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G7 Wraps Up, HSBC Layoffs, French Kisses

O "COMPLETE STRATEGY" YET FOR ISIS

"We don't yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well, about how recruitment takes place, how training takes place," President Barack Obama told the G7 summit yesterday, speaking of U.S. efforts to combat the ISIS terror organization. His comments come a year after ISIS captured Mosul, a key city in northern Iraq. "We've got more training capacity than we've got recruits. It's not happening as fast as it needs to," he added.

  • Obama also strongly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, warning that "additional steps" could be taken if Russia were to "double down" on its "aggressive behavior" in Ukraine. "Does he continue to wreck his country's economy and continue Russia's isolation in pursuit of a wrong-headed desire to recreate the glories of the Soviet empire? Or does he recognize that Russia's greatness does not depend on violating the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other countries?" The Guardian quoted the president as saying.
  • He also praised the U.S. investigation of 14 FIFA officials and marketing executives on corruption charges. "The United States, by the way, since we keep on getting better and better at each World Cup, we want to make sure that a sport that's gaining popularity is conducted in an upright manner."
  • Read more about the G7 summit in our Extra! feature.

FORMER FIFA VP PROBED FOR STEALING HAITI FUNDS

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, already at the center of the international soccer organization's corruption scandal, is the target of a new investigation by U.S. prosecutors over the disappearance of emergency funds destined for victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake, the BBC reports. The 72-year-old Warner, now a Trinidad and Tobago politician, is accused of diverting $750,000 that FIFA and the Korea Football Organization donated for Haiti's recovery. The BBC quoted U.S. investigators as saying that the funds instead went towards Warner's "personal use" in bank accounts he controlled. The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation made similar claims in 2012. Warner has consistently denied the accusations, dismissing them as a conspiracy. He was arrested last month in Trinidad at the request of U.S. investigators and faces extradition to the U.S. on charges of corruption and money laundering.


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It seems infinitely longer, but today marks two years since Edward Snowden leaked classified National Security Agency information to the media, triggering international criticism of U.S. spying tactics. Get your 57-second shot of history here.


HSBC TO CUT 25,000 JOBS

Between 22,000 and 25,000 HSBC jobs, including about 8,000 in the United Kingdom, will be cut throughout the world by the end of 2017, the British bank revealed this morning as part of a drastic restructuring plan. In total, its current workforce will be reduced by 20%.


VERBATIM

"This is a war that is being fought on the bodies of women," UN envoy Zainab Bangura said yesterday after visiting Iraq and Syria in April to investigate sexual violence that ISIS fighters are perpetrating on young girls and women. He said abducted teenage girls were being sold in slave markets "for as little as a pack of cigarettes,"Â AFPÂ reports. Bangura spoke to former ISIS captives, met with local religious and political leaders and visited refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. He said the terrorist organization wants "to build a society that reflects the 13th century."


FOUR DEAD IN CHINA SHOOTING

Four people, two villagers and two police officers, were killed and five others were injured today in a mass shooting by a man armed with a double-barreled hunting gun in China's northern Hebei province, Xinhua state television reports. The attacker, identified as 55-year-old Liu Shuangrui, reportedly went on a rampage in his village before retreating to his home, where he was found dead early this morning. The exact cause of his death is unknown, but state television reports he was shot. Gun violence is rare in China, where firearms are strictly controlled.


FIREMEN MISSING AFTER BLAZE NEAR KIEV

Emergency services are battling the spread of a deadly fuel depot fire outside Kiev, the head of emergency services there said today. Three firemen were reported missing after the blaze triggered a powerful explosion, Reuters reports.


WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO

Those who believe that the FIFA scandal is an exceptional case among international organizations should think again, Die Welt's Clemens Wergen writes in an op-ed. In fact, global governance organizations are a problem in general. "The UN is just as morally corrupt as FIFA," Wergen writes. "Just consider the dysfunction of the UN General Assembly or the composition of its offshoots such as the Human Rights Council. There you will find such champions of human rights as Algeria, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. … At the UN, it is a perversion of the organization's founding principles when countries like China or Cuba are voted onto the Human Rights Council or when a misogynistic country like Iran is voted onto the Women's Rights Council."

Read the full article, Outraged By FIFA? The UN Is Just As Corrupt.


MY GRAND-PÈRE'S WORLD



ISRAEL SPARED INCLUSION ON UN OFFENDER LIST

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's latest list of parties that kill or injure children in armed conflict doesn't include Israel, as some UN officials had recommended, AP reports. But in a report published yesterday, he made clear that the number of Palestinian children killed and injured in Gaza and the West Bank last year — in the thousands — was unacceptable.


MERS VIRUS KILLS SEVEN IN S. KOREA

Photo:Â Xinhua/ZUMA

A 68-year-old woman is the seventh person to die from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea, and eight new cases of the coronavirus were reported today, The Korea Times reports. This brings the total number of infected people to 95 since the first diagnosis was made on a man returning from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. Health and Welfare Minister Moon Hyung-pyo said that the number of new cases appeared to be declining and targeted people whose health was already fragile. Macao and Hong Kong issued warnings today against traveling to South Korea, Al Jazeera reports.


FRENCH KISSES

Ever wondered how many pecks on the cheek you're expected to give when greeting people in France? It can be as many as five, and even the French are sometimes uncertain, as this map shows.

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What's Driving The New Migrant Exodus From Cuba

Since Cuba reopened its borders last December after COVID closures, the number of people leaving the island has gone up significantly. Migration has been a constant in Cuban life since the 1950s. But this article in Cuba's independent news outlet El Toque shows just how important migration is to understand the ordeals of everyday life on the island.

March for the 69th anniversary of the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.

Loraine Morales Pino

HAVANA — Some 157,339 Cubans crossed the border into the United States between Oct. 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, according to the U.S. Border Patrol — a figure significantly higher than the one recorded during the 1980 Mariel exodus, when a record 125,000 Cubans arrived in the U.S. over a period of seven months.

Migrating has once again become the only way out of the ordeal that life on the island represents.

Cubans of all ages who make the journey set off towards a promise. They prefer the unknown to the grim certainty that the Cuban regime offers them.

Migration from Cuba has been a constant since the 1950s.

In 1956, the largest number of departures was recorded in the colonial and republican periods, with the arrival of 14,953 Cubans in the United States, the historical destination of migratory flows. Since the January 1959 revolution, that indicator has been exceeded 30 times.

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