Weekly News Round-Up 6/23/14-6/27/14: America Falls For Soccerball & Iraq Shakes

It’s been a long week. Ramadan approacheth, Iraq has fallen into chaos, Syria is worsening, the Ukraine and Russia are getting along or not depending on the day, futbol players are biting each other, Americans suddenly care about soccer, and no one wants to be nice to Hillary. Happy Friday!

 

nbcnews / A young Chilean fan looks out onto the pitch before the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo on June 23
nbcnews / A young Chilean fan looks out onto the pitch before the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo on June 23
nbcnews / Clint Dempsey of the U.S. knocks the ball into the net to score against Portugal during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 22. The U.S. tied Portugal 2-2
nbcnews / Clint Dempsey of the U.S. knocks the ball into the net to score against Portugal during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 22. The U.S. tied Portugal 2-2
nbcnews / An Afghan refugee carries her child at a special medical camp organized by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with the coordination of Pakistan Medical Dental Association to mark World Refugees Day in Islamabad on June 20. The UNHCR said there were 51.2 million forcibly displaced people at the end of 2013, a full six million higher than the previous year
nbcnews / An Afghan refugee carries her child at a special medical camp organized by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with the coordination of Pakistan Medical Dental Association to mark World Refugees Day in Islamabad on June 20. The UNHCR said there were 51.2 million forcibly displaced people at the end of 2013, a full six million higher than the previous year

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

  • World Cup stress in China is a very real concern.
  • Malaysia has banned non-Muslims from using the word “Allah”. Malay Christians (predominately Catholics) have been under fire after a Malay Christian publication used the word in the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian country.
  • Democratic transition by the numbers in Burma.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

Weekly Wows: Nat Geo is freaking us all out. | Pearl Jam performs their own rendition of “Let It Go”. | A hundred years of American politics in one GIF.

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