Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Friday.
1. Theresa May’s “Great Repeal Bill” to transfer EU law to the UK could spell her end if it fails. The House of Lords is warning of a “massive transfer of legislative competence from Parliament to government” and opponents are threatening to defeat the bill unless May makes major concessions.
2. White House staffers are ‘pointing fingers at one another’ in the fallout surrounding Trump Jr.’s emails. The administration’s response is partly what spurred acrimony among staffers in the White House, with some bristling at what they perceived to be a mission to protect the President’s advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
3. Trump’s lawyers are struggling to control the President. While Trump is in Paris, dining with the French President at the Eiffel Tower, the Washington Post reports that when his lawyers advised Trump to avoid a particular subject, he tweeted about it, before they even got back to their office.
4. A Republican donor, who talked of working with Russian hackers to get Hillary Clinton’s emails, has taken his own life. Peter Smith, 81, killed himself days after he was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal where he claimed to be working with Russian hackers to retrieve 33,000 deleted Clinton emails and pass them to Michael Flynn, a former campaign adviser to Donald Trump.
5. Chris Froome cracked in the Pyrenees and lost the yellow jersey. The British rider surrendered his leader’s jersey to Italian Fabio Aru from Astana, just the second time Team Sky has lost it in the Tour de France.
6. The U.S. State Department wants all nations to provide more data to help it vet visa applicants for potential terrorist threats. Reuters says a cable sent to US diplomatic posts on Wednesday said countries failing to comply with the new protocols or act on them within 50 days could face travel sanctions.
7. A US Airbnb host has been fined $5,000 for canceling an Asian guest’s booking because of her her race. She is now permanently barred from the platform after she abruptly cancelled the booking for the California cabin with a text message that said, in part: “One word says it all. Asian.”
8. Chinese dissident and 2010 Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has died. The writer, professor, and political critic was jailed by the government in 2008 for writing a political manifesto calling for democracy in China and the end of the one-party system. Liu, 61, was given medical parole last month after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in May.
9. Beyoncé has shared the first picture of her newborn twins. Sir Carter and Rumi made their global debut on Instagram, aged one month.
10. The Australian government is introducing new laws to force tech companies to reveal encrypted messages. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull recently raised the issue at the G20 summit and wants Facebook and Google to reveal the contents of encrypted messages to Australia’s counter-terrorism and security organisations, saying the new laws will be similar to the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act.
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