While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 8 edition

UK Conservatives to choose either May or Leadsom to succeed PM Cameron

British lawmakers Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom will go through to a vote of Conservative Party members to decide who succeeds Prime Minister David Cameron, the party said on Thursday.

Interior minister May topped the second round of voting by lawmakers, winning the support of 199 of her colleagues, while junior energy minister Leadsom came second on 84.

Brexit campaigner and justice minister Michael Gove was eliminated from the race after coming third with 46 votes.


Three explosions in Taipei train car; 24 injured

At least 24 people were injured in an explosion last night in a commuter train carriage in Taipei’s Songshan Railway Station, in what is believed to be the worst train blast in Taipei.

The train was travelling from Taipei to Keelung in northern Taiwan, some three hours away.

Witnesses said they heard three blasts inside the carriage before it burst into flames. They said they saw a man who walked in and left a bag in the cabin moments before the explosion.


Journalists acquitted in 'Vatileaks' trial

Two investigative journalists at the heart of a controversial leaks trial at the Vatican were acquitted on Thursday after judges ruled they did not have the authority to examine their cases.

Italians Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, who had published books based on the documents at the heart of the trial, were not considered to have committed a crime on Vatican territory and therefore were outside the judges' territorial authority.

Spanish prelate Lucio Vallejo Balda, who had admitted to leaking secret papers, was handed a 18-month prison sentence while his assistant, who prosecutors admitted had had little to do with the scandal, was acquitted.


North Korea warns of tough response over US blacklisting of leader

North Korea warned on Thursday it was planning its toughest response to what it deemed a "declaration of war" by the United States after Washington blacklisted the nuclear-armed country's leader Kim Jong Un for the first time over human rights abuses.

Pyongyang described the sanctioning of Kim as a "hideous crime", according to North Korea's official KCNA news agency.

The United States imposed its first sanctions targeting any North Koreans for rights abuses on Wednesday, blacklisting Kim along with 10 other people and five government ministries and departments. The move affects assets within US jurisdiction.


Football: Griezmann double puts France into Euro final

Antoine Griezmann scored twice on Thursday as France beat world champions Germany 2-0 to seal a place in the Euro 2016 final against Portugal.

Having converted a controversial first-half penalty for Bastian Schweinsteiger's handball, Griezmann put the result beyond doubt with a sweetly struck second half shot.

"We suffered but we knocked them out," said French coach Didier Deschamps after the game in which Germany dominated possession.