By: Akhil Kapur and Paulina Mangubat
We're not going to fault you for not staying on top of this week's news. We're only here to help.
On Monday, Hillary Clinton heaved a sigh of relief once news broke that she had passed the number of combined delegates and superdelegates required to clinch the Democratic Party nomination. A few days later, President Barack Obama met with Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s opponent, to continue ongoing discussions about unity within the Democratic party. Obama then dropped his endorsement video for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
House Speaker Paul Ryan called Donald Trump’s comments regarding the federal judge presiding over the Trump University lawsuit racist.
After a terror attack killed four Israeli citizens, the Israeli army deployed hundreds of soldiers to the West Bank. Experts are now concerned that ongoing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians may escalate during Ramadan.
Two NPR staff members—David Gilkey, a photojournalist whose work portrayed war and conflict, and Zabihullah Tamanna, an Afghan interpreter, were killed in Afghanistan while traveling with an Afghan army unit. The tragedy was a sombering, heartbreaking reminder of the dangers many journalists face while reporting on the ground.
In what must be the greatest illustration of globalization since the formation of NATO, the Islamist militant group Hezbollah has found an unlikely business partner in Colombian drug cartels. Former DEA operations chief Michael Braun stated that Hezbollah is “moving [multiple] tons of cocaine” from South America to Europe and has developed “the most sophisticated money laundering scheme or schemes that we have ever witnessed.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the White House for the fourth time since his election in 2014. Modi and President Obama discussed a new series of agreements on climate change, nuclear power and national security. Modi reportedly scheduled the visit to review already agreed-upon decisions before Obama leaves office, in part because Indian officials are worried that if Donald Trump wins the American presidency, the future of U.S.-Indian relations will only become more uncertain. To be fair, Trump does not have the best reputation in Indian officials’ favorite topics, such as “geopolitics,” ‘international diplomacy” or “general political knowledge”.
And now, some Brexit updates:
France is not pleased with the possibility of Brexit. It's making its disagreement known by trying pressure other countries against adopting an easygoing attitude toward Britain. This basically entails denying British supervisory bodies EU recognition in areas like financial services and establishing new immigration rules. They want to make sure that if you see London, you will not see France.
The European Commission has banned its communications staff from publicly using the word “Brexit” in the days leading up to the referendum on whether Britain will retain its EU membership. From now on, it will be officially referred to as “the B that shall not be named.” The referendum is scheduled for June 23.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new enhanced cybersecurity relationship. Who says you can’t make real friends on the Internet?
- The U.S. Federal Reserve and co. are urging various financial institutions to up their cybersecurity game. This announcement arrives on the tails of an $81 million attack on Bangladesh’s central bank last February. Let’s see how long it takes for hackers to take a crack at these organizations.