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Palestinian Toddler Killed, U.S. Spied On Japan, Fishy Sunscreen

Cecil the lion
Cecil the lion


An 18-month-old Palestinian boy was burned to death overnight when Israeli settlers set his family's home in the West Bank city of Duma ablaze, Haaretz reports. The toddler's mother, father and 4-year-old brother were seriously injured in the attack, which occurred at 4 am. The two masked attackers painted Hebrew graffiti on the home reading "Revenge" and "long live the Messiah" along with a Star of David before torching the place.

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was "horrified by this terrible and criminal act, calling it a "clear-cut terrorist attack."
  • Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced he would include the attack in his case against Israel in the International Criminal Court, saying the government's policy and recent announcement of more illegal settlement construction were directly responsible for the tragedy. Other Palestinian officials blamed the attack on "decades of impunity given by the Israeli government to settler terrorism."
  • Hamas called for a "day of rage" at the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque, with authorities fearing riots on the site. Measures to bar all Muslim worshippers under the age of 50 from entering the holy site have been announced.
  • The arson attack came just hours after an ultra Orthodox Jewish man stabbed six people during Jerusalem's gay pride march. The suspect, arrested by the police, had been released from prison three weeks ago. He had been sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2005 after stabbing three people at the same event. Read more from the BBC.


"The probe zeroes in," reads Friday's front page of French newspaper Le Quotidien de la Réunion after a piece of airplane debris was found on the French island. It is believed to belong to the missing MH370 flight that disappeared in the Indian Ocean 16 months ago. Read more about it on our Extra! feature.


The International Monetary Fund will not take part in a third bailout for Greece if the other creditors don't approve measures to cut some of the country's debt, The Guardian reports, quoting an IMF official. Germany and its Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble are fiercely opposed to debt relief, despite previous warnings from the IMF that Greece could never repay its debt, which now stands at more than 170% of its GDP.

  • Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party will examine the third bailout if it's accepted by the Aug.20 deadline at an extraordinary party conference in September. But the Financial Times reports that many inside the party still oppose a new bailout and instead want the end of austerity and a "Grexit" from the single currency.
  • This came amid news that international creditors had asked the government to scrap a solidarity tax on the richest, on grounds that it could lead to tax evasion.


"It's so cruel, but I don't understand the whole fuss. There are so many pressing issues in Zimbabwe — we have water shortages, no electricity and no jobs — yet people are making noise about a lion," a Zimbabwean woman told AP about revelations that a Minnesota dentist killed the protected lion Cecil in Zimbabwe's national park. "I saw Cecil once when I visited the game park. I will probably miss him. But honestly the attention is just too much," she added. A White House petition to have the dentist, Walter Palmer, extradited to Zimbabwe has meanwhile garnered enough signatures to receive a presidential response.


Paris and Moscow have reached an agreement over the canceled delivery of two French Mistral warships. According to Kommersant, France will repay Russia 1.16 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in compensation for breaching the contract signed in 2011, under then-President Nicolas Sarkozy. In November of last year, France decided it wouldn't deliver the carriers to Russia after its incursion into Ukraine.


The New York International Airport, later named JFK, opened 67 years ago today. We've got your shot of history here.


New documents released by WikiLeaks show that the U.S. has been spying on the cabinet and companies of another ally, this time Japan, and sharing the information with its "Five Eyes" partners Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand. The revelations, also published in Australia's The Saturday Paper, show that the targets go well beyond government officials and include the Bank of Japan and companies such as Mitsubishi. The eavesdropping targeted foreign policy and climate change policy, as well as trade negotiations, despite the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.


Severe heat doesn't just threaten the physically vulnerable such as babies and the elderly. It also poses a serious risk to those suffering from anxiety, Marie-Pierre Genecand reports for Le Temps. "Emna Ragama, a psychotherapist and psychologist in Geneva, explains that when patients are exposed to high temperatures, their bodies trigger defense mechanisms that cause hyperventilation, dizziness, leg numbness and the sensation of running out of oxygen. ‘Sometimes fear can cloud their judgment,' she says. ‘They feel exhausted by the fits and they develop symptoms of depression. If the heat wave lasts too long, they tend to avoid as much as possible and this leads to their isolation. What's more, during the summer holidays, they may no longer be in contact with their usual network of friends.'

Read the full article, Hot Anxiety: The Invisible Victims Of A Heat Wave.



The Taliban has confirmed to Al Jazeera reporters the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar, though it refused to offer any details about when or where he died. According to Afghan officials, Omar died in 2013 in a Pakistan n hospital. The group has reportedly appointed a new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

154° F (67.8° C)

The 100,000 residents of Iranian city Bandar Mahshahr experienced one of the hottest "feels like" temperatures ever recorded, when it reached 154° F (67.8° C) yesterday. The result is the combination of the actual air temperature (109° F) and of the dew point temperature (90° F). Read more from The Washington Post.


The International Olympic Committee has awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The Chinese capital will be the first city to have hosted both the summer and winter events.


Biotechnologists have developed a new type of sunscreen that's made from aquatic slime, meaning it's both biodegradable and natural, though not commercially viable.

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Is Disney's "Wish" Spreading A Subtle Anti-Christian Message To Kids?

Disney's new movie "Wish" is being touted as a new children's blockbuster to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. But some Christians may see the portrayal of the villain as God-like and turning wishes into prayers as the ultimate denial of the true message of Christmas.

photo of a kid running out of a church

For the Christmas holiday season?

Joseph Holmes

Christians have always had a love-hate relationship with Disney since I can remember. Growing up in the Christian culture of the 1990s and early 2000s, all the Christian parents I knew loved watching Disney movies with their kids – but have always had an uncomfortable relationship with some of its messages. It was due to the constant Disney tropes of “follow your heart philosophy” and “junior knows best” disdain for authority figures like parents that angered so many. Even so, most Christians felt the benefits had outweighed the costs.

That all seems to have changed as of late, with Disney being hit more and more by claims from conservatives (including Christian conservatives) that Disney is pushing more and more radical progressive social agendas, This has coincided with a steep drop at the box office for Disney.

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