Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Thursday.
1. North Korea has warned a missile strike on Guam will be “ready by mid-August”. The Hermit Kingdom plans to fire four missiles over Japan into waters off Guam. Wednesday’s statement follows similar threats made just a day earlier. But don’t worry, we’re not even close to nuclear war with the North. Even the US president isn’t flustered and found enough time to fit in a game of golf amid escalating tensions.
2. And apparently, Donald Trump’s intense “fire and fury” comment was completely off the cuff. His advisors had no idea it was coming, saying that it was “all Trump”.
3. In other defence news, a Russian military jet flew over the US Capitol and Pentagon at a low altitude on Wednesday afternoon. While the flyby was completely legal it occurred as tensions between the US and Russia continue to escalate.
4. The US has slapped new sanctions on Venezuela. Reuters reports,Washington has imposed sanctions on eight Venezuelan officials for their role in creating an all-powerful legislative body loyal to president Nicolas Maduro, while a mayor-turned-fugitive called for more anti-government protests.
5. While the president is away, chicks will play. US president Donald Trump is on vacation and in his absence a giant inflatable chicken has roosted outside the White House.
6. The EU is only offering restricted residency rights to Britons following Brexit. The proposal by the European Commission would see Britons living in the bloc only have the right to stay in the country where they are residents.
7. Britain may avoid a recession but economic growth is expected to lag the euro zone, according to a Reuters poll. It also reports that consumers will be under pressure as wage increases failing to keep up with rising prices.
8. New Airbnb rules could make holidays in Majorca and Ibiza very expensive. The left-wing government of the Balearic Islands has introduced caps on tourist bed numbers and tough rules for Airbnb amid complaints by residents that tourism is driving up rental prices. Around 5 million Britons holiday in the region annually.
9. At least five people have died amid rioting following Kenyan elections on Tuesday. Sporadic violent protests occurred after the losing opposition claimed there was “massive” ballot fraud and the IT system was hacked – claim denied by the electoral commission. Police shot dead too people in the capital, Nairobi, amid looting concerns.
10. Residents are returning to Mosul despite ISIS remaining as a threat in the region. The city, however, is in ruins with rows of collapsed buildings and their contents strewn across the upturned streets.
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