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British House of Lords rejects Single Market Act by a large majority
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Credit: Annie Mole (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The British House of Lords rejected the Single Market Act by a large majority. It voted 395 to 169 against the draft. If the law passes at a later point Boris Johnson's government could use the law to cancel parts of the exit agreement between London and the EU.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Herbert Kretzmer, Les Misérables lyricist, dies aged 95

Herbst Kretzmer, a London journalist and lyricists, has died Wednesday in his London home at the of 95. Kretzmer was known for writing the English-language musical adaptation of Les Misérables.

Lifestyle • Religion
Vatican official Cardinal Becciu resigns unexpectedly
Vatican official Cardinal Becciu resigns unexpectedly
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The second most senior official in the Vatican's Secretariat of State, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, has unexpectedly resigned from office after being involved in a controversial deal to use church funds to invest in the purchase a London building. Becciu has denied any wrongdoings.

"Holy Father accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and from the rights connected to the Cardinalate, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu," so the Holy See.

"An investment was made on a building. It was good and opportune occasion, which many people envy us for today," Becciu earlier this year.

Sports • Soccer
Gareth Bale is back to Tottenham on season-long loan
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Welsh forward Gareth Bale is back to Tottenham on a season-long loan from Real Madrid. Bale left Tottenham in 2013 to join Real Madrid.

On a video released by the Spurs, Bale said: "It's nice to be back. It's such a special club to me. It's where I made my name." said Bale.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Assange's lawyer says in court Trump offered to pardon the Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange
Julian Assange Credit: Snapperjack

Jennifer Robinson, Julian Assange's lawyer, told a court in London she observed a meeting when Dana Rohrabacher and Charles Johnson made an offer of pardon from Donald Trump.
The pardon would be given if the WikiLeaks founder provided the source for the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails.Assange's lawyer Trump offered to pardon Assange if he provided source for Democratic emails, lawyer says

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Anthropologist David Graeber, who coined the slogan "We are the 99 percent", dead at 59
David Graeber
David Graeber Credit: Internaz (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

David Graeber, an anthropologist and a leading figure of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has died Wednesday in Venice. He is known for helping to develop the Occupy Wall Street slogan, "We are the 99 percent."

Graeber was a professor at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he studied anarchism and anti-capitalist movements.

“We are very shocked and saddened to learn of David Graeber's death,” the LSE tweeted. “David was a hugely influential anthropologist, political activist and public intellectual. He will be greatly missed as a friend and colleague. His brilliant work will be read by generations to come.”

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Robert Pattinson tested positive for Covid-19
Robert Pattinson
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The Vanity Fair magazine reports Robert Pattinson tested positive for Covid-19. The production of "The Batman" had to be halted just days after the superhero drama resumed work at studios outside of London.

The studio, Warner Bros, released a statement: “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”

Back in March, with the quarantine lockdown, the production had to be shut down, resuming only a few days ago.

Sports • Soccer
Arsenal wins the Community Shield
Arsenal wins the Community Shield
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Arsenal opened the 2020/2021 season of English football by winning the Community Shield against Liverpool on penalties shootout 5:4, after a 1:1 draw in regular time. The match was played at the Wembley Stadium, in London.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the man of the game, after scoring for Arsenal and netting the winning penalty during the shootout. Aubameyang paid tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman during the celebration of his goal.

It is the second year in a row Liverpool have lost the Shield on penalties, after Manchester City's victory in 2019.

Climate & Environment
28 trillion tonnes of ice disappeared in the last 30 years, scientists find
Easton Glacier on Mount Baker in the North Cascades of Washington taken in 2003. It shows the terminus position of the glacier in 1985 as well.
Easton Glacier on Mount Baker in the North Cascades of Washington taken in 2003. It shows the terminus position of the glacier in 1985 as well. Credit: Mauri Pelto (talk · contribs) / Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Scientists from universities in Leeds, Edinburg and London have analysed satellite images of the Earth's globes, glaciers and mountains and found that around 28 trillion tonnes of ice have disappeared since 1994. The "staggering" loss is due to rising greenhouse gas emission and global heating.

"In the past researchers have studied individual areas – such as the Antarctic or Greenland – where ice is melting. But this is the first time anyone has looked at all the ice that is disappearing from the entire planet. What we have found has stunned us," so Professor Andy Shepherd, director of Leeds University’s Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.

Their research further warns that sea levels could rise by a metre by the end of the century and the melting could reduce our planet's ability to reflect solar radiation back into space.

"To put that in context, every centimetre of sea level rise means about a million people will be displaced from their low-lying homelands," so Shepherd.

Sports • Soccer
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".

Regional News • Europe • 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".

Regional News • Europe • 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.