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Well… Not in the best mood this evening. But there are some nice stories scattered among the disastrous state of the world. We begin with this from Yahoo News:
The man “was in possession of his bag when he left the restaurant,” but then he “fell asleep on the street,” one of his bosses told a news conference.
By Molpasorn Shoowong and Dylan Butts
It’s unlikely that one Japanese man will join his colleagues for after-work drinks again following their last night out, when officials said he lost a USB stick containing the personal data of nearly a half-million people.
The man, who has not been named, transferred the data Tuesday and then went to a restaurant with three of his colleagues at Biprogy Inc., Yuji Takeuchi, the president of the company’s Kansai branch, told a news conference Friday.
From The Guardian:
5.9-magnitude earthquake leaves children buried under rubble and villages destroyed in already impoverished country
Sitting on a hill overlooking the remote Gayan district, Abdullah Abed pointed towards several freshly dug graves. “They screamed for help,” he said of his son Farhadullah, 10, and daughter Basrina, 18. “We tried to save them but by the time we pulled them out of the rubble, their voices had gone quiet.”
Today they lie buried beside 10 other family members lost in the 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan in the early hours of Wednesday. An estimated 250 people have died in the hard-hit district, many of them now buried next to Abed’s children, among the more than 1,150 people feared dead and 1,500 injured across Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika and Khost provinces. It was Afghanistan’s deadliest quake in two decades.
From the Times of Israel:
Israeli security source briefing reporters notes situation stabilizing in Turkey but predicts travel warning will remain in place for now as Iranian agents remain at large
The Mossad spy agency and its local counterparts managed to thwart three Iranian attacks targeting Israeli civilians in Istanbul in recent days, a senior security official briefing Hebrew media said Friday, after Iran dismissed Jerusalem’s warnings of a Tehran-directed plot as malarkey.
The account came a day after Turkish media reported that 10 people had been arrested as part of an Iranian plot targeting Israelis in Turkey, including a former ambassador.
By Mostafa Salem and Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN
Prosecutors say Naira Ashraf was fatally stabbed by a man after she rejected his advances.
A version of this story first appeared in CNN's Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region's biggest stories.
Abu Dhabi and Cairo (CNN)The brutal killing of a young woman in broad daylight on an Egyptian street has shocked the Arab world, bringing the country's gender-based violence crisis into the spotlight.
Naira Ashraf, 21, was fatally stabbed on Monday by a man whose advances she rejected, according to Egyptian prosecutors who said the suspect was arrested outside northern Egypt's Mansoura University, where the incident took place and where Ashraf was studying.
From the Washington Post:
TEL AVIV — A veteran Palestinian American journalist was killed by Israeli forces while covering a military raid in the occupied West Bank, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday, summarizing the results of the office’s investigation into the fatal May shooting of Shireen Abu Akleh, a correspondent for Al Jazeera.
“All information we have gathered — including official information from the Israeli military and the Palestinian Attorney-General — is consistent with the finding that the shots that killed Abu Akleh and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi came from Israeli Security Forces,” the spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, said in a statement.
From Yahoo News (Reuters):
(Reuters) -Russia on Friday said the decision by European Union leaders to accept Ukraine and Moldova as membership candidates would have negative consequences and amounted to the EU's "enslaving" neighbouring countries.
Although it could take years for the countries to join the European bloc, the decision to accept them as candidates is a symbol of the EU's intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union.
A video circulating on social media reportedly shows the moment a Russian air defense system malfunctioned and the missile appeared to turn back towards the point where it was fired from.
In the Ukrainian city of Alchevsk in the Luhansk region, an air defense missile appeared to change trajectory after launch, and struck near to the system itself, local media outlets reported Friday.
From Al Jazeera:
Social media posts falsely claimed to show anti-Russian stickers placed around former Auschwitz death camp in Poland.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum has alleged that it was the target of “primitive” propaganda spread by Russian state agencies on social media.
The museum said on Friday that social media posts had falsely claimed to show anti-Russian stickers placed around the former site of the Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland, an area under German occupation during World War II.
After two years, Vienna has overtaken Auckland as the world’s most livable city, according to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Vienna ranked first in 2018 and 2019, but was overtaken by Auckland, New Zealand, during the pandemic and slipped to 12th place in 2021, according to the Global Liveability Index 2022.
From The Guardian:
Majority vote ends law banning doctors from offering information about abortion procedures
OSLO, June 25 (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 14 wounded on Saturday in a shooting at a nightclub and in nearby streets in Norway's capital Oslo, Norwegian police said.
From the AP:
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a double blow as voters rejected his Conservative Party in two special parliamentary elections dominated by questions about his leadership and ethics.
He was further wounded when the party’s chairman quit after the results came out early Friday, saying Conservatives “cannot carry on with business as usual,” and a former party leader said the country needed “new leadership.”
Kigali, Rwanda (CNN)Better late than never. That was the general reaction to Prince Charles' opening speech at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali on Friday.
The prince will succeed his mother as head of the organization -- an association of independent states that emerged out of the ashes of the British Empire. That empire will forever be associated with slavery, and Prince Charles made it clear in his opening remarks that he wants to change the status quo and begin a dialogue about it.
"While we strive together for peace, prosperity and democracy I want to acknowledge that the roots of our contemporary association run deep into the most painful period of our history," he told delegates. "I cannot describe the depths of my personal sorrow at the suffering of so many, as I continue to deepen my own understanding of slavery's enduring impact. "
From the BBC:
By Mark Savage
The Glastonbury Festival has opened with a video message from Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
In a pre-taped message, Mr Zelensky asked for support during the ongoing Russian invasion.
"We will not let Russia's war stop us," he told the crowd at The Other Stage before the Libertines began their set.
London (Reuters)A Nigerian senator and his wife were remanded in custody in London on Thursday charged with plotting to have a 15-year-old boy brought into the United Kingdom to harvest his organs, police said.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, were both charged with conspiracy to arrange travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting, police said.
From The Guardian:
Funeral held in Pernambuco of Indigenous expert who was killed in Amazon region with journalist Dom Phillips
The murdered Indigenous advocate Bruno Pereira has been buried in his home state of Pernambuco in Brazil after a small ceremony attended by family members and local tribes.
Dozens of Indigenous people from the Xukuru tribe paraded around his coffin chanting farewell rituals to the beat of their percussion instruments on Friday.
Topless and wearing headdresses made of palm fronds, they saluted a man who had spent much of his life working with isolated communities in remote parts of the Amazon rainforest.