Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Thursday.
1. “Self-restraint” is all that holds the US and North Korea from war, according to the US general in charge of the American troops in South Korea. He says, while it is a choice, it “would be a grave mistake for anyone to believe anything to the contrary”.
2. The UK financial sector could be £43 billion stronger after Brexit with a “roadmap for change”. The roadmap, published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and lobby group TheCityUK, recommends a combination of regulatory, industrial, and governmental changes to enable post-Brexit growth.
3. The former US ambassador to Russia has laid out what US president Donald Trump needs to discuss with Russian president Vladimir Putin in their blockbuster meeting at the G-20 summit in Germany. He says Trump needs to go into the discussion with “a clear statement of US national security and economic objectives and an exploration of what issues the United States and Russia could pursue together”.
4. Meanwhile Trump’s team is prepping him for the meeting with “tweet-length sentences” to talk about. Dense notes have been summarised to reflect his preferred working style. He has previously told the news website Axios: “I don’t need, you know, 200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page.”
5. Google faces a second massive fine from the EU. This time it relates to Google’s dominance in mobile with its Android operating system.
6. At least 26 people died or were wounded in a shootout in Mexico on Wednesday. At least 14 people were reportedly killed. The incident started when state-security officials arrived in the area in response to reports of gun shots and came under fire from two armed cartel groups.
7. Microsoft employees worldwide are bracing for layoffs. The first of the layoffs are expected to begin on Thursday.
8. Twitter let US celeb Rob Kardashian, who has 7 million followers, post revenge porn for 30 minutes before it was taken down. He may not know but revenge porn is illegal in California — here’s what could happen to him.
9. One of the world’s biggest bitcoin exchanges has been hacked and 30,000 customers’ data has been compromised. Bithumb is based in South Korea, and the country’s watchdog Internet and Security Agency is investigating after some customers said they lost money in the attack.
10. Arsenal FC has broken the transfer record to sign $88 million Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. His first outing with the team could be on July 13, when Arsenal takes on Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
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