Ukraine Military Gains Ground Against Rebels07/10/14
Militant rebels have retreated from the Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, falling back to the regional capital of Donetsk, where the Ukrainian military plans to lay siege. (NewsHour, PBS)
Snowden Reveals NSA Spied on Muslims
In his latest release, Edward Snowden has revealed the FBI and NSA's practice of spying on prominent Muslim U.S. citizens. (Morning Edition, NPR)
Israel Launches Major Operation in Gaza
The Israeli Army has announced the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, an open-ended offensive in Gaza with the possibility of a ground invasion. (Free Speech Radio News)
Indonesia Holds 2nd-Ever Presidential Election
Indonesia has held the second presidential election in its history, with millions of citizens visiting the polls to vote for either former military general Prabowo Subianto or the governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo. (AM, ABC)
Brazil Crushed by Germany in World Cup
Brazil has suffered a crushing 7-1 defead by Germany in the World Cup Semi-finals. Brazillian law enforcement escorted German spectators out of the stadium after the match, fearing potential violence. (The Takeaway, WNYC)
Child Migrants Continue to Enter U.S.
Pressure mounts in the U.S. as the continued illegal immigration of South American children inspires protest and debate across the country. (NewsHour, PBS)
Afghanistan Election Results Released
Preliminary results from Afghanistan's runoff presidential election have been released. Candidate Ashraf Ghani leads by more than a million votes, but widespread suspicion of voter fraud means that the government plans to audit the results. (All...
Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness from Sex Abuse Victims
Pope Francis has publicly met with sex abuse victims of the Catholic Church, vindicating their experience despite years of cover-up, and has asked for their forgiveness. (News at One, RTE)
ISIS Leader Makes Public Appearance
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, has made a rare public appearance on video, leading prayer at a mosque in Mosul. The U.S. has set a $10 million dollar reward for information on the man. (The World Today, ABC)
Six Arrested in Death of Palestinian Teen
6 Jewish teens have been arrested following the murder of a Palestinian boy, who was burned alive. Meanwhile, the Israeli military and Palestinian militants continue to launch retaliatory rocket strikes. (Morning Edition, NPR)
Iraq's Kurds Push for Independence
Kurdish leaders have taken advantage of the chaos in Iraq to push for an independent Kurdish state. (NewsHour, PBS)
Palestinian Teen Found Dead in Forest
Just days after the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers were found in the West Bank, police have discovered the body of a Palestinian teen outside of Jerusalem. (The Takeaway, WNYC)
Facebook Runs Psych Experiments on Users
Facebook revealed that it has conducted psychological experiments on users by manipulating their feeds, drawing criticism from academics and others who call the research ethically dubious. (Marketplace, APM)
Japan Revises Pacifist Constitution
Japanese officials have revised the nation's pacifist constitution, allowing Japan to send military aid to allies in need and participate in UN peacekeeping missions. The change, made with the support of the United States, has heightened tensions with...
Israel Launches Airstrikes on Gaza
The bodies of three Israeli teenagers, who disappeared three weeks ago, have been found in the West Banks. Israeli authorities blame Hamas, although the group has not claimed responsibility for the murders. Hundreds of Palestinians have been arrested...
Protestors Take to the Streets in Hong Kong
Protestors in Hong Kong took to the streets on the 17th anniversary of the region's return to Chinese control, following an unofficial referendum overwhelmingly in favor of democracy. (Morning Edition, NPR)
Supreme Court Rules on Contraception, Unions
The Supreme Court has issued its two final rulings of the term: a 5-4 decision against mandated contraception under the Affordable Care Act, and a 5-4 decision against union fees for public workers. (The Takeaway, WNYC)
ISIS Announce Islamic Caliphate
The Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have released an announcement rebranding themselves as an Islamic caliphate, claiming authority over Muslims worldwide. (The World Today, ABC)
Top Stories for June 27, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court issues two major rulings, the USA advances in the World Cup despite losing to Germany, and a bear is spotted roaming the streets of Washington, D.C. - that's some of the week's Top Stories.
1. Supreme Court Rules Against Cell Phone Searches
The U.S. Supreme Court has released a series of decisions, chief among them a ruling against the unwarranted search of cell phones by police. (The Takeaway, WNYC)
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