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Boris Johnson has given key cabinet roles to leading Brexiteers after becoming the UK's new prime minister. Dominic Raab and Priti Patel return to government as foreign secretary and home secretary respectively. Sajid Javid has been named as the new chancellor as more than half of Theresa May's old cabinet, including leadership rival Jeremy...
The French city of Bordeaux has hit its highest temperature since records began, as Western Europe braces for the second heatwave to hit this summer. On Tuesday, Meteo France registered 41.2C (106.1F) in the south-western city, breaking a 2003 record of 40.7C. Forecasters predict a record-breaking run across Europe this week, including Belgium, Germany and...
Russia says it has carried out its first ever joint air patrol with China, prompting both South Korea and Japan to send jets in response. The Russian defence ministry says four bombers, supported by fighter jets, patrolled a pre-planned route over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. South Korea says its jets...
Boris Johnson will begin the process of forming his government later after he succeeds Theresa May as prime minister. The new Conservative leader will take office on Wednesday afternoon following an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. After entering Downing Street, he is expected to announce a clutch of senior cabinet posts, including chancellor of...
India has denied that PM Narendra Modi asked US President Donald Trump to mediate in the the longstanding Kashmir conflict with Pakistan. The Indian foreign ministry said "no such request" was made, adding that all issues with Pakistan were "discussed only bilaterally". Mr Trump's claim he had been asked came as he hosted...
Either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will become the new Conservative leader on Tuesday as the result of the contest to succeed Theresa May is announced. The outcome of the ballot of about 160,000 Tory members will be revealed at just before midday in London. The victor will officially become prime minister on Wednesday.
The US government is introducing a new fast-track deportation process that will bypass immigration courts. Under the new rules, any undocumented migrants who can't prove they've been in the US continuously for more than two years can be immediately deported. The policy is expected to be published on Tuesday, and then implemented across the country...
The UK government did not take its "eye off the ball" over the seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf on Friday, the chancellor told the BBC. Philip Hammond said the UK has been working closely with US and European partners in response to Iran's actions. But ex-Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith said...
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's party is set to convincingly win a snap parliamentary election, consolidating his political power. Exit polls suggest the Servant of the People party will have a majority in parliament - but will need a coalition partner to form a government. Mr Zelensky triumphed in April's presidential poll - but has been unable...
Dozens of masked men armed with batons stormed a train station in the Hong Kong district of Yuen Long on Sunday. Footage posted on social media showed the men, all in white T-shirts, violently attacking people on platforms and inside train carriages. Forty-five people were injured, with one person in a critical condition.

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