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Obama To Appear At Democratic Fundraiser
Former President Barack Obama will appear at a Democratic fundraiser in the nation's capital later this week, one of the first times he has appeared on behalf of party causes since leaving the White House. Obama will appear at a fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee at a private residence in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. "Restoring fairness to our democracy by advocating for fairer, more inclusive district maps around the country is a priority for President Obama," spokesman Kevin Lewis said Monday. Fox
VOA VIEW: How much will they take in?

Jane Sanders Land Deal: Federal Probe Reportedly Seeking Grand Jury Testimony
A federal probe into allegations that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wife fraudulently obtained a nearly $10 million loan for a land expansion at a Vermont college has intensified, with prosecutors reportedly calling a state official to testify before a grand jury. The federal investigation is focused on actions by Jane Sanders in 2010, when she was president of Burlington College. At the time, she sought a multi-million dollar loan for a new campus on 33 acres along Lake Champlain. Sanders reportedly told college trustees and bank lenders that the college had millions of dollars in donations that could be used to repay the loan. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Lying on a loan application without financial backing is not good.

Comey Friend: No Memos Given To Me Were Marked Classified
The Columbia University Law School professor and confidant of former FBI Director James Comey refuted a charge by President Donald Trump and his advocates in the media Monday: that Comey shared classified information with journalists. Daniel Richman, with whom Comey shared at least one memo -- the contents of which Richman shared with New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt -- said President Trump was simply wrong. "No memo was given to me that was marked 'classified,'" Daniel Richman told CNN. "No memo was passed on to the Times." CNN
VOA VIEW: No memo had to be marked classified to be classified.

Trump Largely Absent In Final Health Care Sprint
President Donald Trump has no plans to play a larger role in selling the Republican health care bill this week, an administration official told CNN Monday. Though he often touts himself as the ultimate salesman with a knack for closing deals, he has remained tight-lipped and out of the spotlight, letting others make the last-minute push for health care reform for him. There are no plans for Trump to travel the country to pitch the bill, the official said. CNN
VOA VIEW: No administration official trusts CNN - no one does.

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As N. Korea Warns Of Nuclear War; Haley Seeks Strong Response From U.N.
As the U.S. looks towards securing a strong U.N. Security Council resolution responding to North Korea’s missile launch, Pyongyang on Sunday ratcheted up the rhetoric, warning of a nuclear conflict and “another world war.” North Korea’s foreign ministry also signaled that the U.S. could expect more “gift packages” of various types, feeding into concerns that the regime may be planning more launches – or possibly the first nuclear test of the Trump era. The latest statements came after live-fire drills on Friday involving U.S. and South Korean aircraft, including two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer heavy bombers which flew to the peninsula from Guam.
Accusing the U.S. of “playing with fire,” the Rodong Sinmun regime organ said that “a simple misjudgment or mistake may lead to the outbreak of a nuclear war and that, in turn, is sure to lead to a new world war.” CNS
VOA VIEW: North Korea has been a threat to the world for some time - they have to be put in check.

Sen. Klobuchar: Donald Jr.’s Meeting With Russian ‘Getting Very Close To A Serious, Serious Matter’
Unwilling to give President Trump any credit for his recent trip to the G20 and Poland, the liberal cable television networks on Monday morning returned to the “Russia collusion” allegations with a vengeance. Most of the talk on MSNBC and CNN stemmed from a front-page New York Times report, headlined: "Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton." According to The New York Times report, Donald Trump Jr. met with a "Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer" in June 2016. Also at the meeting were then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday that she would not opine on whether Donald Jr. committed a crime in agreeing to receive negative information about the opposing campaign, “but we are getting very close to a serious, serious matter here,” she said. CNS
VOA VIEW: Let's get real - Liberal CNN and MSNBC rhetoric.

ACLU In Lawsuit Alleges Trump's Election Panel Is Too Secret
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against U.S. President Donald Trump's election commission on Monday, saying it had failed to follow federal law governing public access and transparency for such advisory groups. The ACLU said in a statement that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity had already held its first meeting without giving any notice and that its upcoming meeting would only be available via webcast. The commission last week said it would meet on July 19 in Washington near the White House. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Safety and security is a big concern.

