Pilots and cabin crew will take industrial action against Ryanair next week. Pictured: Ryanair jets at London Stansted airport, July 2007. Photo credit: Paolo Margari on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Ryanair flights will be disrupted next week by two sets of strikes: Irish pilots take industrial action on Tuesday, reported the BBC and Irish Times, while cabin crew strikes are set for 25-26 July, said the AFP and El País.
Comcast to focus on Sky TV bid
The US cable firm Comcast will end its bidding war with Disney over much of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, to pursue a takeover of Sky, reported Sky News and Variety.
E-commerce firms are increasingly victims of a type of hacking attacked called “credential stuffing”, according to Quartz. This type of fraud costs online retailers $6bn, consumer banking $1.7bn and the travel industry $700m each year.
Trump on interest rates
Donald Trump said that he was “not thrilled” that the US Federal Reserve has risen interest rates, reported the BBC and Financial Times. “But at the same time I’m letting them do what they feel is best.” US presidents have traditionally not criticised decisions taken by America’s central bank.
Trump on EU Google fine
Donald Trump criticised the European Commission’s €4.3bn antitrust fine against Google, said the Financial Times and Reuters. “They truly have taken advantage of the US, but not for long!” he tweeted. Jean-Claude Juncker, the commission’s president, is due in Washington next week.
Trump on Putin
Donald Trump has invited Vladimir Putin to the White House, reported the BBC and Guardian.
Madrid cancels Catalan arrest warrents
Spain has dropped extradition requests for Carles Puigdemont and five other Catalan separatists, reported DW. Earlier, a German court ruled that Puigdemont, formerly Catalonia’s regional president, could only be extradited on charges of misuse of public funds, not for rebellion charges.
Macron aide suspended after hitting protestor
Alexandre Benalla, a top security official working for Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has been suspended for two weeks after video emerged of Benalla beating a protestor at a 1 May rally, according to DW. Some say Banalla has gotten off too easy.
Connection restored after peace deal
Africa News was on board the first flight between the Ethiopian and Eritrean capitals in 20 years. The two countries recently agreed to end hostilities that began in 1998, as explained by the Economist.
Canal in England accidently drained
A boater drained part of Kennet and Avon Canal after forgetting to close a lock correctly, reported the BBC.
What’s inside sarcophagus?
Buzzfeed on the 2,000-year-old sarcophagus that Egypt’s government has not yet opened and people are Twitter want to know what’s inside.