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Metro, July 1

This Friday's Metrofront page features a parody of the hit TV series Game of Throneswith the faces of three Conservative Party pols, from left to right, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Theresa May, with the headline "The Real Game of Thrones."

After last week's Brexit vote effectively ended the career of David Cameron, the race to take over Tory party leadership and become next British Prime Minister has quickly heated up. While he was popular with the public, after his active "Leave" campaign, and widely considered a frontrunner, Former London Mayor Boris Johnson decided to opt out on Thursday. "Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in Parliament, I have concluded that person cannot be me," he said.

This plot twist, which some also compared to a Shakespearean play, happened after Justice Secretary Michael Gove withdrew his support for longtime ally Johnson, and announced that he will stand for the Conservatives leadership, despite having repeated several times that he was not interested in becoming Prime Minister. He said he does not believe Johnson has the necessary leadership skills to take on the job and steer the negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union.

Among others, Interior Secretary May is emergeing as a favorite to succeed Cameron. Despite having campaigned against Brexit, she promised to deliver what the EU withdrawal voters had demanded.

Under party rules, Conservative lawmakers will choose two finalists through a series of votes that begin next week. The pair are then put to a vote among all party members, who will choose the winner by a postal ballot by Sept. 9.

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Colombia Celebrates Its Beloved Drug For The Ages, Coffee

This essential morning drink for millions worldwide was once considered an addictive menace, earning itself a ban on pain of death in the Islamic world.

Colombia's star product: coffee beans.

Julián López de Mesa Samudio

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BOGOTÁ — October 1st is International Coffee Day. Recently it seems as if every day of the calendar year commemorates something — but for Colombia, coffee is indeed special.

For almost a century now we have largely tied our national destiny, culture and image abroad to this drink. Indeed it isn't just Colombia's star product, it became through the course of the 20th century the world's favorite beverage — and the most commonly used drug to boost work output.

Precisely for its stimulating qualities — and for being a mild drug — coffee was not always celebrated, and its history is peppered with the kinds of bans, restrictions and penalties imposed on the 'evil' drugs of today.

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