China has acknowledged its fishing vessel hit a Filipino boat in the disputed South China Sea in an incident that prompted an outcry in the Philippines but denies the collision was intentional. The Chinese vessel accidentally hit the Filipino boat as it tried to maneuver while being “besieged” by several Filipino boats.
Rivals to be Britain’s next prime minister are holding private talks over joining forces in an attempt to stop the pro-Brexit favourite, Boris Johnson, running away with the contest. Two of the candidates- home secretary Sajid Javid and health secretary Matt Hancock – met to discuss options after Johnson took a huge lead in the race for the Conservative Party leadership in the first round of voting.
While Iran has denied being involved in the attacks, US Central Command released footage it said shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from the Japanese-owned tanker Kokuka Courageous. Trump said Iran’s culpability was “exposed” by US and called it a “nation of terror”. He added that Iran has been told that US wants it back on negotiating table.