Honda Confirms 11th U.S. Death Tied To Ruptured Takata Air Bag Inflator
Honda Motor Co (7267.T) said on Monday it had confirmed an 11th U.S. death involving one of its vehicles tied to a faulty Takata Corp (7312.T) air bag inflator. The Japanese automaker said the incident occurred in Florida in June 2016 when an individual was working on repairs on a 2001 Honda Accord and the air bag ruptured. At least 17 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide are now tied to the defect that prompted the largest ever auto safety recall and led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection last month. Reuters

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Top US Diplomat Lands In Qatar, Hoping To Help End Gulf Rift
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed in Qatar on Tuesday on a mission to break the deadlock between the tiny, energy-rich Gulf nation and four Arab neighbors that is seriously straining relations among the American allies. The visit is Tillerson's second stop on a shuttle-diplomacy tour that is also expected to take him to Saudi Arabia, which shares Qatar's only land border and is the most powerful of the four countries lined up against it. The diplomat, a former oilman with years of experience in the region, held talks Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, during his first stop in the Gulf on Monday evening. The Kuwaiti leader has been acting as a mediator between Qatar and the quartet of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Tampa Tribune

North Korea Missile May Not Have Re-Entered Atmosphere
North Korea has not been able to fully develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, and it's unknown whether last week's launch successfully re-entered the atmosphere, the Yonhap news agency in South Korea reported Tuesday. The missile launched July 4 had the distance to reach the U.S. mainland — and marked the latest escalation of the North's nuclear program. North Korea said it developed an ICBM that could ferry a large nuclear warhead, but it may have been an unsubstantiated boast, Rep. Yi Wan-young of the Liberty Korea Party said after a meeting with officials from the National Intelligence Service, according to Yonhap. Yi also said North Korea is capable of conducting a nuclear test at its Punggye-Ri site at any time, but there was no signs of an immediate detonation, the news agency reported. USA Today

Why Europe Has A Greater Terror Problem Than The United States
Recent terror attacks in the United States are far less common than in Europe, and Americans can thank geography and assimilation for that. There were 100 attacks that killed 97 people in the U.S. in 2015-2016, compared to 604 attacks that claimed 383 victims in Western Europe during the same time period, according to the University of Maryland's Global Terrorism Database. "There are oceans separating North America from the main conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa," where recent terrorists have been radicalized, said Phil Gurski, a former Canadian intelligence analyst who runs a threat and risk consulting firm. "It is far easier for extremists to get to Italy from Libya than it is for them to go from Libya to Canada or the U.S."  USA Today
VOA VIEW: The US has better controls and law enforcement.

Amazon Says 900 Jobs Will Be Added At New Boston Office
Amazon says it will add 900 jobs at a Boston office that’s set to open next spring. The online retail company said Monday it has signed a lease for a 150,000-square-foot (14,000-sqare-meter) space in a building along Fort Point Channel. It plans to hire people to work on its Alexa voice-activated technology, logistics and other business lines. Amazon has space in the Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and in Cambridge’s Kendall Square neighborhood. The new Boston office will be near General Electric’s new world headquarters, which is under construction. General Electric announced in March it bought about 2.5 acres (1 hectare) in South Boston from Procter & Gamble. Boston Globe

Islamic State Built In Staying Power With Global Jihadis
The Islamic State group's mix of a local insurgency and digitally-connected global jihadis gives the group staying power and the means to relaunch its future, from small cells of extremists escaping the war zone in Iraq and Syria to those who never went there in the first place. The impending loss of Mosul and Raqqa cuts out the urban heart of its self-proclaimed caliphate, but the extremist organization has built-in plans to endure and has shown a degree of flexibility that will be difficult to counteract.
For more than a year, Islamic State has acknowledged the possibility of losing the territory that propelled it to the forefront of the global jihadi movement — and drew thousands of foreign fighters. Islamic State's goal since then has been to maintain its local and global support base in the face of overwhelming defeat. Whether it succeeds depends on what happens well after today's battles are over. SF Gate

National Council Of La Raza Changes Name To UnidosUS
The National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino advocacy organization, is changing its name to UnidosUS. The change was announced by NCLR during its annual conference in Arizona, where it traces its roots. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía was expected to officially announce the change in a speech Monday night.
"We've been working really hard on this process for some time. It was our own community that led us to the UnidosUS name," Murguía told NBC Latino. Unidos, which translates to united, is meant to show unity among Latino communities but also help NCLR transform into a group that joins all communities, according to Murguía. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Why is the term NCLR still used?

