Weekly News Round-Up 6/30/14-7/3/13: SCOTUS Drama & The Caliphate In Iraq And Syria

Short week, everyone, since this blog is out of town for the 4th of July weekend. A happy holiday to all my Americans (and a happy Canada Day to all my Canadians on July 1st)! And a wonderful Ramadan to all observing! (Related to tomorrow: The 4th of July – Made in China? | Fun July 4th facts.) This has also been a hard week for many people near and dear – a sincere and heartfelt prayer to all affected on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This blog remains pro-peace and strongly opposed to the killing of innocent people, especially children, regardless of who they are or where they come from. L’chaim. 

 

People gathered in Tel Aviv's main square to mourn the death of the Israeli boys. Photograph: Pacific Press/Barcroft India
People gathered in Tel Aviv’s main square to mourn the death of the Israeli boys. Photograph: Pacific Press/Barcroft India
A young boy stands amid the rubble of the burned out home of Marwan Qawasmeh in Hebron, after the house was blown up by the Israeli army. Qawasmeh, a Palestinian member of the Islamist group Hamas, was named by Israel as one of the two prime suspects in the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images
A young boy stands amid the rubble of the burned out home of Marwan Qawasmeh in Hebron, after the house was blown up by the Israeli army. Qawasmeh, a Palestinian member of the Islamist group Hamas, was named by Israel as one of the two prime suspects in the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images
Palestinians carry the body of Yosuf Abu Zaghah, 20, who was killed by Israeli troops in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin. Abu Zaghah, a Palestinian from the militant group Hamas, was apparently shot dead when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out a raid in the West Bank. Photograph: Mohammed Ballas/AP
Palestinians carry the body of Yosuf Abu Zaghah, 20, who was killed by Israeli troops in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin. Abu Zaghah, a Palestinian from the militant group Hamas, was apparently shot dead when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out a raid in the West Bank. Photograph: Mohammed Ballas/AP
An Israeli helicopter carries the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers over Halhul, Hebron. Photograph: APAimages/Rex Features
An Israeli helicopter carries the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers over Halhul, Hebron. Photograph: APAimages/Rex Features

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

  • The UN has voiced strong concern regarding Australia‘s response to Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka. The continent-nation sent back two boats carrying Tamil refugees; the nation’s government has argued that Sri Lanka is now at peace following the country’s brutal civil war. The move has prompted extreme criticism from all corners.
  • Malaysia will send back an envoy to New Zealand to face sex charges.

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