It’s getting worse. After recent battlefield losses, the so-called caliphate has been focusing on terror attacks: 45 were killed at Istanbul’s airport last Tuesday, 22 died in a Bangladesh café siege on Friday, and at least 200 perished in Saturday’s Baghdad car bombing that targeted Iraqis as they gathered to break their Ramadan fast and watch soccer. The blast ripped through the Karrada neighborhood, injuring hundreds and strengthening public protest against Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Iraq has declared three days of mourning while rescue crews begin clearing debris.
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Can she hit delete? The presumptive Democratic nominee went to FBI headquarters for more than three hours Saturday to discuss her use of a private email server while running the State Department. Donald Trump responded with a tweeted image pulled from a white supremacist website, calling her “Crooked Hillary” and displaying a red Star of David over $100 bills. He later swapped the Jewish symbol for a circle, without explanation. The chance of indictment remains the biggest cloud over Clinton’s campaign, but the probe could be near its end.
They’re praying for Dhaka. When police stormed a popular expat hangout in the Bangladeshi capital yesterday, they found 20 dead hostages from Italy, Japan, India, Bangladesh and the U.S. It began 11 hours earlier, when attackers shot their way into the Holey Artisan Bakery, reportedly killing hostages overnight before commandos rescued 13. ISIS claimed responsibility, but the government insists an epidemic of ideological “machete” killings are home-grown and the café attackers were Bangladeshi. Now the nation begins two days of mourning for the slain hostages and two police officers killed during the standoff.
It’s their future. Young Britons chanting “Hell no, we won’t go!” — some waving French baguettes — marched into London’s Parliament Square to oppose the narrow June 23 vote to leave the EU. The “March for Europe” rally highlighted just how divided the nation is, with one chant referring to the percentage of pro-EU votes: “We are the 48. No more lies, no more hate.” And for now, there’s still no clear exit plan amid the turmoil, with a damaged economy and a leadership vacuum as the UK faces its biggest transition in generations.
It was a choice decision. When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down restrictive Texas abortion laws 5-3 on Monday, issuing a wide-reaching opinion, it reignited one of America’s political flash points. The next president will likely face one High Court vacancy — Senate Republicans continue to block President Obama’s nominee — while Breyer, Ginsburg and Kennedy will be 79 or older, the average age justices retire. That puts abortion front and center in November, but Donald Trump hasn’t addressed the Texas ruling, making conservative activists wonder whether he’ll champion the cause.
It was an oasis of peace. Turkey was a place where Israelis and Arabs of various factions could mix — if not always comfortably. But Tuesday’s triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s airport, a global transport hub, killed 44 people and cemented the nation’s new status as another Middle Eastern conflict zone, albeit one at Europe’s gateway. As Turkish authorities uncover the origins of the apparent ISIS bombing by Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz citizens, the nation’s leaders must confront the reality that war will no longer be contained by the Syrian frontier.
It’s a digital lifeline. Physicians for Human Rights say Assad’s forces have killed nearly 700 medical workers, often deliberately. And like so many aspects of the Arab Spring-turned-winter, the battlefield dressing for the shortfall lies with technology. Western doctors using texts and webcams are remotely training and consulting with medics in an underground network of field hospitals in rebel-held areas — some powered by animal waste. London surgeon David Nott, who volunteered during the Bosnian conflict to treat the wounded, is now committed to assuring such facilities survive the onslaught.
Suicide Bomber Detonates Near U.S. Consulate in Saudi Arabia; Suspected Fireworks Blast in New York’s Central Park Injures Tourist
Reports: Bomber kills self, wounds 2 guards near Jiddah consulate (AP)
Possible fireworks blast severs man’s foot in Manhattan’s Central Park. (NYDN)
Close election leaves Australia with parliamentary deadlock. (Reuters)
Oscar-winning ‘Deer Hunter’ director Michael Cimino dies. (THR)
Dozens dead after flash floods hit northern Pakistan. (Al Jazeera)
Garrison Keillor ends 42-years as ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ host. (USA Today)
He said he was just a witness. But Romanian-born Elie Wiesel, who died Saturday in his Manhattan home, did much more than experience the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Jewish teenager. He campaigned tirelessly to assure mankind would never forget the Holocaust while advocating for victims of persecution everywhere. Wiesel authored several dozen books, including the 1960 death camp memoir Night, and in 1986 won the Nobel Peace Prize, in part for believing that “the forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious.”
Suki Kim’s not going to take it. She went undercover as an English teacher in the Hermit Kingdom for her best-selling Without You, There Is No Us: My Time With the Sons of North Korea’s Elite. But publishers labeled the book a “memoir” to win more readers — and just like that, her years of dangerous work were dismissed. The genre, she writes, led to her reporting being questioned and ignored — and to her, it’s evidence that publishing and journalism’s racial and gender biases still need correcting.
Who wants to be sub-anything when it comes to trade? India’s exports have transformed the nation from a charity case to an economic force to be reckoned with. But its goods have largely been intellectual, like customer service or professional work, and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi is urging Indians to “Make in India.” Like its manufacturing behemoth frenemy China, the country’s starting to crank out durable goods like motor vehicles, and if Modi succeeds in doubling his ports’ shipping capacity by 2020, India could become an export continent unto itself.
It’s a math question. East Asian students are overrepresented at some elite universities, leading some — particularly those with foreign passports – to fight affirmative action. The Supreme Court recently upheld preferences for Black and Latino students, but challenges from Asian counterparts say quotas discriminate against better-qualified applicants. Even so, younger Asian-Americans support affirmative action, which could even benefit underrepresented Cambodians and Laotians. Any perceived harm suffered is legally hard to prove, and the high court’s ruling suggests “holistic” admissions processes will remain the solution to a long-vexing problem.
They’re exploding postcards. When Independence Day premiered in 1996, it introduced something huge: blowing a bunch of well-known landmarks the heck up. Turns out audiences loved it, setting off a digital arms race, with movies competing to see which could be the most destructive, with CGI asteroids, robot worms or brawling superheroes blasting Paris, London or New York to bits. Director Roland Emmerich is upping the ante with his newly released Independence Day: Resurgence. Its attacking spaceships are ocean-sized, but the scale may eclipse fans’ imagination, leaving nowhere to go from here.
The saga’s over. Iceland crushed England’s pride last week in the Euro 2016 tournament, launching a party from Reykjavik to Nice for the island nation’s 330,000 citizens. They celebrated successes worthy of Nordic mythology, including defeating favored Austria and holding powerhouse Portugal to a draw after no previous Euro wins But the underdogs couldn’t defy the odds again tonight against France, losing a quarterfinal match 2-5 in Paris — absolving a French Olympian of a vow to swim around Iceland. The team now returns home, having nonetheless earned a page in national history.