Corporate News: Two engineering projects completed this week by Express Trailers, continue to confirm the company’s resourcefulness and versatility. These past months have in fact been particularly busy for the team of around 25 employees who work in Express Trailers’ engineering and servicing section whose work culminated last weekend with the completion of a side-loader and a container stacker.… Be Informed
The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) has mobilised €335 billion in additional investment across the EU since July 2015. The Juncker Plan has made a clear impact on the EU economy and revolutionised the way innovation is financed in Europe.… Be Informed
The Guardian: Cliff Richard has won his privacy case against the BBC and will be awarded an initial payment of £210,000 in damages, over the broadcaster’s report that the singer was being investigated about historical child sexual assault claims.
In a decision that the BBC warned represented a serious blow to press freedom, Mr Justice Mann awarded Richard £190,000 damages.… Be Informed
ANSA : Alitalia will return to be being Italy’s national flag-carrying airline, Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said Wednesday.
Speaking on Italian radio, Toninelli said “the Italian nature of the airline is a fundamental points in its future”.
He said “we’ll once again make it become a flag carrier with 51% of the share capital in Italian hands and with a partner that will make it fly”.… Be Informed
The Telegraph: Boris Johnson has said that it is “not too late to save Brexit” as he savaged the Prime Minister’s Chequers plan as a “miserable, permanent limbo”.
The former Foreign Secretary said that the Government has spent the past 18 months in “a fog of self-doubt” having “dithered” and “burned through negotiating capital”.… Be Informed
ANSA / TGCOM: A Tunisian gas-company ship that rescued 40 migrants has been blocked off the Tunisian coast for several days, Infomigrants said Wednesday.
It said Tunisia, Italy and Malta have refused it permission to dock and offload the people on board.… Be Informed
Reuters: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet on Wednesday ahead of a challenging 2019 election, stressing the need to diversify trade away from the United States while leaving key ministers in place.
Polls show the ruling Liberals are facing an increasing threat from the official opposition Conservatives and Trudeau made 11 changes to freshen up his front bench.… Be Informed
NPR: Ethiopia’s “bird of peace” has landed.
After two decades of bloody conflict, Ethiopia and Eritrea have been repairing their relationship with remarkable speed following a peace deal reached last week. On Wednesday, a new milestone was marked — the first commercial flight between the neighboring countries in 20 years.… Be Informed
Thompson Reuters Foundation: Migrants in Libya face the greatest danger in years of being trafficked, exploited or enslaved by armed groups and criminal gangs – which are becoming stronger – as Europe clamps down on migration, the United Nations and analysts said on Tuesday.… Be Informed
ANSA: The Spanish NGO Open Arms migrant rescue ship which on Tuesday said it had rescued a woman and recovered the bodies of another woman and her child off Libya on Wednesday set off for Spain after Interior Minister Matteo Salvini accused it of lying.… Be Informed
BBC reports that twelve boys and their football coach who were rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand have left hospital in preparation for returning home.
They had been in the Chiang Rai clinic since last week, when they were pulled from the Tham Luang cave complex in a three-day operation.… Be Informed
On Madiba’s 100th birthday, we now stand at a crossroads – a moment in time at which two very different visions of humanity’s future compete for the hearts and the minds of citizens around the world.
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Embracing our common humanity does not mean that we have to abandon our unique ethnic and national and religious identities.
On July 18, 1936, the Spanish Civil War begins as a revolt by right-wing Spanish military officers in Spanish Morocco and spreads to mainland Spain. From the Canary Islands, General Francisco Franco broadcasts a message calling for all army officers to join the uprising and overthrow Spain’s leftist Republican government.… Be Informed
Euronews: More than half of Americans disapprove of the way U.S. President Donald Trump is handling relations with Russia, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after his controversial summit and joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
However, Trump’s performance at the Helsinki summit, where Trump refused to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 U.S.… Be Informed
The Independent (UK): “The president of the European Commission is to travel to Washington for meetings with Donald Trump as relations between the EU and US hit their lowest point in recent memory.
Jean-Claude Juncker will meet Mr Trump on 25 July at the White House, where the pair of leaders are expected to discuss security and economic matters.… Be Informed
ANSA reports that the Italian police on Tuesday made 31 arrest as they hit the Casamonica Roman crime family. Six people are missing and presumed to be on the run, police said.
The arrests were made in the Italian capital and in the provinces of Reggio Calabria and Cosenza in Calabria, police said.… Be Informed
EU and Japanese leaders signed two landmark agreements to increase their cooperation at the 25th EU-Japan summit:
1) The EU-Japan free trade agreement will remove 99% of tariffs paid by EU companies exporting to Japan. It sends a clear message that the EU and Japan stand together against protectionism.… Be Informed
Allison Pearson columnist and the chief interviewer of the Daily Telegraph writes that “Theresa May is a ghost prime minister and her Chequers deal is in the mortuary. It is no longer a question of whether she will lose her job, but when.”
“Last week, I got an unprecedented response after I wrote about Mrs May’s personal unsuitability for leading our nation through a historic negotiation.… Be Informed
Matteo Salvini denounces photos of people stranded at sea by Libya as fake after being accused that this is a result of his action.
Donald Trump blames his ‘phonetics’ and ‘grammar’ for being understood correct on something he didn’t actually want to say.… Be Informed