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Tories turf out Tugendhat as UK contest becomes personal

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Tom Tughendhat eliminated from Conservative contest to replace Boris Johnson

Tom Tugendhat has been cut from the race to replace Boris Johnson amid an increasingly personal contest to become UK PM

Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat is no longer in the running – as four Conservative MPs continue to vie for Britain’s top political office.

Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak is emerging as the favourite among Conservative MPs as they vote to replace Boris Johnson

In the latest round of votes, Tugendhat scored just 30 party backers, the lowest of the five remaining candidates – ending his chances at a tilt at Britain’s prime ministership.

It comes as a debate scheduled to take place on Tuesday with UK broadcaster Sky News was cancelled amid reports Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss refused to attend.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss

The contest has become increasingly personal.

Conservative voices have aired their concerns that the candidates are beginning to attack each other – instead of appearing as a united party.

Broadcaster ITV’s Sunday evening debate saw former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss appear increasingly frustrated, even hostile, attacking each other’s tax promises.

Meanwhile, in Westminster, the UK government called a “confidence vote” on itself in a bid to stave off pressure from Labour and Boris Johnson’s critics.

Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer has voiced his desire to see Boris Johnson out of Downing Street immediately – concerned that Mr Johnson will continue to have all the trappings of prime ministerial power for weeks and weeks.

But the tactic is likely little more than a political manoeuvre.

Mr Johnson is likely to win the vote of confidence his party brought on him on Monday – guaranteeing he stays in the top job until September 5.

Simon is a ticker NEWS corespondent in London. Simon started his career in his hometown of Sydney as a news video producer for NineMSN, then moved to the UK with Good Morning Britain on ITV, followed by a TV reporter for a local news service in Manchester in England’s north. Simon joins ticker News after several years in the London headquarters of ITN Productions as a news producer, and as an assistant news editor for ITV News.

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall

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Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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