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Nine people are killed in Chicago’s violent holiday weekend, including a 7-year-old boy


Among the victims in Chicago this July 4 weekend: 7-year-old Amari Brown, an accidental victim of a bullet that was likely meant for his father.

An Iraqi fighter jet accidentally drops a bomb on Baghdad, killing up to 12 people


An Iraqi fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood while returning to its base today.

Markets are taking Greece’s “no” vote surprisingly well


Greece voted down a referendum that would have opened the door to much-needed bailout funds, so the financial universe is imploding now, right?

The Chinese government’s stock market stimulus is mostly helping the Chinese government


China’s market regulators, central bank, state-owned media companies, and domestic banks and brokers have been working overtime to try to turn around the country’s falling stock markets—introducing a host of stimulus measures worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

A photo of a young, gay American went viral this weekend. Here are the best responses—including Hillary Clinton’s


Last week, the internet-famous New York City street photographer Brandon Stanton posted a poignant picture of an unnamed young boy sharing his fears about being gay.

Japan has accepted the US’s giant robot fighting challenge


It seems that we are about to see two giant robots fight. Just a few days after an American robotics company, MegaBots, challenged Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a robot duel, we have a response from the company.

Discrimination against Haitians in the Dominican Republic is a borderless issue


Public statements by elected US officials, including New York City mayor Bill De Blasio, as well as a series of protests in Washington, New York, and Miami last week are part of an emerging international movement against immigration policies that target people with Haitian ancestry living in the Dominican Republic.

The blood-soaked trail of India’s massive Vyapam scam


A massive scam worth some $1 billion (Rs6,300 crore) is unfolding in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

Microsoft finally has some focus. Will that be enough?


It has now been a year since Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella published his grand vision for Microsoft as it looks to compete in the “mobile-first and cloud-first world.” Recent moves suggest the company is slowly but surely focusing on what it calls its “core ambitions”—to “reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud platform, and create more personal computing.” These changes include: Handing over its online advertising business to AOL, and reportedly transfering 1,200 employees as part of the move.

A complete list of the Chinese government’s stock-market stimulus


Since China’s stock markets slid by about 30% from their peak in mid-June, the government and financial firms have rushed to come up with measures to turn things around.

Botswana’s hearing aid pioneers are betting on solar power to go global


Six years after developing the prototype of a solar-powered hearing aid, Deaftronics, a Botswana-based company, is readying to take its technology global.

Americans really do have to work harder to stay middle class


Few ideals are as universally celebrated in the US as the “middle class.” Both Republican and Democrats claim to represent the interests of this somewhat poorly defined group.

Thomas Piketty has wise words on German hypocrisy and how to solve the Greek debt crisis


French economist Thomas Piketty found unexpected fame with his book on wealth inequality, Capital in the 21st Century, and has now turned his attentions to the situation in Greece.

Japan is building solar energy plants on abandoned golf courses—and the idea is spreading


In Japan, country club memberships famously went for millions of dollars in the late 1980s. Then, too many courses were built in 1990s and 2000s during a real estate boom.

Dominating mobile money could lead to the break-up of Kenya’s biggest mobile network


The Kenyan government is introducing new regulations this week in parliament that could lead to the break-up of Safaricom, the country’s leading telecom company.

Quartz Daily Brief—Americas edition—Greece votes “no,” tentative Iran agreement, Rolls-Royce’s troubles, robot weddings

What to watch for today Will the ECB pull the plug on Greece’s banks? The European Central Bank will decide whether to maintain or increase emergency loans to Greek banks—who are days away from running out of cash.

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s combative finance minister, has called it quits


Yanis Varoufakis abruptly quit his role as Greek finance minister this morning. The announcement came within hours of a referendum in which Greeks roundly backed the position of his Syriza party.

These IIT graduates have built an electric scooter that charges faster than your phone


For four years, Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain slogged for hours in their dorm rooms, working on prototypes of devices ranging from clean combustion engines to efficient battery packs.

India’s soldiers still have to fight with clunky, outdated and unreliable rifles


One of the world’s largest tenders for assault rifles has been scrapped. And, as a result, one of the world’s largest armies must continue to wait for reliable weapons for its frontline troops.

A memorable US World Cup victory was capped by Abby Wambach’s groundbreaking kiss


An exciting match at the World Cup women’s final in Vancouver—in which the US beat Japan 5-2—was capped off by a loving embrace between a player and her wife.


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