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Conference on Cyprus off to constructive start but hard work remains, says UN facilitator.

On the opening day of the Conference on Cyprus, a senior United Nations official expressed hope that the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders as well as the guarantors - Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom - have the determination to overcome the challenges and resolve the issues before them.

- UN - INT

Ex-police commander charged in 1989 UK stadium disaster.

Charges were announced against Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield and five others in the disaster that left 96 people dead


Celebrity cosmetic surgery, secret hookups, and a baby black market, all in this week's tabloids.

Did Tom Cruise buy babies on the black market? Did Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have a secret Bahamas getaway? Has Queen Elizabeth refused to bless Prince Harry's wedding? When have the tabloids ever been wrong? It's yet another week of fact-challenged stories in the dubious tabloids and celebrity magazines. Barbra ...

- Boing Boing - US

Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, dies at 91.

Michael Bond, 91, died after a short illness at his home in Britain, reports his publisher Harper Collins. He was the creator of Peruvian immigrant Paddington Bear, beloved the world over in books, television and movies. Bond was described as "kindly, dignified and charming" by friend and fan Stephen Fry, traits to be found ...

- Boing Boing - US

Piers Morgan owned.

Piers Morgan is a British journalist, pundit and Trumpkin who blew his big break in America and now presents breakfast television when not being nasty to women on Twitter. Here he is on Good Morning Britain getting savagely owned by copresenter Susanna Reid. https://twitter.com/GMB/status/879931939507105792 And here's a ...

- Boing Boing - US

Scots economy in 'precarious' position, experts warn.

The Fraser of Allander Institute warns it will be a "close run thing" whether Scotland slips into recession or not.

- BBC - UK

Grenfell Tower inquiry to be led by retired judge.

The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in west London is to be led by retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

- RTE - IE

D-Day for Stormont power-sharing talks.

Negotiations involving Northern Ireland's political parties broke up in Belfast after 1am and are expected to resume later this morning.

- RTE - IE

AP PHOTOS: A peek at The Peak in Hong Kong.

HONG KONG " Visitors to The Peak on Hong Kong island look out over Victoria Harbor, beyond which lies the Kowloon district and the border with mainland China.The urban space below, once known as Victoria after the British queen,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Stabbed London policeman recalls charging with baton to fight terrorists.

A British Transport Police officer who fought off three extremists in London's Borough Market with only a baton thought he was going to die after ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Cabcharge sells down stake in UK fleet.

Cabcharge has sold its 49 per cent stake in UK's CityFleet Networks to its joint venture partner as part of efforts to monetise non-core assets.

- The Sydney Morning Herald - AU

Ocado trials driverless delivery van in London

Ocoado's driverless pod is designed to deliver goods but is not big enough for the weekly shop.

- BBC - UK

HIV stigma: One in three Britons would not give first aid to someone safely living with the virus

Effective treatment prevents patients from passing on the virus, but few people know that.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

One in six London workers are EU nationals

More than one in every six workers in London are EU nationals, according to new research which underlines the vulnerability of the capital to restrictions on immigration after Brexit. Some 17 per cent of the London labour force come from the EU, by far the highest proportion among the British regions, according to the ...

- City AM - UK

Insurtech set to put whopping dent into insurance sales

Insurtech is threatening to put a huge dent in insurers' sales as the race to innovate in the sector intensifies. The vast majority of insurers believe 20 per cent of their revenue is under threat from insurtech, according to a survey released today by accountancy giant PwC. Nevertheless, more than half of the 189 senior ...

- City AM - UK

Carney: Tighter policy needed if businesses look through Brexit uncertainty

Bank of England governor Mark Carney caused the pound to spike yesterday after he said a rate hike may be needed if businesses look through Brexit uncertainties and increase investment. “Some removal of monetary stimulus is likely to become necessary if the trade-off facing the Monetary Policy Committee continues to ...

- City AM - UK

Buried treasure: The British shadow economy is worth £200bn

The British shadow economy accounted for more than £200bn last year, according to new estimates of goods and services kept away from the eyes of authorities. The murky world of the legal goods and services deliberately concealed from governments was worth 11.3 per cent of the UK’s GDP in 2016, according to the ...

