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Actor David Hedison, who appeared in two James Bond films, dies at 92
David Hedison, the US actor best known for playing Felix Leiter opposite two James Bonds, has died at the age of 92.
He first played 007's CIA ally in 1973's Live and Let Die, the late Sir Roger Moore's first Bond film.
He returned to the role 16 years later to appear alongside Timothy Dalton in 1989's Licence to Kill.
He was also turned into an insect in the 1958 film The Fly and starred in 1960s submarine TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
Seven years after Live and Let Die, he appeared with Sir Roger again in the 1980 oil rig drama North Sea Hijack. The friends were reunited once more in 2007 when Hedison delivered a speech at the unveiling of Sir Roger's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
When Hedison returned to the world of James Bond for Licence To Kill, his character survived being fed to a shark by a drug lord who also murdered his new bride.
His many other credits included The Colbys, The Love Boat, The Fall Guy and Dynasty.
Hedison was sanguine about his career, admitting that most films he had appeared in were "pictures you never want to see again".
He once remarked: "When I know they'll be on TV I have a dinner party and invite my friends over so they can't see them."
Hedison's death was announced by his daughters Alexandra and Serena, who paid tribute to his "warm and generous heart".
"Our dad brought joy and humour wherever he went and did so with great style," they said.
Several actors have played Felix Leiter in the Bond film series, beginning with Jack Lord in 1962's Dr No. Jeffrey Wright, who has played the role since 2006's Casino Royale, is set to return in 007's next big-screen outing
Theresa May: What happens when you stop being prime minister?
One day you're the prime minister, the next day, you're not.
Boris Johnson is taking over as prime minister from Theresa May after winning the Conservative leadership race.
She's been kept pretty busy over the last few years with meetings to attend, paperwork to sign and running an entire country.
On the day
Theresa May's last day will involve one final round of prime minister's questions in parliament then a meeting with royalty.
Despite announcing her plans to resign in May, she still has to officially resign by meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
If she's lucky, she will be given a personal gift by the Queen. Former PM Gordon Brown and his family got a signed photograph.
What might Theresa May do immediately after that? She could follow the lead of a few former prime ministers.
We know sleeping is an option after Gordon Brown revealed on David Tennant's podcast that "you're very tired so you sleep for a bit".
Or, being a cricket lover, she could do what former Prime Minister John Major did on the day he left office.
He said it was "time for lunch and some cricket" as he went to the Oval to watch Surrey.
And luckily for Theresa May, there is a game on - England are taking on Ireland in a Test match at Lord's.
Imagine losing your job AND your house on the same day.
"It's pretty dramatic," says Gordon Brown.
"In Britain, when you go, you not only lose the title, but you lose the house overnight and any ability to present yourself as something."
Theresa May has spent three years living in Downing Street, welcoming the biggest politicians in the world, such as Donald Trump and Jacinda Ardern.
She's also had access to Chequers - a luxury country estate where a prime minister usually goes to chill out.
These places will no longer be there for her to use and she'll have to move her things back to her home in Maidenhead.
We all see the police officers who follow the prime minister around and provide security.
But what happens after you give up the top job?
Previous prime ministers such as Tony Blair and David Cameron continue to receive security, so it's likely it will be the same with Theresa May.
But that isn't always a good thing. Former Home Secretary Lord Douglas Hurd says your security "expects to know what you're going to be doing all of the time".
And let's not forget that as prime minister, there is a big support system of secretaries, clerks and IT specialists who take care of everything when you are in the top job.
However they will be staying in Downing Street with their new boss, Boris Johnson. That means Theresa May will have to go back to doing everyday tasks such as calling people and writing letters herself.
Although if she stays on as an MP she will still have assistants to support her.
And her husband, Philip, will still probably be taking out the bins.
You might remember that the prime minister has a nice official chauffeur-driven government car to take them around the country.
As all former prime ministers are also entitled to one, you'll probably continue to see Theresa May being driven around in a large Jaguar.
But what about travelling around the world?
There's a massive RAF plane that takes the prime minister abroad to conduct important business, such as Brexit negotiations in Brussels.