Europe Pushes Ahead Its Agenda Without Trump After G-20
When President Donald Trump returned from his second trip to Europe in as many months, he presented his visit to the Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg as a "great success." The outlook from this side of the Atlantic, however, was less enthusiastic, with Europeans viewing the American president as more isolated than ever.
“Generally, Trump didn’t impress very many leaders on European side,” said Susi Dennison, director of the European Power program at the European Council on Foreign Relations. “If he did have a clear set of outcomes that he wanted to achieve at the meeting, it wasn’t evident that was accomplished.” MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal confusing MSNBC rhetoric.

Trump Cancels Obama’s Special Immigration Program For Foreign Entrepreneurs
The Trump administration put a hold Monday on an Obama-era policy that was designed to encourage foreign entrepreneurs to settle in the U.S. to build their companies, saying immigration officials are already overwhelmed with more important work. It’s the latest of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to be unwound by President Trump, and it comes a week before the new policy was to take effect. Under the now-delayed program, foreigners who were trying to build or invest in startup companies were to be granted “parole” into the U.S., which is special permission to be here with legal status and a work permit — and a potential chance at eventual citizenship. Washington Times

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VA Denies Claims For Gulf War Illness More Often
Veterans claiming “Gulf War illness” are about three times less likely than other veterans to have their disability claims approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a new watchdog report Monday that recommended the agency beef up its response to the illness. The Government Accountability Office said the VA handled about 11,400 claims for Gulf War illness (GWI) in fiscal 2015, more than double the number of claims filed in 2010. But approval rates for GWI were about three times lower than all other veterans’ claimed disabilities, GAO said. Washington Times

Chris Christie Calls Constituent A "Bum" After He Was Called A "Fat***" On Radio Show
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie feuded Monday with a constituent who called into the sports radio show that the governor was guest-hosting. "Governor, next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put your fat*** in a car and go to one that's open to all your constituents -- not just you and yours," said a caller, who was introduced as Mike from Montclair, New Jersey. "I love getting calls from communists in Montclair," said Christie, a Republican.
"You're a bully governor, and I don't like bullies," the caller said. "I'm not the one who came on the air...swore on the air...you're swearing on the air, Mike. You're a bum," Christie replied. Christie said that in his last election in 2013, he won 19 out of 21 counties and received 61 percent of the vote, but he said, "I lost Montclair." CBS

Real Estate, Banks Slip In U.S. Markets
Wall Street capped a mostly listless day of trading Monday with an uneven finish for U.S. stock indexes. Gains by technology and materials stocks were mostly outweighed by losses among real estate companies, banks, and other sectors. Macy's and other big retailers also took hefty losses. Energy companies rose as the price of crude oil rebounded from an early slide. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.25 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,427.43. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 5.82 points, or 0.03 percent, to 21,408.52. The Nasdaq composite rose 23.31 points, or 0.4 percent, to 6,176.39. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 7.36 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,408.47. Philadelphia Inquirer

Man Who Arranged Trump Jr. Russia Meeting Posted Suspicious Photo
The British music publicist who arranged a controversial meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower has made a number of bizarre social media posts — including one of him wearing a shirt that said “Russia” a day after last year’s election. Rob Goldstone — who reportedly told Donald Trump Jr in an email that the Russian government hoped to help his father get elected — checked into Facebook before the June 2016 meeting between Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya. “Preparing for the meeting,” Goldstone wrote with a note confirming he was at Trump Tower New York. Then, after promoting Trump’s candidacy through his social media posts, Goldstone posted a picture on Instagram shortly after the Nov. 8 election of him wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “RUSSIA.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: More Russia posts and rhetoric by CNN and other liberal media.

