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Dallas, Brexit and Mission Jupiter – This Is World News In Focus

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U.S.: Five police officers were killed and several others were shot by at least one sniper at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on Thursday night.

The demonstration was one among many rallies held in various American cities in protest against the police killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge on Tuesday and Philando Castile in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Following the Dallas shootings, a suspected gunman took his own life after a standoff with authorities. Several other people were being questioned in connection with the attacks.

After the tragedy,  it was initially believed that  more than one sniper shot at the officers and that the attack was orchestrated  “to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could,” according to a local Dallas police chief.

With many questions to be answered, we go to ABC News for the latest:

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UK: Brexit’s seismic waves continued to roll over British politics.

Less than two weeks after Prime Minister David Cameron declared his intention to step down, his expected successor, Boris Johnson, withdrew from the quest for Tory leadership.

Johnson announced his decision after the other leader figure of the Vote Leave campaign, the justice secretary Michael Gove criticized the ex-London Mayor as being unfit to lead the country.

Gove then declared that he would rival against Home Secretary Theresa May, Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb, former Defense Secretary Liam Fox, and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom in the bid for the premiership.

But after the first round of voting (which was held on July 5), Liam Fox was voted out of the race and Stephen Crabb quit.  Gove did not survive the second round of voting.

The two remaining candidates will now be elected by registered party members with the final result being announced on September 9. Either one will become the first woman Prime Minister of UK since Margaret Thatcher resigned in 1990.

For a brief look at the candidates, we go to the following Associated Press video:

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Science:  Juno, a spacecraft of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), orbited Jupiter on Monday after having flown some 2.8 billion kilometers in five years.

The spacecraft will orbit the solar system’s largest planet 37 times over the next 20 months.

It will collect data and images that will allow scientists to answer questions such as how much water Jupiter may hold, whether the planet has a rocky core, and what’s the nature of the spectacular Great Red Spot — the characteristic storm system of the gas giant.

NASA hopes that the $1.1 billion mission will also offer clues to the origins of the solar system and the formation of the planets and moons.

For more on the mission, we go to this NASA-produced piece:

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Finance: In other Brexit new, the Sterling continued its slide.

In early Asian trading on Wednesday, the pound hit a 31-year low against the dollar at $1.2798.

Meanwhile, a number of UK property funds and insurance giants including Standard Life, Aviva and M&G have halted redemptions, sparking fears of an imminent real estate market crash.

Investors turned to gold and government bonds for haven.  Gold climbed 1.1 per cent to US$1,371.40 an ounce on Wednesday morning.

Bond yields have also fallen over the past week in Japan, France, Germany and the Netherlands, according to the Telegraph.

The Bank of England is releasing as much as £150 billion (US$194 billion) in possible loans, and will decide whether to cut interest rates next week.

The Financial Times talks about the fallout with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

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