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Trump Rips Obama, Dems On Russia Election Meddling Response
President Trump on Sunday slammed former President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats, questioning why they didn’t appear to respond appropriately to signs that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. In a series of tweets following the weekend G-20 summit, Trump also appeared to suggest that reports about members of the U.S. intelligence community unanimously concluding that Russia meddled in the race are not accurate. Fox
VOA VIEW: Trump is asking a very important question and fact.

Jared Kushner Wanted Secret Communications Channel With Russia, New Report Alleges
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of the senior advisers in the Trump administration, was seeking a private communications channel with the Kremlin, according to a new report in The Washington Post. Kushner and Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington, spoke of the possibility of coordinating a secret and secure communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports told The Post. Fox
VOA VIEW: The real truth and consequences are.

Donald Trump Puts US In A Club Of One
The lonely US role at the G20 summit, a forum of the world's most powerful economies that Washington once dominated, is exactly consistent with what Trump sees as his mandate for a nationalistic, "America first" foreign policy. As Trump boarded Air Force One in Germany for the long flight across the Atlantic, some G20 leaders were left to reflect that their fears that he would be a disruptive force on the world stage have unarguably come true. By now, most US allies had expected to be settling into the Hillary Clinton era, forging progress based on a shared vision of Western civilization, pursuing familiar multilateral approaches to saving the planet and to globalization. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN continues their ignorant anti Trump banter.

G20 Closes With Rebuke To Trump's Climate Change Stance
German Chancellor Angela Merkel closed the G20 summit in Hamburg with a rebuke to President Donald Trump's stance on climate change, but the group of the world's economic leaders appeared to make a concession on his protectionist trade policies. Officials had been at an impasse over an increasingly isolationist United States and Trump's climate change and trade policies for most of the summit, and Merkel made it clear the United States had made talks difficult. "Unfortunately -- and I deplore this -- the United States of America left the climate agreement, or rather announced their intention of doing this," Merkel said as she closed the summit and presented a G20 declaration. CNN
VOA VIEW: The CNN spin is anti Trump and America First - expected from the Communist News Network.

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Klan Members Rally Against Removal Of General Lee Statue In Virginia
A few dozen Ku Klux Klan members and supporters shouted "white power" at a rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia where they protested against a city council decision to remove a statute honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The group was guarded by scores of police and outnumbered by hundreds of counter-protesters who waved signs denouncing racism. Anti-KKK protesters raised their voices in chants and shouts, drowning out speeches from the white supremacists, live video feeds on social media showed. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The KKK is a bad organization that did not help the anti white quest.

Wildfire In California Canyons Spreads Overnight
A fast-moving wildfire burned overnight through thousands more acres of steep terrain near California's central coast, officials said on Sunday, as high temperatures and parched vegetation fueled dozens of blazes in the U.S. West and Southwest. The Alamo Fire has engulfed about 23,900 acres in the area of the border between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, a few miles from the city of Santa Maria, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire for short. That was up from 19,000 acres on Saturday evening. Reuters

GOP Still Struggles To Sell Health Care, Heading Into Critical Week
When Congress returns to work Monday, Senate Republicans will press forward with their attempt to reform the nation's health care system, an effort that has been hampered for months by internal divisions and an ineffective and inconsistent public relations push. Low approval ratings have plagued the GOP's health care bill throughout the party's effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The reasons: A secretive process that ignored public input, a disengaged president who hasn't energized his base, and the task of selling a bill its own party can't get behind. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: The GOP Senate better get their act together - they have much to lose in 2018.

Graham Slams ‘Disastrous Meeting’ With Putin, Calls Russia Trump’s ‘Blind Spot’
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., blasted President Donald Trump on Sunday for his administration’s lack of a response to Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 election, saying, “this whole idea of movhttp://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-time-work-constructively-russia/story?id=48530164ing forward without punishing Russia is undercutting his entire presidency.” Earlier Sunday, Trump fired off a series of tweets on his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Germany, writing, “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded.” MSNBC
VOA VIEW: MSNBC spins the wrong rhetoric.

