While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 15 edition

Truck attacker kills dozens in Nice

Dozens of people were killed in the French Riviera city of Nice when a truck ploughed into crowds watching a fireworks display on France’s Bastille Day national holiday, the mayor said on Twitter.

BFM TV said at least 30 were dead after the truck drove through people on the famed Promenade des Anglais on the Nice seafront. Reports said up to 100 people have been injured.

BFM said local authorities were treating the incident as an attack.


Liar, coward, joker: Europe gives Britain's Boris Johnson a hostile welcome

Branding him a liar, a coward or a joker, Europe's political class greeted Eurosceptic Boris Johnson's appointment as Britain's foreign minister with a chorus of dismay.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault eschewed the customary diplomatic niceties to ask how a man who had told lies as leader of the Leave campaign in last month's British EU referendum could be a credible interlocutor.

"I am not at all worried about Boris Johnson, but... during the campaign he lied a lot to the British people and now it is he who has his back to the wall," Ayrault told Europe 1 radio. "I need a partner with whom I can negotiate and who is clear, credible and reliable."


Zika epidemic should fizzle out within three years: Study

The outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, blamed for a surge in birth defects, has likely reached its peak in Latin America and the epidemic should be over within three years, researchers said.

The study by scientists at Imperial College London appears in the US journal Science.

"Because the virus is unable to infect the same person twice - thanks to the immune system generating antibodies to kill it - the epidemic reaches a stage where there are too few people left to infect for transmission to be sustained," said a researcher.


Cycling: Froome runs up mountain in Tour de France after motorcycle crash, keeps yellow jersey


Chris Froome kept hold of the Tour de France race leader’s yellow jersey despite a crash with a motorcycle that threatened to wreck his race hopes.

Froome initially seemed to have lost the race lead after his bicycle was broken by the crash leaving him at one point running desperately along the road waiting for a replacement bike.

But Tour organisers reinstated him in the lead at the end of the 12th stage which finished on the iconic Mont Ventoux, now with a 47sec lead over British compatriot Adam Yates.


Game Of Thrones leads Emmys field with 23 nominations

Fantasy drama Game Of Thrones led the field for television’s coveted Primetime Emmy awards for a third straight year, with nominations in 23 categories.

HBO’s fantasy epic about noble families vying for control of the Iron Throne will compete for the prestigious outstanding drama series trophy for the fifth year in a row, the Television Academy announced.

The show, which raked in a record-breaking 12 awards last year, faces competition from House Of Cards, Better Call Saul, Mr Robot, Downton Abbey, The Americans and Homeland.