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By Ben Blanchard and Anthony Deutsch BEIJING/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - An international court said it would deliver a hotly anticipated ruling in the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea on July 12, drawing an immediate rebuke from Beijing, which rejects the tribunal's jurisdiction. The United States, which is a close ally of the Philippines and is concerned about China's expansive South China Sea claims, reiterated its backing for The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration and urged a peaceful resolution of the dispute. Manila is contesting China's historical claim to about 90 percent of the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
Brexit campaigner Michael Gove announced a surprise bid Thursday to become Britain's next prime minister, in a blow for his close ally Boris Johnson's chances, as turmoil gripped both the country's main political parties after the shock vote to leave the EU. The race for the leadership of the governing Conservative Party kicked off as impatient EU leaders were pressuring Britain to speed up its withdrawal from the bloc. Justice minister Gove, who campaigned alongside Johnson in Britain's momentous vote last week to leave the EU, said the former London mayor "cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead".
Two buses transporting police cadets in the Afghan capital were struck by a suicide bomb attack on Thursday, government and Taliban sources said, with many casualties feared. The attack was quickly confirmed by the Taliban's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who claimed "many were killed and wounded". The Taliban have been waging an insurgency against the government since being ousted from power by a US-led coalition in 2001.