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General election mail and stamp price hikes boost Royal Mail

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Royal Mail revenues were boosted by general election-related mail and stamp price increases, offsetting lower letter deliveries in recent months. Parent firm International Distribution Services (IDS) generated £2 billion in revenue in the three months to June, up from £1.8 billion the previous year. On Thursday, IDS also encouraged shareholders to support the bid to be bought by Czech entrepreneur Daniel Kretinsky in a multibillion-pound transaction.

Vance or Harris: Does VP assist win US election?

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Donald Trump chose Ohio Senator JD Vance as his Republican running mate in the United States presidential race on Monday, after weeks of speculation about who the real estate magnate and former President would pick. Meanwhile, Kamala Harris and Democrat Joe Biden ran on the opposing ticket. Harris is the current vice president who campaigned alongside Biden in 2020 when the California senator became the first Black woman and Asian American to compete on a major party's presidential ticket.

NOAA predicts 65% risk of radio blackouts after sun flares

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In the previous 24 hours, the sun has released more than a dozen intense streams of charged particles toward Earth, prompting radio blackout warnings. On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an advisory indicating that radios, aviation communication, and satellite operations might be interrupted by 65% this week. On Wednesday morning, the agency reported blackouts across the Pacific Ocean and other regions.

Ursula von der Leyen gets five more years as EU chief

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Ursula von der Leyen has been re-elected as President of the European Commission in a secret ballot of MEPs. She received the support of 401 Members of the European Parliament at a vote in Strasbourg on Thursday, 41 more than she required. Ms von der Leyen, representing the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), was first elected in 2019.

What does Polar Capital Technology Trust’s 10-1 share split mean for investors?

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Polar Capital Technology Trust investors, listed on the FTSE 250, will vote on proposals for a 10-1 share split. PCT stated that the decision is 'designed to assist regular savers and those who want to invest smaller amounts'. Its shares are now trading at more than £30 each. PCT, which is popular on most DIY trading platforms, will hold its next annual general meeting on September 11, and its shareholders will have the opportunity to vote on the share split.

Hezbollah threatens to fire at new Israeli targets

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Hezbollah has threatened to find new targets for its missile assaults if Israel continues to "target" people in Lebanon. Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese armed group, issued the threat during a televised address on Wednesday. His statements raise concerns that the low-level struggle between Israel and the Iran-aligned group that has been ongoing since the beginning of the war in Gaza could evolve into a full-scale war. Noting that eight non-combatants had been murdered in recent Israeli attacks on Lebanon, Nasrallah warned that more civilian deaths would result in Hezbollah firing on new Israeli communities.

Classic Eton Mess Recipe: A Traditional British Dessert with Strawberries and Cream

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Eton Mess, a beloved British dessert hailing from Eton College, embodies the essence of summer with its refreshing blend of flavors and textures. This delightful treat elegantly combines luscious strawberries, billowy whipped cream, and crisp meringue pieces into a harmonious medley that's both indulgent and light. Originating from informal gatherings at the prestigious Eton College, where it was famously served at cricket matches and outdoor festivities, Eton Mess has become a staple of British cuisine, cherished for its simplicity and deliciousness.

Amazon employees narrowly reject union in historic vote

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The GMB nearly lost its unprecedented battle for union registration at an Amazon warehouse in Coventry. 49.5% of the workers polled voted in favor, while 50.5% voted against. The union required a majority vote in favor. If the GMB had won, Amazon would have recognized a union for the first time in the United Kingdom.

Trump’s Vance pick’s’ bad news’ for Ukraine, Europe experts say

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Donald Trump's selection of JD Vance as his vice-presidential nominee has rekindled fears in Europe that he will follow a transactional "America first" foreign policy, which might result in the US pressuring Ukraine to bow to Vladimir Putin and sue for peace with Russia. "It's bad for us, but it's terrible news for [Ukraine]," stated a senior European official in Washington. "[Vance] is not our ally." Foreign diplomats and observers have frequently referred to Trump's policies as a "black box," claiming that it is hard to foresee what the unpredictable leader will do once in power.

No measure to decrease the voting age to 16 in King’s Speech

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The King's Speech does not include Labour's manifesto vow to cut the voting age from 18 to 16 in UK general elections. However, Commons leader Lucy Powell said that votes for 16 and 17-year-olds were still a promise, and she hoped they would be able to vote in the next general election. During the 2014 election campaign, the Conservative Party accused Labour of attempting to "distort the political system" to consolidate power.

Labour returns governance bill to protect football fans

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Labour will strengthen football fan safeguards, including restrictions on stadium relocation or team name changes, and commit to enforcing "fair financial flow" between the Premier League and the English Football League. The king's speech includes a return to the football governance measure, which the previous government could only pass after the election. According to Labour sources, the new draft would strengthen protections for club heritage and impose standards on responsible owners.

Biden calls for a ban on the gun used to kill Trump

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Joe Biden has reiterated his plea for Congress to prohibit assault rifles, including the one used in the failed assassination attempt on Donald Trump. During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, a gunman shot at Trump from a nearby rooftop, grazing his ear. Donald Trump was shot with an AR-15 rifle. This was the assault weapon that killed countless others, including children. It's time to outlaw them, Mr. Biden said at a Las Vegas gathering.

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