Amelia Earhart Mystery Continues With Claims Of Her Grave
Days after a photo surfaced suggesting that legendary aviator Amelia Earhart may have survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands 80 years ago, a group of researchers with a contradictory hypothesis say they instead have possible proof of her grave. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) said it believes that Earhart — the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean — and her navigator, Fred Noonan, died as castaways on Nikumaroro, a desolate island in the central Pacific Ocean after landing there. Last month, four border collies named Marcy, Piper, Kayle, and Berkeley and their handlers were sent to the island as part of an expedition sponsored by TIGHAR and the National Geographic Society with the hope of solving the mystery of the ill-fated American pilot. NY Post

Drug Trials To Prevent Alzheimer's
More than five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only one without a way to prevent, cure or slow its progression. But scientists hope they can change that. This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Lesley Stahl reports on a community in and around Medellin, Colombia, where residents may be the key to figuring out if the disease might someday be preventable.  That's because it's the largest concentration in the world of people who carry a rare genetic mutation that makes them 100 percent certain to develop early-onset Alzheimer's. It's a particularly cruel version of the disease that strikes people in their mid-40s and leads to death about a decade later. CBS

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Trump Defends Decision To Have Ivanka Sit In For Him At G-20
President Donald Trump is defending a decision to have his daughter briefly sit in for him at a table with world leaders at an international summit. A Russian delegate tweeted a photo of Ivanka Trump in her father's seat at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, sparking criticism from those who felt the move was inappropriate. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel brushed it off, saying it was perfectly normal. Trump tweeted Monday, "When I left Conference Room for short meetings with Japan and other countries, I asked Ivanka to hold seat. Very standard. Angela M agrees!" ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberals don't have anything important to report.

Michelle Obama To Posthumously Honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver
ESPN has chosen Michelle Obama to help posthumously honor Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The former first lady is presenting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Shriver's son, Timothy Shriver, during ABC's broadcast of the ESPYS awards in Los Angeles Wednesday night. Timothy Shriver chairs the Special Olympics, a sporting event his mother founded in the late 1960s to help empower people with intellectual disabilities. Mrs. Obama says in a statement that Eunice Shriver's work to promote their inclusion and acceptance was inspiring and changed the lives of countless young athletes. Eunice Kennedy Shriver died in 2009. Her sister, Rosemary, was intellectually disabled. Bloomberg

Buffett's 'Big Bang' Exceeds $27 Billion After Latest Gifts
Warren Buffett’s contributions to charities led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation climbed past $27 billion after a record 2017 gift. The 86-year-old chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. gave 18.6 million B shares to five foundations in his latest round of donations, according to a statement Monday. That’s worth about $3.17 billion. Buffett’s 2006 decision to commit most of his wealth to the foundation was described by his children as the “big bang,” the billionaire wrote in a letter to the Gateses late last year. In the message, he urged the couple to write their own explanation of how they measure their work and “would like the final scorecard to read.” The couple responded with what they called “a story about the stunning gains the poorest people in the world have made over the last 25 years." They wrote about efforts to promote family planning, counter malnutrition and deliver vaccinations to kids. Bloomberg

White House Criticizes Russia Sanctions Stalled In House
A new package of economic sanctions on Russia and Iran unacceptably constrains the president's authority, the White House says, as Democrats complain that the Trump administration is trying to weaken the penalties. The legislation sailed through the Senate nearly a month ago in response to Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its belligerence toward Ukraine. But the bill stalled in the House with Democrats and Republicans blaming each other for the delay. Marc Short, the White House legislative director, told reporters that the administration backs the new sanctions on Russia and Iran. But he appeared to object to a key part of the legislation that would give Capitol Hill a much stronger hand in determining Russia sanctions policy. The bill would require a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempted to ease or end penalties against Moscow. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Gay Rights Group Launches $26M Campaign Ahead Of Midterms
The Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation's leading gay rights groups, is launching a $26 million political organizing effort ahead of next year's midterm elections.
While the effort is nationwide, the group is focusing its resources in particular on several key states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada. All six states are expected to have competitive Senate races next fall, and each is a presidential battleground. HRC president Chad Griffin said the effort, which will include hiring at least 20 additional political staffers, aims to go "beyond resistance" — drawing from the phrase used by opponents of President Donald Trump's administration. He said the group will focus on fighting legislation curbing gay rights and backing "pro-equality candidates and initiatives." "Resistance is really important — all of the marches and the rallies, that's all important," Griffin said. "But it's also important to not only sustain that, but to take that to the next level." Houston Chronicle

