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    First Ladies Urge End to Family Separations at US Border

    In a rare statement, Melania Trump said she “hates to see children separated from their families,” in contrast to the administration’s new “zero-tolerance” policy of prosecuting every adult caught crossing the border illegally, forcing their children into overcrowded makeshift shelters. Former first lady Laura Bush also condemned the “cruel” practice, comparing it to America’s “shameful” Japanese internment camps in World War II. Attorneys say some migrants have even been deported while their children remained in U.S. custody. Meanwhile, an SUV fleeing Texas border authorities crashed Sunday, killing five people.

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    Japan Earthquake Kills 3, Disrupts Power and Transportation

    This morning a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city, grounding flights and triggering shutdowns of power plants and railways. Three people were killed, including a 9-year-old girl hit by a falling concrete wall, and hundreds were injured. Because the temblor was inland, authorities say there is no tsunami threat. Regional utilities also announced that there were no problems at local nuclear plants — a major concern after 2011’s devastating quake and tsunami caused a nuclear power plant meltdown and major radiation release.

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    Colombia’s Presidential Election Threatens FARC Peace Deal

    Does peace have a chance? Sunday’s runoff election handed conservative former senator Iván Duque the presidency with 54 percent of the vote. Not only did the 41-year-old populist beat former rebel fighter Gustavo Petro, but he struck a blow for those who are unhappy with a 2016 agreement that ended a half-century of civil war. “I don’t like giving prizes to criminals,” Duque told OZY, explaining he wants to block ex-FARC members from running for office until they’ve faced punishment that befits their wartime activities.

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    Trade War Salvos Send Global Stocks Lower

    They’re caught in the crossfire. European stocks appear to be following today’s Asian market drops in the wake of tit-for-tat tariffs between the U.S. and China. Washington has announced another round of levies on 800 Chinese goods worth $50 billion, and Beijing pledged “the same scale and strength” in retaliation. U.S. markets are also expected to decline, while news of 25 percent growth in American corporate earnings — the best since 2010 — was tempered by analysts’ belief that this is a peak from which earnings and stock prices will likely descend.

  5. Afghan Truce’s End, Agent Provocateur and Diesel Handcuffs

    Know This: The Taliban have rejected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s call to extend an unprecedented Eid cease-fire, which saw fighters entering cities and posing for selfies — as well as two deadly bombings. FBI agent Peter Strzok, removed from the Russiagate investigation because of anti-Trump text messages, says he’ll agree to testify before Congress without immunity. And today, OZY’s Around the World campaign takes you to Tunisia: Check out this Tunisian data engineer who’s invented a health monitor — for the nation’s at-risk bees.

    Remember This Number: 60,000. That’s how many diesel cars Audi admitted had emission software issues last month in the continuing scandal faced by parent company Volkswagen. The firm announced today that Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chief executive, had been arrested on unspecified charges.

    Talk to Us: This year, OZY is going Around the World on a year-long tour to visit every single country, and we’d love for you to get involved. Where in the world are you when you read OZY? Send us pictures — they might make it onto OZY.com — and tell us what rising stars, new trends, music and food we should be writing about. Or even pitch us a story! Get in touch at aroundtheworld@ozy.com.

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    Why Midterm Police Voters Matter

    They have the right to remain crucial. New research shows that President Donald Trump won over tens of thousands of voters with his pro-police stance alone — and the issue could again tilt significant electoral blocs. While Democrats are expected to gain ground in November’s midterms, observers say they’ll need to carefully court a pro-police constituency. In Missouri’s Senate race, for instance, memories of Ferguson protests still loom large — and Democrats like Sen. Claire McCaskill need to balance law-and-order rhetoric with sensitivity to the Black community’s racial bias concerns.

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    British Lawmaker Defends Blocking ‘Upskirting’ Bill

    Christopher Chope, a 71-year-old Conservative MP, has denied he’s “some kind of pervert” after single-handedly blocking a bill that would criminalize taking photographs up women’s skirts and punish offenders with up to two years in prison. “I feel a bit sore,” Chope told a local newspaper after being sharply criticized for his action. He said he opposed the legislation because it was introduced by a colleague who wasn’t appointed to draft bills on the issue by the prime minister — a practice Chope has long opposed.

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    Large Hadron Collider to Get More Big Bang for the Buck

    Scientists estimate a new upgrade will yield significantly more Higgs bosons — also called “God particles” — letting them collect 10 times more data per year. The 17-mile particle accelerator beneath the Swiss-French border smashes protons at velocities approaching the speed of light for experiments exploring fundamental physics questions. The findings could offer clues to what holds the cosmos together and lead to new theories about the universe’s creation. But first they’ll have to spend a decade on construction that will cost nearly $1 billion.

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    Jay-Z and Beyoncé Release Surprise Album

    You crazy for this one, Jay. At the end of a London concert Saturday night, the superstar couple shocked fans by announcing their long-rumored first joint album, Everything Is Love, available on their struggling Tidal streaming service, among others. The nine-song collaboration under the name The Carters slams President Trump, Spotify and the Grammys, and launched with a video for the song “Apesh*t,” filmed inside the Louvre and featuring some of the world’s most famous works of art. Their On the Run II tour reaches North America in July.

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    Mexico Scores Seismic World Cup Win Against Germany

    They played from the fault line. El Tri beat the returning champions 1-0 Sunday with a strike by Hirving Lozano — and the celebrations from that goal were so intense they may have caused a small tremor in Mexico City. Seismologists in Mexico and Chile picked up activity around 35 minutes into the match, just as Lozano scored, though experts say fan-induced quakes could only measure around a 2 on the Richter scale. Also shaking up World Cup predictions, tournament favorite Brazil only managed a draw against Switzerland.