Weekly News Round-Up 6/8/15-6/12/15: A Bro With No Ho (Prison Break)

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.)

Children walk outside the Heydar Aliyev Center, ahead of the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 11.
Children walk outside the Heydar Aliyev Center, ahead of the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 11.

Assorted Stand-Outs:

Turkish soldiers help a Syrian woman to cross into Turkey from the borderline in Akcakale district of Sanliurfa on June 10.
Turkish soldiers help a Syrian woman to cross into Turkey from the borderline in Akcakale district of Sanliurfa on June 10.

South Asia:

A worker in full protective gear adjusts his suit between subway trains at a Seoul Metro railway vehicle base in Goyang, South Korea on June 9. Hong Kong issued a "red alert" advisory on Tuesday against non-essential travel to South Korea, where eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported.
A worker in full protective gear adjusts his suit between subway trains at a Seoul Metro railway vehicle base in Goyang, South Korea on June 9.
Hong Kong issued a “red alert” advisory on Tuesday against non-essential travel to South Korea, where eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported.

Southeast & East Asia:

An opening cut in a cell wall through which convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. on June 6.
An opening cut in a cell wall through which convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. on June 6.

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.
 Residents repair the ceiling of a flat damaged in shelling between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Horlivka in the Donetsk region on June 11.
Residents repair the ceiling of a flat damaged in shelling between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Horlivka in the Donetsk region on June 11.

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.
This handout photo taken on June 6 in Seoul shows a young South Korean couple and dozens of guests standing together for a group photo -- almost all of their faces shielded by white masks. The young South Korean couple became an unexpected symbol of the MERS health scare sweeping the nation.
This handout photo taken on June 6 in Seoul shows a young South Korean couple and dozens of guests standing together for a group photo — almost all of their faces shielded by white masks. The young South Korean couple became an unexpected symbol of the MERS health scare sweeping the nation.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with President Barack Obama at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on June 8, during the G-7 summit.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with President Barack Obama at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on June 8, during the G-7 summit.

Americas:

  • 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.
Palestinian girls read the Koran as they attend a Koran memorisation lesson during summer vacation inside a mosque in Gaza City on June 7.
Palestinian girls read the Koran as they attend a Koran memorisation lesson during summer vacation inside a mosque in Gaza City on June 7.

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U.S. President Barack Obama kisses Vice President Joe Biden on the cheek as he hugs him after delivering the eulogy during the funeral of Biden's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua church in Wilimington, Delaware on June 6.
U.S. President Barack Obama kisses Vice President Joe Biden on the cheek as he hugs him after delivering the eulogy during the funeral of Biden’s son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua church in Wilimington, Delaware on June 6.
 Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, in Elmont, New York. With the wins, American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years.
Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, in Elmont, New York. With the wins, American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years.

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