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Rishi Sunak becomes the UK’s youngest PM in two centuries

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Rishi Sunak is Britain’s next leader after Mordaunt removed herself from the race

It’s official, Rishi Sunak will become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Sunak was met with a round of applause when arriving at Conservative Party HQ in Westminster.

He is the third prime minister the country has seen in just three months, following Boris Johnson and Liz Truss’ resignations.

Chairman of the Committee of Conservative MPs, Sir Graham Brady, announced the victory.

Sunak has pledged his commitment to the United Kingdom.

Sunak says he is “humbled and honoured” to have the support of his fellow MPs and be elected leader.

“It is the greatest privilege of my life to be able to serve the party I love and give back to the country I owe so much to.”

A big job lies ahead for the new PM

He has the responsibility of steering a deeply divided country through an economic downturn and political unrest.

But Sunak has vowed to get Britain back on track.

“The United Kingdom is a great country but there is no doubt we face a profound economic challenge. We now need stability and unity and I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together.”

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He is the country’s first non-white PM. But more importantly, he’s already calming a lot of nerves about the economy and where this country is headed.

Confidence in his Conservative Party is low right now.

The economy is top of mind here. There’s a cost of living crisis and inflation is over 10 per cent. But Sunak might be the best positioned to tackle the financial turmoil.

He’s the former finance minister, he’s been very clear about his planned policies for taxes and growth, and just look at the markets: today’s news has rallied the British stock exchange and the pound.

Labour says that three Prime Ministers in this short time is a sign that the conservative party doesn’t have things together – they’re calling for a new general election to let the voters decide what the balance of power looks like in Parliament.

That’s unlikely to happen though. Rishi Sunak should have the keys to 10 Downing Street in the next 24 hours.

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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