According to official figures released on Wednesday, Britain’s economy contracted sharply in July, which was unexpected. The contraction was attributed to strikes in hospitals and schools, as well as unusually heavy rainfall that negatively impacted output. These figures have raised concerns about the country’s economic outlook.
In other news, the top House Republican has launched an investigation with the aim of impeaching President Biden. The US has also indicted five former officers in connection with the death of Tyre Nichols. Additionally, the UN has declared the US-Mexico border as the deadliest land route for migrants, with 10,000 people feared missing and a city in ruins due to flooding in Libya.
Russia has accused Ukraine of launching a missile attack in Crimea, and Russian President Putin has met with Kim Jong Un at a space rocket launch site. The US has experienced a record number of costly climate disasters, while the CDC urges the broad use of updated COVID-19 shots. A study has found that most US dog owners doubt the effectiveness of canine vaccines.
In the tech world, Apple has unveiled the iPhone 15 Pro while keeping the prices steady. China has declared that they have not banned iPhones, despite concerns. The top court has ruled that Qantas illegally fired workers, and BP CEO Looney has resigned over office relationships.
Other news includes an update on Iran one year after the death of Mahsa Amini, a documentary covering Ukrainians fleeing their home country, and the reason behind Kim Jong Un’s train travel to Russia. Wedding party attendees saved villagers during a recent earthquake in Morocco, while a historic mosque was damaged. Floodwaters have covered the streets of Maastricht in the Netherlands.
There are discussions about whether former President Trump can be blocked from running in the 2024 race due to his involvement in the January 6th incident. The US has allowed a $6 billion transfer in an Iran prisoner swap, and there is a fugitive in Pennsylvania who is considered armed and extremely dangerous. Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has become active again, and a study has revealed a racial component in the US flood program.
A US caver has been rescued in Turkey after being trapped for a week, and the son of Aung San Suu Kyi has voiced concerns about his mother’s health. Emirates Airlines plans to resume flights to Nigeria, and the world’s first liquid hydrogen-powered plane has been unveiled. Tennis player Novak Djokovic celebrates with the Serbian basketball team, and Taylor Swift’s music video “Anti-Hero” has won MTV’s Video of the Year award.
Other topics include the effort to preserve Marilyn Monroe’s home in LA, a fashion exhibit showcasing Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, and the potential of carbon capture technology in helping Britain achieve its net-zero emissions goal. Australians are also learning Indigenous ways to manage fire risk, and the creator of “Hair Love” discusses the importance of representation in animation. Lastly, a detective has retrieved a stolen Van Gogh painting that was found in an IKEA bag.