Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Next British PM to be announced on July 23

(London) – The winner of the contest to replace Theresa May as leader of Britain´s ruling Conservatives and prime minister will be announced on July 23, the ruling party said. Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favourite in the race, battling Britain´s current top diplomat, Jeremy Hunt. The two candidates were chosen from a […]

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Johnson faces Hunt in battle to be British PM

(London) – Boris Johnson will face Jeremy Hunt in a run-off to become Britain´s next prime minister after a final ballot of MPs, with the winner tasked with guiding the country through Brexit. In the fifth ballot of MPs in the governing Conservative Party, former London mayor Johnson won 160 of the 313 votes, while […]

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Donald Trump launches 2020 reelection campaign

(Florida) – President Donald Trump started his 2020 reelection campaign with a rally in Florida. US President launched the campaign in front of large number of supporters packed into a Florida arena, chanting “USA, USA!” The crowd in Orlando erupted with cheers as Trump entered. Trump accused his rivals of sowing “hatred,” and seeking to […]

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Facebook to unveil new cryptocurrency

(London) – Facebook is set to unveil a bid to bring cryptocurrency payments into the mainstream, reportedly with the endorsement of governments and financial giants. The world´s biggest social network is expected to outline details of a virtual currency launching next year that it hopes will avoid the rollercoaster volatility of “blockchain” technologies such as […]

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Lithuania temperatures hit record highs

(Vilnius) – Lithuanian temperatures have hit record June highs, meteorologists said, as a heatwave forced school closures and threatened to reduce harvests in the draught-hit Baltic region. Kaisiadorys in central Lithuania was the hottest place at 35.7 degrees Celsius (96.2 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday, the highest-ever temperature recorded for June in the country, weather forecaster […]

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Julian Assange to be extradited to US

(London) – British Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed an extradition order to send WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, UK media reported. Talking to BBC, the home secretary confirmed that he has signed and certified the papers, with the order going before the UK courts on Friday. Assange faces an 18-count indictment, issued […]

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Uber eyes drones for food delivery

(Washungton) – Uber said it plans to speed up restaurant meal delivery by using drones for its Uber Eats service, in the latest effort by the ride-hailing giant to disrupt the transport sector. At its Uber Elevate Summit, the company said it had regulatory approval to begin tests of delivering food by drone in the […]

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Britain sets deadline for carbon neutrality by 2050

(London) – The British government outlined legislation to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 in what it said would be a first for a major economy. The target will be introduced in existing climate change laws through an accelerated mechanism known as a statutory instrument, the government said. “As the first country to […]

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In historic first, G20 weighs ageing as global risk

(Fukuoka) – Ballooning healthcare costs, labour shortages and financial services for the elderly: for the first time Sunday, the world´s top policymakers are tackling economic issues relating to ageing and shrinking birthrates. G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs meeting in Japan — where a rapidly ageing population is a major domestic problem — have […]

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Canada to ban single-use plastics in 2021

(Montreal) – Canada will ban single-use plastics from 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced declaring it a “global challenge” to phase out the bottles, straws and plastic bags clogging the world´s oceans. “I am very pleased to announce that as early as 2021 Canada will ban harmful, single-use plastics from coast to coast,” Trudeau said, […]