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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. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The FBI has failed to act.

Why Doctors In The Know No Longer Prescribe Metformin
Until recently, diabetics looking for doctor-approved, drug-free treatment options were out of luck. But a growing number of health experts believe those days are behind us. Dr. Marlene Merritt (DOM, MS Nutrition), an Austin-based doctor who used to suffer high blood sugar herself, made a recent announcement that is sending shockwaves through the medical community. Dr. Merritt knew all too well that commonly-prescribed diabetes drugs like Metformin came with a host of unwanted side effects, and was determined to find a natural, drug-free solution that could actually eliminate the disease, not just treat its symptoms. Washington Times

Another Year, Another Budget-Deadline Quandary For Wolf
Come Monday night, Gov. Wolf will likely find himself in the same position he did last year: deciding whether to allow a multibillion-dollar spending bill to lapse into law, even though there is no plan for how to pay for it. Though the Republican-controlled legislature continued trying to find common ground on a revenue package Sunday, late at night it showed no sign of a deal. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R., Centre) said late Sunday that from a logistical standpoint, it was becoming increasingly unlikely that a revenue package would be passed by Monday night. He said the Senate would stay at the Capitol and keep working on a deal. “It is our plan to stay here until we get some sort of agreement,” he said. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: Scary!

Trump Jr. Was Promised Damaging Info About Clinton
A New York Times report Sunday citing advisers to the White House briefed on the encounter said Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting after being promised information damaging to Hillary Clinton. The June meeting at Trump Tower with attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya involved Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, who was then the campaign chairman. The existence of the meeting was disclosed only recently to government officials and confirmed on Saturday by representatives of Trump Jr. and Kushner following a separate Times report. Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump Says It's "Time To Move Forward In Working Constructively" With Russia
Hours after returning from the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, where he had his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump tweeted Sunday morning that "it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!" Mr. Trump recounted his meeting with Putin in a series of tweets, saying he "strongly pressed" the president on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, and that Putin "vehemently denied it." "I've already given my opinion," Mr. Trump tweeted. He continued: "We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!"  CBS

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Haley Says China May Face Trade Sanctions If It Continues To “Hold Hands” With N. Korea
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the U.S. is going to "push hard" against China amid threats from North Korea, and that China needs to do more when it comes to the country that just days ago test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). "We're going to go ahead and push for a strong resolution against North Korea," Haley told CBS News' John Dickerson on "Face the Nation." "I think it will be very telling based on how other countries respond whether they want to hold Kim Jong Un's hand through this process or whether they want to be on the side of so many countries who know that this is a dangerous person with the access to an ICBM." CBS

China Says US Has Apologized For Taiwan Name Gaffe
The United States has apologized for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan, China said Monday. Chinese scholars said the error shows a lack of competence in the White House that is not conducive to healthy U.S.-China relations. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China asked the United States for an explanation of the mistake, and the U.S. said it was a technical error. Washington apologized and corrected the error, Geng said at a daily news briefing. In a statement issued Saturday about a meeting in Germany between Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump, the White House press office described Xi as president of the Republic of China, the formal name for Taiwan. Communist China, led by Xi, is called the People's Republic of China. The issue is particularly sensitive because Beijing insists that Taiwan is part of its territory. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: The minor mistake was reported by the liberal media.

