William Hague has stepped down as foreign secretary after announcing he will not be standing as an MP in the 2015 election. He will become Leader of the House until then. David Cameron will name his reshuffled cabinet today after a shocking cull of “male, pale and stale” ministers, including Damian Green.
ISRAEL RESUMES AIR STRIKES ON GAZA
Israel has resumed its air strikes on Gaza after plans for a ceasefire collapsed. A deal brokered by Egypt fell through when it was rejected as a "surrender" by Hamas, and further rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza. Palestinian officials say almost 200 people have been killed since the bombardment of Gaza began eight days ago.
WELBY WELCOMES WOMEN BISHOPS VOTE
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has spoken of his “delight” after the Church of England voted to ordain women bishops for the first time. He said he was “hugely excited” but acknowledge that there would be some traditionalists who were “going to be struggling” to accept the change.
REGULATOR IMPOSES PAYDAY LOAN CAP
“Many” payday lending companies will be forced out of business after the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) confirmed it will impose a cap on loans, an industry body has warned. The overall cost of a loan is to be limited to 100% of the total amount borrowed. I.e. a £100 loan would cost no more than £200.
UKRAINIAN PLANE ‘SHOT FROM RUSSIA’
Ukraine’s defence ministry has said that one of its transport planes was “probably” shot down from within Russia, claiming it was flying too high to have been hit by any weaponry pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine could muster. All eight people on board the aircraft managed to bail out safely as it came down.
HEROES' WELCOME FOR GERMAN FOOTBALLERS
Germany's World Cup-winning football team were given a heroes' welcome as they returned home from Brazil with the trophy today. Huge crowds lined the bus route from the airport to central Berlin where the squad took to a stage near the Brandenburg Gate and performed an impromptu dance in front of hundreds of thousands of fans.
MEPS ELECT JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER
Jean-Claude Juncker will be the next President of the European Commission after winning a vote in the European Parliament. There was opposition to the appointment from Britain but he won the secret ballot. Despite being in favour of integration, Juncker says he is prepares to discuss handing some powers back to member states.
ARTIST ARRESTED FOR VAGINA ‘SELFIE’
Japanese artists Rokudenashiko, real name Megumi Igarashi, has been arrested on obscenity charges for emailing supporters data to make 3D printer casts of her vagina which they were supposed to use to create a vagina-shaped kayak. Rokudenashiko has already constructed one of the “pussy boats” herself.
AFGHANISTAN BLAST KILLS 89
The Taliban have denied responsibility for a suicide attack on a market in Afghanistan that killed at least 89 people and left dozens injured. The massive blast took place at a busy market in Paktika province the east of the country. Eyewitnesses say the attacker drove a 4x4 into the market before detonating the explosives.
HOT TICKET: INTIMATE APPAREL IN LONDON
Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel has transferred to the Park Theatre, London, from Bath. A lonely black seamstress makes lingerie for wealthy clients while dreaming of marriage and opening her own beauty salon. "A serious delight," says The Independent. Runs until 27 July.