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1.Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his resignation as leader of the Conservative Party after a wave of government resignations. ‘It is now clearly the will of the Conservative parliamentary party that there is a new leader of this party and therefore a new prime minister,’ he said today. As late as Wednesday night, Johnson said he intended to stay and fight. But the flurry of resignations from government ministers has continued until today, with letter after letter criticizing the scandal-hit leader and pleading with Johnson to step down. Johnson’s departure marks a remarkable downfall for a prime minister who was once seen as having political superpowers, with an appeal that transcended traditional party lines. He won a landslide victory in December 2019 on a promise to strike a Brexit deal and lead the UK to a bright future outside the European Union. But his post as prime minister collapsed in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

2. Parry shot

The shooter in Monday’s massacre at a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois, admitted carrying out the attack, killing seven people and injuring dozens more, prosecutors told the court on Wednesday. court. Authorities said the shooter was “seriously considering” a second shooting in Madison, Wisconsin, where he traveled after fleeing the parade shooting. Officials said the shooter wore women’s clothing to conceal his identity and used makeup to cover up his tattoos, investigators say. Separately, a tip from a “citizen hero” foiled a potential mass shooting planned for a July 4 celebration in Richmond, Va., police say. The tipster overheard a conversation that a mass shooting was about to occur in an amphitheater and reported this to police on July 1.

3.Ukraine

Russian forces are closing in on eastern Ukrainian territories and are likely to mount an offensive on the key city of Sloviansk, a regional military official said, urging civilians to evacuate. Thousands of people still in the eastern city of Severodonetsk will soon face “appalling conditions” without water, gas or electricity, according to a local military official. Separately, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Western artillery his country has received has “started to work very powerfully.” In his nightly address on Wednesday, Zelensky confirmed that his army was capable of hitting “depots and other places important for the logistics of the occupiers”, and that the efforts were “significantly reducing” the offensive potential of the Russian army.

4. Monkeypox

As cases of monkeypox continue to rise around the world, the World Health Organization is once again considering declaring the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. In late June, the WHO Emergency Committee determined that the outbreak did not meet the criteria for such a declaration. But as the virus continues to spread, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wants the committee to take up the matter again, based on the latest data on the evolution of the outbreak. Worldwide, more than 6,000 cases have been recorded in 58 countries, Tedros said. Monkeypox is a viral illness similar to smallpox that is most commonly spread from person to person through direct contact with infectious body fluids.

5. US debt

Rising prices in the United States are pushing some cash-strapped shoppers to seek alternative payment methods for everyday purchases, such as gas station refills or grocery shopping. Increasingly, many people are turning to Buy Now, Pay Later installment plans, which have become popular among shoppers looking to spread the cost of large purchases. This trend has become a concern for economists and consumer advocates, who say the rise in the use of these services, coupled with a lack of transparency and weak regulatory oversight, leaves them wondering how much Americans are actually going into debt. Experts say these transactions are common among younger consumers — primarily Gen Z and Millennials — and are estimated to cost at least $100 billion a year. The surge in these services comes just months after a key inflation index showed prices in the United States hit a new 40-year high.

BROWSE

A woman’s chipmunk rescue goes awry

A woman screaming at a chipmunk has the internet cracking up. Watch the funny moment here.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly had twins with an executive at one of his other companies, Neuralink

That’s nine children for the richest man in the world.

Plane ‘flew 14 hours’ with a hole in its sidee

Those on board saw a massive puncture in the side of the Airbus A380 as they exited the plane. Terrible a lot?

Penguins in a Japanese aquarium are fed cheaper fish – and they’re not happy

Well, we’d be upset too… Check out these photos of picky eaters refusing their new, cheaper meal option.

Kim Kardashian walks the Balenciaga show

The Balenciaga show in Paris was star-studded with a star-studded cast including Nicole Kidman, Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid and Naomi Campbell.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

12 years

That’s how long ‘Cheer’ star Jeremiah ‘Jerry’ Harris was sentenced to federal prison in connection with a child pornography case, according to Assistant US Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick. Harris was one of many students whose stories were spotlighted in the popular Netflix reality series “Cheer,” which follows the Navarro College cheer squad in Corsicana, Texas. Harris, 22, pleaded guilty in February to one count of receiving child pornography and sexual acts with a minor.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It was anarchy. It was chaos. It was a clown show.”

-Mick Mulvaney, former chief of staff to ex-President Donald Trump, describing Trump’s final days in the White House. In an interview with CNN, Mulvaney also shared his reaction to Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony before the Jan. 6 committee, saying he was “really scared” of the West Wing’s strategy at the time, or lack thereof.

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AND FINALLY

Satisfactory woodworking

This fascinating woodworking video will keep your eyes glued to the screen for about a minute. Enjoy! (Click here to see)