July 13, 2016 Last Updated 10:08 am

Change of address: Cameron out, Theresa May new prime minister; Guardian looks at food waste

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Stories of note:


The Telegraph:

David Cameron ends final PMQs as Prime Minister by saying ‘I was the future once’

David Cameron has finished his last PMQs and has receiving a standing ovation from many MPs.

Jeremy Corbyn applauded him but quickly left the Chamber.

Mr Cameron told MPs: “I will be willing you on. I mean willing all of you on. People come here with great passion for the issues you care about. I hope you all keep at it. The last thing I’d say is you can achieve a lot of things in politics – and that is what it is all about. Nothing is impossible if you really put your mind to it.”

With a wave to his family in the audience, he was gone. And that’s it from PMQs.

The Guardian:

Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests

Vast quantities of fresh produce grown in the US are left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to landfill, because of unrealistic and unyielding cosmetic standards, according to official data and interviews with dozens of farmers, packers, truckers, researchers, campaigners and government officials.

From the fields and orchards of California to the population centres of the east coast, farmers and others on the food distribution chain say high-value and nutritious food is being sacrificed to retailers’ demand for unattainable perfection.

“It’s all about blemish-free produce,” says Jay Johnson, who ships fresh fruit and vegetables from North Carolina and central Florida. “What happens in our business today is that it is either perfect, or it gets rejected. It is perfect to them, or they turn it down. And then you are stuck.”

The Washington Post:

Inside ISIS: Quietly preparing for the loss of the ‘caliphate’

Even as it launches waves of terrorist attacks around the globe, the Islamic State is quietly preparing its followers for the eventual collapse of the caliphate it proclaimed with great fanfare two years ago.

In public messages and in recent actions in Syria, the group’s leaders are acknowledging the terrorist organization’s declining fortunes on the battlefield while bracing for the possibility that its remaining strongholds could fall.

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