6.19.2023

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Terror Attack in Uganda

At least 37 students were killed and many others injured after an Islamic State-affiliated extremist group attacked a boarding school in western Uganda over the weekend. Four nonstudents were also killed, and six more pupils were abducted as the assailants fled across the nearby border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Officials said students were killed with machetes, while others died after the dormitories they took refuge in were set on fire. 

 

A group known as the Allied Democratic Forces claimed responsibility for the attack, which follows a church bombing by the rebel group in January that killed 17 people. The ADF was formed more than three decades ago with the ostensible purpose of overthrowing the Ugandan government. Despite believing to number in the few thousands, the group has persisted throughout the years by hiding in the mountainous border region, abducting children as recruits, and establishing links with other regional terrorist groups. 

 

Read more about the group here.

 

/r/strike

Thousands of communities on the popular social message board site Reddit remain inaccessible to the general public as a protest over the company's plan to charge for third-party integrations enters its second week. The standoff comes ahead of Reddit's highly anticipated initial public offering, expected sometime this year.

 

Reddit is the world's 20th largest website by traffic (see list), boasting an estimated 57 million daily users, with its content almost entirely generated by users of the platform and overseen by volunteer moderators. The site boasts around 140,000 active user-created "subreddits"—though only about 0.5% have more than 1 million subscribers. 

 

The company recently announced it would begin charging third party apps to interface with the site, which critics say will end ways to customize the platform without introducing fees. Some analysts have said the protest reveals an overreliance by Reddit on user-generated content and oversight, though the ultimate impact of the protest remains to be seen. 

 

Three of Reddit's largest communities have reverted to posting mostly photos of talk show host John Oliver.

 

Blinken in Beijing

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Beijing Sunday after his original visit in February was postponed. Blinken's visit to China is the first for a US secretary of state since 2018. 

 

The nearly eight-hour talks between Blinken and Qin Gang, China’s foreign minister, concluded Sunday with both sides signaling the meeting was constructive. The talks come amid continued disagreements over Ukraine and Taiwan, US sanctions of Chinese semiconductors, and an uptick in US military presence in Asia (see overview). The country's leaders agreed to stabilize ties in November, but tensions renewed after the US discovered a Chinese spy balloon over its territory in February.

 

China faces an economic slowdown and increasing youth unemployment, announcing stimulus plans and cuts to interest rates this past week. See a timeline of US-China relations here.

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Science & Technology

> Depletion of underground reservoirs has shifted the Earth's weight distribution enough to tilt the planet's axis by around an inch-and-a-half per year between 1993 and 2010 (More)

> Researchers demonstrate proof-of-concept wireless navigation system using cosmic rays, or particles known as muons; system would allow use underground and inside buildings (More)

> Introducing fluids from a mother's birth canal to infants born via c-section may have short-term developmental benefits, study suggests; the practice allows the growth of a more natural microbiome in newborns (More)

 

Business & Markets

> US stock markets close lower Friday (S&P 500 -0.4%, Dow -0.3%, Nasdaq -0.7%), but all three indexes end up for the week (More)

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> UPS union members vote to strike if a labor deal is not reached with shipping giant; current deal expires July 31 (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> Four killed, dozens injured in three separate shootings over the weekend across the country in Washington, Missouri, and Illinois (More) | See US shootings archive (More

> President Joe Biden holds first 2024 presidential campaign event at union rally in Philadelphia Saturday (More) | GOP candidates Chris Christie, Asa Hutchinson criticize Republican National Committee's debate requirement to pledge support for eventual nominee (More) | Over 100 powder-filled letters sent to Kansas GOP lawmakers over the weekend (More)

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The history of Juneteenth in photos.

 

... and read Order No. 3, which ended slavery in Galveston, Texas.

 

... also, see the history behind the Juneteenth flag.

 

Charting the decline of global birth rates.

 

Grandfathers share their unique alternative nicknames.

 

The most legendary bars in America.

 

An Australian airline finds a cure for jet lag.

 

Take a tour of Barbie’s Dreamhouse. (via YouTube)

 

Clickbait: Golfer hits memorable shot at US Open.

 

Historybook: First recorded game of baseball (1846); Baseball great Lou Gehrig born (1903); Author Salman Rushdie born (1947); Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed for espionage (1953); Actress Zoe Saldana born (1978); Koko the gorilla dies (2018).

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