- Everyone is Running for the American Presidency 2k15: Chris Christie has now joined us. Conservative Democrat Jim Webb has also announced.
- RIP Nicholas Winton, the British man who saved nearly 700 children from the Holocaust.
- A SpaceX rocket exploded moments after launch, causing a set back for founder Elon Musk.
- The SCOTUS upheld lethal injection this week, despite controversy and its clearly detrimental effects. Justices Breyer and Ginsburg question whether the death penalty is constitutionally legal.
- The SCOTUS also blocked severe anti-abortion measures in Texas that state senator Wendy Davis famously filibustered.
- Here’s a cool look at how India changed the English language.
- Misty Copeland has become the first black ballerina promoted to principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.
- Venus and Jupiter “collided” this week.
- The DOJ is investigating possible airline collusion.
- BP will hand over $18.7 billion for destroying the Gulf Coast.
- Sri Lanka‘s president has dissolved parliament, a move that will likely lead to early elections.
- Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has appointed a second female provincial governor to office.
- A suicide attack targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul, killing at least two.
- An Afghan court has overturned the death sentences of a group of men convicted of murdering a woman named Farkhunda.
- A UN body is set to monitor Pakistan’s financial sanctions against terrorist organizations.
- Landslides in West Bengal have killed dozens of people.
- Amnesty International has alleged numerous human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
Southeast & East Asia:
- More than 500 people were injured in a fire that hit a water park party in Taiwan.
- A ferry capsized in the Philippines, killing dozens.
- More than 100 people were feared dead after an Indonesian military plane crashed early in the week.
Europe & Eurasia:
- The unfolding drama between Greece and the EU continued this week. With the possibility of a Eurozone exit drawing near, Greece shut down its banks in an attempt to keep individuals from making mass withdrawals. After failing to meet an IMF payment deadline, the country essentially entered default, but by Wednesday Prime Minister Tsipras was attempting negotiations again.
- Police broke up Istanbul’s LGBTQ pride parade, despite the event having been allowed in recent years.
- Far-right crime in Germany has been steadily on the rise.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Daesh/ISIS has claimed both the terror attacks in Kuwait and Tunisia. The attack in Tunisia targeted Western tourists, while the Kuwaiti attack targeted Shia Muslims praying during the month of Ramadan. Daesh adheres to a radical Sunni ideology that opposes Shiism. Kuwait made an arrest in the attack Monday.
- Israel peacefully intercepted and redirected a flotilla bound for Gaza.
- Kurdish fighters retook the city of Kobani in Syria early in the week.
- ISIS/Daesh has claimed a deadly car bombing in Sana’a, Yemen.
- 12,000 prisoners escaped a prison in Yemen amidst ongoing fighting.
- The UN has declared Yemen in its highest state of crisis, with the bulk of the country in need of humanitarian assistance.
- Iranian nuclear talks are continuing, despite push-back from Iran’s Supreme Leader.
- Egypt’s top prosecutor died from wounds sustained following a bombing.
- Coordinated attacks in the Sinai Peninsula have killed dozens.
- The US has lifted a ban on aid to Bahrain, despite no apparent improvement in the country’s human rights violations.
- The Nigerian government has dissolved the country’s petroleum company in an effort to curb corruption.
- Mozambique scrapped a colonial-era ban on homosexuality and broadly expanded abortion rights.
- A dead man in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, months after the country was declared Ebola-free.
- Puerto Rico says it cannot afford to pay its debt.
- The US will reopen its embassy in Cuba.
- Cuba became the first country to eliminate mother-to-baby HIV transmission.
- Richard Matt, one of two men wanted in a riveting jailbreak spree, was shot dead this weekend by police after refusing to surrender. David Sweat, his accomplice, was shot and arrested.
- President Obama delivered the eulogy for the reverend killed in a massacre targeting African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina.
- An activist in South Carolina was arrested for taking down the Confederate flag.
- No more plastic grocery bags in Hawai’i.
- Australia’s government has been deeply infiltrated by the Calabrian mafia, who are linked to many senior officials.
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