A new twist in the leadership race is claims Boris Johnson has told allies he will be back in a year’s time.
Two cabinet ministers played down suggestions he could make a shock return to No 10.
It came as more than 10,000 Tory members signed a petition calling for Mr Johnson’s name to be added to the final round of the leadership contest.
Christopher Hope analyze how Mr. Johnson could chart a path to No. 10.
If he is to do that, he will certainly have to show greater levels of attention than those associated with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz today.
Secret German government documents were found strewn outside the chancellor’s private apartment after his bin bags were ravaged by foxes, including documents relating to Carrie Johnson.
Musk denies having an affair with the Google founder’s wife
Elon Musk has denied having an affair with Google founder Nicole Shanahan, taking to Twitter to set the record straight today. The Tesla boss is an old friend of Sergey Brin – who co-founded the search engine in 1998 – so much so that for years he used to crash at his home in Silicon Valley. Mr. Brin even loaned Musk $500 million to back Tesla in the early days. In return, he received one of Tesla’s first all-electric SUVs. The friendship has soured, friends say, after Mr Musk, 51, allegedly had a brief affair with Mr Brin’s wife in December. The reports are the latest chapter in a tumultuous year in the spotlight for the world’s richest person.
The 75-mile-long Saudi skyscraper may be insane
A 75-mile-long mirror-clad desert skyscraper will have its own high-speed rail, sports stadium and vertical gardens where robots harvest vegetables. Leaked architectural designs claim that the Mirror Line, an entire city of five million people built on stilts as tall as the Empire State Building, will be the world’s largest structure and will have to “bend” to the curvature of the earth. But the building, developed at the whim of Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, may not see the light of day as Mohammed bin Salman’s futuristic Neom megacity being built on the Red Sea coast is beset by problems while officials struggle to keep up with their ambitious and wild. visions Check out the plans of the Saudi desert.
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New “Holiday Hell Hotspot” | British holidaymakers should avoid France if the country does not “welcome” them, a former minister has said, as tourists face further delays. The Channel Tunnel became the new ‘hotspot of holiday hell’ on Sunday as families queued for 21 hours to catch the train to Folkestone. However, France is resisting efforts to increase daily Eurostar services in a new twist to a row between border guards and travel companies that has thrown millions of summer vacationers into chaos.
Around the world: Ukraine warns about grain exports
Ukraine has warned that grain exports may not reach pre-war levels after Russia fired missiles at its main Black Sea port. Russia said it destroyed a navy ship and Harpoon anti-ship missiles when it struck Odesa just hours after signing a deal to break the grain blockade. The agreement signed by Moscow and Kyiv on Friday was hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough that would curb rising global food prices. However James Kilner discusses why Vladimir Putin could end up being the big winner in the grain deal. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian official said the Russian-occupied southern Kherson region will be retaken in September.