- City AM - UK

Northern Ireland political talks deadlocked on eve of deadline | Reuters

By Amanda Ferguson | BELFAST BELFAST Northern Irish politicians were set to negotiate through the night as they remained deadlocked on Wednesday in talks to restore the British province's power-sharing executive with hours to go until a deadline to reach agreement.Northern Ireland politics has been in crisis since the ...

- Firstpost - IN

Britain's progress on climate change is stalling, government advisers say | Reuters

By Nina Chestney | LONDON LONDON Britain's progress in tackling climate change is stalling and new strategies and policies are needed to ensure ambitious greenhouse gas emissions cuts continue, the government's climate advisers said in a report on Thursday.Britain's greenhouse gas emissions are around 42 percent lower than ...

- Firstpost - IN

Tennis star Djokovic seeks answers after decline and fall

LONDON, June 29 ― Just 12 months ago, Novak Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon with the world at his feet, but he returns to the All England Club with his career in crisis after an astonishing fall from grace. Having finally succeeded in his quest...

- The Malay Mail - MY

British women still not feeling force at Wimbledon 40 years on

LONDON, June 29 ― It was 1977: The Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen was banned, Elvis Presley died and Luke Skywalker faced down a black-clad inter-galactic megalomaniac with breathing difficulties who was later revealed to be his father. It...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Dope-tainted Devinder named in team

Dope-tainted javelin thrower Devinder Singh was included in the 95-member Indian athletics team announced on Wednesday for the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from July 5 to 9.Devinder, who along with Neeraj Chopra had qualified for the World Championships in London in August, had ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

It Turns Out Selling Ugly $50,000 Smartphones Is Actually a Bad Business Model

Despite selling $50,000 Android cellphones to rich and famous stars like Quincy Jones and Seal, the England-based company Vertu appears to be struggling with paying its bills and employees. What a shocking development.

- Gizmodo - US

Researchers Think They Can Use Twitter to Spot Riots Before Police

Researchers in the UK used machine learning algorithms to analyze 1.6 million tweets in London during the infamous 2011 riots, which resulted in widespread looting, property destruction and over 3,000 arrests. According to the researchers, analyzing Twitter data to map out where violence occurred in London boroughs…

- Gizmodo - US

Experts found fecal bacteria in Starbucks drinks and the internet is going crazy

A BBC Watchdog investigation uncovered significant traces of fecal bacteria in ice from three popular British coffee shops , Costa Coffee, Starbucks, and Caffe Nero.

- Mashable! - US

Lost dogs finally reunite with family because they smelled sausage

Miniature schnauzers Charlie and Theo were lost for four days in Cumbria, England until the smell of sizzling sausages brought them back, Caters reports. Image: Jim Davis/Caters NewsLiz and Graham Hampson were distressed when their fuzzy furbabies went missing on June 16, so they went all out to get their pups back. SEE ...

- Mashable! - US

NBC Sports’ new Premier League plan is terrible for everyone

When NBC Sports announced its new $50 Premier League Pass yesterday, it was easy for soccer fans in the US to get excited about the ability to watch without a cable subscription. However, upon close inspection, the new broadcast structure for England...

- Engadget - US

UK ex-police chiefs charged over Hillsborough disaster

Four former senior British policemen were among six people charged over the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster in England that killed 96 Liverpool football supporters.

- RTE - IE

Police 'months' from knowing final Grenfell death toll

Police in London have said it will be months before the final death toll in the Grenfell Tower fire disaster is known.

- RTE - IE

DUP criticises Govt over support for Irish Language Act

The DUP has questioned the Government's neutrality after it reiterated its commitment to an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland, a key demand of Sinn Féin in power-sharing negotiations.

- RTE - IE

Watch: London policeman tells how he fought off London Bridge attackers

A police officer has told how he fought off all three London Bridge attackers with just his baton after being blinded in one eye as they swiped at him with their knives.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

Eric Trump used a famous line of his father's at the opening of a second Turnberry golf course

The golf course is named after former King of Scotland Robert the Bruce.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

UK charges 6 over Hillsborough disaster

BRITISH prosecutors charged six people yesterday in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster where 96 soccer fans were crushed to death. Those charged include the police commander on the day, David Duckenfield, who is accused of gross negligence manslaughter. The former chief of South Yorkshire Police, Norman Bettision, is ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Six detained in EU over suspected ties with ISIS

, June 29 : Six people have been detained in Spain and two other European countries over suspected ties with the ISIS."6 people were detained over cooperation with Daesh: 4 of them in Palma de Mallorca by police, 1 in Germany and 1 in the United Kingdom," Spain's Interior Ministry wrote on its official Twitter account.The ...

