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Top news stories for today – July 13, 2016

Teresa May to succeed David Cameron

UK’s Leadsom drops out of the electionTheresa May, the new Conservative Party leader, will become Britain’s second female prime minister on Wednesday, entering 10 Downing Street three weeks after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron will tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II after a final round of sparring with the House of Commons, paving the way for Home Secretary Theresa May to take over by Wednesday evening.

May, 59, won the race for leadership of the Conservative Party without a vote, after her final rival, Andrea Leadsom, bowed out on Monday. She will be Britain’s second female prime minister, after Margaret Thatcher, also a Tory. Cameron, who announced his intention to resign after losing the Brexit vote in June, says he will remain a member of Parliament. BBC, New York Times



China threatens air defense zone

China threatens air defense zoneChina said Wednesday it has the right to set up an air defense zone in the hotly disputed South China Sea, a day after a landmark court ruling against Beijing’s claims in the contested waters.

Liu Zhenmin, China’s vice foreign minister, told a press conference in Beijing that China’s sovereignty over the bulk of the South China Sea wouldn’t be affected by a decision by the International Court for Arbitration, which went overwhelmingly in favor of the Philippines.

Liu said imposing an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the region, which would require aircraft flying over the waters to first notify China, would depend on the threat level China faced. “If our security is threatened, we of course have the right to set it up,” Liu said.

China set up an ADIZ over the East China Sea in 2013, prompting an outcry from Japan and the United States, but the zone has not been fully enforced. CNN



First image of Jupiter from Juno

First image of Jupiter from JunoNASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter has returned its first image after being sent into orbit last week. The picture, taken from the spacecraft’s JunoCam camera 2.7 million miles away from Jupiter, shows the planet’s famous Great Red Spot as well as three of its four largest moons — Io, Europa and Ganymede. Its second-largest moon, Callisto, is not in sight.

The Juno spacecraft entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 4 and took the image around six days later. While the first high-resolution images of the gas giant are still a few weeks away, scientists are very pleased with the first image, which means the mission is so far a success.

Juno was launched in 2011, and is the second spacecraft to orbit Jupiter after Galileo, which orbited the planet from 1995-2003. Juno’s mission is due to end in 2018, when the spacecraft will be crashed into the planet in order to prevent it causing any damage to Jupiter’s moons. CNN



China, Philippines eye talks on maritime dispute

China threatens air defense zoneAn outraged China and jubilant Philippines are eyeing formal talks after a United Nations arbitration court on Tuesday rejected the legal basis for Beijing’s claim to the disputed South China Sea.

Beijing’s foreign minister Wang Yi scoffed at the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling against the legal validity of the Chinese “nine-dash-line” claim to about 95 percent of the South China Sea, a 3.5 million-square-kilometer body of water that’s rich in fisheries, oil, natural gas and is important for shipping lanes. But he also hinted at wanting dialogue.

“Now, this farce is over, and it’s time to get back on the right track,” he said late Tuesday. “The Chinese side has noticed that the new government of the Philippines has recently made a series of statements including showing willingness to resume negotiation and dialogue with China over the South China Sea issue.”

Beijing has long said it prefers bilateral talks for the maritime dispute over the use of multi-national agencies. VOA

US Presidential election

Donald Trump expected to announce VP pick by Friday: Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is reportedly going to unveil and appear with his running mate on Friday, and he said Tuesday night that he has his list of contenders down to five people. On Tuesday evening, at a rally in Indiana with one of the potential candidates, Gov. Mike Pence (R), Trump teased the crowd: “I don’t know if he’s going to be your governor or your vice president. Who the hell knows?” Two other widely discussed candidates, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have also campaigned with Trump in recent weeks, and Gingrich parted ways with Fox News on Tuesday in anticipation of the VP announcement. Also rumored to be on Trump’s short list is retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Fox News, The Week

Trump calls for Justice Ginsburg to resign: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent comments about Donald Trump seem to have gotten under his skin, leading the presumptive Republican nominee to send a tweet out early Wednesday saying she needs to resign. “Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me,” he tweeted. “Her mind is shot — resign!” Trump was upset over a string of comments Ginsburg, known for her bluntness, has made about him, beginning last week during an interview with The New York Times. Trump called her remarks “highly inappropriate” and said she should “apologize to the court.” Ginsburg did not back down, telling CNN Trump is a “faker” who has “no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.” CNN

Trump, Clinton neck-and-neck in Swing-state polls: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are now running neck-and-neck in Florida, as well as Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac University survey that took stock of three swing states. The poll marks an 11-point difference from a month ago in the Sunshine State. Now, Trump leads Clinton 42% to 39%, within the margin of error; a month ago Clinton led 47% to 39%. With third-party candidates included, Trump’s edge extends to five points, 41% to 36%. In the two other states polled, Ohio and Pennsylvania, Clinton and Trump are in as tight a race as other pollsters have documented. They are tied at 41% each in Ohio, and Trump leads by 2 points, 43% to 41%, in Pennsylvania. CNN

Libertarian Presidential candidate wants fair shot in upcoming debates: On the eve of the Democratic and Republican conventions, there is a third political party that is hoping to get a fair shot in the debates that will take place in the weeks before the November election. “This should be about the issues, and it should be about a debate on what the other candidates are saying, that’s fair game,” said Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, a former two-term governor of New Mexico. For that to happen, the Libertarian candidate must receive 15 percent support in five national polls. VOA

Sanders Endorses Clinton for President: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton against Republican Donald Trump on Tuesday. Sanders called Clinton “far and away the best candidate” and said he intends “to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.” The 74-year-old Sanders, who campaigned against the financial clout of Wall Street chieftains and the growing income inequality in the US, cited a lengthy list of his liberal-leaning social policies that Clinton has endorsed after months of campaigning against each other. VOA

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