While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 14 edition

Theresa May takes office as Britain's new prime minister

Theresa May replaced David Cameron as Britain's prime minister on Wednesday, assuming responsibility for the monumental task of negotiating a complex divorce from the European Union.

Cameron stepped down after Britons rejected his entreaties and voted to leave the EU in a referendum last month, severely undermining European efforts to forge greater unity and creating economic uncertainty across the 28-nation bloc.

May, 59 assumed office after an audience with Queen Elizabeth. An official photograph showed her curtseying and shaking hands with the smiling monarch, for whom she is the 13th prime minister in a line that started with Winston Churchill.


Boris Johnson appointed Britain's foreign minister

Boris Johnson, the former London mayor and "Leave" campaign figurehead in Britain's EU referendum, was appointed foreign secretary on Wednesday in new Prime Minister Theresa May's government.

In a surprise announcement Johnson, who had been seemingly cast into the political wilderness after the June 23 referendum, was handed a task that will inevitably be dominated by handling Britain's departure from the European Union following last month's vote to leave.

Johnson had been widely expected to stand for the leadership of the governing Conservative Party after "Remain" campaign leader David Cameron announced his resignation as prime minister in the wake of the referendum.


David Cameron leaves office and 10 Downing Street, wishes Britain 'continued success'

 Outgoing British prime minister David Cameron admitted it had not been an "easy journey" as he left office after six years on Wednesday wishing his country "continued success" in its post-Brexit future.

Speaking outside the premier's Downing Street office before making the short journey to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, Cameron said: "It's not been an easy journey and, of course, we've not got every decision right but I do believe today our country is much stronger."

In his final question and answer session in the House of Commons, Cameron said he would "miss the roar of the crowd and the barbs from the opposition" that came with the job he has held since 2010.


Germany eyes EU defence union without Britain to fight terrorism, confront Russia

Germany and France want to forge closer defence cooperation in the European Union following the departure of Britain, which has "paralysed" such initiatives in the past, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

She made the remarks while presenting the first big-picture defence paper in a decade for Europe's top economy said it would work with EU and Nato allies to tackle cross-border challenges from Islamist terrorism to climate change and migrant flows.

"Germany is a globally highly connected country that - due to its economic, political and military weight, but also in view of its own vulnerability - has a responsibility to actively help shape the world order," says the so-called White Paper.


Golf: US Open champion Johnson likes his British Open chances at Troon

 Dustin Johnson, the number two player in the world, comes into the British Open at Royal Troon as one of the favourites and he tends to agree with that assessment.

Johnson won the US Open in June, racking up his first major championship, and followed that with a victory two weeks ago at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, something he accomplished by overtaking Jason Day, the 54-hole leader.

At a press conference in Troon on Wednesday, he was asked if he felt like the best player in the world right now.