What Happens When Water Bottles Go Unwashed? More Bacteria Than A Dog Dish, Apparently
Look, at this point, we know that pretty much everything gets covered in fecal matter. Your iPhone. Your toothbrush. Your shoes. The water that we swim in and the roads upon which we drive. Truly, the world is awash in that which comes from within us. So it's not shocking that reusable water bottles, left unwashed, can become a breeding ground for bacteria and a safe haven for poop particles. Whether plastic or metal, screw top or squeeze, bottles that go days between cleanings can leave us gulping down germs with every drink. An analysis last year from New Jersey-based EmLab P&K, an environmental testing firm, found water bottles carrying an average of more than 300,000 colony-forming units of bacteria per square centimeter. Miami Herald

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Intensifying Heat Waves Highlight Deeper Concerns About Climate Change
On June 19, the National Weather Service branch in Sacramento, Calif., tweeted a photo of bacon and cookies baking on the dashboard of a car, ending the post with “#heatwave.” As Death Valley approached the 125-degree mark around the same time, “heat tourists” seeking extreme weather came to the national park near the Nevada border from as far away as Europe, the Associated Press reported. Meanwhile, American Airlines canceled about 50 flights at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, where the temperature neared 120 degrees (the Arizona Republic’s heat blog reported that American Eagle’s Bombardier CJR aircraft had a maximum operating limit of 118 degrees). Las Vegas Sun

U.S. Uninsured Up By 2M This Year As Gains Erode
The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode. The new numbers highlight what's at stake as Congress returns to an unresolved debate over Republican proposals to roll back much of former President Barack Obama's health care law. The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, published Monday, found that the uninsured rate among U.S. adults was 11.7 percent in the second three months of this year, compared with a record low of 10.9 percent at the end of last year. Though small, the change was statistically significant, survey analysts noted. While "Obamacare" has remained politically divisive, it had helped drive the uninsured rate to historic lows as some 20 million people gained coverage. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Many have seen Obamacare as another free ride.

Yemen Cholera Outbreak Passes 300,000 Cases
The cholera outbreak in Yemen is spiraling out of control with more than 300,000 cases of the disease in the past 10 weeks, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. The ICRC is reporting roughly 7,000 new cases every day and more than 1,700 deaths linked to the cholera outbreak, according to the United Nations.
Cholera is an infection of the small intestine by the Vibrio cholerae bacteria, which is found in seawater and other non-fresh water sources. The disease causes severe diarrhea, which can be deadly because it quickly dehydrates patients and leads to substantial electrolyte imbalance. Many who get the disease will have no or mild symptoms but in severe cases, cholera can be deadly within hours. UPI

Trump Aides Recruited Blackwater Co-Founder And Defense Contractor For Advice On Afghanistan
President Donald Trump’s advisers recruited two businessmen who profited from military contracting to devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan, reflecting the Trump administration’s struggle to define its strategy for dealing with a war now 16 years old. Erik D. Prince, a founder of the private security firm Blackwater Worldwide, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a billionaire financier who owns the giant military contractor DynCorp International, have discussed their proposals to rely on contractors instead of U.S. troops in Afghanistan with both Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, his senior adviser and son-in-law, according to people briefed on the conversations. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Interesting!

