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June 26, 2019 | Via BBC

San Francisco Becomes First US City to Ban E-Cigarettes

San Francisco has become the first US city to ban sales of e-cigarettes until their health effects are clearer. Officials on Tuesday voted to ban stores selling the vaporizers and made it illegal for online retailers to deliver to addresses in the city. The Californian city is home to Juul Labs, the most popular e-cigarette producer in the US.

June 26, 2019 | Via CBS News

Western Europe will Face Potentially “Deadly” Heat Wave this Week

Western Europe is expecting a potentially devastating heat wave that could reach temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. In France, this heat wave is being compared to one it experienced almost 16 years ago when thousands died. The European Union’s Emergency Response Coordination Center warned the heat wave is expected to peak by Thursday afternoon, where temperatures can reach more than 96 degrees Fahrenheit and rise above 104 degrees throughout most of the continent.

June 26, 2019 | Via Reuters

Trump Threatens ‘Obliteration,’ Iran Calls White House ‘Mentally Retarded’

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked “anything American,” in a new war of words with Iran which condemned fresh U.S. sanctions on Tehran as “mentally retarded.” But Trump later left the door open for talks, saying that Iran should speak to the United States “peaceably” to ease tensions and potentially lift U.S. economic sanctions.

June 26, 2019 | Via Independent

Facebook Agrees to Name Hate Speech Suspects in France

Facebook has agreed to identify people in France suspected of using hate speech on its platform. It is the first time the social media giant will hand over identifying information to authorities about its users in cases that are not related to terrorism or violent acts. The deal follows meetings earlier this month between French President Emmanuel Macron and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

June 26, 2019 | Via Sky News

Mirazur in France Named World’s Best Restaurant

A three-Michelin-star restaurant on the French Riviera has been named the world’s best at a ceremony in Singapore. Mirazur climbed from third to first in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, replacing Italy’s Osteria Francescana in top spot. The Mirazur menu is said to be inspired by the sea and mountains near the town of Menton, east of Monaco on the French/Italian border.

June 25, 2019 | Via CNN

Trump Announces ‘Hard-Hitting’ New Sanctions Against Iran

President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran Monday in part to retaliate after the downing of a US drone last week, with the punitive measures set to target Iran’s Supreme Leader, military officials and its top diplomat, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said he signed an executive order imposing “hard hitting” sanctions on Iran that will deny Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, his office “and many others” access to financial instruments.

June 25, 2019 | Via Reuters

Italian ‘Cocaine King’ Makes Midnight Escape from Jail in Uruguay

An Italian mob boss, who had been imprisoned in Uruguay since 2017, escaped from jail overnight as he was waiting to be extradited back to Italy, the South American country’s interior ministry said on Monday. Rocco Morabito had been the most wanted fugitive member of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, Italy’s most powerful organized crime group and one of Europe’s biggest importers of South American cocaine.

June 25, 2019 | Via BBC

Ethiopia Amhara ‘Coup Ringleader Killed’

The suspected ringleader of Saturday’s failed coup attempt in Ethiopia’s Amhara region has been shot dead, police say. Brig Gen Asaminew Tsige was killed as he attempted to escape from his hideout in Amhara’s capital, police added. Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen was killed while trying to foil the coup, the government said. Gen Asaminew is a member of the Amhara, the country’s second largest ethnic group.

June 25, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Body Found After Two Eurofighter Typhoon Jets Crash in Germany

German police have found a body near a crash site in the north-east of the country after two Eurofighter Typhoon jets operated by the military collided during a training exercise. In a press statement, the Luftwaffe denied rumours that the two jets had been armed with explosives, but nonetheless told the public to stay away from the crash sites.

June 25, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Fifa Investigating Cameroon Behavior in World Cup Defeat Against England

Fifa is holding a priority investigation, to be concluded within 48 hours, into the behavior of the Cameroon team during their 3-0 loss to England in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday evening. Reports from the match officials and the match commissioner, Alexandra Benado of Chile, are being compiled.

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