Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 7.5.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Iraq: “More than 100 people were killed and scores more were wounded when a suicide bomber hit a crowded Baghdad shopping area Sunday, the third mass murder believed to have been perpetrated by Islamic extremists in a matter of days.”
 
* Saudi Arabia: “Three explosions shook three Saudi cities and left at least four victims dead Monday as Muslims prepared for the festivities that mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.”
 
* Bangladesh: “Twenty foreigners, including a U.S. citizen, were killed by six heavily armed militants at an upscale restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka early Saturday. The hours-long siege was eventually ended by Bangladeshi forces, officials said.”
 
* United Kingdom: “He spent nearly 20 years pushing for Britain to leave the European Union, and having succeeded in his aim, he is now taking his leave. Nigel Farage, the politician who probably did more than any other to force the referendum on British membership in the European Union, resigned on Monday as leader of the right-wing populist U.K. Independence Party.”
 
* Avon, Ohio: “An Ohio mayor apologized Sunday after a visitor from the Middle East was accused of being a terrorist and handcuffed by police at gunpoint. In the wake of Wednesday’s incident, the United Arab Emirates urged its citizens abroad to avoid wearing the country’s traditional white robes and headscarf. The UAE also summoned a senior U.S. diplomat to express its ‘dismay at the brutal way’ police treated one of its citizens.”
 
* Good move: “According to White House officials, top members of the administration – including the president, the vice president, their wives and members of the Cabinet – will not visit institutions whose leaders they consider insufficiently serious about pursuing sexual-assault allegations and punishing perpetrators.”
 
* An energy revolution: “Solar power is on pace for the first time this year to contribute more new electricity to the grid than will any other form of energy – a feat driven more by economics than green mandates.”
 
* Amazing: “For the second time ever, a spacecraft has slipped into orbit around huge and mysterious Jupiter. NASA’s robotic Juno probe began circling the solar system’s largest planet late Monday, ending a nearly five-year journey through deep space and becoming the first spacecraft to enter Jupiter orbit since NASA’s Galileo mission did so in 1995.”
 
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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 7.5.16