Happy boiling Friday from the District — we are in a bit of a heat wave here. Also a wave of Republicans trying to out-shout each other — Lindsey Graham wasn’t having the best week, courtesy of Senator Mark Kirk. (Sorry, bro.) Meanwhile Chinese hackers have reportedly obtained numerous American social security numbers, a prison break in New York has the state on watch, Turkey’s AKP has been royally trounced, Greece is still duking it out over its debt, and being black in America is even worse than we all originally thought. Everyone stay cool this weekend, regardless of your location (Australia and the general deep Southern hemisphere excluded.)
- American Pharaoh became the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. It’s important to remember horse racing has a very, very dark side.
- A man abused at Rikers Island tragically took his life last weekend.
- Fun Home and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time won big at the Tonys.
- EPA regulations may be coming our way.
- As a general life note, probably don’t be sexist when you talk about science and lab work.
- RIP to the amazing Christopher Lee.
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is drawing flak for praising Bangladesh’s leader for her successes “despite being a woman.”
- An agreement between Bangladesh and India has given citizenship to thousands of people.
- The murder of a journalist in Uttar Pradesh is being investigated.
- Afghanistan’s female cycling advocate is persevering despite backlash.
- Pahjwok, Afghanistan’s main news agency, suffered a bomb attack this week.
- The Sikhs of Afghanistan are slowly leaving their home.
- In Pakistan, the female air force presence is making waves.
- NGO Save The Children has been asked to leave Pakistan.
Southeast & East Asia:
- China may be slowly building a database on Americans via a series of targeted hacks.
- The body count relating to a ferry sinking in the Yangtze river has topped 400.
- Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will make an appearance in China this week.
- South Korea‘s MERS outbreak grows increasingly.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Turkey‘s ruling AKP suffered serious losses in parliamentary elections. While it will maintain a majority, the Kurdish-driven left-wing HDP made wide leaps and the election on the whole dealt a blow to President Erdogan, who has looked at sweepingly expanding his office.
- More on the leader of the Turkish Kurdish opposition is here.
- Romania has voted to not strip its prime minister of his impunity powers.
- Greek leaders are meeting with their French and German counterparts amidst ongoing bailout talks.
- Secret recordings are putting the Polish government in a bit of a tight spot.
Middle East & North Africa:
- An American raid on Daesh/ISIS has yielded a trove of data.
- Members of the Nusra Front killed 20 Druze villagers in Syria.
- Life inside Mosul.
- 450 more American troops are being sent to Iraq.
- Violence continues between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
- Two Yemeni families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the US after their relatives died in drone strikes.
- A Saudi court has denied the plea of a blogger who has been sentenced to ten years in jail.
- Several militants attempted to attack an Egyptian temple this week.
- Libyan peace talks between warring factions have begun in Morocco. They are not going well.
- The American SCOTUS has struck down a “born in Jerusalem” law that negated a prior law allowing American individuals born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their country of birth.
- Foreign Policy has a fascinating interview with Tunisian human rights activist Amira Yahyaoui up.
- Eritrea’s president may be guilty of crimes against humanity.
- 26 African countries are creating the continent’s largest free trade zone.
- Zimbabweans will soon be able to exchange their highly inflated currency for dollars.
- Boko Haram has torched six villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing numerous people.
- Mental illness, addiction, and divorce. All this can be yours in Somalia.
- Mexico’s ruling party won its recent congressional election despite controversy.
- Panama’s president is facing charges relating to illegal wiretapping.
- UN peacekeepers in Haiti had “transactional sex” with hundreds of women in Haiti.
- The American government will forgive the debts of thousands of students who attended the for-profit Corinthian Colleges.
- The officer who killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, has been indicted.
- At a Texas pool party, a white officer pinned a 14 year-old black girl to the ground and pointed his gun at her friends. There has been tremendous backlash regarding the incident. The officer resigned on Tuesday.
- A court has upheld abortion limitations in Texas that many critics claim kill women.
- Two inmates escaped from a high security prison in New York, reportedly with assistance.