News In Focus – A Look At The World’s Most Interesting Stories


UK: Just slightly more than half of British voters chose to end the country’s 43-year-old membership in the European Union (EU) in a decisive referendum on Thursday.

The result, which was declared on Friday, shows that 52% voted to leave the EU against 48% who preferred to remain as part of the bloc. The difference accounts for about 1.2 million voters.

Prime Minister David Cameron accepted responsibility for failing to lure nationals to remain in EU, and declared his resignation outside Downing Street. He will stand down by October, he said.

It is expected that the Prime Minister’s friend-turned-opponent on the Brexit issue, former London Mayor Boris Johnson, will succeed him.

Meanwhile, the outcome of the referendum has sent political and financial shock waves across the world.

At home, Sterling plummeted by 10 percent, hitting a low set not seen since 1985, according to the New York Times.

How consequential is this vote? Here’s one expert’s answer:


Business: Apple’s smartphones iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus may be banned in China as a local court ruled that the innovative tech giant violated a Chinese manufacturer’s patent rights.

Beijing city’s intellectual property office says that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones look too similar to the 100C phone by electronics group Baili — a little-known local company in Shenzhen.

It is held that the iPhone 6 models violate an “exterior design patent” held by Shenzhen Baili, the government office said. The company was granted the patent in China in July 2014, shortly before Apple released the iPhone 6, according to the COMPUTERWORLD.

Apple has appealed the decision, allowing its phones to still be sold in China.

For more we go to the Wall Street Journal:


Sports: The All-Russia Athletics Federation Secretary General Mikhail Butov said on Thursday that Russian athletes will challenge the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision banning them from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The World Anti-Doping Agency reported last Wednesday that Russian athletes have continued to fail anti-doping tests, according to the Independent.

On the Friday that followed, IAAF upheld its ban imposed last November against Russian track and field athletes from competing in the 2016 Rio Games.

It is the first time in sporting history that a country is banned from an Olympic games because of doping offences.

IAAF’s decision was backed by the International Olympic Committee last Saturday.

Russian athletes will file lawsuits against the IAAF’s ruling with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne next week.

The Olympic Games 2016 will run from begin 5 August to 21 August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

For more we go to this CBS News report:


U.S.: In a rare move, a group of Democrats occupied the U.S. House of Representatives just before noon on Wednesday demanding a vote on gun control measures.

The vote to stop suspected terrorists from purchasing guns and to expand background checks for gun buyers, was pushed in the wake of the shooting in the Orlando LGBT nightclub where 49 people were killed.

Democrats insisted on taking votes on gun measures before Congress began its week-long recess for the July 4th holiday, reported the New York Times.

The 25-hour sit-in protest continued until Thursday afternoon.  According to the Washington Post, Republicans, who outnumbered Democrats in the Congress, shut off the cameras throughout most of the protest, but Democrats used their cellphones to capture the action and broadcast it live via Periscope and Facebook.

To learn more about the gun debate in America, we go to this interesting roundtable discussion:


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