Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Egypt: “Four separate bombings rocked the Egyptian capital on Friday on the eve of the third anniversary of the Arab Spring revolt, killing at least six people, injuring more than 70, and evoking comparisons to Baghdad in a city that for decades has been among the most stable in the Arab world.”
* Ukraine: “With President Viktor F. Yanukovych and antigovernment demonstrators at an impasse here in the Ukrainian capital, civil unrest spread across the country on Friday as protesters laid siege to government buildings in at least nine other cities – occupying some and thronging outside others.”
* Olympic security: “A four-minute video posted by an ally of al Qaeda likens the Olympics of Russian President Vladimir Putin to those held under Adolf Hitler in 1936, and warns again of terror at the upcoming Sochi Games.”
* Syria: “The participants in the Syrian peace conference averted a collapse in the talks on Friday, agreeing to meet in the same room on Saturday for the first time. Earlier, the government delegation had threatened to bolt, while the opposition complained that the government side was not fully committed to the framework of the talks.”
* Virginia: “Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, pleaded not guilty on Friday to 14 counts of federal corruption. The judge scheduled a jury trial for the McDonnells that will begin on July 28 and could last for five to six weeks.”
* What’s going on at the Supreme Court with those nuns raising a religious objection to paperwork about religious objections? Ian Millhiser has the latest.
* It’s always a little creepy when Republicans praise Russian leaders during their disputes with U.S. leaders: “Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘has outperformed our president time and time again on the world stage’ in an interview with NBC News on Friday.”
* Wall Street: “Stocks tumbled on Friday, with the Dow falling over 300 points for its worst week since November 2011, after big selloffs in European and Asian markets over concerns of slower global economic growth.”
* This seems like a discussion worth having: “Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is making the case to remove pot from the list of ‘Schedule I’ drugs, a day after Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that the Justice Department would adjust existing rules to allow legal marijuana businesses to access the banking system.”
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