Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 2 Aug 2020


Tory MP in custody after woman accuses him of rape

A former Conservative minister has been arrested after a woman accused him of rape, sexual assault and coercive control. The Metropolitan police say they have launched an investigation into four alleged incidents between July 2019 and January 2020. A statement said “a man in his 50s” was taken into custody early yesterday. The Conservative party said: “We take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously.”

Media will be barred from Trump’s re-nomination ceremony

The media will be banned from the Republican national convention where Donald Trump will be re-nominated as presidential candidate later this month. “Given the health restrictions and limitations in place within the state of North Carolina, we are planning for the Charlotte activities to be closed [to] press,” a convention spokeswoman said. The Observer says nominating conventions are “traditionally meant to be media bonanzas”.

Judge asks minister to address SAS ‘execution’ claim

A judge has ordered the Defence Secretary to explain why evidence that a rogue SAS unit “executed” Afghan civilians was withheld from a High Court case. The Sunday Times reports that the special forces regiment is accused of hushing up major war crimes, amid concern about the killings of 22 people in a series of night raids.

TikTok surge as app faces threats from Donald Trump

TikTok is fighting to keep operating in the US after Donald Trump threatened to ban it. “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” said the US president. There …read more

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