AM briefing: 77,000 names struck off Brexit petition

Turkish police officers fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators who gathered for a gay pride rally despite a government ban in Istanbul. Photo / AP
Turkish police officers fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators who gathered for a gay pride rally despite a government ban in Istanbul. Photo / AP

1 Fraudulent names on petition
Nearly 80,000 names have been struck off a petition calling for a second EU referendum after they were found to be fraudulent. The online petition has been signed more than three million times. The House of Commons Petition Committee said it had removed about 77,000 signatures which were added "fraudulently" and it would monitor for suspicious activity. The committee will meet to discuss whether MPs will debate a possible second public ballot.

2 Stabbings at rally
Six people have been stabbed outside the California state Capitol building in Sacramento. A rally by KKK and other right-wing extremists groups turned violent when they were met by counter-protesters. A large fight broke out after people carrying sticks rushed into the area where the rally was being held. California Highway Patrol officers managed to break up the large fight but some members of both groups remain in the area.

3 Ship tries out upgraded Canal
A giant Chinese-chartered freighter nudged its way into the expanded Panama Canal to mark the completion of nearly a decade of work forecast to boost global trade. Thousands of people cheered and waved flags as they watched the vessel, especially renamed COSCO Shipping Panama, inaugurate the widening of the century-old waterway, which has been fitted with a new shipping lane and locks.

4 People's Party wins in Spain
Support for Spain's two traditionally dominant conservative and socialist parties has increased, preliminary data with more than 50 per cent of the general election votes counted shows, contradicting several exit polls. The People's Party (PP) of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would obtain 133 seats, up from 123 in a previous parliamentary election in December, while the socialist party (PSOE) would garner 93 seats, up from 90.

5 Tear gas used on gay pride protesters
Police in Istanbul used tear gas and detained activists who gathered to issue a statement to mark gay pride week after authorities banned their rally in the city, citing security concerns. At least 19 activists were rounded up, organisers said. Turkish police later used tear gas and rubber pellets to chase activists from side streets. Two German Green politicians - Volker Beck and Terry Reintke - were detained briefly

6 Shark bites boy
Authorities say an 11-year-old boy was bitten by a shark as he surfed off the coast of North Carolina. Multiple media outlets report the boy was taken to a local hospital after he was bitten near Fort Macon state Park in Atlantic Beach. Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder told WCTI that the boy suffered "deep wounds" to his left foot.

7 Fire 10 per cent contained
Firefighters have begun to contain a bushfire in central California that has killed at least two people and destroyed 200 structures, fire officials say, as six other blazes raged in the state in an already intense fire season. The intense conflagration known as Erskine, 180km north of Los Angeles, has melted steel, exploded structures and reduced homes to ash but is now 10 per cent contained.

A tugboat leads to the Neopanamax cargo ship, Cosco Shipping Panama, as it approaches the new Agua Clara locks, near the port city of Colon, Panama. Photo / AP
A tugboat leads to the Neopanamax cargo ship, Cosco Shipping Panama, as it approaches the new Agua Clara locks, near the port city of Colon, Panama. Photo / AP

8 Goat beauties on parade
The Lithuanian village of Ramygala has held its annual beauty pageant, with the top prize going to a 16-month-old female goat called Demyte, or "Little Spot". Around 500 people braved the summer heat to attend the parade in honour of the goat, a traditional symbol of the northern village. Six goats decorated with flowers were paraded on a red carpet before a jury comprising the local MP, the head of the local school and a cucumber farmer.

9 Thousands rescued in one day
A total of 3324 migrants were rescued off Libya today in 26 different operations, the Italian coastguard said, bringing to more than 10,000 the total saved since Friday. There were no reports of confirmed or suspected casualties after the operations to pick up migrants packed on to 25 rubber dinghies and one wooden boat.

10 More rain in flooded state
As West Virginians continued surveying damage in a state so devastated by floods that one said her community "smelled like death," residents braced for the prospect of more rain. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for 22 West Virginia counties. Heavy rains were possible in many areas already ravaged by last week's floods that have killed 24 people statewide. The forecast didn't include hardest-hit Greenbrier County, where 16 people have died and floodwaters have yet to recede.

- agencies

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