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EU leaders to stress defence and competitiveness as strategic goals – (Reuters)
European Union leaders will urge policymakers at summit in two weeks' time to increase defence spending, boost economic competitiveness and prepare for the bloc's enlargement, based on a draft document presented to EU members this week.

South Africa’s Ramaphosa secures ruling coalition, but allies hold veto – (Al Jazeera English)
An 11th hour deal between the ANC and traditional rivals has led to the country’s first coalition government.

Exclusive: ICC probes cyberattacks in Ukraine as possible war crimes, sources say – (Reuters)
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court are investigating alleged Russian cyberattacks on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure as possible war crimes, four sources familiar with the case have told Reuters.

Supreme Court invalidates Trump-era bump stock ban – (The Hill)
The Supreme Court invalidated the Trump-era ban on bump stocks along ideological lines on Friday, ending the nationwide ban on the devices, which convert semi-automatic weapons to fire hundreds of rounds per minute.  The Biden administration defended the regu…

Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks, gun accessories used in 2017 Vegas massacre – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like machine guns and was used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S.

Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks, rapid fire gun accessories used in 2017 Las Vegas massacre – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks, rapid fire gun accessories used in 2017 Las Vegas massacre.

Huang Xueqin: Chinese #MeToo journalist jailed for five years – (BBC News)
Sophia Huang Xueqin had been one of the main #MeToo voices in China when she was arrested in 2021.

Pope Francis tells G7 that humans must not lose control of AI – (Reuters)
Pope Francis became the first pontiff to address a Group of Seven summit on Friday, warning world leaders that Artificial Intelligence must never be allowed to get the upper hand over humanity.

Is Elon Musk worth his £44bn Tesla pay package? – (BBC News)
He is beloved by his millions of followers online, but would Musk's businesses have succeeded without him?

US attack sub, Canada navy patrol ship arrive in Cuba on heels of Russian warships – (Reuters)
A Canadian navy patrol ship sailed into Havana early on Friday, just hours after the United States announced a fast-attack submarine had docked at its Guantanamo naval base on Cuba, both vessels on the heels of Russian warships that arrived on the island earl…

Illinois is hit with cicada chaos. This is what it's like to see, hear and feel billions of bugs – (Associated Press)
RIVERWOODS, Ill. (AP) — The ground had seemed to undulate at night, alive with bugs. Crawling cicada nymphs, striving to get higher after 17 years underground, marched en masse toward and up trees, pausing to shed their skin and emerge as adults.

Biden campaign trolls Trump’s 78 ‘accomplishments’ on former president’s birthday – (The Hill)
The Biden campaign on Friday wished former President Trump a happy 78th birthday with a mocking list of 78 “accomplishments” highlighting his legal troubles and some controversial moments from his time in office. The list included Trump’s multiple felony conv…

Exclusive: US to impose sanctions on Israeli group that attacked Gaza aid – (Reuters)
Washington will impose sanctions on an Israeli group on Friday for attacking humanitarian aid convoys bound for starving civilians in Gaza, U.S. officials told Reuters, in the latest move targeting actors Washington believes threaten the prospects for peace b…

NATO to take greater role coordinating military aid for Kyiv, says Stoltenberg – (Reuters)
NATO will assume a greater role in coordinating arms supplies to Ukraine, the alliance said on Friday, taking over from the United States in a bid to safeguard the process as NATO-sceptic Donald Trump bids for a second term as U.S. president.

Niger court scraps immunity of deposed President Bazoum – (Al Jazeera English)
Decision opens door for military government to prosecute democratically elected president for alleged ‘high treason’.

Trump shows empathy for Biden after Hunter’s conviction – (The Hill)
Former President Trump said he understands how President Biden feels after his son, Hunter Biden, was convicted on charges related to illegally purchasing a gun because of his past drug addiction. “I understand it pretty well because I’ve had it with people w…

Ukraine's older recruits await help from younger fighters – (Reuters)
Huddling in the dark with his automatic rifle, 50-year-old Ukrainian soldier "Bell" said he wished more of his younger compatriots would join the fight against Russia's invasion.

Pope Francis meets Jimmy Fallon and 105 other comics at Vatican – (BBC News)
Other big names, including Whoopi Goldberg and Conan O'Brien, were also present at the audience.

LIVE: USA vs Ireland – T20 World Cup 2024 – (Al Jazeera English)
Follow our build-up and text commentary as USA target a win and a place in the Super Eights at the T20 World Cup.

UN warns ‘clandestine’ cross-border FGM undermines bans – (Al Jazeera English)
Report highlights so-called ‘vacation cutting’ among families in the West taking girls to countries of origin for FGM.