Iraqi Prime Minister Congratulates Armed Forces On 'Great Victory' Against Islamic State In Mosul
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi flew to war-ravaged Mosul on Sunday to congratulate the country’s armed forces as they were on the cusp of defeating Islamic State militants in what was once the crown jewel of their self-declared caliphate. Dressed in a black Iraqi special forces uniform and flanked by military commanders, Abadi applauded “the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people for achieving the great victory,” according to a statement from his office. Abadi’s kudos, however, fell short of a “mission accomplished” declaration marking the end of a nearly nine-month campaign to rout the extremists from Iraq’s second-largest city. “One or two pockets of the remnants of Daesh remain,” the government conceded in a later statement, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State. San Diego Union

Magnitude 3.7 Earthquake Strikes Near Hayfork, California
The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 3.7 earthquake struck near Hayfork, California on Sunday. The quake hit at 5:44 PM local time at a depth of 29 kilometers. There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. More information on this earthquake is available on the USGS event page. See the latest USGS quake alerts, report feeling earthquake activity and tour interactive fault maps in the earthquake section. SF Gate

Afghan StudentsDenied US Visa To Attend Robot Competition
Six female students from war-torn Afghanistan who had hoped to participate in an international robotics competition in the U.S. this month will have to watch via video link after their visa applications were denied — not once, but twice. The girls wanted to show the world that Afghans can also construct a hand-made robot. But of 162 teams who planned to participate, the Afghan girls are the only nation's team to be denied visas by the U.S. and must participate from afar, watching from their hometown in western Afghanistan. "When we heard that we were rejected we lost hope," said 14-year-old Sumaya Farooqi. "We applied again for the U.S. visa and we were rejected again." SF Gate

Trump 'Absolutely Did Not Believe' Putin's Denial Of Election Meddling, Official Says
President Trump’s chief of staff pushed back against a narrative by Russia that Trump accepted Russian President Vladmir Putin’s denial of having interfered in the U.S. presidential election. “The president absolutely did not believe the denial of President Putin," White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday” of Trump's meeting with Putin on Saturday. Priebus’ assertion came on the same morning that Trump tweeted that it is time to work "constructively with Russia." ABC
VOA VIEW: What more need be said.?

Schumer Calls On FDA To Regulate 'Snortable Chocolate'
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal regulators to look into a "snortable chocolate" powder, saying he's worried that it could prove harmful and is being marketed like a drug. In a letter Saturday, the New York Democrat asked the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the use of caffeine in inhalable food products such as so-called Coco Loko. It's gotten buzz in recent weeks. Schumer, the Senate minority leader, says there are too many unanswered questions about a product pitched under the innocent-sounding name of chocolate. ABC

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Mnuchin Says Tax Plan Objective Is Still For Middle-Income Cut
The White House intends to make its plan for a major tax overhaul public by September and is “absolutely committed” to getting the changes through Congress by the end of the year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. The objective of the proposal is still a middle-income tax cut, Mnuchin said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. He added that the administration wants to be “sensitive” to the concerns of high-tax states including New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Good!

Category 3 Hurricane Off Mexico's Pacific Coast
Hurricane Eugene has grown into a Category 3 storm in the Pacific Ocean off of Mexico, but forecasters say it's not expected to threaten land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph) Sunday morning while it was centered about 565 miles (910 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. The storm was moving toward the north-northwest at 10 mph (17 kph). The center says Eugene is expected to stay well offshore before dissipating late in the coming week after moving over colder waters. Bloomberg

Trump Creating Hardship, Danger By Widening Net On ICE Arrests
Immigration arrests are up 39 percent thus far in Donald Trump’s presidency compared to the same period in 2016 — Jan. 22 to June 24. No doubt, Trump would love for Americans to believe that’s proof of follow-through on his campaign promise to kick “really bad dudes” out of the country. But is someone driving without a license a really bad dude? Is someone whose record contains only a years-old DUI conviction a really bad dude? No, which is why the increase in arrests is a cause for alarm. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Trump is delivering and the liberals hate the truth.

