Happy Friday to one and all! Get out and enjoy the heat! Or, in my case, prepare for the inevitable byproduct of Eastern European ancestry: sunburn.
- Today in science: New ways to fight cancer.
- Pakistan v. Nigeria.
- A California school has pulled an essay questioning whether or not the Holocaust was an actual event.
- I’m not going to go into the Monica Lewinsky drama, but this is an interesting piece.
- Texas news: The high school from Friday Night Lights is in trouble.
- Even more criticisms re: Obama’s foreign policy.
- Paul Krugman weighs in on wealth and inequality in the United States via NYT.
- Shailene Woodley has deeply disappointed me.
- The CIA is falling back in Afghanistan. That means its slowly closing its bases and withdrawing from the country in a wide-scale shift following years of American boots on the ground.
- Militants have staged a large-scale attack on an Afghan outpost.
- From Washington to Afghanistan: Mudslide fire department thinking of landslide victims.
- A magnitude 5 earthquake has killed one person in Pakistan and injured 50 others.
- Pakistan has launched a solar power plant in Bahawalpur. Related: Pakistan’s water crisis now on a par with terrorism.
- The Atlantic Council has a session on the future of FATA.
- India has its own payment gateway: RuPay.
- The supremacy of wealthy state Gujarat is causing some controversy.
- Several political figures have been asked to leave the holy Hindu city of Varanasi leading up to voting.
- Cities in India are among the most polluted, says the WHO.
Southeast & East Asia:
- China‘s urban economic might is set to dominate by 2030. Also in China, everyone apparently wants to get pregnant before the Year of the Horse ends.
- New barriers in Tienanmen Square are drawing criticism and scorn.
- In the fallout over the South Korean ferry tragedy, both the country’s president and media are taking hits.
- The South Korean government is blaming several crashed drones on North Korea.
- Following the ousting of Prime Minister Yingluck, Thai protesters have turned their sights to the government as a whole.
- Vietnam and China are on edge with one another.
Eurasia & Europe:
- Russian separatists in the Ukraine are defying Putin and Kiev on the topic of a referendum.
- In deference to its relationship with China, Norway‘s government snubbed a recent visit from the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader in exile of the Tibetan people.
- It’s looking like community service and lots of it for former Italian leader Berlusconi.
- UK groups are calling for meat to be labeled with details regarding its slaughter after patrons of a pizza establishment reportedly consumed halal-slaughter meat. (?)
Middle East & North Africa:
- The Old City of Homs has been retaken by Syrian government forces. Once the “capital” of the opposition, the city is now back in the hands of Assad. 270 rebels are reportedly still trapped in the city.
- The failings of the Security Council are apparent to virtually everyone with any knowledge of international organizational history at all, but regardless the case of Syria is making the Council’s failings especially prominent.
- The PYD’s rise in Syria.
- Strapped for cash, the Israeli military is banking on American aid.
- Catholics are protesting graffiti attacks in Israel as Pope Francis’ visit approaches.
- Libya‘s eastern sector spy chief has been assassinated. (Related: The consequences of NATO’s “good war” in Libya.)
- A journalist has been expelled from Yemen with little to no rationale offered.
- Shedding tourism left and right, Egypt is desperately attempting to jump-start its tourism industry.
- Taking sides in Egypt is all good and well, but which side?
- It would seem that Iraq wants drones. Moreover, Anbar province has become a deadly battleground, years after it initially served the same role when American troops invaded.
- Morocco‘s rebel prince stands in opposition.
- In Saudi Arabia, MERS continues to take its toll.
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- In oops! news, a viral photograph that has been making its way around the internet features a girl who is neither Nigerian nor abducted.
- Thousands are fleeing Nigeria, according to various groups.
- The global cost of Somali privacy was reportedly halved in 2013.
- South Sudanese rivals are in Ethiopia for peace talks.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- South Africa‘s president, Jacob Zuma, appears poised for re-election as tallying draws to a close. This will mean a retention of power for the A.N.C., the part of Nelson Mandela.
- Throughout Nicaragua, a deadly disease is baffling even the experts.
- 243 people have been arrested on anti-government camp raids in Venezuela.
- Reporting on the American sequester’s impact.
- In a symbolic move, Democrats may send only one lone member to the Benghazi committee solely for the purpose of having an in to its findings.
- Healthcare.gov looks way better than state exchanges these days.
- America’s transportation system is pretty broken.
- An Oklahoma inmate has been given a six-month execution stay following the botched execution of another inmate.