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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. 







Going up

  1. 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
  2. Chilli – The ominously named, Carolina Reaper, aka the fieriest chilli in the world, has gone on sale at Tesco.
  3. 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.
  4. Mush – The mum friend-making app is launching in Australia and the USA. 

Going down

  1. Clapping – a school in Australia has banned clapping in exchange for ‘silent cheering’ and ‘punching the air’ to protect ‘sensitive’ children. 
  2. 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. 
  3. EasyJet – In the month since Brexit, the budget airline has seen its costs increase by £40m