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Former London mayor Boris Johnson. (Photo: AP)

1. Ex-London Mayor Boris Johnson Rules Out Bid to be Next British PM

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner who had been considered one of the favourites to replace David Cameron as British Prime Minister, said on Thursday he would not be standing for election.

2. Bank of England’s Carney Sees Need for Summer Stimulus After Brexit Shock

The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said the central bank would probably need to pump more stimulus into Britain’s economy over the summer after the shock of last week’s decision by voters to leave the European Union.

3. Turkey Defies EU Over Anti-Terrorism Laws After Istanbul Attack

Turkey defied pressure from the European Union to amend its anti-terrorism laws, saying that a suicide bomb attack at Istanbul airport this week that killed 42 people provided further vindication of its tough stance.

4. Tight Australian Election May Result in Hung Parliament

Australia is bracing for a cliffhanger election on Saturday, according to opinion polls, with conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull warning of chaos and a possible hung parliament if minor parties capture the balance of power.

5.Trump Floats Idea of Using NATO in Fight Against ISIS

Republican Donald Trump said that if elected president 8 November he would be open to drawing NATO forces into the fight against Islamic State militants in a new mission for an alliance he has called obsolete.

6. US, Russia Discuss Syria Cooperation if Assad Halts Some Strikes

The Obama administration is considering plan to coordinate air strikes on Nusra Front and Islamic State militants in Syria if Syria’s government stops bombing moderate rebels, US officials said.

7. US Downgrades Myanmar, Raises Thailand in Human Trafficking Report

The United States placed Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Sudan and Haiti on its list of worst human trafficking offenders, drawing guarded praise from some human-rights groups after criticism that last year’s State Department report is politicised.

8. Hopes for Democracy Crushed in the Chinese Rebel Village of Wukan

Hopes for democracy in the Chinese village of Wukan, where an uprising against corruption five years ago gained global notice and led to direct village-wide elections, have all but evaporated, with protest leaders either in detention, in exile, facing arrest or quitting their posts.

9. US Military Repeals Ban on Transgender Service Members

The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in US military, formally removing risk to estimated thousands of US troops who once could have been kicked out of armed forces due to gender identity.

Also Read: Pentagon Ends Ban on Transgender People Serving in the US Military

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