Police Officer Deaths On Duty Have Jumped Nearly 20 Percent In 2017
The ambush shooting that killed a New York City police officer in the Bronx marked the latest in a growing number of officer deaths in 2017, up 18 percent from this time last year. A total of 67 officers have died so far this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. It found there were 57 officer deaths between January 1 and July 5, 2016. In addition, gun-related deaths have risen by 9 percent, from 22 to 24 for 2017, the researchers say. Fox
VOA VIEW: Obama is gone - next a tempered liberal press.

Food Stamp Rolls Plummet In States That Restore Work Requirements
After the food stamp rolls swelled for years under the Obama administration, fresh figures show a dramatic reduction in states that recently have moved to restore work requirements. States were allowed to waive those rules for able-bodied adults thanks to the 2009 economic stimulus. As the rules loosened and the economy sputtered out of the recession, food stamp enrollment soared to record levels – peaking at nearly 48 million nationwide in 2013. But while that number has dipped gradually in recent years, some states have moved aggressively to push recipients who can work back into the job market and, in due time, off the program. Alabama began 2017 by requiring able-bodied adults without children in 13 counties to either find a job or participate in work training as a condition for continuing to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Fox
VOA VIEW: Work requirements are essential.

Can Poor Sleep Lead To Alzheimer's?
One in three Americans doesn't get enough sleep, and 45% of the world's population doesn't, either. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls that a "public health problem," because disrupted sleep is associated with a higher risk of conditions including diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. It may not be long before we can add Alzheimer's and other types of dementia to that list. It's well known that people with Alzheimer's suffer sleep issues. Insomnia, nighttime wandering and daytime sleepiness are common for them, as well as other cognitive disorders such as Lewy body dementia and frontal lobe dementia. CNN

Republicans Opposing GOP Health Care Plan Hear From Voters During Recess
With the Senate in recess and negotiations on the health care bill still underway, activists have been maintaining pressure on Republicans already opposed to the stalled legislation, aiming to keep them in the "no" column and prevent the majority party from obtaining the 50 votes they need. Going into this week's holiday recess, activists were already planning to target public events and festivities on July 4 in anticipation of appearances by elected officials. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who opposes the current plan, said she was still a "no" while talking to reporters at a parade in Eastport, Maine, which is known as the biggest Fourth of July event in the state. "What I've been hearing the entire recess is people telling me to be strong, that they have a lot of concerns about the health care bill in the senate, they want me to keep working on it, but they don't want me to support it in its current form," she told reporters. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN would like to keep the heat on Republicans.

Diplomats Frustrated, Confused By Trump Administration
America's diplomats are struggling to figure out what mission the Trump administration expects them to carry out, and they see the importance of their jobs waning as President Donald Trump seeks drastic cuts to the budgets of the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development. The results of a survey commissioned by the State Department found a high level of confusion and demoralization among the ranks of career diplomats and civil servants, who expressed concerns about their futures as well as the trajectory of American foreign policy. The survey results were released to State Department and USAID employees Wednesday in a 110-page report that was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. A copy of the report was obtained by The Associated Press shortly after it was distributed to employees. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: The liberal media is at a loss.

Trump Says Russia Meddled In US Election
President Donald Trump says he agrees that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, but he is repeating his assertion that he believes “other countries” may have done the same. Trump did not elaborate on which other countries he believes meddled in the 2016 election during his remarks in Warsaw, Poland Thursday. He says “nobody really knows for sure.” He was speaking a day ahead of his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump also repeated his claims that former President Barack Obama knew that Russia was meddling in the election. NY Post

Woman Pees On American Flag, Now All Of America Is Pissed Off
A Pennsylvania woman says she has received death threats after she posted a video of herself online urinating on an American flag on July 4. The video, posted to Facebook, shows Emily Lance, of Philadelphia, urinating on an American flag draped over a toilet seat. The video has since been taken down. According to the Daily Mail, Lance reportedly captioned the video: “F*** your nationalism. F*** your country. F*** your stupid f****** flag. The video quickly went viral, and social media users were allegedly quick to send her death threats. Lance posted a screenshot photo of someone claiming there is a $3,000 bounty on her head on Craigslist. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity.

