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Grexit Chances Grow, Jeb Bush To Announce, Jurassic Wins Weekend

GREXIT BECOMES MORE LIKELY

Greece is edging closer to default and a potential Eurozone exit after talks with international creditors broke down once again late yesterday, The Guardian reports. Tensions with Berlin appear to be ratcheting up after the parliamentary leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party said, "Greece needs to get back to reality." But Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has reaffirmed his determination to limit austerity. Greek stocks fell by more than 6% in early trading today.


EXTRA!

At least 24 people are still missing after severe flooding in Georgia's capital Tbilisi that left at least 12 people dead. Potentially dangerous animals — including hungry tigers, lions and wolves — are on the loose too, as heavy rainfall damaged their zoo enclosures, allowing them to escape. Read more in our Extra! feature.


JEB BUSH TO ANNOUNCE TODAY

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Jeb Bush is expected to officially launch his presidential campaign today in Miami, The Miami Herald reports. The Republican candidate unveiled his presidential logo yesterday — "Jeb! 2016" — with critics suggesting he might be running away from his family name.


VERBATIM

"Putin didn't give him asylum for nothing. His documents were encrypted, but they weren't completely secure, and we have now seen our agents and assets being targeted," a senior source in Britain's Home Office told The Sunday Timesamid reports that Russia and China hacked into Edward Snowden's files, allegedly forcing British and American intelligence agencies to pull agents from live operations abroad.


U.S. STRIKE KILLS NOTORIOUS TERRORIST

Infamous al-Qaeda-linked terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Libya Saturday, which CNN characterized as "an extraordinary intelligence achievement against one of the most elusive and powerful jihadists in North Africa." Belmokhtar was behind the spectacular 2013 hostage crisis in southern Algeria during which 39 foreign hostages died.


ON THIS DAY


A tsunami in Japan killed 22,000 people on this day in 1896. Learn more June 15 facts in today's 57-second of history.


YEMEN PEACE TALKS OPEN IN GENEVA

After months of deadly fighting, Yemen's exiled government and representatives from the Houthi rebellion will gather in Geneva to discuss a possible solution to the violent conflict that has killed more than 2,000 people since March. The battleground momentum seems to be with the rebels after they seized a provincial capital near the Saudi Arabian border, AFP reports.


WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO

A persistent drought is threatening California's storied vineyards, which employ hundreds of thousands in the Golden State alone. But as La Stampa's Francesco Semprini reports, there is still water, for now. "Much like every other Californian business, Napa's vineyards are facing serious challenges resulting from severe drought that has brought rainfall to historic lows and worsened the state's already hot climate," he writes. "The drought's effects are visible as we follow Highway 101, the bright green vineyards bordered by fields of progressively intense shades of yellow. It's a sign that some crops have been abandoned in favor of grapevines and olives, northern California's other major agricultural export."

Read the full article, As Drought Endures, Napa Wineries See A Glass Half Full.


COURT SANCTIONS SUDAN PRESIDENT

South Africa's high court has ordered Sudan President Omar al-Bashir not to leave the country, where he is attending the African Union Summit, while the court considers whether to comply with an International Criminal Court arrest warrant, The Mail & Guardian reports. Bashir stands accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the violent conflict in Darfur. Despite media reports that he had managed to flee, Reuters quotes a presidential spokesman as saying that he's still in Johannesburg. The court's order sparked a furious reaction from South African President Jacob Zuma, who said the ICC "is no longer useful for the purposes for which it was intended" and seeks to impose a selective Western justice by singling out Africa and Eastern Europe.


COULD BLATTER UN-RESIGN?

FIFA's controversial president is reportedly considering staying on at the helm of soccer's governing body despite announcing his resignation weeks ago amid a massive corruption probe, Swiss newspaper Schweiz Am Sonntag reported. A source close to the 79-year-old, who is still serving pending a replacement, said he might reconsider his decision after he received "messages of support from African and Asian football associations."


MY GRAND-PÈRE'S WORLD



U.S. TO STORE HEAVY WEAPONS IN POLAND

The Polish government is in talks with U.S. officials to permanently host heavy American weaponry to prevent a potential attack from Russia, The Wall Street Journal quotes Poland's defense minister as saying. A Pentagon spokesman denied the U.S. administration had made a decision about where to place its weaponry in the region. But The New York Times reported that the Pentagon was "poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries," a "significant" move meant "to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe."


$511 MILLION

The latest installment in the Jurassic series launched with a bang, grossing a staggering $511.8 million worldwide over the weekend, becoming the first-ever movie to earn more than $500 million in its opening days.


COLOMBIAN ARMY KILLS REBEL COMMANDER

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced yesterday that Jose Amin Hernandez Manrique, leader of the country's second-largest leftist guerrilla group, had been killed in a military operation, El Espectadorreports. Manrique had been leading as many as 13 fighting units of 260 "guerrilleros" and was believed to be responsible for the 1999 hijacking of an aircraft with 46 passengers on board.


NEPAL SITES TO REOPEN AFTER QUAKE

Nepalese authorities are poised to reopen heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, hoping to resurrect much-needed tourism after the devastating April earthquakes that killed more than 8,000 people, the BBC reports. But UNESCO is concerned the sites aren't yet secured enough. Read more about Nepal's reconstruction from the Nepali Times.


‘O LUNA MIA

After weeks of confusion and irritation for Geminis, things are headed in the right direction again. Meanwhile, good news is in store for Scorpios too, but the going will be tough. Simon, Italy's most trusted astrologer, has the week all worked out. Take a look.

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Did Climate Change Cause The Fall Of The Ming Dynasty?

In the mid-17th century, the weather in China got colder. The frequency of droughts and floods increased while some regions were wiped out by tragic famines. And the once-unstoppable Ming dynasty began to lose power.

Ming dynasty painted ceremonial warriors

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The accounts are chilling. In the summary of his course on modern Chinese history at the Collège de France, Pierre-Etienne Will examined journals held by various individuals, often part of the Chinese administration, during the final years of the Ming dynasty. These autobiographical writings were almost always kept secret, but they allow us to immerse ourselves in the everyday life of the first half of 17th-century China.

In the Jiangnan region, close to Shanghai and generally considered as a land of plenty, the 1640s did not bode well. The decade that had just ended was characterized by an abnormally cold and dry climate and poor harvests. The price of agricultural goods kept rising, pushing social tension to bursting points.

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