Sporadic Clashes In Iraq's Mosul After Victory Declaration
Sporadic clashes continued Tuesday in Mosul, a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" over the Islamic State group and at least one airstrike hit the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days. A plume of smoke rose into the air from the strike as IS mortar shells landed near Iraqi positions and heavy gunfire could be heard on the western edge of the Old City. The developments underscored the dangers still posed by the militants after Iraqi forces announced they took full control of Mosul, the country's second-largest city, three years after it was seized by extremists bent on building a global caliphate. Tampa Tribune

Researchers Use Smartphone Data To Measure Physical Activity By Country
Researchers at Stanford University are using smartphone technology and data to track the physical activity of more than 100 countries by population to measure their collective level of exercise. The global study of daily step data from anonymous smartphone users shows how countries, genders and communities fare regarding physical activity, the researchers announced this week. The study, published July 10 in Nature, used data smartphones to track the habits of 717,000 men and women from 111 countries over a 95-day period. UPI

Travel Etiquette: Switching Airplane Seats And Bad Behavior Explored In Survey
A new survey on travel etiquette found that some travelers would go out of their way to be accommodating to others — but not everyone feels the same. The results from the survey by travel agency company Travel Leaders Group showed that if asked to switch seats on an airplane so a family or couple can sit together, 45.3 percent of travelers said they would move “regardless of what kind of seat it was.” But 34.5 percent said they would move only if it were not a middle seat. Others had specific requirements for either an aisle seat, window seat, extra leg room or a seat closer to the front. And 1.2 percent said they wouldn’t move for any reason. Atlanta Journal

Trump Jr. Admits He Wanted Information On Clinton From Russian
A meeting between President Donald Trump's eldest son and a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign occurred at the behest of a Moscow-based singer with family ties to Trump's businesses, according to a participant in the talks. Donald Trump Jr. acknowledged Monday he made time for the meeting hoping to get information about Democrat Hillary Clinton. The circumstances surrounding the meeting, and a report by The New York Times late Monday that Trump Jr. was told ahead of time that the source of the information was the Russian government, fueled new questions about the Trump campaign's possible ties to Moscow, which are being scrutinized by federal and congressional investigators. The Times reported that Trump Jr., who was a key campaign adviser to his father, was told the Russian government was behind the information on Clinton in an email from music publicist Rob Goldstone. The Times cited three unnamed people with knowledge of the email. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Let's see the email.

US Deportations Of Europeans Could Exceed Last Fiscal Year
Europeans often hid in plain sight as Latin Americans, Asians and others living illegally in America were sent packing. But now they're starting to realize they are not immune to President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration, and they're worried. The number of Europeans deported this federal fiscal year from the United States could surpass last fiscal year's total, according to figures provided to The Associated Press by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. From Oct. 2, 2016 through June 24, more than 1,300 Europeans have been removed, compared with 1,450 during all of federal fiscal year 2016 — the last under President Barack Obama. The agency didn't provide estimates broken down by calendar year. SF Gate

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GABBAY SAYS LABOR UNDER HIS RULE WILL DEFEAT NETANYAHU
Former environmental protection minister Avi Gabbay, who joined Labor only six months ago, swept the party off its feet and emerged victorious in Monday’s close runoff race against veteran MK and former Labor chairman Amir Peretz. Gabbay won 16,080 votes, which was 52% of the vote, while Peretz won 14,734 votes, or 47%. Gabbay dedicated his victory to “those who have eulogized the party, those who have given up hope, and those who did not believe a positive campaign could win.” Jerusalem Post

KAGAME TO ‘POST’: ISRAEL HELPING RWANDA DEFEAT JIHADIST THREATS
Kagame’s relationship with Israel extends back to 1994, when he was instrumental in putting an end to the genocide there that killed an estimated one million people.
Israel has enhanced Rwanda’s security capacity to deal with terrorist threats coming from jihadist groups both from the Horn of Africa and the western part of the continent, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Jihadist fundamentalist groups like al-Shabaab in Somalia and Boko Haram in Nigeria “spread quietly, and we need these capacities to prevent that from happening and to deal with it when it happens,” he said in an interview at his suite in the King David Hotel. Jerusalem Post

