary Wharf in the east, the London Eye in the centre of town and Battersea Power Station in the west.

Jamie Heywood, Uber's regional manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, stated: "Many Londoners are looking for new ways to travel around the city, particularly when they start commuting back to work,".

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Alitalia to resume international flights from Milan
Alitalia to resume international flights from Milan
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Alitalia on Wednesday resumed international flights from Milan Malpensa airport to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London, as Italy gradually reopens its airports to foreign travellers and scraps restrictions imposed to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Also, during this month, the company will start flying to a dozen domestic destinations from Milan Malpensa.

Business • Economy
Microsoft is permanently closing almost all of its stores
Microsoft Store in Sydney
Microsoft Store in Sydney Credit: Wpcpey / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Microsoft announced its plan to permanently close all its retail stores worldwide, with staff being relocated to Microsoft's corporate facilities. Four stores in London, Sydney, New York and Redmond are to remain open but will be "reimagined".

"Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving customers beyond any physical location," so David Porter, Microsoft Corporate Vice President.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
London City Airport reopens and resumes commercial air travel
Airplane approaching London City Airport
Airplane approaching London City Airport Credit: unsplash.com/Daniel Klein

London City Airport is reopening after having stopped all private and commercial flights on March 25. The airport will focus on domestic flights first, with the first plane departing to the Isle of Man on Sunday. Flights to European cities are expected in the coming weeks.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Sir Ian Holm has died aged 88
Sir Ian Holm has died aged 88
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Sir Ian Holm has died aged 88 in London. The actor had starred in movies such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Alien and King Lear. In a statement, his agent said that Holm had suffered from Parkinson and that "he died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer".

Politics • European • United Kingdom
London Black Lives Matter protester rescues anti-protester from being "killed" as protests clash

During a clash of two protest groups at the Black Live Matters London demonstrations and anti-demonstrations a man helped a protestor of the anti-demonstration group up and carried him out of a group to prevent him from harm. The man stated that other people "created a barrier around him, and I was the last one to come in. I scooped him up into a fireman's carry and marched him out with the guys around me, protecting me and shielding me and protecting this guy from getting any further punishment".

Politics • European • United Kingdom
Far-right protestors clash with the police in London
Protesters clash with police in London
Protesters clash with police in London Credit: Sky News (Reproduction)

Far-right protestors, mostly middle-aged white men, attacked the police with bottles and occasionally scuffled violently with officers as they staged a counter-protest to anti-racism Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations in central London.

British Home Secretary Priti Patel described the violence as "thoroughly unacceptable thuggery" with London Mayor Sadiq Khan urging residents to stay away from protests this weekend amid a "high" risk of violence in the city.

Sports • Soccer
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli fined and suspended over Covid-19 post
Dele Alli
Dele Alli Credit: Tomasz Baranowski (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Football Association suspended for one match the Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli over an old Snapchat post about coronavirus that resurfaced recently.

The video posted by Alli showed him in an airport lounge wearing a face mask before focusing on a man of Asian appearance, and then finally zooming in on a bottle of antiseptic handwash.

The midfielder also received a £50,000 fine and ordered to undertake an education course.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
Statue of 18th-century slave owner Robert Milligan taken down in London
Statue of Robert Milligan with Black Lives Matter sign
Statue of Robert Milligan with Black Lives Matter sign Credit: Chris McKenna (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

A statue of 18th-century slave owner Robert Milligan has been removed from its place in London’s docklands.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, earlier announced a review of all of London's statues and street names, saying any with links to slavery "should be taken down".

Health
London's Daily Coronavirus Cases Drop to 24 per Day

London has been reporting fewer than 24 coronavirus cases per day, decreasing the "R" reproduction rate to 0.4. If this downtrend continues, models of the Public Health England suggests the virus will be "wiped out" in London by June.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Virgin Atlantic to cut over 3,000 jobs and quit Gatwick Airport operations
Virgin Atlatnic A330neo press image
Virgin Atlatnic A330neo press image Credit: Virgin Atlantic/Press Images

The British airline Virgin Atlantic plans to cut over 3,000 jobs – one third of their workforce – as the airline suffers from Covid-19 repercussions. The airline will also cease operations at Gatwick Airport and move all of its operations to London Heathrow. Shai Weiss, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic said in a statement that "now is the time for further action to reduce our costs, preserve cash and to protect as many jobs as possible. It is crucial that we return to profitability in 2021".

Sports
NFL moving international series games back to US stadiums
Wembley Stadium, London, before New Orleans Saints vs Miami Dolphins on 1 October, 2017
Wembley Stadium, London, before New Orleans Saints vs Miami Dolphins on 1 October, 2017 Credit: Ian Hughes (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NFL announced today it decided against holding previously scheduled regular season games in London and Mexico City during the 2020 season.

The NFL had planned to play five games abroad: One game at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium, two at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and two at Wembley Stadium.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
London court rules Julian Assange's U.S. extradition case to resume in September
WikiLeaks Truck on Capitol Hill
WikiLeaks Truck on Capitol Hill Credit: Wikileaks Mobile Information Collection Unit (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Court hearings in the U.S. extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will resume in September after being postponed from later this month because of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser said it would not be possible for it to recommence this month because of strict restrictions on gatherings to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Business • Economy
WeWork lays off staff via Zoom calls
WeWork lays off staff via Zoom calls
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WeWork, an office-space provider, has laid off more employees on Thursday after cutting thousands of jobs last year after the company's failed IPO. Affected departments include sales, business operations and product. The coworking company has been struggling to fill their offices with the Covid-19 lockdown and shelter-in-place-order.

London based employees were informed that WeWork would begin the 45-day consultation process required by UK law to lay off UK staff. A total number of recent lay offs has not been made public.

Health
Engineers develop develop breathing aid that delivers oxygen without ventilator

The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device has been developed together by engineers from Mercedes Formula One and the University College London as well as clinicians from the college. The approval for using it has already given by the respective authority the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the first devices have been delivered to the college and three other hospitals inside London. If the trials are successful Mercedes-AMG-HPP is prepared to produce up to 1,000 devices per day from next week on.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
Julian Assange denied bail by London court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail on Wednesday after his defense lawers argued a release from Belmarsh Prison in London would mitigate his "high risk" of catching coronavirus.

Assange's lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, told Westminster Magistrates Court Assange has prior chest and tooth infections and osteoporis, placing him at a higher risk from the virus.

However, Judge Vannessa Baraitser rejected the arguments, arguing that based on Assange's prior conduct, there are "substantial grounds" to believe that if released he would not return to face extradition hearing. "As matters stand today, this global pandemic does not, as of itself, yet provide grounds for Mr Assange’s release," she said.