Alphabet report Q2 results / Experts convene at AIDS conference / Hunt and Heiko talk Brexit

By Luke Christou

Good morning, here’s your Monday morning briefing to set you up for the day ahead. Look out for these three things happening around the world today.

Alphabet report Q2 results

Google’s parent company Alphabet will today release its second quarter results, offering an insight into the state of search, video and smartphones amongst every other market that the tech giant is invested in.

According to market analysts, Alphabet is set to miss pre-quarter estimates due to a record $5bn fine issued to Google for breaching the European Union’s antitrust laws. The EU found Google guilty of breaking its fair competition rules by pressuring smartphone manufacturers to install its Android operating system and apps exclusively on their devices.

Alphabet has confirmed that the fine will be included in its Q2 results, rather than its next filing.

A conference call will be held to 9:30pm London time (1:30pm Pacific) to discuss the results.

Medical experts convene at AIDS conference

More than 6,000 health and pharmaceutical experts will head to Amsterdam this week for AIDS 2018, a biennial conference on HIV pathogenesis, treatment and prevention.

The event got underway at 7am London time this morning and will run until Friday, 27 July.

Key speakers such as Prince Harry, actress Charlize Theron and former president Bill Clinton will take to the stage throughout the week to discuss AIDS related issues and what their charitable organisations do to help.

The AIDS 2018 Conference hopes to advance knowledge about the condition and galvanise political commitment to treatment and prevention.

Hunt and Heiko talk Brexit

After Dominic Raab was thrown into the deep end of the ongoing Brexit negotiations last week, new foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt will get his turn today in Berlin.

Hunt will travel to the German capital for talks with German foreign minister Heiko Maas.

Britain’s impending exit from the European Union will undoubtedly be the focus of today’s meeting. However, the pair are also expected to discuss NATO relations, the European Western Balkan and Iran.

This is the first stop on Hunt’s Cabinet tour of Europe’s capitals which will take place throughout the summer.

Prior to the trip, Hunt expressed that he will “be clear that our European partners must show much more flexibility and creativity in negotiations”. However, he also said that he was keen to continue to “work alongside our European friends and allies, in defence of our shared values”.

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