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SPOTLIGHT: BRAZIL, THE LONG ARM OF PETROBRAS PROBE

Five weeks. That's all it took for Brazil's interim President Michel Temer to become directly implicated in the far-reaching Petrobras corruption scandal. Of course, there had been warning signs. First the resignation of two of his ministers amid allegations they were trying to subvert the ongoing probe. Then, Brazil's prosecutor general sought the arrest of four members of Temer's party for the same reason. And now Sergio Machado, a former Petrobras executive, is accusing Temer of having asked him for illegal campaign contributions for his own party back in 2012, allegations that Temer denies.


While many in Brazil had hoped that Temer would put a drifting economy back on track, others, including Rio de Janeiro-based American reporter Glenn Greenwald, had warned that it would come to this, that Temer was bound to be no cleaner than his predecessors. But the real lesson from the Petrobras investigation, now in its third-year, is even more difficult to face: it may be nearly impossible to find any senior figure in Brazilian politics who is clean.



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U.S. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut led a nearly 15-hour filibuster on gun control following the Orlando terror attack. "I've had enough. I've had enough of the ongoing slaughter of innocents, and I've had enough of inaction in this body," Murphy said. NBC is reporting that GOP leaders have agreed to allow votes on two proposed gun control measures.


TWO-DAY CEASEFIRE BEGINS IN ALEPPO

Russia has announced a two-day "regime of calmness" in the Syrian city of Aleppo starting today. Battles over the past few days had been particularly deadly with 70 killed between Tuesday and Wednesday.


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Habemus papam — and the longest-serving in History! That, and more, in our June 16 On This Day.


EURO 2016 VIOLENCE CONTINUES

French police in Lille have arrested 37 soccer fans after more violence and overnight clashes that left 66 people injured. "Drunk English louts and suspected Russian "ultras"" are among those arrested, The Daily Telegraph reports. The UEFA, European soccer's governing body, had threatened to expel England and Russia from the competition should the violence continue. Three Russians arrested last weekend in Marseille will face trial, and 20 others are expected to be deported back to Russia.


— WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO

Can't we really get no satisfaction? For Rue Amelot, Worldcrunch's international collection of essays, Québec-based programmer Martin Comeau writes about that nagging feeling that happiness is never meant to last: "Let's face it: A new television will at some point cease to function, that shiny new car will get its first scratch, your son will grow up, women will leave you, you will lose well-paid jobs, your reputation will be tarnished. In short, everything that brings you a certain joy is beyond your control and is bound to change, without forewarning or asking for your consent. And yet, there's no shortage of occasions for lasting and sincere happiness."

Read the full essay, Overcoming The Fear Of Fleeting Happiness.


SURGE IN SUPPORT FOR BREXIT

An poll published today in the London Evening Standard shows support for Britain to leave the European Union rising to a six-point advantage with 53% of those who have made up their minds ready to vote for "Brexit." The survey does not factor in undecided voters, who are likely determine the final result in next week's referendum.


FBI'S FACIAL RECOGNITION MASSIVE DATABASE

A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office reveals that the FBI has built a massive facial recognition database, containing close to 412 million pictures of Americans and foreigners. Read more from TechCrunch.


MY GRAND-PERE'S WORLD

Holy Business — Anuradhapura, 1992


EGYPTAIR WRECKAGE FOUND

Egyptian investigators have located wreckage of the EgyptAir flight MS804 that crashed on May 19 on its way from Paris to Cairo, Reuters reports.


SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND OPENS

The $5.5 billion Shanghai Disney Resort opened its gates for the first time today. It's the company's biggest theme park outside of the U.S. See how the Chinese press covered the event in our Extra! item.


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AVOCADO SHORTAGE

Kiwis love their avocados, so much in fact that a current shortage of the fruit has lead to a surge in crime in New Zealand.

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War In Ukraine, Day 222: Ukrainian Army Makes New Gains In Regions Annexed By Russia

The Ukrainian army is pushing the front line forward in several directions.

Fire after a rocket attack by Russian troops in Kharkiv

Anna Akage, Meike Eijsberg and Sophia Constantino

The Ukrainian army is pushing the front line forward in several directions, including the liberation of two more cities – Arkhangelske and Myrolyubivka – in the southern region of Kherson. There were also reports Monday of major breakthroughs by Kyiv forces along the Dnipro River in the south.

Ukraine has also made progress in the past 48 hours in the region of Luhansk. Notably, these are two of the four regions that Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had annexed on Friday.

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With these advances by Ukrainian forces, along with gains in Donetsk (see below) and Zaporizhzhia, Russia does not hold the full territory of any of the areas of occupied Ukraine that Moscow now claims as its own.

Fighting has also intensified in the northeastern Kharkiv region, where Ukraine has also made significant advances and Russia continues shelling in response.

The successful counterattacks by the Ukrainian military in Kherson and the Kharkiv region since last month has left Russian forces controlling less Ukrainian land than they did at the start of the war in February 2022, an analysis by CNN found. Russia’s first massive push overnight into February 24 allowed it to secure or advance on one fifth of Ukrainian territory, or about 119,000 square kilometers. Russia now controls roughly 3,000 square kilometers less land than it did in the first five days of the war.

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Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

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