Afternoon Headlines for Monday, June 8, 2015

Associated Press

“Spanish air controllers begin 4 days of partial strikes”

“Spain’s air traffic controllers began four days of partial strikes Monday that could cause major traffic disruptions as the summer vacation season gets underway. The stoppages were scheduled to take place between 10 a.m. and noon and between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, and again on June 10, 12 and 14.”

Washington Post

“Supreme Court strikes down ‘born in Israel’ passport law”

“The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the president alone has the power to recognize foreign nations, and it struck down as unconstitutional a congressional attempt to allow Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace on passports.”

Associated Press

“Obama: U.S. lacks ‘complete strategy’ for training Iraqis”

“Acknowledging military setbacks, President Barack Obama said Monday the United States still lacks a ‘complete strategy’ for training Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. He urged Iraq’s government to allow more of the nation’s Sunnis to join the campaign against the violent militants.”

Associated Press

“Obama: High court shouldn’t consider health care challenge”

“President Barack Obama says the U.S. Supreme Court probably shouldn’t have taken up the latest challenges to his signature health care law. Obama says there was no reason for the health program to end up in court, maintaining that ‘it’s working.’”

New York Times

“Former South Carolina officer indicted in death of Walter Scott”

“A former police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was indicted Monday by a grand jury on a murder charge in connection with the April shooting death of Walter L. Scott, which was recorded by a passer-by and became a resonating symbol in the national debate about police behavior.”

Al Jazeera America

“U.N. report finds ‘systematic’ human rights abuses by Eritrean army”

“The Eritrean government is responsible for systematic and gross human rights abuses on a ‘scope and scale seldom witnessed elsewhere,’ according to a United Nations report released on Monday.”

New York Times

“Trove seized in Syria raid opens window on ISIS, U.S. says”

“American intelligence agencies have extracted valuable information about the Islamic State’s leadership structure, financial operations and security measures by analyzing materials seized during a Delta Force commando raid last month that killed a leader of the terrorist group in eastern Syria, according to United States officials.”

Washington Post

“Army Secretary John McHugh to step down, Pentagon says”

“John McHugh, secretary of the U.S. Army, will step down by November, the Defense Department said Monday, adding to a growing list of senior military personnel who are departing the Pentagon during President Obama’s final period in office.”


“Seven Ukraine troops die in mine blast, endangering truce”

“At least seven Ukrainian soldiers died on Monday when their truck hit a mine not far from a town where a recent flare-up in fighting with pro-Russian insurgents has imperiled the fate of a four-month truce.”

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