Russia-US Ties Zigzag Wildly During Putin's Rule Since 2000
President Donald Trump on Friday will be the fourth American leader that Russian President Vladimir Putin has faced since taking helm in 2000 when they meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit. Under Putin's watch, U.S.-Russia ties have zigzagged wildly between periods of tensions and relative warmth. A brief glance at the ebb and flow of those relations since 2000: When Putin was first elected in March 2000, U.S.-Russia ties were bitterly strained over the U.S.-led NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. Those tensions contrasted with friendly relations between Moscow and Washington under President Bill Clinton and Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin, throughout the 1990s.  Putin quickly sought to establish warm ties with Clinton and other Western leaders. When Clinton visited Moscow in June 2000, the Russian president even suggested that Russia could join NATO — a proposal that has failed to get traction. Tampa Tribune

Merkel Stands By Suggestion Europe Can't Rely Fully On US
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is standing by her suggestion that Europe can no longer entirely rely on the U.S. as she prepares to host President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit. Merkel made the comment during a campaign event in late May. Asked in an interview with weekly Die Zeit whether she would repeat it today, she replied: "Yes, exactly that way. It is, for example, open whether we can and should in the future rely on the U.S. investing so much as it has so far in the United Nations' work, in Middle East policy, in European security policy or in peace missions in Africa." Kansas City Star
VOA VIEW: Merkel is leading her country the wrong way.

Dem Group To Launch Bus Tour In GOP Districts Over Republican Health Bill
A consortium of liberal groups is launching an effort this month against the Republican health care bill, targeting GOP lawmakers who have supported the legislation with a bus tour that will visit their states and districts during the August congressional recess. Officials with the campaign, called Drive For Our Lives, say they hope it will pressure GOP legislators at a critical time for the American Health Care Act, which is stalled in the Senate. The tour will visit 20 states — including California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Maine, Kentucky and Wisconsin — to meet with local leaders about the bill, which Democrats say will harm citizens who rece. Miami Herald

Volvo Goes Electric, Ditches Cars Powered Solely By Gas
Volvo plans to build only electric and hybrid vehicles starting in 2019, making it the first major automaker to abandon cars and SUVs powered solely by the internal combustion engine. CEO Hakan Samuelsson said the move was dictated by customer demand. It means that in two years, all new Volvo vehicles will have some form of electric propulsion. The announcement comes as the global auto industry slowly moves toward electric-powered vehicles after more than a century of using engines that burn only fossil fuels. Even though sales are a fraction of conventional autos, companies must sell them to meet fuel economy and emissions regulations. In some markets electric vehicles are seeing increased demand. SF Gate


Trump To U.S. Military: ‘I Will Always Have Your Back’
In a 4th of July military appreciation event at the White House, President Donald Trump told attendees on Tuesday that he considers it a privilege to be their commander-in-chief and that he would always have their back. “There could be no greater privilege than to serve as your commander-in-chief. I pledge my unwavering support for you, for your families, and your missions. I will always have your back. I will always, under all circumstances -- you'll be coming back here, and I will always have your back,” he said during the event on the South Lawn. CNS
VOA VIEW: Bet on it.

Stephen Hawking On Trump Exiting Paris Accord: ‘The Earth Will Look Like Venus’
When asked about President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, Professor Stephen Hawking said that Trump’s decision could make the Earth “become like Venus, with a temperature of over 250 degrees and raining sulfuric acid.” He also said that Trump will cause “damage to our beautiful planet.” In a video published July 2, BBC News presented the question, “What does Stephen Hawking think about President Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement?”
Hawking answered, “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible.” CNS
VOA VIEW: Silly talk.

Groups See Climate Science Review As Chance To Undercut Regulation
The Trump administration will soon begin a review that will question the veracity of the climate change science used by President Barack Obama's administration as the basis for environmental regulations. The move by the Environmental Protection Agency to launch public debates between scientists on climate research, known as red-team, blue-team exercises, would be the first major effort by the Republican administration to challenge the long-standing scientific consensus on human-caused climate change. Reuters

U.S. Proposes Cutting Biofuels Requirements Due To 'Market Realities'
The U.S. government on Wednesday proposed reducing the volumes of biofuel required to be used in gasoline and diesel in 2018, in a move that could mark the first step toward a broader overhaul to the controversial energy policy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal marked a slight decline from current levels of biofuels required to be blended in gasoline and diesel and was over 20 percent below targets laid out in a 2007 law, the agency said in a statement. Reuters

Wounded Rep. Scalise Readmitted To Intensive Care
The Washington hospital where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is recuperating from a gunshot wound says he has been readmitted to the intensive care unit. MedStar Washington Hospital Center says the Louisiana congressman is back in intensive care because of new concerns for infection. Scalise was in serious condition Wednesday night. Scalise and four other people were injured last month when a gunman opened fire on a Republican baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: GOD BLESS Scalise and his family.

Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Rouses Montana
An earthquake strong enough to rouse sleeping residents more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) from its epicenter struck western Montana early Thursday. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit just after midnight about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) southeast of Lincoln, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Residents in Lincoln briefly lost power and there was a gas leak in Helena, the National Weather Service in Great Falls said on Twitter. USA Today


Forty-Four States Refuse To Give Voter Data To Trump Panel
Forty-four states and the District of Columbia are mounting a bipartisan rebellion against President Donald Trump’s commission on vote fraud by either declining to release any of the requested data or by providing only limited information to the panel. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity's request for extensive personal information about voters has ignited a firestorm in many states, including from both Republican and Democrat officials who oversee elections. MSNBC

Trump Arrives In Poland Ahead Of G20 Summit
President Donald Trump kicked off his second foreign trip on friendly turf Wednesday night before facing a potentially tougher crowd at the G20 Summit on Friday. Trump descended onto a red carpet with First Lady Melania Trump followed by senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, among others. They were greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Poland Paul Jones and his wife, as well as Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski and Minister of State Krzysktof Szczerski, before loading into the motorcade. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Good first step.

Hacked Computer Server That Handled DNC Email Remains Out Of Reach Of Russia Investigators
It is perhaps the key piece of forensic evidence in Russia’s suspected efforts to sway the November presidential election, but federal investigators have yet to get their hands on the hacked computer server that handled email from the Democratic National Committee. Indeed, the only cybersecurity specialists who have taken a look at the server are from CrowdStrike, the Irvine, California-based private cybersecurity company that the DNC hired to investigate the hack — but which has come under fire itself for its work. Some critics say CrowdStrike’s evidence for blaming Russia for the hack is thin. Members of Congress say they still believe Russia was responsible but wonder why the DNC has never allowed federal investigators to get a look at the key piece of evidence: the server. Either way, a key “witness” in the political scandal consuming the Trump administration remains beyond the reach of investigators. Washington Times

CNN-Trump Wrestling Video Leads To Twitter Claims Of Blackmail
The viral video of President Trump body-slamming a mocked-up CNN character is not down for the count yet. The latest: #CNNblackmail trended Wednesday as Twitter users including Trump's family and far-right pundits blasted the network, claiming it had blackmailed the creator of that video into promising to desist. CNN has often been in the crosshairs of Trump and his supporters, earning the sobriquet "Fake News" and lambasted for anonymously sourced stories about the White House and its allies, one of which led to the resignation of three top investigative journalists at the network. USA Today
VOA VIEW: CNN did commit blackmail.

Over 100 Shootings And 15 Deaths In Chicago Over Fourth Of July Weekend
The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago’s 2017 Fourth of July weekend was one of its most violent weekends in years, claiming at least 15 lives. The city, which largely enjoyed a four-day weekend for the federal holiday, tallied over 100 shot over the course of four days. Victims were as young as 13 and as old as 60. The weekend had been somewhat calm until the Fourth. In a 12-hour period between 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, 42 people were shot. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!

EU, Japan Laud Free Trade Deal As Antidote To Protectionism
The leaders of the European Union and Japan are lauding their agreement in principle on free trade between the economic juggernauts as the best antidote against the protectionism seen to be promoted by the United States. The leaders said in a statement that the EU and Japan "demonstrate to the world - and to our citizens - that free trade, with clear and transparent rules fully respecting and enhancing our values, remains an important tool to promote prosperity." Countering calls for protectionism, EU Council President Donald Tusk said that the political agreement reached Wednesday proves that "the world doesn't need to go back 100 years back in time," when open trade was not as prevalent. Atlanta Journal

