Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Mercury tops 45C in France

(France) – Temperatures in France surpassed 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) Friday for the first time on record as Europe sweltered in an early summer heatwave that has caused several deaths. With France, Spain, Italy and parts of central Europe hard hit by the record-breaking temperatures, officials pleaded with people to take precautions. France´s […]

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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 […]