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  1. Briefly From OZY: France’s Cup, Djokovic’s Return and Africa’s Cosmos

    Know This:  France has beaten Croatia, 4-2, in the World Cup final in Moscow to capture its second global soccer championship. After a day of exchanging rockets and airstrikes that killed two Palestinian teenagers in Gaza and injured three Israelis, Israel has agreed to an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire with Hamas. And Serbian Novak Djokovic, after an injury-prompted majors slump, has won his fourth Wimbledon title, defeating South African Kevin Anderson, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6.

    Watch This Video: British diver Vern Unsworth, who was instrumental in rescuing 12 boys trapped in Thai caverns last week, explains why Elon Musk’s “kid-sized submarine” would not have worked and was just a “publicity stunt.”

    Far-Out View: “Africa has many challenges more pressing than exploring the universe. But … astronomy occupies a special place among the many efforts to address development challenges. It has a unique ability to stimulate thoughts of ‘what is possible’ in the minds of marginalized communities, women and children.” — Astronomer Vanessa McBride, on Friday’s unveiling of the MeerKAT radio telescope array in South Africa.

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