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US Renews Offer Of Syria Cooperation With Russia
The Trump administration has renewed an offer to cooperate with Russia in the Syrian conflict, including on military matters, ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin later this week. In a statement Wednesday , Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is open to establishing no-fly zones in Syria in coordination with Russia as well as jointly setting up a truce monitoring and humanitarian aid delivery mechanism. The statement came as Trump prepared to meet with Putin on Friday in Germany and as the U.S. seeks to consolidate gains made against the Islamic State group in recent weeks and amid preparations for a post-IS future. Tillerson noted that the U.S. and Russia have a variety of unresolved differences but said that Syria is an opportunity for the two countries to create stability. Houston Chronicle

Too Early For Forecast On Lyme Disease Ticks
Tick populations are exploding? Tick-borne diseases are on the rise? Some recent headlines suggest Americans are facing a particularly bad year for tick bites and illnesses, but the evidence is patchy and the science complicated. What may be true in one part of the country — or even one part of a county — may not be true in another. And there are signs that the most common tick-borne illness — Lyme disease — may be occurring at roughly usual levels. Houston Chronicle

‘White Middle-Class Studies’ Needed To Understand Trump Voters, Law Professor Says
John Banzhaf, a professor at George Washington University Law School, says there is an urgent need for “white middle-class studies” to understand President Trump’s supporters. The International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in London on Thursday will feature Mr. Banzhaf’s plan for figuring out why many reporters and academics failed to understand Mr. Trump’s appeal to millions of Americans. “[My presentation] will consider, especially in light of the unexpected election of Donald Trump and alarming reports that life expectancy is surprisingly tumbling among white middle-class Americans, whether a new discipline called ‘blue-collar studies’ or ‘white middle-class studies’ should be added to these other established academic disciplines,” the professor said in a statement to The Daily Caller. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals have been having their way with white voters for some time - turnabout is fair play
High-Tech Wearable UV Patch Aims To Improve Sun Safety
One in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime. The damage from too much sun exposure doesn't usually appear until years later. But now there's a new high-tech way to monitor the potentially hazardous health effects of time in the sun — in real time. Junior lifeguard-in-training Tatiana Cruz spends a lot of time in the sun and is doing what she can to protect herself. "I use a lot of sunscreen. I like to re-load on the sunscreen every two hours," she told CBS News. CBS

Cow Carcasses Pile Up In California As Heat Wave Causes Mass Death
Central California's largest rendering plant is overwhelmed by the number of cows that died during a June heat wave, so officials are allowing dairy farmers to bury or compost hundreds of carcasses. The unusual run of heat last month - including nine straight days of triple-digit temperatures -- and a mechanical malfunction at Baker Commodities have contributed to the overload at the plant, the Fresno Bee reported Friday. Because of the excess carcasses, Baker stopped picking up from farms, leaving farmers without a place to send their dead animals. CBS


Trump Policy Shifts Contradict What Most Americans Want, Polls Reveal
A number of significant Trump administration policy changes fall out of line with views held by the majority of Americans, according to multiple recent polls. Obamacare's popularity has been steadily climbing since Trump took office, and two of his reversals of major Obama-era policies — Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord and to restrict access to Cuba — go against the views of most Americans, according to polls cited below. While Trump regularly touts his Electoral College victory, he lost the popular vote by a margin of nearly 3 million, which may be reflected in some of the post-election issue-based polling results. ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Rep. Tim Ryan Says Meditation Not Only Reduces His Stress, It May Help Him Work Better With Trump, Republicans
Rep. Tim Ryan believes meditating not only helps him navigate through tumultuous political waters but that it can be useful for the country in these uncertain times. “There's no better place to ... practice embracing uncertainty than in the United States Congress,” Ryan told ABC’s Dan Harris during an interview for his “10% Happier” podcast. “Especially now … nobody has a clue of what direction we’ll go in.” Ryan, D-Ohio, sat down with Harris and meditation teacher Jeff Warren during Harris' and Warren’s cross-country meditation road trip shortly after President Trump’s inauguration. The interview is the featured “10% Happier” podcast episode posted today. ABC

Trump Panel Voter Data Request Doesn't Harm Privacy, U.S. Claims
President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission should be allowed to collect voter information, the administration argued, opposing a lawsuit challenging the panel’s work as infringing on privacy rights. Since it only asked for publicly available data there is no risk, according to the filing. The Electronic Privacy Information Center sued July 3 to halt the information gathering, saying the commission overreached because it didn’t assess whether it might violate individuals’ privacy rights before going to the states and the District of Columbia. "The public interest weighs against emergency injunctive relief," the Justice Department said in a filing Wednesday in federal court in Washington. "The voter data that EPIC seeks to enjoin the Commission from collecting is already made publicly available by the states."
VOA VIEW: Trump may legally win this battle.

