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Saturday, 25 May 2024 – 00:09

Briefing Thursday 2nd August

Former cricket star Imran Khan has won the Pakistan general election. His party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has subsequently broken the decade-old duopoly held by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to claim victory. PTI become the largest party with 115 seats in the National Assembly, however, have fallen short of the majority of 137 seats – an outcome benefiting the decade-old military reign.

UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has stated that the UK is “heading for no deal by accident” during talks in Austria on Wednesday. At the press conference in Austria, he stated: “This is not project fear, this is project reality” in reference to the latest issues the UK has been dealing with regarding the Brexit plan. Hunt believes that a no-deal Brexit would be a “huge geo-strategic mistake” as it would have an immense impact on both sides.

Former leader of the English Defence League (EDL) and freelance journalist Tommy Robinson has been released on bail after winning an appeal against a contempt of court finding. The 35-year-old admitted the charge and was jailed in May after filming outside of Leeds Crown Court during a trial. At the Court of Appeal, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett ruled the case be reheard technical flaws were present when he was originally jailed.

And in other news,

A pregnant woman was served cleaning agent at an Alberta McDonald’s rather than the latte she ordered. The 32-week pregnant woman was served the cleaning solution as a drink when the milk supply line was accidentally connected to the solution after the machine was cleaned. McDonald’s have apologised to the woman but some are suggesting that more compensation should be offered, with one Twitter user suggesting ‘a lifetime supply of nuggets’ might be appropriate.

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