While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 10

Jeremy Hunt named Britain's new foreign minister to replace Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Jeremy Hunt as foreign minister on Monday (July 9) after predecessor Boris Johnson resigned in protest at the government’s plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union. 

The appointment of Hunt, the long-serving health minister, sees a close May ally replace the maverick Johnson, and could alter the Brexit balance of May’s top ministerial team. 

While Johnson was one of the most high-profile Brexit campaigners, Hunt backed “Remain” during the 2016 referendum campaign.  However, Hunt told LBC Radio in October 2017 he had changed his mind on the issue, in part due to what he said was disappointing “arrogance” in the EU’s behaviour during negotiations. 


US will reunite only half of migrant children by Tuesday deadline

The US government can only reunite for now about half the immigrant children under age five who were separated from their parents at the US border, missing a court-ordered deadline of Tuesday (July 10), a government attorney told a judge on Monday (July 9).

US Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego last month ordered the government to reunite the approximately 100 children under the age of five by Tuesday, and the remaining 2,000 older children by July 26.

Sarah Fabian, an attorney with the US Department of Justice, said 54 children younger than five would be reunited with parents by the end of Tuesday, and the number could increase depending on background checks.


Britain accuses Russia after first Novichok death

Britain's defence minister said Monday (July 9) that the death of a homeless British woman from exposure to the nerve agent Novichok was down to Russia.

Dawn Sturgess, a 44-year-old mother of three, died on Sunday (July 8) from contact with the same military-grade toxin that nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter in an attack that Britain blamed on Moscow.

Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, 45, fell ill last weekend in the town of Amesbury, near Salisbury, the city where former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with Novichok in March. They have since recovered.


California couple rescue wedding rings from wildfire's ashes

Firefighters on Monday (July 9) were gaining ground on California wildfires that destroyed dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents, but at least one couple had a bit of good news amid the devastation.

Ishu and Laura Rao returned on Sunday to the ashes of their incinerated Santa Barbara County home and found Laura's wedding and engagement rings, which they had left behind when they fled the blaze. The rings were damaged by the heat but still recognisable, said Mike Eliason, a spokesman with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

"Wouldn't have believed it, but they found them," Eliason said.


England thrive in World Cup 'bubble' ahead of Croatia semi-final

As excitement builds in England in the run-up to the country's first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, midfielder Dele Alli insists Gareth Southgate's team are keeping a cool head in their tournament "bubble".

England's matches so far in Russia have attracted huge television audiences at home and wild celebrations, with affable coach Gareth Southgate and his vibrant young squad capturing the hearts of a nation.

In sharp contrast to the feverish atmosphere, Alli and his teammates are in relaxed mood in the sleepy seaside resort of Repino, 45 kilometres northwest of Saint Petersburg.