Giffords Becomes Latest Navy Littoral Ship To Call San Diego Home
Agile and fast, with a distinct trimaran hull borrowed from racing yachts and commercial ferries, the Pacific Fleet’s newest littoral combat ship sailed into San Diego on Wednesday. “I tell people that it looks as much like a spaceship on the inside as it does outside,” Fire Controlman 1st Class Samuel Johnson, a Virginia native, said as he bounded up some stairs toward the gun deck. Named after a former Arizona congresswoman who survived a 2011 assassination attempt but suffers from serious brain injuries, the Giffords became the ninth littoral vessel to enter the naval fleet and the seventh to call San Diego home. Neither the former congresswoman nor her husband, retired astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, were on hand for the warship’s Wednesday arrival. They had attended the ship’s commissioning ceremony on June 10 at the Port of Galveston in Texas. San Diego Union

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Trump’s Twitter Smackdown Of CNN Is His Most Retweeted Post
A mock video tweeted by President Donald Trump showing him pummeling a man whose face is covered by the CNN logo has become Trump's most-shared post on the platform. Trump's post Sunday morning of an edited clip of his appearance at the World Wrestling Entertainment Wrestlemania event in 2007 had been retweeted more than 340,000 times as of early Wednesday morning. The mark edges out his tweet from the morning of Election Day reading, "TODAY WE MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Anything that makes CNN look bad will be a major hit.

U.S. Warns China On Trade With North Korea If It Wants U.S. Trade
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned China on Wednesday that it risks its massive trade with the United States if its business with North Korea violates U.N. sanctions. In a hard-hitting speech at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council following Pyongyang's successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, she said that "the world has become a more dangerous place" and China has a key role in promoting peace and "preventing a catastrophe." Haley said the United States doesn't seek conflict — "in fact we seek to avoid it." But she said the launch of an ICBM "is a clear and sharp military escalation" and the U.S. is prepared to use its "considerable military forces" to defend itself and its allies "if we must." Las Vegas Sun

Panel Sets Confirmation Hearing Date For Trump’s FBI Pick
The confirmation hearing for Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump's choice for FBI director, will be held July 12. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday that his panel will hold the hearing next week for Wray, a white-collar defense lawyer with a strong law enforcement background. If confirmed by the Senate, Wray would replace James Comey. Trump fired Comey on May 9, touching off an outcry. Wray was a high-ranking official in George W. Bush's Justice Department and later represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Good - let's move on.

Federal Reserve Divided On Long-Term Outlook
The U.S. Federal Reserve is somewhat divided on the economy's long-term outlook, details from its June meeting showed Wednesday. The central bank voted to raise benchmark interest rates at last month's meeting, but the Fed's minutes reports, released Wednesday, showed that members were "less comfortable" about the long-term plan. The minutes showed that members were uncertain when to start reducing the bank's substantial balance sheet. Previously, some members have expressed a desire to start the process before the end of the year, while others preferred to see how the economy responds to changes brought on by the new U.S. administration. UPI

60% Of Voters Back Trump's Travel Ban
Six in 10 voters support President Donald Trump's travel ban from six predominantly Muslim nations, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll. Conversely, 28 percent were opposed to the poll question, which gauged support for "new guidelines" from the U.S. State Department, "which say visa applicants from six predominately Muslim countries must prove a close family relationship with a U.S. resident in order to enter the country." Trump's name and the president's executive orders were not mentioned in the question. On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed some elements of the 90-day travel ban to be implemented while the justices hear the merits of the case in the fall. The poll was conducted last Thursday and Friday among 1,989 registered voters. The margin of error is 2 percentage points. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security implemented the executive order Thursday night. UPI
VOA VIEW: The liberal media hates the number because it's even larger.

