Iraqi military says it struck meeting of ISIL leaders in Hajin region, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Az Zor

Iraq: 45 ISIL members killed in Syria air raids

aljazeera.com • World News

Iraq says it has killed at least 45 members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, in an air strike in eastern Syria, the second such operation in less than a month.


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Right-hander earns third straight 'W' with 6 1/3 strong innings

DeSclafani hits grand slam, Reds win 6th in row

mlb.com • Sports

Anthony DeSclafani wasn't sure how well he'd hit the 3-2 fastball he was offered by Cubs pitcher Brian Duensing as he stared it down while heading toward first base, but as he saw Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber give up on tracking it, he knew he had just gifted himself four additional runs of support. The ball sailed into the seats in left field for his first career grand slam.

“People will set aside for a moment their moral beliefs, their religious beliefs, to get somebody that is honest in office”

In age of Trump, evangelicals back self-styled top U.S. pimp

reuters.com • Politics

He styles himself as America’s best-known pimp, a strip-club owner who runs multiple brothels and looks set to win a seat as a Republican in the Nevada legislature with the blessing of many conservative Christian voters.

Purdue Pharma denies the allegations in the lawsuits

Drug spoon sculpture placed outside drugmaker headquarters

abcnews.go.com • Interesting

An 800-pound, nearly 11-foot-long steel sculpture of a bent and burned drug spoon was placed Friday in front of the Connecticut headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma as part of an art protest against the opioid crisis.

With the Switch, the 130-year-old gaming giant has once again turned reports of its demise into Nintendo Mania

The Legend of Nintendo

bloomberg.com • Interesting

For anyone who’s ever marveled at Nintendo’s vivid, phantasmagoric, zoologically ornate video games, visiting the company’s understated home in Kyoto, Japan, can be disorienting at first. That such an outpouring of kaleidoscopic products comes from a place so devoid of color can be momentarily hard to fathom. The headquarters are housed in a stark white cubical building surrounded on the perimeter by a sturdy white wall. The lobby is minimally decorated.

What's in the water in one Canadian city? Uncooked hot dogs, apparently.

Would you buy a $28 bottle of "unfiltered Hot Dog Water"? Some people in Canada did

boingboing.net • Interesting

Last weekend, a reality-hacking hero offered bottles of unfiltered, "keto-compatible" "Hot Dog Water" at a Vancouver street festival for CAN$37.99 (~US$28) a pop. The vendor, performance artist/"foodie-troller" Douglas Bevans, claimed his special water (which included a real hot dog inside each bottle) had health benefits.

Seeing a hot new film will incur an additional fee

MoviePass will start to surge prices for popular movies in July

theverge.com • Entertainment

MoviePass, the cheap movie ticket subscription service that has taken the film industry by storm, is about to introduce a controversial change to its service. Previously, you could pay a flat price to see any movie you want, but starting in July, getting tickets for high-demand movies will incur an additional fee.

Friedland joined Netflix in 2011 after being an executive at Disney

Netflix Chief Communications Officer Fired After Using The N-Word

huffingtonpost.com • Business

Ironically, Friedland first used the word in a meeting about offensive words in comedy. Attendees at the meeting informed Friedland later that his use of the term had upset some people. The second use of the word reportedly occurred in a meeting with two black employees in HR who were helping him to address the first incident.

Two oil storage tanks had been set on fire since the initial attack

East Libyan forces reclaim key oil ports

reuters.com • World News

East Libyan forces said on Thursday they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, hours after clashes resumed south of Ras Lanuf during a counter-attack by rival factions.

"Erdogan's been in power for 16 years now and we're sick of him"

Turkey election: Expats play decisive role in Erdogan vote

bbc.com • World News

Eyebrows furrowed, feet hesitantly tapping, the Turkish choir of Berlin gets to grips with a new piece of music. They've been singing songs of heartbreak and history here for more than 30 years. Men and women for whom two countries, Germany and Turkey, will always feel like home.

Also indicted was Ezra Saidoff, a former deputy director general of the prime minister's office

Sara Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister's Wife, Is Charged With Fraud

npr.org • World News

Sara Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, is charged with fraud and breach of trust over having ordered nearly $100,000 worth of food to be catered from pricey restaurants between 2010 and 2013. Prosecutors say she had the government pick up the tab — and falsely claimed there wasn't a cook at the residence.





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