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'Islamic State'

US-led coalition strikes 'military capabilities' of 'Islamic State' in Raqqa

ImageCoalition forces have carried out 16 air strikes on the "Islamic State" in its de facto capital Raqqa in Syria. The operation follows a video posted online showing 25 soldiers being massacred in Palmyra's ancient ruins.

Egypt

Egypt's Sinai 'stable,' says president amid uptick in violence

ImagePresident Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has said that the situation in Sinai is "totally stable." The president's statement comes amid a growing insurgency in northern Sinai.

Espionage

Wikileaks: NSA spied on Brazilian officials and business figures

ImageIn its latest publication, Wikileaks has released a list of Brazilian targets monitored by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The list includes Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and many of the country's ambassadors.

Awards

Heckler & Koch given negative "Closed Oyster" award for lack of transparency

A German association promoting investigative journalism has awarded arms maker Heckler & Koch with its "Closed Oyster" award. Netzwerk Recherche said the firm had attempted to have spies follow critical journalists.

Culture

France celebrates listing of Champagne and Burgundy as UNESCO heritage sites

UNESCO has added the historic vineyards and cellars of Champagne and the unique natural climate of Burgundy vineyards to its list of World Heritage Sites. The decision set corks popping in France.

Soccer

England beat Germany in bronze medal play off at Women's World Cup

England's women beat Germany for the first time in 21 attempts in the third place playoff at the women's soccer World Cup. The match went to extra time before England secured the win with a penalty.

Latin America

Pope Francis faces highly charged issues in Latin America

The itinerary appears innocuous - on his trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, Pope Francis will meet three heads of state and millions of faithful. But politically, the trip to his home continent is highly charged.

Topics

5.7.1841: The birth of mass tourism

Birthdays

1889: Jean Cocteau

Days to remember

1778: Bavarian War of Succession