German Exports Higher In May, Trade Surplus Widens
German exports were up 1.4 percent in May compared with the previous month, outpacing import growth and pushing the country's trade surplus higher. The Federal Statistical Office said Monday that imports to Europe's biggest economy were up 1.2 percent in May. The seasonally adjusted trade surplus was up to 20.3 billion euros ($23.1 billion) from 19.8 billion euros in April. The figures follow data last week showing that factory orders and industrial production both increased in May. Tampa Tribune

Trump's Immigration Stance Fuels Opposition With Millions In Donations And Volunteers
President Trump's broad efforts to curb immigration have produced a windfall for immigrant advocacy groups: more donations, more volunteers and more efforts to work in unison. The clearest evidence occurs Monday, when the largest immigration advocacy organization in the country, the National Council of La Raza, will change its name to "UnidosUS," or "United U.S." President Janet Murguía said the change was in the works before Trump came into office, but fits the new strategy of collective resistance. "It's is a call to action for all Latinos, but it also signals a message for others to join us," said Murguía, who will announce the change during a speech in Phoenix. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Best Tippers? Gender And Political Affiliation May Factor Into How You Tip At Restaurants
Are you a Republican man from Connecticut paying for your meal with a credit card? You’re probably a great tipper, according to a new report from CreditCards.com.
The credit card information website teamed up with researchers from Princeton and surveyed hundreds of adults across the U.S. Their study indicates that the best tippers are men, Republicans, from the Northeast, and customers paying with a credit or debit card. These groups generally tip a median of 20% when dining at a restaurant. The study indicated that women, Democrats, Southerners, and those paying in cash leave a 15-16% tip, on average. USA Today

Rail Commuters Into New York Face New Routine
Rail commuters into New York City are facing new routines as Amtrak begins extensive repairs to tracks and signals in Penn Station. The work began as Monday morning's rush got off to a slow start for several hundred thousand commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit. They'll have to contend with fewer trains during peak periods, the result of track closures in Penn Station. NJ Transit executive director Steve Santoro says this "will not be a normal commute." NJ Transit is diverting some rush hour trains to Hoboken, where passengers can switch to PATH trains or ferries. Tampa Tribune

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Black Homeowners Struggle As US Housing Market Recovers
The nation's homeownership rate appears to be stabilizing as people rebound from the 2007 recession that left millions unemployed and home values underwater, according to the report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. But it found African-Americans aren't sharing in the recovery, even as whites, Asian-Americans and Latinos slowly see gains in home-buying. The center said the disparity between whites and blacks is at its highest in 70-plus years of data. Experts say reasons for the lower homeownership rate range from historic underemployment and low wages to a recession-related foreclosure crisis that hit black communities particularly hard. In 2004, the pinnacle of U.S. homeownership, three-quarters of whites and nearly half of blacks owned homes, according to the Harvard study. Las Vegas Sun

KKK Rally Outnumbered By Counterprotesters
About 50 Ku Klux Klanmarchs protesting the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlotteville, Va., were outnumbered by an estimated 1,000 counterprotesters. On Saturday the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan protested the city's decision to take down the statute of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and rename the eponymous park that houses the statue. The clansmen, some in Klan robes and carrying flags, gathered around the base of another statue, a statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson, during the hourlong rally. UPI

Priebus: Trump Won’t Let Putin’s Election Meddling Go Unpunished
The fact that President Trump wants a better working relationship with Vladmir Putin doesn’t mean he’s letting the Kremlin go unpunished for Election Day meddling, chief of staff Reince Priebus insisted Sunday. “It doesn’t mean they’re off the hook, but what it means is, is that we’re not going to forgo progress simply because we have a disagreement in regards to this meddling in the United States election,” Priebus told “Fox News Sunday.” During their one-on-one meeting at the G-20 summit, Putin stood by his denials of orchestrating interference in the 2016 presidential election. Priebus denied Russian reports that Trump accepted Putin’s position. NY Post
VOA VIEW: It's clear.

