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Starmer names cabinet members less than 24 hours after becoming UK PM

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Keir Starmer, the newly elected prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), has named members of his cabinet hours after his Labour Party recorded a landslide victory on Friday in the polls.

With 11 women, the first Labour cabinet in 14 years has the highest number of female ministers in UK history.

Angela Rayner was named deputy prime minister, while Rachel Reeves became finance minister, making her the first female UK chancellor ever.

David Lammy, the foreign secretary, is the only black minister in Starmer’s government. He replaces the Conservatives’ David Cameron as Britain’s top diplomat.

Yvette Cooper was also appointed as interior minister in charge of the Home Office.

Other appointees include Bridget Philippson as education secretary; Ed Miliband as energy secretary; Liz Kendall as works and pension secretary; Wes Streeting as health secretary; Lisa Nandy as culture minister; and Jonathan Reynolds as business and trade secretary.

In its manifesto, Labour said its top priorities are providing economic stability, cutting NHS waiting times, stopping smuggling, setting up an energy firm, and recruiting more police and teachers.

The party has also made pledges to change the voting age to 16, nationalise passenger railways, fix an extra million potholes in England, build new prisons, push for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, build 1.5 million new homes, and cancel the controversial Rwanda migration scheme.

Starmer vowed that his administration would deliver on its promises.

This rapid formation of the government stands in stark contrast to the extended process often seen in other countries, where it can take months for a new administration to finalise its cabinet.

President Bola Tinubu named his cabinet members in August 2023, three months after he assumed office.

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Trump promises Americans ‘4 greatest years in history’ if elected president again

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Donald Trump has vowed to run “to be president for all of America” as he took to the stage at the Republican National Convention on Friday.

Trump said this in his first public speech following the failed attempt on his life.

“I stand before you this evening with a message of confidence, strength, and hope,” Trump told an ecstatic crowd in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Four months from now, we will have an incredible victory, and we will begin the four greatest years in the history of our country.”

“Together, we will launch a new era of safety, prosperity and freedom for citizens of every race, religion, colour and creed,” Trump said.

“I am running to be president for all of America, not half of America, because there is no victory in winning for half of America.”

Trump, 78, formally accepted his party’s nomination as the presidential candidate for the November 5 election, where he is set to face off against incumbent Joe Biden.

He is set to run together with vice presidential candidate, JD Vance, a senator from Ohio who is some 40 years younger than Trump.

Vance is a rising star within the Republican Party and a former fierce critic who has since wholeheartedly embraced Trump. Trump’s official nomination as the Republican presidential candidate came just two days after the failed attempt on his life.

During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, a shooter was able to climb to an elevated position with an assault rifle and fire a number of shots at Trump, wounding him in the ear while one spectator was killed.

Trump, left bleeding, struck a defiant tone as he pumped his fist while being whisked off the stage.

Wearing a white bandage on his right ear, Trump has joined the four-day party conference in person every night to standing ovations.

The shooting upended what had already been a tumultuous campaign season, dominated by Trump’s criminal trials and concerns about the candidates’ age.

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Biden tests positive for COVID-19, cancels campaign event

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The White House says President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is suffering from mild symptoms.

The US President has cancelled a campaign speech he was scheduled to have in Las Vegas.

“President Biden is vaccinated, boosted, and he is experiencing mild symptoms following a positive COVID-19 test,” a post by the White House on X reads.

“He will be returning to Delaware where he will self-isolate and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time.

“The President presented this afternoon with upper respiratory symptoms, to include rhinorhea (runny nose) and non-productive cough, with general mailaise.

“He felt okay for his first event of the day, but given that he was not feeling better, point of care testing for COVID-19 was conducted, and the results were positive for the COVID-19 virus.

“Given this, the President will be self-isolating in accordance with CDC guidance for symptomatic individuals. PCR confirmation testing will be pending.

“His symptoms remain mild, his respiratory rate is normal at 16, his temperature is normal at 97.8 and his pulse oximetry is normal at 97%. The President has received his first dose of Paxlovid. He will be self-isolating at his home in Rehoboth.”

FEARS OVER BIDEN’S FITNESS

On July 4, the White House said 81-year-old Biden would not back down in the country’s presidential election despite growing concerns about his age and fitness.

US citizens and even his fellow Democrats fear that the president’s age and mental alertness could make re-election impossible, especially after his shaky performance against Donald Trump in their presidential debate.

The US president acknowledged that age affected his fluency during the debate but insisted that he “could do the job”.

Biden also cited a cold and jet lag as reasons for his feeble performance.

The White House spokesperson has maintained that “The president is clear-eyed, and he is staying in the race.”

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Computer scientist claiming invention of Bitcoin faces criminal investigation in UK

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Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist who has long claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, is under criminal investigation in the UK for alleged perjury.

According to a Reuters report, Wright faces charges after a judge found him to have repeatedly lied and fabricated documents to support his claims.

The 54-year-old has filed lawsuits around the world, including the US and UK, asserting his role as Bitcoin’s inventor. This culminated in a recent London High Court case.

The Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) took Wright to court to prevent him from suing Bitcoin developers and to preserve the open-source nature of the world’s best-known and most popular cryptocurrency.

In March, Justice James Mellor ruled that evidence against Wright’s Satoshi claims was “overwhelming.” A May written judgment further stated that Wright had lied “extensively” and produced “large-scale” forgeries throughout the case.

On Tuesday, the judge issued a further ruling, referring Wright to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to determine “whether a prosecution should be commenced” for perjury and document forgery.

Mellor also requested the CPS consider whether a warrant for his arrest should be issued and/or whether his extradition should be sought from his current location.

The judge said Wright’s current whereabouts remain unknown. Justice Mellor noted in his ruling, “The evidence shows Dr Wright has left his previous residence in Wimbledon (London) and appears to have left the UK.

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