“At lightning speed this week, state legislators and chief executives took giant steps to remove it from public view. The state Legislature in South Carolina plans to debate removing the flag Tuesday, a day after the governor urged lawmakers to remove it from the statehouse grounds. In Mississippi–the only state that still includes the Confederate battle flag as part of its state flag–an influential conservative leader said it was time to change that.”
“Kurdish-led forces in Syria seized a town from Islamic State on Tuesday after capturing a military base overnight, aided by U.S.-led air strikes in some of the most dramatic gains yet against the militants.”
“Purchases of new homes in the U.S. rose in May to the highest level in seven years, signaling the industry is gaining momentum heading toward the second half of the year. Sales climbed 2.2 percent to a 546,000 annualized pace, exceeding all forecasts in a Bloomberg survey of economists and the most since February 2008, Commerce Department data showed Tuesday in Washington. Readings for February through April were revised up.”
“In a bid to open criminal proceedings against Israel for its 50-day-long attack on Gaza that left thousands dead last summer, the Palestinian Authority is expected to submit its first file to the International Criminal Court in The Hague as early as this week. Analysts say the PA, which joined the ICC in April, will likely make use of a U.N. report released Monday that found evidence of both sides of last year’s war, which began early in July 2014, had engaged in possible ‘war crimes.’ The U.N. report questioned Israel’s military tactics, reporting that Israeli airstrikes and shelling killed 1,462 civilians in Gaza. In total, the conflict killed at least 2,100 Palestinians, 67 Israeli soldiers and six Israeli civilians.”
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo says authorities have DNA evidence linking two killers who escaped from a prison in northern New York to a spot only miles from there.
Cuomo told reporters Monday night that the new lead comes ‘with good evidence, DNA data.’ The governor also cautioned that they’ve had a number of leads and are following each as if it’s the one that helps find them.”
“U.S. securities regulators are investigating a group of hackers suspected of breaking into corporate email accounts to steal information to trade on, such as confidential details about mergers, according to people familiar with the matter.”
“The United Nations today opened a new office in Seoul to monitor North Korea’s human rights record, after accusing the isolated regime of abuses ‘without parallel in the contemporary world’ in a report published last year. The office was formally opened in a ceremony attended by UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, despite Pyongyang repeatedly threatening ‘merciless punishment’ against South Korea if the mission was launched.”
“A heat wave has killed more than 400 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, health officials said on Tuesday, as they set up emergency medical camps in the streets. The heat wave coincides with major power cuts, leading to harsh criticism of the provincial government and K-electric , the company that supplies electricity to Karachi, the country’s richest city and home to 20 million people.”
“The U.S. military will be sending dozens of tanks, Bradley armored fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers to allied countries in the Baltics and Eastern Europe in response to Russian actions in the Ukraine, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.”
“Nearly half the population of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, is in danger of going hungry. New atrocities are reported almost every day. And more than 1.5 million people have fled their homes, the vast majority to swampland villages where they hope rising waters during the rainy season will keep them safe from marauding soldiers.”
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