8 Jul 2019

Monday's world news: What's making the headlines?

7:13 pm on 8 July 2019

What's making headlines around the world?

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis sallutes supporters.

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis sallutes supporters. Photo: AFP

Greek politics turns back to the centre-right

Greece's opposition conservatives have returned to power with a landslide victory in snap elections.

Voters have rejected the populist, leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who has been in power for four years to elect the centre-right New Democracy Party led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Mr Mitsotakis said he had a clear mandate for change, pledging more investments and fewer taxes.

His victory appears to have been driven by fatigue with years of European Union-enforced belt-tightening, combined with high unemployment, after the country almost crashed out of the euro zone at the height of its financial problems in 2015.

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Inquiry into leaked diplomatic criticism of US President

The British government has started an inquiry into a leak of emails from the UK ambassador in Washington which are causing diplomatic waves.

In the messages, Sir Kim Darroch said the White House was "uniquely dysfunctional" and "divided" under Donald Trump and described the Trump administration as "inept".

The British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the memos reflected Sir Kim's "personal view", not that of the UK government.

Donald Trump has responded, saying Sir Kim had "not served the UK well".


New talks scheduled in Venezuelan stalemate

Venezuela's opposition will meet with representatives of President Nicolas Maduro's government in Barbados for talks mediated by Norway.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaking during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela on March 11, 2019.

Photo: AFP

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized as Venezuela's rightful leader by more than 50 governments, has said any talks must lead to a sustained solution to the ongoing political crisis.

Dialogue between the two sides broke down in May with many in the opposition believing they are simply a stalling tactic by the Maduro government.

- Reuters

Dozens injured in Running of the Bulls

Three people have been gored during the first bull run at the annual San Fermín festival in Pamplona.

Two others were taken to hospital with head injuries and a total of 48 others were treated by the Red Cross.

Further runs will take place every morning through the northern Spanish city's narrow streets until Saturday.

Animal activists have also been lining the streets, protesting the event.


Man destined to be first black African astronaut dies in crash

A South African man who won the chance to be the first black African in space has died in a motorbike accident before turning his dream into reality.

Mandla Maseko, 30, was killed at the weekend according to a statement from his family.

In 2013, the South African Air Force member beat one million entrants to win one of 23 places at a space academy in the US.

Nicknamed "Afronaut" and "Spaceboy", Maseko described himself as a typical township boy from Pretoria.


Gamer pleads guilty after live-stream assault

A Sydney gamer who inadvertently live-streamed himself hitting his pregnant partner while playing the video game Fortnite has pleaded guilty to assault.

Luke James Munday, 26, was charged with common assault in December for hitting his partner after she asked him to stop playing the video game Fortnite so he could eat dinner with his family.

The assault was just out of frame of the webcam, but viewers could hear his partner crying and screaming that she'd been hit in the face and called the police. He will be sentenced in August.