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The criminal investigations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are “moving forward at high speed,” but will not be rushing for short-cuts or to a result anytime soon, Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit told an accountants conference in Eilat on Wednesday. It is important to finish the probes to maintain the public’s faith in the system, but “even more important... is to clarify the suspicions in an optimal manner and to gather evidence in a proper and professional manner,” he said. Jerusaelm Post

Thirty years after India became the first non-Muslim state to recognize the “State of Palestine,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed off on a joint statement on Wednesday that mentioned the Palestinian-Israel diplomatic process, but made no reference to a two state solution. The 20th clause of a 21-clause document that was issued following the two leaders’ lengthy working meeting referred to the diplomatic process. Jerusalem Post

US Laptop Ban Lifted On Emirates And Turkish Airlines
Emirates and Turkish Airlines have said the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on their flights to the US. In March, the US banned laptops and other large electronic devices to and from eight mostly Muslim nations, fearing bombs may be concealed in them. Emirates, which flies to the US from its Dubai hub, said it worked with US authorities to meet new security rules. Turkish Airlines said it was also now allowing passengers travelling to the US to take their laptops onboard. BBC

Sharp Focus On Alzheimer's May Help Target Drugs
Abnormal deposits that build up in the brain during Alzheimer's have been pictured in unprecedented detail by UK scientists. The team at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology says its findings "open up a whole new era" in neurodegenerative disease. Their work should make it easier to design drugs to stop brain cells dying. The researchers used brain tissue from a 74-year-old woman who died after having Alzheimer's disease. BBC

Investigators Explore If Russia Colluded With Pro-Trump Sites During US Election
The spread of Russian-made fake news stories aimed at discrediting Hillary Clinton on social media is emerging as an important line of inquiry in multiple investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Investigators are looking into whether Trump supporters and far-right websites coordinated with Moscow over the release of fake news, including stories implicating Clinton in murder or paedophilia, or paid to boost those stories on Facebook. The head of the Trump digital camp, Brad Parscale, has reportedly been summoned to appear before the House intelligence committee looking into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 US election. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee carrying out a parallel inquiry, has said that at least 1,000 “paid internet trolls working out of a facility in Russia” were pumping anti-Clinton fake news into social media sites during the campaign. Guardian

Theresa May To Discuss Paris Accord With Donald Trump At G20
Theresa May will raise the issue of climate change with Donald Trump this weekend when the pair meet for the first time since she lost her majority in the general election. They will talk at the G20 summit in Hamburg, which runs on Friday and Saturday. The two leaders will hold a formal bilateral meeting, at which the prime minister plans to tell the US president she does not believe the Paris climate change agreement needs to be renegotiated. Trump caused consternation worldwide last month when he confirmed that he wanted to withdraw from the pact. Guardian

British Troops 'Should Stay In Iraq' To Aid Stability After Isil Is Defeated, Foreign Minister Says
British troops should stay in Iraq after the defeat of Isil to prevent the emergence of a security vacuum that remnants of the terrorist group could exploit, the country’s foreign minister has said. Ibrahim al-Jaafari said although the nine-month battle for the city of Mosul would be over “in a matter of days,” continued military support and investment from coalition nations would be crucial to defeating the insurgency in the long term. “British and American troops of the global coalition have played a very important role in delivering intelligence, training of the Iraqi security forces and providing logistics and weapons support,” Mr al-Jaafari said in an interview in London. Telegraph

When Putin Meets Trump: What To Expect From The Historic Encounter
The messaging could not have been more transparent. On Monday afternoon, days before Donald Trump, the US president, and Russian leader Vladimir Putin meet face to face for the first time, twin statues of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev were unveiled in Moscow. The statues of the two statesmen credited with ending the last Cold War were a not particularly subtle call for Mr Trump and Mr Putin to channel their predecessors’ spirits when they meet at the G20 in Hamburg later this week. Telegraph

Secretary-General Outlines Steps To Strengthen UN’s Development Framework
Stating that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the “boldest agenda for humanity” and requires equally bold changes in the United Nations development system, Secretary-General António Guterres today outlined steps to better place the Organization to deliver tangible results in the lives of the people it serves. “We need to change in order to secure the promise of sustainable development, human rights and peace for our grandchildren and we have no time to lose,” Mr. Guterres told the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). UN News

UN Experts Urge US State Of Virginia To Halt Execution Of Man With Mental Disorder
Two United Nations human rights experts have urged the US state of Virginia to cancel the planned execution on Thursday of a man with psychosocial disability. “We urge the authorities to annul the death sentence against Mr. [William] Morva and to retry him in compliance with international standards related to due process and fair trial,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, Agnes Callamard, and on right to health, Dainius P?ras, in a news release. UN News

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