Unfortunately, she won't be able to continue using it so will have to take commercial flights like the rest of us
Singapore authorities have seized 8.8 tonnes (8,800kg) of elephant ivory, its largest ever seizure to date.
Authorities estimate that the tusks, valued at $12.9m (£7.61m), have come from nearly 300 African elephants.
Some 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales valued at $35.7m were also seized. It is believed to have belonged to about 2,000 of the mammals.
The illegal cargo was found in containers after a tip-off from China's customs department.
Authorities discovered the animal parts on Sunday after they inspected a shipment from the Democratic Republic of Congo that was passing through Singapore on its way to Vietnam.
The containers were falsely declared to contain timber.
"Upon inspection, sacks containing pangolin scales and elephant ivory were found in one of the containers," the National Parks Board said in a statement.
The seized pangolin scales and elephant ivory will be destroyed.
It is not the first time such illegal goods have been found in Singapore. The country has seized a total of 37.5 tonnes of pangolin scales since April this year.
"Singapore has always been inadvertently implicated in the global ivory trade for two reasons: its global connectivity, as well as the presence of a small domestic market where pre-1990s ivory can be legally sold," Kim Stengert, chief communications officer for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Singapore, told Reuters.
Ivory is used for ornaments and in traditional medicine in Asia. Pangolin scales are also in high demand in Asia for use in traditional Chinese medicine.
The pangolin is said to be the most widely trafficked mammal in the world.
Under Singapore's Endangered Species Act, the maximum penalty for illegally importing, exporting and re-exporting wildlife is a fine of up to S$500,000 ($366,570; £295,002) and/or two years imprisonment
Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister.
He beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival's 46,656.
The former London mayor takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday.
In his victory speech, Mr Johnson promised he would "deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn".
Speaking at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London, he said: "We are going to energise the country.
"We are going to get Brexit done on 31 October and take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring with a new spirit of can do.
"We are once again going to believe in ourselves, and like some slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self doubt and negativity."
Mrs May congratulated Mr Johnson, promising him her "full support from the back benches".
Almost 160,000 Conservative members were eligible to vote and turnout was 87.4%.
Mr Johnson's share of the vote - 66.4% - was slightly lower than that garnered by David Cameron in the 2005 Tory leadership election (67.6%).
A sentence that might thrill you. A sentence that might horrify you. A sentence that 12 months ago even his most die-hard fans would have found hard to believe.
But it's not a sentence, unusually maybe for politics, that won't bother you either way.
Because whatever you think of Boris Johnson, he is a politician that is hard to ignore.
With a personality, and perhaps an ego, of a scale that few of his colleagues can match. This is the man who even as a child wanted to be "world king
Israel razes Palestinian homes 'built too near barrier'
Israel has begun demolishing a cluster of Palestinian homes it says were built illegally too close to the separation barrier in the occupied West Bank.
Security forces moved in to Sur Baher, on the edge of East Jerusalem, to tear down buildings said to house 17 people.
Residents said they had been given permits to build by the Palestinian Authority, and accused Israel of an attempt to grab West Bank land.
But Israel's Supreme Court ruled that they had violated a construction ban.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war and later effectively annexed East Jerusalem. Under international law, both areas are considered to be occupied territory, though Israel disputes this.
Some 700 Israeli police officers and 200 soldiers were involved in Monday's operation in the village of Wadi Hummus, on the edge of Sur Baher.
They moved in at about 04:00 (01:00 GMT) along with excavators, which began tearing down the 10 buildings the UN says were earmarked for demolition.
Nine of the Palestinians who have been displaced are refugees, including five children, according to the UN. Another 350 people who owned homes in buildings that were unoccupied or under construction are also affected.
One of the residents, Ismail Abadiyeh, told AFP news agency his family would be left "on the street".
Another man who owned an unfinished house said he was "losing everything".
"I had a permit to build from the Palestinian Authority. I thought I was doing the right thing," Fadi al-Wahash told Reuters news agency.
PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the Palestinians would complain to the International Criminal Court (ICC) about the "grave aggression".
