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At a raucous Republican Party convention Donald Trump accepted the party’s nomination for the presidential race and gave a speech in which he promised to be the ‘law and order’ candidate. His former rival for the nomination, Ted Cruz, enraged large sections of the convention audience by failing to endorse Trump, but by far the biggest furore was caused by Trump’s wife Melania’s speech, that appeared to plagiarise one given by Michelle Obama eight years ago. Michelle shrugged it off with a sterling performance on car pool karaoke...
...while Melania found herself the subject of some Twitter ribbing, thanks to #famousmelaniatrumpquotes.
- The man who launched the lorry attack in Nice that killed 84 people had the help of several accomplices, according to France’s chief anti-terrorism prosecutor. The authorities are currently interrogating five people in connection with the atrocity carried out by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.
- A German official has described the footage of the teenage suspect in the German train stabbings as a ‘classical farewell video’ of a suicide attacker and suggested the attack was inspired by ISIS.
- Police in Wiltshire are investigating after three people were seen with what was believed to be a rifle near an army barracks on Thursday evening. Earlier in the day a serviceman escaped an attempted abduction by two men outside his barracks in Norfolk.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has declared a three-month state of emergency in the country that gives the state extra powers to pass laws and pursue those suspected of being involved in the failed coup. The declaration follows the arrest, firing and suspensions of tens of thousands soldiers, educators and civil servants.
- Sports Direct is ‘run like a Victorian warehouse’, according to a damning select committee report.
- Prime Minister Theresa May has travelled to meet her counterparts in France and Germany to try to smooth the path ahead of Brexit negotiations. Earlier, she put in a strong showing at her first PMQs, with commentators – somewhat predictably - flagging up similarities to Margaret Thatcher.
- Jeremy Corbyn has launched his (second) bid for the Labour leadership, after Angela Eagle stepped aside to let Owen Smith be Corbyn’s sole challenger. Smith has faced criticism for his previous job as a PR man for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and he was questioned about whether he had ever taken the company’s product Viagra (he hasn’t, for the record).
- The sun finally shone on the British Summer Time this week, with temperatures reaching a whopping 35C in some parts of the country – roads melted and Britain was hotter than Saudi Arabia, apparently.
- On Tuesday, the hottest day of the year so far, a soldier died during a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons and Hyde Park turned into a ‘war zone’ after a water fight descended into chaos, with three people being stabbed.
- The man who killed three police officers in Baton Rouge was ‘tactical’ in his movements and targeted officers with ‘chilling, sheer brutality’, authorities have said.
- Taylor Swift could sue Kanye West after the recording of a telephone conversation between the pair in which they discussed the lyrics to West’s song Famous, was leaked.
- Michael Caine has been forced to change the name on his passport – and it’s all ISIS’s fault.
- Björk has announced that her virtual reality exhibition project will open at Somerset House in September. Björk Digital includes an ‘immersive’ VR experience and will coincide with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
- Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Goldfinch is to be adapted into a film, with Brooklyn director John Crowley taking the reins.
- The woman who received the dubious honour of receiving Vincent van Gogh’s hacked off ear has been named after nearly 130 years.
- Russia's track and field athletes have failed to overturn their ban from the upcoming Rio Olympics Games, after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was rejected. Russia's athletics federation was suspended after an independent report found evidence of systematic and widespread doping. The International Olympic Committee is also considering banning all Russian competitors from the Olympics following a second report into state-sponsored doping, which was released this week.
- Henrik Stenson became the first Scandinavian to win a Golf major after triumphing at the Open at Royal Troon.
- ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce has named manager of the England football team. He’s probably somewhere recreating this dance to celebrate…
- Pokemon Go – the critter-hunting craze shows no sign of abating, particularly with its imminent launch in Japan, the country where it was invented, and the announcement of plans for a live-action movie franchise.
- Chilli – The ominously named, Carolina Reaper, aka the fieriest chilli in the world, has gone on sale at Tesco.
- Vitamin D - The sun might have been out all week, but a new report has urged British people to take the vitamin, which help prevents bone and muscle disease, during the dark winter months.
- Mush – The mum friend-making app is launching in Australia and the USA.
- Clapping – a school in Australia has banned clapping in exchange for ‘silent cheering’ and ‘punching the air’ to protect ‘sensitive’ children.
- Game of Thrones – Fans of the HBO drama are reeling from the news that the next season will only be seven, rather than the usual 10, episodes long.
- EasyJet – In the month since Brexit, the budget airline has seen its costs increase by £40m.
- ‘I was not pounding six grand of heroin a month’: an interview with Macaulay Culkin.
- Buzzfeed has a helpful recap of the madness that’s befallen British politics since the Brexit vote.
- Brendan O’Neill on why the hounding of Ghostbusters’ actor Leslie Jones is ‘anti-PC gone mad’
- Broadly has a helpful guide to calming down after one too many coffees.