Headlines from CNN and Fox News

Supreme Court strikes down federal ban on bump stocks – (Fox News)
The Supreme Court ruled to strike down down a ban on so-called bump stocks, a device that increases the firepower of automatic weapons.

Federal judge blocks Biden Title IX rule in 4 states: 'Abuse of power' – (Fox News)
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Thursday that will block the implementation of President Biden's Title IX changes in Louisiana, Montana, Idaho and Mississippi.

Minnesota dad told landlord he 'already dug a hole' before executing daughter's boyfriend for suspected abuse – (Fox News)
Michael Laflex was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for the killing of his daughter's boyfriend Bryce Brogle. He suspected that Brogle was an abuser, witnesses told police.

This strategy worked for the iPhone. Can Apple do it again with AI? | CNN Business – (CNN)
For more than a year Silicon Valley has been buzzing about Apple’s decision to sit on the sidelines during a frenzied AI arms race that has shaken up the tech industry. CNN’s Jon Sarlin and Clare Duffy explore how Apple’s “be best, not first” approach could b…

Trump says there 'could be' alien life forms, but it's 'not my thing' – (Fox News)
Former President Trump told YouTuber Logan Paul that there "could be" alien life forms that have visited Earth, but that he is not a serious believer himself.

Mystery as huge group of people fall violently-ill while hiking through remote part of Grand Canyon – (Fox News)
Dozens of tourists say they fell ill on a recent visit to a popular and picturesque stretch of waterfalls deep in a gorge neighboring Grand Canyon National Park.

Opinion: Why Anxiety from ‘Inside Out 2’ is such a relatable character to me – (CNN)
Kelsey Mann’s “Inside Out 2” presents a nuanced version of the personified antagonist Anxiety, navigating the highs and lows of an emotion familiar to many, writes Noah Berlatsky.

Taylor Swift says ‘most wonderful’ Eras Tour will end in December – (CNN)
Taylor Swift knows that all good things must come to an end – and that includes her Eras Tour.

Greek archaeologists discover mysterious 4,000-year-old building on hill earmarked for new airport – (CNN)
A big, round, 4,000-year-old stone building discovered on a Cretan hilltop is puzzling archaeologists and threatening to disrupt a major airport project on the Greek tourist island.

Wells Fargo fired a dozen people accused of faking keyboard strokes – (CNN)
The pandemic may have released us from the tyranny of the five-day-a-week office schedule. But the grip of America’s busy-work culture is proving harder to shake.

How the makers of a beloved board game reworked it to address the climate crisis – (CNN)
Catan’s creators researched and incorporated climate science into gameplay. They’re hoping it will start deep moral and ethical discussions between players.

White House correspondents fire back after Biden snaps at reporter for refusing to 'play by the rules' – (Fox News)
President Biden snapped at a reporter for asking a question related to the war in Gaza at the G7 Summit when he wanted to discuss a security agreement with Ukraine.

Video shows fan’s emotional reaction to receiving Taylor Swift’s ‘22’ hat at Edinburgh concert | CNN – (CNN)
A lucky fan reacts to getting Taylor Swift’s ’22’ hat. The singer stopped in Edinburgh as part of her Eras Tour, and fans danced so hard they created seismic waves, according to the British Geological Survey.

Adults who skipped college urge high school grads to follow suit, say rewards are ‘immeasurable’ – (Fox News)
Entrepreneurs who skipped college told Fox News Digital that high school students opting to sidestep higher education stand to have less debt and good pay.

Men are being compared to rodents across the internet. But how do they feel about it? – (CNN)
The internet has offered up Josh O’Connor, Barry Keoghan, Mike Faist and Timothée Chalamet to illustrate the new beauty term.

Secret Service to brief Congress on clash between agents protecting VP Harris – (Fox News)
Secret Service officials will brief Congress on training and recruiting issues after an agent on Vice President Kamala Harris’s protective detail attacked her supervisor.

Taylor Swift’s ex leads fans’ ‘hot rodent men’ infatuation: ‘Look like cartoon mice,’ but ‘hottest men alive’ – (Fox News)
Taylor Swift's ex Matty Healy, "Saltburn" star Barry Keoghan, and Timothée Chalamet are all included in what Gen Z is calling the summer of the "sexy rat boyfriend."

Montana photographer captures 'mind-blowing' images of rare white bison reportedly born at Yellowstone – (Fox News)
Montana wildlife photographer, Erin Braaten, photographed a rare white bison calf at Yellowstone National Park which is believed to be a prophetic sign meaning "better times" are ahead.

Kate Winslet says kissing Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Titanic’ wasn’t ‘all it’s cracked up to be’ – (CNN)
Kate Winslet isn’t afraid to kiss and tell, even when it comes to one of the most famous on-screen kisses in cinematic history.

Surveillance video catches middle school coach choking student | CNN – (CNN)

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