"This is a continuation of the forced displacement of the people of Jerusalem from their homes and lands - a war crime and a crime against humanity," he added.
But Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Israel's Supreme Court had ruled that "the illegal construction constitutes a severe security threat".
"The court also ruled unequivocally that those who built houses in the area of the security fence, knew that building in that area was prohibited, and took the law into their own hands," he added.
UN officials warned that Israel's actions were "not compatible with its obligations under international humanitarian law".
"Among other things, the destruction of private property in occupied territory is only permissible where rendered absolutely necessary for military operations, which is not applicable. Furthermore, it results in forced evictions, and contributes to the risk of forcible transfer facing many Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem," they said.
The European Union urged Israel to immediately halt the demolitions, saying they were the continuation of a policy that undermined the prospect for lasting peace.
The demolitions in Wadi Hummus are particularly controversial because the buildings are situated in part of the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority's (PA) jurisdiction but on the Israeli side of the separation barrier.
The barrier was built in and around the West Bank in the wake of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, which began in 2000. Israel says the barrier's purpose is to prevent infiltrations from the West Bank by Palestinian attackers, but Palestinians say it is a tool to take over occupied land.
In 2004, when the barrier was under construction, residents of Wadi Hummus asked the Israeli military to change its planned route so that the village was on the Israeli side of the fence.
They wanted to maintain the geographical integrity of Sur Bahir, most of which lies within the East Jerusalem municipal area, and preserve access to an area where additional residential construction could be carried out.
The barrier route was subsequently changed, but the PA continued to have authority over civil affairs in Wadi Hummus, including planning and zoning.
Permits for the buildings in the village were reportedly issued by the PA's planning ministry about 10 years ago. But in 2012, the Israeli military ordered a halt to the construction work because they were within 250m (820ft) of the barrier.
Lawyers for the residents argued at the Supreme Court that the Israeli military had no jurisdiction over the area, but the judges said in June that the buildings would "limit [military] operational freedom near the barrier and increase tensions with the local population".
"Such construction may also shelter terrorists or illegal residents among the civilian population, and allow terrorist operatives to smuggle weapons or sneak inside Israeli territory," they added
Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar has introduced a bill affirming that Americans have the right to participate in boycotts. Although the legislation doesn’t specifically mention the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), it coincides with an anti-BDS resolution that is currently being pushed by many Democrats.
House Resolution 496 (HRes496) asserts that boycotts “have been effectively used in the United States by advocates for equal rights since the Boston Tea Party and include boycotts led by civil rights activists during the 1950s and 1960s in order to advocate for racial equality, such as the Montgomery bus boycott, and promote workers’ rights, such as the United Farm Workers-led boycott of table grapes.” It also identifies historical moments when Americans participated in boycotts to push human rights in other countries: the boycotting of Imperial Japan during the late 1930s, the boycotting of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1941, the boycotting of the 1980 summer Olympics in Moscow, and the boycotting of South Africa. The text of the bill also takes aim at legislative efforts to prohibit boycotts urging, “Congress, States, and civil rights leaders from all communities to endeavor to preserve the freedom of advocacy for all by opposing anti-boycott resolutions and legislation.”
Omar’s bill currently has two cosponsors: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Interestingly Lewis is also a cosponsor of House Resolution 246 (HRes246), the aforementioned anti-BDS bill that was scheduled for a congressional mark up this week. While Democratic supporters of HRes246 claim that resolution doesn’t impede on First Amendment protections, its critics believe that it will be used by pro-Israel lawmakers as a means to push much more aggressive anti-BDS legislation. Tlaib has blasted HRes246 as “unconstitutional.”
On the same day that Omar introduced the legislation she told the website Al-Monitor, ““We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting. And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”
Hind Awwad, a steering committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), put out a statement on behalf of the BDS campaign regarding the resolution:
Omar’s bill was also introduced on the same day that the House passed a resolution condemning President Trump for a racist Twitter tirade, in which he told Omar, Tlaib, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) to “go back” to their home countries. All of these women were born in the United States besides Omar