- Sify - IN

Warhol's selfie sells in London for $A10m

More than 30 years after his death Andy Warhol's self portrait has sold at a London auction for more than $A10 million.

- SBS.com.au - AU

Bolt holds on to win 100 metres at final Golden Spike

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic - Usain Bolt overcame a slow start to win the 100 metres at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on Wednesday as he gears up for a final world championships in London this summer.

- SBS.com.au - AU

British PM Theresa May says 120 failed fire tests in tower blocks show wider issue

Cladding on 120 different tower blocks has failed fire tests in the wake of a blaze that killed 80 people in London, showing a widespread breach of British building regulations over previous decades, Prime Minister Theresa May said.

- Stuff - NZ

Stabbed London Bridge officer tells of fighting attackers

A British Transport Police officer who fought off three extremists in London's Borough Market with only a baton thought he was going to die after being stabbed multiple times.

- Stuff - NZ

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies aged 91

The creator of Paddington Bear, a marmalade-loving refugee from Peru who entertained generations of children with his exploits in London, died on Tuesday  aged 91.

- Stuff - NZ

RxPrism to open innovation hub in UK

City-based RxPrism, a global healthcare-focussed, digital marketing and customer engagement services and solutions provider, will open a regional innovation hub in the UK, in order to expand its footprint in the UK and EU.It was one among the 20 startups that was selected in this year's India Emerging 20 programme, which ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Celebrate America And Dogs With This Obscurely Sweet Revolutionary War Story From Pedigree

That time General George Washington didn’t let war get in the way for his respect of dog ownership. WHAT: A Pedigree commercial that tells the Revolutionary War story about that time when George Washington returned a lost British dog to its rightful owner.Read Full Story

- Fast Company - US

One Hong Kong, two sentiments after 20 years of Chinese rule

Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are...

- Deseret News - US

WATCH: Tom Parker Bowles shares tips to perfecting English tea time

The British food writer and critic shares secrets behind English culinary traditions from his new book, "The Cook Book: Fortnum & Mason," on "GMA."

- ABC News - US

As many as 38 hospitals in the U.K. covered in same dangerous cladding as Grenfell Tower

The flammable cladding has been blamed for how quickly the deadly blaze engulfed the London high rise. An audit shows the material also covers dozens of hospitals; nine are considered high risk

- National Post - CA

Camber Sands: 'Increase in non-British visitors' to deaths beach

Coastal officer Robert Cass tells a coroner he feared another tragedy could happen at Camber Sands.

- BBC - UK

Here's where Murray and Konta are seeded for Wimbledon

Defending champion Sir Andy Murray and women’s world No1 Angelique Kerber have been confirmed as top seeds for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday. Murray heads the men’s seeds despite being installed by bookmakers as the second favourite behind Roger Federer following a spell of erratic form and injury concerns. ...

- City AM - UK

Chris Tremlett: We need to learn day/night cricket, just like T20

Innovations need to be made to spice up the longer version of the game and capture the public’s imagination, that’s why I am in favour of day/night Test matches being introduced into the cricket calendar. England are scheduled to play three such games over the next 12 months, including an Ashes showdown in ...

- City AM - UK

Matt Stevens interview: Lions are too good to be whitewashed

Former British and Irish Lions prop Matt Stevens believes the modern-day vintage possesses too much talent to endure the same ignominy as the 2005 crop – a series whitewash in New Zealand. Stevens was a member of the squad hammered 3-0 by the All Blacks 12 years ago in a tour remembered for disharmony, discord and the ...

- City AM - UK

Kyrgios, Gavrilova 20th seeds at Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios joins fellow Australian Daria Gavrilova among the seeds for Wimbledon but he will have to do it the hard way if he is to progress to the second week at the All England Club.

- ABC News - AU

British mini-mart in Christchurch takes on food giant Sanitarium over Weetabix

A Christchurch mini-mart owner is going head-to-head with food giant Sanitarium over its staunch stance against rivals selling similarly-named foods.

- Stuff - NZ