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After the shootings, calls for unity amid recriminations and finger-pointing
“In the charged environment of 2017, it took only a few hours for a baseball diamond to be transformed from a peaceful practice field to a horrific crime scene and then to a vivid symbol of the tensions between the angry politics of our time and the better angels of the American people…” (The Washington Post)

Senate overwhelmingly votes to curtail Trump’s power to ease Russia sanctions
“The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow Congress to block any efforts by the president to scale back sanctions against Russia, and to strengthen those sanctions in retaliation for Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 election and its actions in Syria…” (The Washington Post)

China’s tomato paste colonialism
“Who knew that a Mao-era Chinese agricultural conglomerate dominates the African tomato market and supplies global food companies?”
(Le Monde diplomatique)

The Fula turn to arms
“The pastoralist Fula have taken up arms across a great stretch of Africa to back their claims to their traditional way of life. That may upset the regional balance…”
(Le Monde diplomatique)

Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters
“As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned…” (The Guardian)

Grenfell Tower: 12 dead in fire that destroyed 24-storey building
“Firefighters and police were searching through the still smouldering debris of a tower block inferno in London to retrieve bodies as police warned the death toll of 12 would rise in the coming hours…” (The Guardian)

Arab Coalition: Houthis attack UAE ship off coast of Yemen
“The Arab Coalition in support of restoring the legitimate government in Yemen said on Wednesday that a boast launched a missile targeting a UAE ship off the coast of Yemen…” (Al Arabiya – English)

US moves long-range rocket launchers into southern Syria
“The US military has moved a new truck-mounted, long-range rocket launcher from Jordan to a US base in Tanf, Syria, near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, stepping up its presence in the area, two regional intelligence sources said on Wednesday…”
(Al Arabiya – English)

After 130 Years, Scientists Might Have Just ‘Rediscovered’ an Eighth Wonder of The World
“After more than a century of being buried by a volcanic eruption, New Zealand’s long-lost pink and white terraces might have finally been rediscovered under layers of ash and mud…” (Science Alert)

Our Sun Could Have Been Born With an Evil Twin Called “Nemesis”
“A new model on how stars are formed has added weight to the hypothesis that most – if not all – stars are born in a litter with at least one sibling…” (Science Alert)


Photo: By Kathrin Tausch [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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