Morning Headlines for Monday, June 8, 2015

Reuters

“More than 2,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, operations ongoing”

“More than 2,000 migrants were rescued from five wooden boats in the Mediterranean on Saturday and as many as seven other vessels have been reported at sea, the privately funded Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and Italy’s coastguard said.”

Washington Post

“With a series of major hacks, China builds a database on Americans”

“China is building massive databases of Americans’ personal information by hacking government agencies and U.S. health-care companies, using a high-tech tactic to achieve an age-old goal of espionage: recruiting spies or gaining more information on an adversary, U.S. officials and analysts say.”

Reuters

“China cruise ship death toll exceeds 400, victims mourned”

“Chinese officials, rescuers and family members gathered in mourning on Sunday for those lost on a cruise ship which capsized during a storm in the Yangtze River, as the death toll from the disaster reached 431, with 11 still missing.”

Associated Press

“Obama, with beer and wurst, works to mend U.S.-German ties”

“Obama kicked off an overnight visit to attend the Group of Seven summit of world leaders by focusing on mending relations with host Germany, visiting the picturesque Alpine village of Kruen with Chancellor Angela Merkel.”

Reuters

“Israeli aircraft strike, prime minister accuses world of ignoring Gaza rockets”

“Israeli aircraft bombed the Gaza Strip on Sunday after the latest in a series of Palestinian rocket attacks that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the international community of ignoring.”

New York Times

“Norway will divest from coal in push against climate change”

“Norway’s $890 billion government pension fund, considered the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, will sell off many of its investments related to coal, making it the biggest institution yet to join a growing international movement to abandon at least some fossil fuel stocks.”

Reuters

“Syrian army regains ground against Islamic State in Hasaka city”

“The Syrian army said on Sunday it had repulsed a major offensive by Islamic State militants in the northeastern city of Hasaka and driven out fighters who had taken over key installations on the southern edge of the city.”

AFP

“Saudi supreme court upholds jail, lashes for blogger: wife”

“Saudi Arabia’s supreme court has upheld a sentence of 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes against blogger Raif Badawi on charges of insulting Islam, his wife said on Sunday.”

Associated Press

“Iraq: troops advance against I.S. in key refinery town”

“Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias recaptured key parts of the northern refinery town of Beiji from the Islamic State group on Sunday, a general said.”

Reuters

“Russia, Qatar might lose their World Cups: paper”

“Russia and Qatar could be stripped of their World Cup hosting rights if evidence emerges of bribery in the bidding process, Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, told a Swiss newspaper.”

AFP

“Deutsche Bank says co-CEOs resign”

“Deutsche Bank, Germany’s biggest bank, announced the surprise resignation Sunday of co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Juergen Fitschen, to be replaced by former UBS banker John Cryan.”

Associated Press

“Surveillance law lets U.S. ratify nuclear terrorism treaties”

“Tucked into the surveillance bill that became law was a little-noticed section that will let the United States complete ratification of two long-stalled treaties aimed at stopping a frightening scenario: terrorists wielding radioactive bombs.”

BBC

“G7 summit: 125 extra U.K. military trainers to be sent to Iraq”

“The U.K. is to send an extra 125 military trainers to Iraq to help in the battle against Islamic State, the prime minister has said. David Cameron made the announcement at the G7 in Bavaria, ahead of a meeting with the Iraqi leader on Monday.”

Associated Press

“AP Exclusive: Abortions declining in nearly all states”

“Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them — but they’ve also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an Associated Press survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010.”

AFP

“Backlash grows as Italy migrant arrivals top 50,000”

“Italy’s wealthy North vowed Sunday that it would refuse to accommodate any more migrants as thousands more were rescued in the Mediterranean by a multinational flotilla of ships.”

AFP

“Protesters burn ballots in bid to block Mexico vote”

“Rebellious teachers and protesters seeking to thwart Mexico’s midterm elections on Sunday burned ballots and blocked polling stations, but authorities dismissed them as ‘isolated incidents.’”

New York Times

“Erdogan’s governing party in Turkey loses parliamentary majority”

“Turkish voters delivered a rebuke on Sunday to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as his party lost its majority in Parliament in a historic election that thwarted his ambition to rewrite Turkey’s Constitution and further bolster his clout.”

Associated Press

“Critics want delay of $500 million for California jails”

“Critics say the Board of State and Community Corrections should delay Wednesday’s vote and give policymakers time to gauge the long-term effects of Proposition 47. The law approved in November treats certain drug and property crimes as misdemeanors instead of felonies, leading to fewer inmates in both state prisons and county jails.”

Washington Post

“Obama administration stops work on immigrant program”

“A series of legal setbacks have halted the government’s intensive preparations to move forward with President Obama’s executive actions shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, even as community organizations continue a rapid push to get ready for the programs, according to U.S. officials and immigrant advocacy groups.”

AFP

“South Korea reports sixth MERS death, surge in infections”

“South Korea recorded its sixth death and biggest single-day jump in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) infections Monday, with 23 new cases in the largest outbreak of the potentially deadly virus outside Saudi Arabia.”

AFP

“Mexico ruling party wins Congress vote after rocky poll”

“Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s party retained its simple majority in Congress on Sunday despite his falling approval ratings and violent election day protests in several states.”

Associated Press

“Japan economy gains speed, grows at 3.9 percent pace in Jan-Mar”

“Japan’s economy grew at a faster pace than initially estimated in the January-March quarter on stronger consumer and corporate spending, though economists anticipate slower growth in April-June. The 3.9 percent annualized growth rate announced Monday by the Cabinet Office was sharply higher than the 2.4 percent pace initially reported. On a quarterly basis, the economy grew 1 percent, compared with the initial estimate of a 0.6 percent increase.”

Associated Press

“Detained Washington Post reporter back in Iran court”

“The mother of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian said Monday her son is ‘very tired, very distressed’ as the journalist returned to a Tehran courtroom for the second closed-door hearing in his espionage trial.”

New York Times

“Obama administration criticizes Egypt in report to Congress”

“Egypt is moving away from democracy, stifling freedom of expression, arresting thousands for political dissent and failing to hold the security forces accountable for ‘arbitrary or unlawful killings,’ the Obama administration has determined in a formal report to Congress.”

Reuters

“U.N.: Interim deal to help show any military side of Iran nuclear past”

“Any possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program can be clarified if the details of a preliminary deal sealed in April between Tehran and six world powers are implemented, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Monday.”

Washington Post

“USPS can’t keep rate increase forever, court rules”

“The U.S. Postal Service will have to roll back a portion of its largest rate increase in 11 years after a federal court ruled that the higher postage prices in place since January 2014 can’t be permanent.”

Associated Press

“U.S. government challenges Chinese tourist’s injury claim”

“The United States government is defending itself against a Chinese tourist’s $10 million injury claim with the testimony of a surprising witness — a border agent the government initially fired and charged criminally in the case.”

Reuters

“Merkel presses G7 leaders to agree on tough climate goals”

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Group of Seven (G7) leaders to commit to tough goals to cut greenhouse gases on the final day of their summit in Bavaria on Monday, at which they also discussed the threat from Islamic militants.”

AFP

“G7 warns could toughen sanctions against Russia”

“G7 leaders on Monday warned Russia that they stood ready to toughen sanctions over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine conflict, as escalating violence sparked fears that a ceasefire deal could be unravelling.”

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