Sunday, 12th July Daily Roundup
Here’s a quick summary of what has happened around the world over the last 24 hours, brought to you exclusively by British Herald.
The government will spend as much as 705 million pounds ($890 million) on enhancing border infrastructure. This is to help keep trade flowing after its exit deal with the European Union expires at the end of the year, said Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove. The funds include 470 million pounds to build port and inland infrastructure, including in the south-east of England for major freight crossings to France.
The Sunday Telegraph has reported that UK finance minister Rishi Sunak is all set to bring in tax cuts and overhaul planning laws in as many as 10 new “freeports” within a year of Britain becoming fully independent from the European Union in December.
For the first time, US President Donald Trump was spotted wearing a face mask when he visited a military medical facility outside Washington to meet wounded troops and front-line health workers. The president usually avoids wearing a mask while appearing in public.
The supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis said he was hurt by Turkey’s decision to make Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum a mosque. “My thoughts go to Istanbul. I think of Santa Sophia and I am very pained,” he said during his weekly blessing in St. Peter’s Square.
Aid agencies have warned that the UN Security Council resolution leaving only one of the two border crossings open for delivering aid to Syria from Turkey will cost lives and intensify the plight of 1.3 million people living in the rebel-held northwest part of the country.
Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens lined up to cast ballots over the weekend. According to the Chinese-ruled city’s opposition camp, this is a symbolic protest vote against strict national security laws directly imposed by Beijing.
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