“It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” a CNN statement said.
• A series of car bombs killed 21 people in Damascus, the Syrian capital, highlighting security gaps in parts of the country controlled by President Bashar al-Assad.
In neighboring Turkey, our reporter is on Highway E-5, following a long march of protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s widening crackdown on dissent. Hundreds of people, including roughly 30 opposition lawmakers, left Ankara, the capital, on June 15, and expect to reach Istanbul next Sunday.
• “I hope that everyone will speak up and fight, overcome their own fears to build a better country.”
That final statement of the Vietnamese blogger known as Mother Mushroom, made as she was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week, has been reposted thousands of times on Facebook, evidence of defiance of the government’s efforts to control dissent on the internet.
Almost 45 million Vietnamese, nearly half the population, uses Facebook.
• Our Australia bureau chief examines how Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic prelate to be formally charged with sexual offenses, rose to power despite being trailed by a cloud of scandal.
He also examines the often fused interests of church and state in Australia, where religious schools receive billions of dollars from the government.
Cardinal Pell, 76, is expected at a hearing in Melbourne on July 26.
• South Korea, once a leading source of children put up for adoption abroad, now offers the most visible example of a major flaw in the system.
Before 2000, the U.S. did not automatically grant citizenship to foreign adoptees, and some who have been convicted of crimes have been deported to birth countries they left decades ago.
The South Korean pictured above, who was adopted at age 8 by an American family, was sent to Seoul in 2012 with no language skills or contacts. He killed himself last month.
• Disclosures that a Silicon Valley venture capitalist had preyed on female entrepreneurs prompted more than two dozen women to speak to our tech reporter about being sexually harassed by investors and mentors.
Ten named the investors, and some had corroborating messages and emails.
For instance, via Facebook: “I was getting confused figuring out whether to hire you or hit on you.”
• China’s energy companies are planning to build nearly half of the new coal plants expected to go online in the next decade.
• Total, the French energy giant, agreed to invest $1 billion in Iran to develop an offshore gas field.
• Automakers report U.S. sales for June, and analysts expect some gloomy results.
• U.S. markets are closed Tuesday for the July 4 holiday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• A new Russian casino 4,000 miles east of Moscow is luring wealthy Asians otherwise hesitant to invest in Russia. [The New York Times]
• Jeff Horn stunned audiences around the world by defeating Manny Pacquiao for the world welterweight title. [The Sydney Morning Herald]
• Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party suffered a defeat in Tokyo, hindering Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s prospects for another term. [Japan Times]
• The deadline for Qatar to respond to demands from four Gulf neighbors is expiring, with little hope of ending their economic siege over allegations of links to terrorism. [The Guardian]
• Five North Koreans sailed into South Korean waters, crossing a heavily guarded border in what appeared to be an attempt to flee. [The New York Times]
• The U.S. rejected visa applications for an all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan, so their ball-sorting robot will compete without them. [Forbes]
• Anti-globalization protests have begun in Germany ahead of the G-20 summit meeting. [Reuters]
• China’s space program appeared to suffer a setback when a rocket carrying a communications satellite failed to launch successfully. [South China Morning Post]
• The son of Kim Jong-nam, who was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur in February, pleaded with the Malaysian authorities not to return the body to North Korea. [The Asahi Shimbun]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Recipe of the day: Try a mocktail, like a salted lemon-ginger spritzer inspired by Vietnamese lemonade, for a crisp evening alternative.
• A yearlong relationship contract might sound bloodless, but it can help surface and protect each person’s priorities. Happily, it’s renewable.
• “Checkout time, for the living and the dead, is usually no later than 3 p.m.” Visit a Japanese “itai hoteru,” or corpse hotel, which offers funereal hospitality for families and temporary storage for bodies.
• What happens when you take a stroll through the Metropolitan Opera in New York on the busiest week of year? You run into Misty Copeland, Toscanini’s head, wigs, harps and a snow yak.
Could we be near the answer to an 80-year mystery?
A team of searchers working with specially trained dogs is scouring a Pacific island in hopes of finding the remains of Amelia Earhart.
She and her navigator disappeared on July 2, 1937, as Earhart was trying to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.
We promise to keep you posted if the searchers turn up anything. But meanwhile, we wondered: Who finally did become the first woman to fly around the world?
In 1948, 24-year-old Richarda Morrow-Tait of Britain took off from Croydon, now a borough of London, in a single-engine Percival Proctor, with Michael Townsend, a Cambridge graduate student, as navigator. They returned a year and one day later, mission completed.
The first woman to make the trek solo was Geraldine Mock, who as a girl in Ohio had been fascinated by Earhart.
In 1964, at age 38, Ms. Mock, above, took off in the Spirit of Columbus, a 1953 single-engine Cessna 180, from Columbus.
The flight wasn’t without complications, including a burning antenna and a mistaken landing at a secret military airstrip in Cairo.
But after 29 days and 23,103 miles, the self-proclaimed “flying housewife” and mother of three returned home a record-holder.
Maya Salam contributed reporting.
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