A global data leak uncovered
This weekend, the Pegasus Project — a groundbreaking collaboration by more than 80 journalists across 17 media outlets in 10 countries — uncovered that the Israeli NSO Group used spyware to facilitate human rights violations on a global scale. The spyware breached privacy and was surveilling data from 500,000 phone numbers belonging to heads of state, journalists, activists, and even the family of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Shootout outside Nationals Park leaves three injured
Three people were injured in a vehicle “shootout” outside Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on Saturday night, causing a frenzy among baseball fans who were watching the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres game. Ashan Benedict, executive assistant chief of police for DC’s Metropolitan Police Department, said it was not an active shooter situation and is not being investigated as such. He also stated that individuals inside the stadium were not in any danger.
Western Europe drowns while authorities shift blame
Rain-induced flooding in Germany has resulted in the death of 196 people in Western Europe. The search for more victims is underway in parts of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. German officials have come under fire for defending their actions. In spite of national elections around the corner in September, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer “dismissed suggestions that federal officials had made mistakes and said warnings were passed to local authorities ‘who make decisions on disaster protection,’” reported the AP.
Three athletes test COVID-positive ahead of Tokyo Olympics
Two members of the South African soccer team and its video analyst have tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week before the Tokyo Olympics starts. Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi are the first athletes to test positive for the coronavirus at the site of the Olympic Village in Tokyo. All three have been isolated along with those who were in contact with them. Moreover, teen American tennis player Coco Gauff announced on Sunday that she tested positive too. Her positive result will prevent her from taking part in the Games.
Oregon’s Bootleg Fire becomes nation’s largest
South-central Oregon’s Bootleg Fire has become the nation’s largest wildfire as it torched more dry forest during its ninth consecutive day. The blaze underscored that ‘fire season’ is well and truly underway on the American west coast. Bootleg even caused firefighters to retreat and is burning just north of the California border, covering an area the size of Los Angeles.
Claude Joseph steps down as Haiti’s Prime Minister
After trying to govern a country wrecked by political turmoil and the recent assassination of its president Jovenel Moise, Haitian acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph has stepped down. He has agreed to hand over power to his rival Ariel Henry and emphasized the need for stability in the region. “Henry, who had been nominated to the premiership days before Moise’s death but never took office, disputed Joseph’s claim,” reported the CNN.
Luke Prokop makes NHL history of a different kind
Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop made NHL history on Monday when he publicly came out as gay, becoming the first active player under contract to an NHL team to do so. “From a young age I have dreamed of being an NHL player, and I believe that living my authentic life will allow me to bring my whole self to the rink and improve my chances of fulfilling my dreams,” said the 19-year-old. Prokop’s announcement came less than a month after Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.