SPOTLIGHT: FRENCH CONSOLATION
France needed this win badly. It has been a grim 18 months, with major terrorist attacks, a crippled economy and record floods, and the country yearned for the kind of unifying victory that sports can provide. And so an edgy kind of optimism reigned ahead of kickoff at the European Soccer Championship final — at the same Stade de France venue that was among the ISIS targets last Nov. 13 when three terrorists triggered suicide vests during a friendly game against Germany.
But victory on the pitch was not to be last night. Portugal beat host country France 1-0, claiming its first ever European soccer title with an overtime goal, even after star Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo was forced out early with an injury.
Still, there is consolation and counsel in defeat. Although clashes outside the stadium and near the Eiffel Tower marred the victory for the large community of French citizens of Portuguese descent, the championship as a whole was not marked by death, rampant violence or terror attacks. Indeed, sporting competition has long been a way for neighboring families, towns and nations to openly express pride and identity that is hard-fought but not life-or-death. For a taste of true fraternité, check out this heartwarming video of a tearful French supporter being consoled by a young Portuguese fan.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TODAY
- Dallas administrative buildings reopen, while other parts still shut off as part of an active shooting scene.
- Naadam festival opens in Mongolia. The traditional games involve Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery.
- The Republican Party Platform Committee's meetings kick off, ahead of upcoming convention in Cleveland.
N. KOREA THREATS OVER MISSILE SYSTEM
In a statement published today on Pyongyang's official news agency KCNA, North Korea has threatened to "take a physical counter-action" after the U.S. and South Korea announced the deployment of their joint Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), designed to keep Kim Jong-un in check.
AUSTRALIA'S TURNBULL CLAIMS VICTORY
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claimed victory of the country's extremely tight federal election, whose final result comes out more than a week after voting took place, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
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UNCONTESTED THERESA MAY
Andrea Leadsom has pulled out of the Conservative party race, paving the way for Home Secretary Theresa May to replace David Cameron as British prime minister. According to The Guardian's live blog, the passing of the baton could happen by the end of the week — if not sooner.
CLASHES IN SOUTH SUDAN
Renewed clashes between soldiers loyal to South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar erupted in Juba yesterday. According to the BBC, more than 200 people have died from gunfire and explosions in the area since Friday, when the violence began after Machar and Kiir met, rekindling fears of instability in the region in spite of a peace deal signed last year.
ABE TO FOCUS ON ECONOMY AFTER VICTORY
In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party with its partner, the Komeito Party, has won 70 out of the 121 seats up for election in a 242-seat upper house. With a two-thirds majority now, Abe is expected to pass economic reform, including a stimulus package, and constitutional revisions, according to The Japan News. This was the first election since the lowering of the voting age from 20 to 18, allowing 2.4 million youths into the electorate.
The Swiss Amish in the United States are keeping alive a vocal art passed down from their ancestors in Switzerland and eastern France. Both a symbol of identity and entertainment, yodeling was also a source of inspiration for American country music. For Swiss daily Le Temps (Switzerland being itself quite familiar with yodeling), Xavier Filliez went to Indiana to meet some of them: "Hilty learned how to yodel when he was little, alongside his brothers and sisters, by listening to their older siblings. The Amish usually yodel amongst themselves, away from the curious glances of foreigners. â€˜You can't really learn how to yodel,' he explains. â€˜You listen and try to reproduce what you've heard.' ... â€˜You know, I'm 69,' he says. â€˜I've survived one heart attack. I don't practice yodeling very often now, though I try to teach it to my two grandchildren.'"
Read the full article, In American Heartland, Swiss Amish Carry On Yodeling Tradition.
VENEZUELANS CROSS INTO COLOMBIA FOR SUPPLIES
The economic and food crisis in Venezuela prompted some 500 Venezuelan women to break through border controls into Colombia over the past week. In response, Venezuela opened their common border for 12 hours on Sunday. This allowed 35,000 people access to food and medicine in Colombia, according to Colombian officials.
MY GRAND-PERE'S WORLD
Waiting For The Rice To Dry — Bandung, 1991
A strict curfew was imposed today in the Indian region of Kashmir, after at least 17 people, including a police officer, were killed and hundreds injured in weekend clashes between protesters and Indian police, the Times of India reports.
SUPER TYPHOON STILL KILLS IN CHINA
Super typhoon Nepartak swept through southeastern China this weekend causing over 900 million yuan ($134.6 million) in damages. Nine people have been killed and 18 are still missing. According to Xinhua News, 3,600 homes were destroyed and 34,324 residents were evacuated. Another 1,000 people were trapped under the rubble. Rescue and relief efforts are still ongoing.
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RED HOT METALLICA
Rockers have had plenty of run-ins over the years at airport customs offices around the world. But when the Red Hot Chili Peppers were summoned by customs police in Belarus, it was just a friendly request for autographs. Just one problem, reports Chili Peppers bassist Flea: "They asked us to sign a bunch of Metallica cd's and photos," Flea wrote on Instagram next to a photo of him signing pictures of Metallica. Read more from Rolling Stone magazine.