Turkish Citizens March Against Erdogan's Government
 A 280-mile, 25-day march against the policies of Turkey's government ended with a massive rally in Istanbul on Sunday. The "March for Justice" started as just a one-man protest on June 15 by opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who vowed to walk from the capital, Ankara, to Istanbul after the imprisonment of one of his party's MPs, Enis Berberoglu, for giving an opposition journalist video allegedly showing Turkey sending weapons into Syria. He has walked roughly 12 and half miles per day. Citizens joined him along the way to protest the actions of their president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. UPI

Trump Urges Action On Health Care As Congress Returns For July Session
President Donald Trump on Sunday and Monday sounded a renewed call for action by Congress to overhaul the Obama health law, even as GOP Senators raised more red flags about whether Republicans can even come to an agreement on a health care bill, as there was little evidence that a ten day break had broken the ice on the issue, which has left Republicans in Congress – and the President – frustrated at the lack of final action. “I listened as Republicans pushed the Repeal and Replace of ObamaCare,” the President tweeted on Sunday afternoon. “Now they finally have their chance!” Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Republicans better pull a rabbit out of their a.. .

Trump Backs Away From Russia Cyber Security Proposal
President Trump late Sunday backed away from his early morning proposal to form a cyber security partnership with Russian President Vladimir Putin after prominent Republicans panned the idea all day. “The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen,” Trump tweeted at 8:45 pm. “It can’t —but a ceasefire can, & did!” That’s a sharp turn from 13 hours earlier when Trump said he wants to move past Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election and work “constructively” with Putin. Trump announced at 7:50 a.m. the two superpowers discussed forming “an impenetrable Cyber Security unit” to safeguard against election hacking. NY Post

Neomi Rao, The Scholar Who Will Help Lead Trump’s Regulatory Assault
When George Mason University changed the name of its law school last year to honor Antonin Scalia, the late conservative Supreme Court justice, the tribute rankled many liberal faculty members and students. That the naming was tied to a multimillion-dollar donation from the conservative Charles Koch Foundation only heightened concerns. One outspoken advocate for the name change was Neomi Rao, an associate law professor who had come to know Mr. Scalia while serving as a clerk for Clarence Thomas, another conservative member of the court. Ms. Rao, a Republican, publicly celebrated the legacy of Mr. Scalia and praised the Koch donation as “game changing” for the law school. But quietly, Ms. Rao also worked to win over liberal critics. In a public relations coup, she helped secure an endorsement for the name change from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the Supreme Court’s most liberal justices and a longtime friend of Mr. Scalia. Justice Ginsburg described the school’s renaming as “altogether fitting.” NY Times
VOA VIEW: The naming was good for the school.

Turkey's Opposition Leader Visits Prison And Demands Justice
The leader of Turkey's main opposition party has visited a party lawmaker whose imprisonment inspired a 25-day protest march. Enis Berberoglu was sentenced to 25 years in prison last month for allegedly leaking footage to an opposition newspaper suggesting Turkey smuggled arms to Islamist rebels in Syria. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the Republican People's Party's leader, told reporters outside an Istanbul prison on Monday that "justice has been convicted and jailed." He says jailing people "unjustly" would create "deep wounds" in society. The party leader marched 450 kilometers (280 miles) and was joined by tens of thousands in what grew into a protest of the massive government crackdown following last summer's failed coup. Houston Chronicle

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NETANYAHU WARNS AGAINST IRANIAN MOVE-IN AMID CEASEFIRE IN SOUTHWEST SYRIA
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that a ceasefire plan that took effect at noon in southwestern Syria should not allow for a vacuum to be filled by Iran and its proxies in the area near the border with Israel. Netanyahu added that Israel would welcome a genuine ceasefire in Syria, but heeded caution in addressing the latest international attempt at peacemaking in the Syrian conflict. Jerusalem Post

IRAQ ANNOUNCES 'VICTORY' OVER ISLAMIC STATE IN MOSUL
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday and congratulated the armed forces for their "victory" over Islamic State after nearly nine months of urban warfare, bringing an end to jihadist rule in the city. Islamic State's defeat in Mosul three years after taking the city is a major blow for the radical Sunni Muslim group, which is also losing ground in its operational base in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where it has planned global attacks. Jerusalem Post

