The Evening Top 5: Nigel Farage steps down, Chris Evans quits Top Gear, Cristiano Ronaldo defends Messi after Argentina retirement

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Chris Evans quits Top Gear as police confirm sexual assault probe

As the audience - and critical - ratings continue to plummet on the new version of Top Gear, co-host Chris Evans took to Twitter to announce he would no longer be involved. Meanwhile, according to The Telegraph, Evans is also facing sexual assault charges, with a a statement released this morning, the Metropolitian Police in London confirmed that a woman had made an allegation of “non-recent sexual assault” to officers on May 23rd, in which he is accused of grabbing the breasts of a female colleague in the 1990s.

"It hurts me to see him in tears"- Cristiano Ronaldo defends Messi after Argentina retirement

Cristiano Ronaldo has backed his Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi in his decision to retire from international football. After missing a penalty as Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile last week, Messi announced that he would no longer put himself forward for international duty despite being just 29.

Suicide bomber detonates device at mosque in Medina

A suicide bomber has detonated their device near the security headquarters of the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, according to Saudi television. The blast in the city, the second-holiest site in Islam, followed three explosions in Qatif and Jeddah on Monday on the penultimate day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Two security offers were killed, according to the Al Arabiya news channel which showed a fire burning in a car park near the mosque. It was unclear, in the immediate aftermath, as to how many people were injured.

Nigel Farage to step down as leader of UKIP

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he is stepping down as leader of the party in the wake of the referendum to leave the EU.

"My aim in politics was to get Britain out of the European Union," he said.

"That is what we voted for in that referendum two weeks ago, and that is why I now feel that I've done my bit, that I couldn't possibly achieve more.

"And so I feel it's right that I should now stand aside as leader of UKIP."

Ryanair to cancel over 100 flights tomorrow due to 13th French air traffic control strike in 14 weeks

French Air Traffic Controller unions will strike for the 13th time in 14 weeks tomorrow (July 5th). Ryanair reports that they have been forced to cancel 102 flights on Tuesday over France, in what will be the 53rd French ATC strike in 7 years. Over 18,000 Ryanair customers will have their flights cancelled tomorrow, and over 100,000 others will suffer severe delays while this French ATC union yet again closes the skies over Europe.