Weekly News Highlights: Top 7 stories from June 12 to 18

Weekly News Highlights: Top 7 stories from June 12 to 18

From left to right: In the top row, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, murdered British MP Jo Cox in parliament, and the scene of the shooting outside of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. In the middle row, Russia captain Vasili Berezutski scoring a last-gasp equalizer against England, and Iraqi security forces firing at ISIS militants in Fallujah. In the bottom row, fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) walking in Manbij near Aleppo, and fatal ISIS-linked attack on a French police commander and his wife. Cover credits: The Guardian, Reuters (collage)

From left to right: In the top row, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, murdered British MP Jo Cox in parliament, and the scene of the shooting outside of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
In the middle row, Russia captain Vasili Berezutski scoring a last-gasp equalizer against England, and Iraqi security forces firing at ISIS militants in Fallujah.
In the bottom row, fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) walking in Manbij near Aleppo, and fatal ISIS-linked attack on a French police commander and his wife.
Cover credits: The Guardian, Reuters (collage)

Here are the world's most talked about stories and events last week.

1. Orlando attack

At least 50 people were killed in a "domestic terror attack" by a shooter at an Orlando LGBTQ+ nightclub, police said Sunday morning, June 12.

The shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen of Afghan origins who was found to be linked to ISIS, was declared dead by Florida police at the scene. Police later declared a state of emergency for Florida's Orange county.

2. French policeman killing

A French policeman in Paris was stabbed to death and his wife was also killed by a man who had pledged allegiance to ISIS, according to a Paris prosecutor. This happened in the presence of the couple's three-year-old son who was found in shock but unharmed.

The shooter, later identified as 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, was killed by an elite police squad, officials said Monday. A list of targets including journalists and police officers was later found, investigators said Tuesday. French President François Hollande called the incident an "odious terror attack" and convened crisis talks over it.

3. A chaotic Euro 2016

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) suspended Russia from the Euro 2016 football tournament and fined it 150,000 euros, equivalent to $168,000, which the Russian national football team paid Tuesday, and warned further fan violence would result in disqualification from Euro 2016.

At least 150 Russians were behind much of violence in Marseille ahead of the Euro 2016 England-Russia match, according to French prosecutors. After the match, dozens of football fans were arrested in the northern French city of Lille.

In related news, a Russian ban from the 2016 Olympics in Rio was upheld Friday by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Russia's athletics association is considering appealing the ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

4. Syrian conflict

Airstrikes in the Syrian city of Idlib killed more than 20 people Sunday.

At least 70 fighters died Wednesday during clashes in the province of Aleppo, according to activists, while 10 ISIS militants were killed in Syria by the coalition's airstrikes and Turkish artillery, Turkish military sources told Reuters.

Russia said Thursday morning that a two-day ceasefire began the night before in Aleppo, following the U.S. call on Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to respect February's truce agreement. On Saturday morning, attacks on a Kurdish quarter in Aleppo killed seven.

The U.N. said Friday an aid convoy in Syria has reached the besieged zone of al-Waer.

5. British MP murder

British Labor parliamentarian Jo Cox was shot, stabbed and killed by a man identified as 52-year-old Thomas Mair. In court on Saturday for a murder charge, he said his name was "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain."

6. ISIS in Iraq

Iraq's army has retaken control of Fallujah, a city ISIS has occupied for two years. Civilians fled en masse. As a next step, Iraqi officials are preparing to retake Mosul.

7. EU sanctions on Russia

The EU has extended its sanctions on Russia-annexed Crimea until mid-2017. But Russian President Vladimir Putin said the EU remains a key trade partner for Russia, adding that its business leaders want to work with Russia.

Also in the news:

  • Microsoft is set to buy professional social network LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, making it one of the biggest tech deals ever made.
  • In France, 1.2 million people protested against recent labor reforms, according to organizers, but officials say there were only about 400,000. It's the fourth and largest protest in a month.
  • Russian government hackers breached the computers of the U.S. Democratic National Committee and stole all opposition research on the only remaining Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the committee said Tuesday. Russia denied the action.
  • EU's envoy to Turkey, Ambassador Hansjoerg Haber, has resigned, according to EU delegation official, as tensions between the two sides threaten to derail Europe's migration deal.
  • EgyptAir flight MS804's black box was found extensively damaged but search teams had been able to recover its memory unit. It will need repairs before it can be analyzed, though, to learn the reason behind the crash.
  • Eurozone released Friday $8.46 billion in bailout funds to allow Greece to make imminent debt repayments, but some are deeply concerned about the deal being a way to simply buy more time.
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