Tackling the tampon tax; England through to Euro 2017 semi-final; Vanessa Feltz responds to Sunday Times anti-Semitism (Photos: Rex, Getty)
Tackling the tampon tax; England through to Euro 2017 semi-final; Vanessa Feltz responds to Sunday Times anti-Semitism (Photos: Rex, Getty) 

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US VOWS TO PROTECT ALLIES FROM NORTH KOREA WHILE TENSIONS WITH RUSSIA ESCALATE

Donald Trump has told the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, that he will take  “all necessary measures” to protect United States allies from North Korea’s evolving military threat. Trump and Abe spoke on the phone after North Korea conducted its second intercontinental ballistic missile test on Friday, launching a missile that placed US cities in range of potential attack. Meanwhile, tensions were escalating between Russia and the US last night after Vladimir Putin announced that the American diplomatic mission in Russia must reduce its staff by 755 employees, a move that is being seen as an aggressive response to new American sanctions on Russia.
The Guardian, New York Times

THE ENGLAND WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM ARE THROUGH TO THE EURO 2017 SEMI-FINAL

After beating France 1-0 last night – the first time the Lionesses have triumphed over the French since 1974 – England will play Holland in the Euro 2017 semi-final. Jodie Taylor, who scored the winning goal, praised her teammates, saying, “I rely so much on my team-mates. It's the service and quality of the team. I can't put the ball in the back of the net if I don't get the quality balls through.” The tournament favourites, Germany, were knocked out in a shock defeat to Denmark.
Eurosport

THE “HISTORIC IMBALANCE” BETWEEN MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH WILL BE ADDRESSED, JEREMY HUNT SAYS

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has vowed that an extra one million mental health patients will be treated by thousands of newly recruited nurses, therapists and consultants by 2020-21. Announcing the plan, he said: "We want people with mental health conditions to receive better treatment, and part of that means having the right NHS staff.” Claire Murdoch, national mental health director at NHS England, said the success of the plan couldn’t be just down to the volume of people recruited: “It's about having a motivated and skilled workforce in place to deliver the work we need to do.” Labour's shadow minister for mental health, Barbara Keeley, said, ”The workforce plan provides no real answers on how these new posts will be funded or how recruitment issues will be overcome.”
BBC

TESCO IS FIGHTING THE TAMPON TAX BY REDUCING PRICES BY 5%

Despite years of robust campaigning, VAT is still being charged on tampons and other sanitary products so instead of waiting for the tax rate to be officially changed, Tesco has stepped up and promised to cover the cost itself. The retailer will reduce the cost of 100 sanitary products by five per cent in a move designed to mitigate the cost of the tax for consumers.
London Evening Standard

VANESSA FELTZ HAS RESPONDED TO THE SUNDAY TIMES ANTI-SEMITISM ROW

BBC presenter Vanessa Feltz has described a Sunday Times piece as "so obviously racist it's surprisingly hurtful”. Kevin Myers, writing in the Irish edition of The Sunday Times, said that Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman were among the BBC’s highest paid stars because they were Jewish. His comments have attracted huge criticism, leading to the piece being unpublished online and News UK vowing not to work with Meyers again. The UK and Irish editors of the paper have issued apologies but Feltz said this morning: "The apologies are all very well but how did it end up in the paper in the first place?"
BBC

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