Pelosi Taiwan trip swamps plane tracker

US: Hundreds of thousands of people tuned in to a flight tracking website yesterday anxious to find out whether US official Nancy Pelosi was in fact going to Taiwan, in defiance of China’s angry protests. Trouble was, there were so many of them — a site record of over 708,000 — that Flightradar24 said it had to limit non-subscribers’ access in order to keep the service online. - THE MALAY MAIL


California’s wildfire Death toll climbs to four

US: Search teams have found two more bodies in an area scorched by a forest fire raging for a fifth day in northern California near the Oregon border, bringing to four the number of lives lost in the state’s biggest blaze this year, officials said yesterday. - THE MALAY MAIL


Voting for next British PM delayed after hacking alert

UK: Voting by Britain’s Conservative Party members to pick the next Prime Minister has been delayed after the GCHQ spy agency warned that cyber hackers could change people’s ballots, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday. Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss are competing in the leadership contest to succeed Boris Johnson as the next British Prime Minister. - YAHOO NEWS


Nearly 700 migrants crossed British Channel on Monday in 2022 record

UK: Almost 700 migrants and asylum seekers crossed the Channel to Britain in a single day this week, a new record for the year, the UK government said Tuesday. The Defense Ministry said 696 migrants arrived on 14 small boats on Monday, the highest daily tally in 2022 and only the second time this year it has topped 600. - ARAB NEWS


Over 140,000 residential buildings damaged in Ukraine

UKRAINE: As the US investment in Ukraine’s war effort grew to over US$8 billion (S$11 billion) on Monday (Aug 1), the devastation inside Ukraine continues to mount. Ukraine’s Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that at least 140,000 residential buildings had been destroyed or damaged since Russia launched its full-scale invasion in February, leaving more than 3.5 million people homeless. - THE STRAITS TIMES 

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