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20,000 Feared Dead In Libya Floods, Brazil Rioters On Trial, Giraffe Oracle

👋 Nyob zoo!*

Welcome to Thursday, where Libya floods may have killed as many as 20,000 people, trials begin for pro-Bolsonaro rioters accused of staging a coup in January, and Obano the rugby-loving giraffe is put to the test. Meanwhile, Maria Corbi in Italian daily La Stampa looks at the man’s man’s world of influencers, and the one Italian woman who puts them all to shame.

[*Nyaw zhong - Hmong, China, Vietnam, Laos]

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What Kim Wants From Putin: Hardware And Know-How For North Korea's Space Program

Vladimir Putin was eager to welcome Kim Jong-un for a rare visit to Russia in order to replenish depleting supplies of shells and ammunition. But North Korea has its own demands help to build satellites as part of an advanced space program.


Much of the focus from Wednesday's highly anticipated Putin-Kim summit has been on the weapons that North Korea will be sending to Russia, which is short on ammunition for its war against Ukraine.

But since every bilateral summit is a give-and-take, what will North Korean leader Kim Jong-un take home to Pyongyang?

Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed during the summit at a Cosmodrome in Russia's far east that Moscow is ready to assist North Korea in the construction of satellites.

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This announcement comes as North Korea aims to transform itself into a "world-class space power."

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Kim Backs Putin, Libya Flood Toll Tops 6,000, NASA’s Signs Of E.T. Life

👋 Goeie!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the death toll in Libya floods surpasses 6,000, Kim Jong-un offers Vladimir Putin his “full and unconditional support,” and NASA sees potential signs of extraterrestrial life some 120 light years away. Meanwhile, Carmen Contreras Tellez in Spanish online media Ethic worries that green energy-linked practices like lithium extraction may repeat the same indigenous exploitation mistakes of the past.

[*Frisian, The Netherlands and Germany]

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Johannesburg Blaze Kills Dozens, North Korea’s Mock Nuclear Strike, Tomatina Extravaganza

👋 ሰላም ሃለው*!*

Welcome to Thursday, where at least 73 are killed in a Johannesburg building blaze, North Korea simulates a “tactical nuclear strike,” and Spain’s yearly tomato debauchery yields striking images. Meanwhile, Giulia Zonca for Italian daily La Stampa reports on the controversy caused after a Turin gym installed urinals shaped like a woman's open mouth.

[*Selam halewi - Tigrinya, Eritrea and Ethiopia]

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Anne-Sophie Goninet and Laure Gautherin

Hawaii Wildfires, Ecuador Presidential Candidate Killed, Mom & Daughter In Space

👋 Moni moni onse!*

Welcome to Thursday, where Hawaii’s Maui island battles destructive wildfires as the death toll continues to rise, Ecuador declares a state of emergency after presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio is shot dead less than two weeks before the election and a Caribbean duo is set to etch their names in the history of space travel. For our special Summer Reads edition of Worldcrunch Today, we feature an article by Karl De Meyer in French daily Les Echos — and three other stories from around the world on women.

[*Chewa, Malawi and Zambia]

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Emma Albright, Anne-Sophie Goninet, Valeria Berghinz and Laure Gautherin

Trump Heads To Court, Niger v. West Africa, One Whale Of A Whale

👋 Aang!*

Welcome to Thursday, where former U.S. President Donald Trump is set to appear in court on charges of plotting to overturn his 2020 election defeat, Niger’s coup leader remains defiant as ECOWAS leaders meet in Nigeria to discuss the crisis and there’s a new candidate for the heaviest ever animal on Earth. Meanwhile, Persian-language media Kayhan-London reports on how the leak of an Iranian senior official's gay sex tape may be a deliberate, albeit obscure bid to disgrace the Islamic Republic itself.

[*Aleut, Alaska]

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Yannick Champion-Osselin and Katarzyna Skiba

Mediterranean Fires Kill 40, Cambodia PM Steps Down, One Year Until Paris Olympics

👋 Héébee!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where over 40 people have died and thousands have been forced to evacuate as wildfires rage across the Mediterranean, Cambodia’s prime minister steps down after 38 years in power and the Olympics countdown starts for Paris. Meanwhile, Alexis Gaçon, for business daily Les Echos, tours North America’s largest graphite mine project, amid growing global demand for battery materials.

[*Arapaho, Wyoming, U.S.]

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Emma Albright, Yannick Champion-Osselin, Michal Kubala and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Fresh Israel Protests, China Removes “Missing” Foreign Minister, Youngest World Cup Player

👋 Rimaykullayki!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Israel’s adoption of a controversial law to limit the Supreme Court’s powers sparks fresh protests, China officially removes Qin Gang (who hasn’t been seen in public since late June) as foreign minister, and scientists confirm that yes, extreme heat waves are linked to human-induced climate change. Meanwhile, Russian independent news outlet Vazhnyye Istorii/Important Stories shares tales of disappointment from Russian soldiers coaxed into joining the frontline in Ukraine.


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Yannick Champion-Osselin and Chloé Touchard

U.S. Soldier Crosses DMZ, Taj Mahal Flooding, Latvian Sand Castles

👋 Bonghjornu !*

Welcome to Wednesday, where tensions run high after a U.S. soldier reportedly crossed the DMZ into North Korea, countrywide protests reignite in Israel amid judicial reform, and Latvian sand castle artists are having a whale of a good time. Meanwhile, Yuri Fedorov in Russian independent news outlet Important Stories looks at why Washington may be pushing a “Korea solution” to the war in Ukraine.


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Valeria Berghinz and Chloé Touchard,

G7 Security For Ukraine, North Korea Fires Missile, AI vs Human Workers

👋 Konta!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where Ukraine is set to receive a G7 security package at the NATO summit, North Korea fires a long-range missile ahead of a Japan-South Korea meeting and one Indian business owner is a bit overeager about the AI revolution. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news website Livy Bereg looks at the pros and cons of the “Israel Model” and its security guarantees as an alternative to Ukraine’s NATO membership.

[*Papiamento, Dutch Caribbean]

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This Happened — June 30: Trump Visits North Korea

Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, visited North Korea on this day in 2019. Trump and Kim Jong-un met at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), specifically at the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the village of Panmunjom. This location is a historic site where previous meetings between North and South Korea had taken place.

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Emma Albright, Sophie Jacquier, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Katarzyna Skiba

Titanic Sub Search, Police Raid Paris Olympics HQ, 500 Planes At Once

👋 ନମସ୍କାର*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Russia targets several Ukrainian cities with airstrikes overnight, the search continues for the missing Titanic wreck tourist submarine, and IndiGo places a record order for 500 Airbus planes. Meanwhile, Xu Kaiming in Chinese-language digital media The Initium shines a light on how North Korea’s shady cryptocurrency business funds its nuclear weapons program.

[*Namaskār - Odia, India]

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