Unesco Declares Hebron's Old City Palestinian World Heritage Site
Unesco has designated Hebron's Old City and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the occupied West Bank a Palestinian World Heritage site despite Israeli protests.
A resolution passed by a committee of the UN cultural agency also put them on a list of sites considered "in danger". The Tomb of the Patriarchs - also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque - is revered by Jews, Muslim and Christians as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob's burial place. It is the second holiest site in Judaism and the fourth in Islam. It has been a flashpoint for decades, with several hundred Jewish settlers living in enclaves nearby, surrounded by some 200,000 Palestinians. BBC

Donald Trump Jr Met Russian Lawyer Before Election
The US president's son, Donald Trump Jr, has admitted meeting a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer last year. The encounter is thought to be the first confirmed private meeting between a Russian national and a member of Donald Trump's inner circle. A special prosecutor is investigating whether Trump associates colluded with alleged Russian efforts to influence last November's US election. Both Mr Trump Jr and the lawyer say the campaign was not discussed. Mr Trump Jr was accompanied by the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign head Paul J Manafort, meeting Natalia Veselnitskaya at New York's Trump Tower on 9 June, two weeks after Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination. BBC

Trump's Growth Problem: Jobs Boost Masks Trouble Ahead For US Economy
June shone a little brighter for Donald Trump’s plans to Make America Great Again. After several months of disappointing jobs growth, US hiring picked up steam again. But beneath the surface there’s a problem for the president: the US economy appears to be running out of gas. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the US had added 222,000 new jobs in June, comfortably beating expectations. But, once again, most of those jobs were in low-paying industries, and wages are barely keeping pace with inflation. Manufacturing languished while food services and healthcare led the pack. Guardian

'There's Nothing To Lose': Charlie Gard's Mother Pleads For US Treatment
The mother of the critically ill baby Charlie Gard has called for permission to take him to the US for experimental treatment because “there’s nothing to lose”. Charlie’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, spoke to supporters and members of the press at a rally on Sunday near Great Ormond Street hospital, where he is being treated.
Gard said the hospital was fantastic and its doctors were specialists in a lot of conditions, but not Charlie’s. “The specialists are in America and that’s where we want to go,” Gard said. Guardian

'Tipping Point For Nuclear War' - North Korea Lashes Out After US Practice Bombing Run
North Korea on Sunday lashed out at a live-fire drill the US and South Korea staged in a show of force against Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the "tipping point" of nuclear war. The allies held the rare live-fire drill as tensions grew over the peninsula following the North's first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test held last week. The test sparked global alarm as it suggested North Korea now possessed an ICBM capable of reaching Alaska, a major milestone for the reclusive, nuclear-armed state. Telegraph

UN Condemns Terrorist Attack In Rafah, Egypt
Condemning yesterday's terrorist attack against a checkpoint in Rafah, Egypt, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council have underscored the need to bring the perpetrators to justice. In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres “reiterated the UN's support to the Government of Egypt in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.” “The Secretary-General hopes those responsible for the cowardly act will be swiftly brought to justice,” the statement added. According to reports, at least 23 Egyptian soldiers were killed and many injured in the attack. UN News

Five Years Into South Sudan's Independence, Children Denied Childhoods – UNICEF
As South Sudan enters its sixth year of independence, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is calling the situation in the country “a catastrophe for children” and cautioned that they are being denied a childhood in nearly all aspects of their lives. “A country's independence day should be celebrated. However, today in South Sudan, there will be no celebration for the millions of children caught up in this conflict,” said Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF's Representative in South Sudan, on the occasion of South Sudan's Independence Day on 9 July. He noted that children in South Sudan are suffering “unthinkable hardships and setbacks” in their education, nutrition, health and other rights. UN News

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