LIGHTNING KILLS AT LEAST 93 AS MONSOON SWEEPS INDIA
At least 93 people have been struck by lightning and killed in India over the past two days, disaster management officials said Wednesday, as annual monsoon rains swept the country. Lightning strikes are relatively common in India during the June-October monsoon, which hit the southern coast earlier this month, but this week's toll is particularly high.
'OUT IS OUT,' EU'S JUNCKER WARNS BRITAIN
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker insisted on Wednesday that there would be no renegotiations with Britain following its membership referendum. "The British policy makers and British voters have to know that there will not be any kind of renegotiation," Juncker told reporters in Brussels. Juncker said the EU would not go further than the renegotiation deal that Prime Minister David Cameron sealed with his counterparts at a summit in February.
RONALDO THROWS MICROPHONE IN LAKE AHEAD OF EURO 2016 CRUNCH MATCH
Cristiano Ronaldo threw a reporter's microphone in a lake on Wednesday after objecting to being approached hours before Portugal's crunch Euro 2016 match against Hungary. The Real Madrid superstar was in no mood to talk when a reporter from the TV station of Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã approached him during a morning team walk at a lake in Lyon, just hours before kick-off. The Portugal captain appears to be feeling the pressure with his team needing at least a point at the Stade de Lyon to reach the last 16 in their final Group F match.
UEFA LAUNCHES DISCIPLINARY PROBES AGAINST PORTUGAL, HUNGARY, BELGIUM OVER EURO 2016 DISTURBANCES
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) began disciplinary proceedings Sunday against Portugal, Hungary and Belgium for crowd disturbances during their Euro 2016 matches a day earlier. Portugal is charged with allowing a pitch invasion, Hungary for allowing crowd disturbances and other offences, and Belgium for letting fans set off fireworks and throw objects.
BREXIT FEEDS EUROPEAN POPULISTS' AMBITIONS OF POWER
A vote in favour of Brexit could embolden surging populist parties across Europe hoping to follow in Britain's footsteps and either leave the EU or significantly cut its powers, experts warn. From the Netherlands and France to Denmark and Austria, eurosceptic voices have been growing for some time, and will take succour from a Leave vote by British voters on Thursday. The European Union's nightmare scenario is that Brexit would trigger a domino effect and could ultimately lead to the 28-nation bloc's dissolution.