Happy Friday to all. The heat may be brutal in DC, but it’s far, far worse in India where over 1800 people have died from temperatures soaring over 50 C/122 F. In Iraq, soldiers are struggling to retake ground lost to militants, amidst propaganda wars between Iran and the US. FIFA, the international soccer/football association, is having a really bad week, while Ireland is not — an overwhelming majority voted to legalize same-sex marriage this past weekend. Meanwhile everyone you’ve ever heard of wants to be the Republican president of the US. Happy weekend y’all!
- The man who inspired the book and film A Beautiful Mind died at 86 alongside his wife in a car crash in New Jersey.
- These two kids are better at the English language than most of us will ever be.
- From Slate: “This is the time we live in: Thousands of people have signed a petition to unseat a woman they’ve never heard of from a position they don’t understand at a school they’ve never visited over a tweet they’ve never seen.”
- FIFA is in some serious sh**. | The human toll of FIFA’s corruption.
- The US military accidentally mailed anthrax to a bunch of testing locations.
- The latest person to run for the Republican nomination for the American presidency is an oldie.
- In case you, like so many other people, forgot about Dennis Hastert, worry not — the FBI remembers him well.
- Granny panties are in.
- Congrats new grads! You’re the most indebted class in history.
- India is experiencing a heatwave so bad it makes India’s usual brutal summer weather look chilly.
- Literally, the ground is melting.
- India has appointed its first transgender college principal.
- Pakistan is seeking FBI assistance in its probe of Axact, a corporation accused of falsifying thousands of diplomas.
- In parts of Pakistan women have been barred from voting according to recent reports.
- A guesthouse was stormed in Kabul, Afghanistan, leaving four people dead.
Southeast & East Asia:
- China has released a white paper declaring itself a military power.
- Police have been detained over connections to a mass migrant grave found in Malaysia.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Hungary’s right-wing leadership is increasingly moving towards authoritarianism.
- It is no longer legal to kill Basque people on site in Iceland.
- In a revolutionary vote Ireland became the first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. The Vatican of course was not pleased.
- Crimean Tatars marked the 71st anniversary of their deportation by Josef Stalin last week. (Personal plug.)
- An opposition activist hospitalized with a mysterious illness in Russia shows no signs of improving and his wife wants him extradited to the US or Israel.
- Denmark’s prime minister has called for a snap election.
- 100,000 Saiga antelope have mysteriously died in Kazakhstan.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Tony Blair is no longer an envoy to the Middle East.
- The UN-led Yemeni peace talks have been postponed.
- Following controversial remarks from US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter regarding the stamina of Iraqi troops, Vice President Joe Biden called President Haider al-Abadi to discuss the situation in person. This week Iraq launched an offensive to recapture Anbar province.
- Suicide bombers targeted Shias in Saudi Arabia late in the week.
- Lebanon has not had a president for over a year.
- 1/3 of Yemen is reportedly in need of urgent medical care.
- A rocket from Gaza was fired into Israel, Israel is testy.
- A new Amnesty International report says Hamas killed and tortured Palestinian civilians during last year’s Gaza war.
- A Tunisian soldier turned rogue and killed seven of his colleagues in what the military deemed an isolated incident.
- The prime minister of Libya survived an assassination attempt early in the week.
- Fuel shortages in Nigeria (caused by mass strikes) are threatening parts of the country.
- Nigeria’s new president was sworn in peacefully in an historic democratic transfer of power.
- Burundi’s opposition leader was killed alongside his bodyguard.
- MPs in Madagascar have voted to impeach the president.
- Texas and Mexico are experiencing their worst floods in history.
- Profiling Venezuela’s top comedian.
- Tense negotiations continue between Colombia’s government and FARC rebels, the latter of whom were bombed the former last week.
- The US Justice Department has reached a settlement with the Cleveland police department regarding police violence.
- American travel to Cuba has increased 36% since a diplomatic thaw in relations.
- The fifth appeals circuit has denied to uphold President Obama’s immigration executive order.
- Nebraska has banned the death penalty, overturning a veto.
- Australia rejected the claims of Vietnamese asylum seekers after interviews that reportedly took under 40 minutes.
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