Battle For Mosul: Iraq PM Abadi Formally Declares Victory
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has formally declared victory over so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Mr Abadi waved a national flag with troops after announcing the "collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood". Earlier, clashes were reported in a small part of Old City where a few dozen IS militants were holding out.
The battle for Mosul has taken almost nine months, left large areas in ruins, killed thousands of civilians and displaced more than 920,000 others. Commanders from the US-led coalition that has provided air and ground support to Iraqi forces said the urban combat had been most intense since World War Two. BBC

UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia Ruled Lawful
The court rejected campaigners' claims ministers were acting illegally by not suspending weapon sales to the kingdom, which is fighting a war in Yemen. The UN claims strikes on Houthi rebels caused thousands of civilian deaths. The government said defence exports would continue to be reviewed but the Campaign Against the Arms Trade said an appeal against the ruling was planned. The group had claimed the UK has contravened humanitarian law, and it attacked the refusal of the Secretary of State for International Trade to suspend export licences for the sale or transfer of arms and military equipment. BBC

Trump Follows Fox News In Accusing James Comey Of Leaking Classified Memo
Donald Trump has accused James Comey, the former director of the FBI, of leaking classified material by passing a memo of their private conversations to the press.
“James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media,” the president tweeted at 6.40am on Monday. “That is so illegal!” The allegation, the latest phase of Trump’s war on Comey’s credibility, appeared to come in response to a report first published by the Hill which then gained extensive coverage on the conservative Fox News channel. But Comey’s defenders are likely to object that, even by the Hill’s account, not all the memos he kept were classified, and there is no proof he released one in that category. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

Thousands Flee Wildfires In California As Blazes Continue Across US And Canada
Wildfires have been barreling across the baking landscape of the western US and Canada, forcing thousands of residents to flee and destroying homes. In California, two major wildfires have forced nearly 8,000 people out of their properties. About 4,000 people were evacuated and another 7,400 were told to prepare to leave their homes as fire swept through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles north of Sacramento, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Sunday. Guardian

Ukraine To 'Seek Nato Membership' As Alliance Sends Kiev Equipment To Fight Cyber Attacks
Ukraine will seek Nato membership in exchange for a series of economic and political reforms over the next three years, the country’s president said on Monday. The announcement came as the alliance announced supplies of hi-tech cyber security equipment to help Kiev combat suspected Russian cyber attacks. Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president, said the former Soviet state would aim to complete political, military, and economic reforms required to apply for a membership action plan, the formal path to Nato membership, by 2020. Telegraph

Drinking A Cup Of Coffee May Add Nine Minutes Per Day To Your Llife
It has become a national pastime but our obsession with drinking coffee could be having unexpected health benefits and even increasing our lifespan by up to nine minutes a day, new research suggests. Two new studies, including the largest ever conducted into coffee drinking, have found that imbibing even a single cup a day reduces the risk of dying early from any cause, and dramatically cuts the chance of death from digestive problems. People who consumed just one 350ml cup each day slashed their risk of dying early by 12 per cent over 16 years, while three cups reduced the risk by 18 per cent. Telegraph

Guterres Pledges UN Support To Iraqi Government, People In Mosul; $562M Needed In Aid
Following Iraqi Government’s declaration that its forces have liberated the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, Secretary-General António Guterres today paid tribute to the country’s people and Government and vowed United Nations’ support to aid the displaced communities and restore rule of law in the freed areas. “The recovery of Mosul is a significant step in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism,” the Secretary-General said in a statement attributable to his spokesperson. Mr. Guterres said the UN would stand by the Government as it creates the conditions for “voluntary, safe and dignified return” of the displaced communities, as well as to restore the rule of law, prevent a return to violence and foster accountability for all violations. UN News

Low Food Prices Foreseen In 2017-2026, But Countries Need To Keep Markets Stable – UN-OECD Report
Noting projections of low prices for food commodities over the next decade on the back of abundant stocks of cereal and other staples, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report have underlined the need for governments continue efforts to provide stability to world food markets. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-OECD Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026 projections, per capita demand for food staples may not rise (except in least developed countries), growth in demand for meat may slow, and additional calories and protein consumption could come mainly from vegetable oil, sugar and dairy product. UN News

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