Boris Johnson forms his government

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Boris Johnson has chosen his top team after moving into Number 10 as Britain’s new prime minister

Three of the four great offices of state (Chancellor, Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary) are held by the children of immigrants, two are held by children of refugees//CRIMSON TAZVINZWA/

  • Sajid Javid is Chancellor, Priti Patel is Home Secretary, Dominic Raab is both Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State
  • Michael Gove becomes Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, his fifth Cabinet job. Matt Hancock remains Health Secretary and Gavin Williamson is Education Secretary. Amber Rudd remains Work and Pension Secretary and Geoffrey Cox stays as Attorney General.
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg becomes Leader of the House of Commons
  • Grant Shapps is appointed Transport Secretary and Alok Sharma is International Development Secretary.
  • Ben Wallace is Defence Secretary, Steven Barclay remains Brexit Secretary, Liz Truss is promoted to International Trade Secretary, Andrea Leadsom is Business Secretary, Nicky Morgan is the new Culture Secretary. Robert Jenrick has been appointed Housing Secretary, Robert Buckland is Justice Secretary, Alun Cairns keeps his position as Welsh Secretary.
  • Jeremy Hunt has left the government after reportedly turning down the offer of Defence Secretary.
  • Twelve or more Cabinet ministers have been sacked or resigned. Penny Mordaunt, Liam Fox, Greg Clark, Damian Hinds, James Brokenshire, David Mundell, Chris Grayling and Jeremy Hunt are no longer in government. Earlier, Philip Hammond, David Lidington, David Gauke and Rory Stewart pre-emptively resigned from the Cabinet.
  • Immigration minister Caroline Nokes and Commons Leader Mel Stride have been fired. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright have also reportedly been removed.
  • Three of the four great offices of state (Chancellor, Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary) are held by the children of immigrants, two are held by children of refugees.
  • The new Cabinet will meet for the first time at 8.30 tomorrow morning (if Boris can get up on time).

Coffee House will be back tomorrow with even more analysis, and the latest on Boris Johnson’s new government//JAMES FORSYTH

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EDDIE Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ Sequel to Finally Arrive; Paramount Sets a Summer 2020 Release Date

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Paramount is feeling confident about their long-in-the-works sequel, Coming to America 2. The original 1988 comedy that saw Eddie Murphy‘s Prince Akeem head to America with his servant Semmi (Arsenio Hall) will get a second chapter next year as the studio has set an August 7, 2020 release. With that date announced, an official production start date and cast reveal shouldn’t be too awful far behind, especially since the team will want to get the cameras rolling sooner than later/BY 

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the script for the sequel, and Hustle & Flow filmmaker Craig Brewer will direct. The plot follows Akeem as he learns about a long-lost son in America, so he returns to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. That plot has some very basic similarities to the subplot of Black Panther, so one wonders if that film’s success provided the motivation and momentum needed to get another installment of Coming to America off the ground. Barris rewrote the script by the original film’s writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield and remains onboard as an executive producer.

As for the cast and crew, having recently directed a number of episodes of the TV series Empire, Brewer now shares a shorthand with Murphy, having just directed him in the upcoming film, Dolemite Is My Name. A previous statement from Murphy that was released in support of Brewer heading up the Coming to America sequel suggests that original cast members Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, and James Earl Jones may be back in action for another go-round.

 

 

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Syrian Refugees Want to Stay in Germany — The Muslim Times

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Islamic State has been conquered and the war has ended in large parts of Syria, but most Syrian refugees living in Germany want to stay. Many fear persecution if they go back while others have already established themselves in their new home. By Katrin Elger and Asia Haidar Maurizio Gambarini / DPA July 03, 2019 […]

via No Way Back: Why Most Syrian Refugees Want to Stay in Germany — The Muslim Times

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security says over 300 migrant children removed from Texas facility described as ‘appalling’

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Migrant kids sent back to ‘appalling’

300 migrant children have been removed from a border patrol facility in Texas after media reports of lawyers describing “appalling” and potentially dangerous conditions, Department of Homeland Security officials told NBC News.

Lawyers who recently visited two Texas facilities holding migrant children described seeing young children and teenagers not being able to shower for days or even weeks, inadequate food, flu outbreaks and prolonged periods of detention.

The children who were removed were being held at a border station in Clint, Texas. Some were wearing dirty clothes covered in mucus or even urine, said Elora Mukherjee, the director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. Teenage mothers wore clothing stained with breast milk. None of the children had access to soap or toothpaste, she said.

“Almost every child I spoke with had not showered or bathed since they crossed the border — some of them more than three weeks ago,” she said. “There is a stench that emanates from some of the children because they haven’t had an opportunity to put on clean clothes and to take a shower.”

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