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Donald Trump Targeted By Henry Paulson In Op-Ed Endorsing Hillary Clinton
Adding to a growing list, Hillary Clinton has another prominent Republican squarely in her corner thanks to Donald Trump: Henry Paulson, the treasury secretary to former President George W. Bush. "With Donald Trump as the presumptive presidential nominee, we are witnessing a populist hijacking of one of the United States' great political parties," Paulson wrote in a blistering Washington Post op-ed Friday, calling the billionaire's brand of populism one "rooted in ignorance, prejudice, fear and isolationism." "This troubles me deeply as a Republican, but it troubles me even more as an American," said Paulson, a former Goldman Sachs chief executive who spearheaded the 2008 Wall Street bank bailout as treasury secretary. CBS
VOA VIEW: No true conservative and/or Republican could endorse Clinton.

Marco Rubio: Reelection Bid Not "Safest Route Forward" For Me
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio acknowledged Saturday that running for reelection isn't the "safest route forward" for his political future, given the "unpredictable" nature of the 2016 election cycle. "I didn't run for the Senate to run for president again," Rubio told "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson in an interview taped for Sunday's broadcast. "Any political expert would tell you this is not the right way to do it - expose yourself in another election, in a very unpredictable, to say the least, election cycle after saying you weren't going to do it. It's a tough election in a strong swing state." "It's not the safest route forward," he continued. "I'm running for reelection, because I'm going to be a senator. CBS

Draft Of Dems' Policy Positions Reflects Sanders' Influence
A draft of the Democratic Party's policy positions reflects the influence of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign: endorsing steps to break up large Wall Street banks, advocating a $15 hourly wage, urging an end to the death penalty. Hillary Clinton's supporters turned back efforts by Sanders' allies to promote a Medicare-for-all single-payer health care system and a carbon tax to address climate change, and freeze hydraulic fracking. While the platform does not bind the Democratic nominee to the stated positions, it serves as a guidepost for the party moving forward. Party officials approved the draft early Saturday. ABC

Clinton And Trump Are Using The UK's Brexit Mess To Their Advantage
Unsurprisingly, our presumptive presidential nominees had very different reactions to the United Kingdom leaving the EU. "People want to take their country back. They want to have independence, in a sense, and you see it with Europe, all over Europe," Donald Trump said. Hillary Clinton released a statement saying the vote "only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House to protect Americans' pocketbooks and livelihoods. ... It also underscores the need for us to pull together to solve our challenges as a country, not tear each other down."  Both candidates also found a way to fit the Brexit into their campaign narratives. Clinton's call for calm, experienced leadership over passionate bluster looks more inviting in the post-Brexit financial chaos. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Hillary's position is passive and weak.

At Gay Pride Parades, A Year To Weave Sorrow And Celebration
A year after New York City's jubilant pride parade celebrated a high point for gay Americans with the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, the atmosphere surrounding the annual march couldn't be more different. Sunday's parades in New York, San Francisco and other cities are unfolding two weeks after a gay nightclub in Florida became the site of the nation's deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in modern U.S. history. Celebrations planned around such themes as supporting transgender people and pressing for economic justice have quickly taken on new meanings. Parade-goers will see increased security, anti-violence messages and tributes to those killed in Orlando. But organizers don't want the massacre to stamp out the defiant exuberance of events rooted in declaring that gay people aren't afraid to be seen and heard. Houston Chronicle

London's Global Financial Hub Wary Of MorIsolated Future
In the streets of the City of London, the heart of Britain's global financial hub, it's difficult to find someone who voted to leave the European Union. The financial industry has for decades grown — and grown rich — from being the gateway to the EU for banks, brokerages and fund managers from around the world. That has helped it become one of the few truly global financial centers in the world, rivalled perhaps only by New York. Losing that access could mean thousands of jobs are moved away in coming months and, in the longer-run, a steady decline. "Brexit will result in years of uncertainty," Jamie Dimon, chief executive of U.S. banking giant JPMorgan Chase, had warned before the vote, using the moniker for a British exit from the EU. The CEO of bank HSBC, Stuart Gulliver, had said as early as February that 1,000 jobs would have to move to Paris to better serve clients on the mainland. Executives like him will be meeting with their management teams and boards in the days to come to assess their businesses' options. Houston Chronicle

Panama Canal Opens $5B Locks, Bullish Despite Shipping Woes
With a band playing and flags waving, a Chinese ship carrying more than 9,000 containers on Sunday entered the newly expanded locks that will double the Panama Canal's capacity in a multibillion-dollar bet on a bright economic future despite tough times for international shipping. Several tug boats pulled "Cosco Shipping Panama" into the new locks at Agua Clara under a cloudy sky in Colon province, about 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) north of the capital. Thousands of Panamanians who began gathering before dawn to witness the inauguration of the canal's expansion waved the national flag as the band struck up a song. "This is the route that unites the world," said Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela. Charlotte Observer

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Obama WarnsPoor Nations Will Put Planet ‘Under Water’ By Using Fossil Fuels
The world’s richest nations have long been fueled by oil, coal and natural gas, but President Obama warned Friday that less affluent countries trying to take the same path will put the planet “under water.” In an interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. Obama said he hoped social-media “connectivity” will help convince developing nations to eschew fossil fuels, which contribute to rising carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere but are also less expensive and more reliable than green energy alternatives. “In terms of the problems we have to solve, energy is a classic example, the issue of climate change,” Mr. Obama said at the three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University. Washington Times

George Will Renounces GOP, Declares ‘This Is Not My Party’
The Republican Party’s acceptance of Donald Trump as its presumptive presidential nominee has prompted acclaimed conservative columnist George Will to change his political affiliation, the writer revealed Friday. A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, Mr. Will changed his voter registration in the state of Maryland earlier this month from Republican to “unaffiliated,” he told PJ Media during an interview Friday. “This is not my party,” Mr. Will said at an event in Washington, D.C. earlier in the day, the website reported. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Will has lost his credibilty.

Trump Slams Clinton, Downplays Brexit's Potential Effect On The US
Donald Trump had dinner with British media mogul Rupert Murdoch today, following a visit to his golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland, one day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Trump earlier chastised Hillary Clinton for failing to appear on camera to talk about the vote, and maintained confidence the vote wouldn't drastically impact the global economy. "She was 100 percent wrong and she doesn't want to go on camera because she is embarrassed," Trump told reporters on the visit to his golf course. ABC

Forget Oil: Lithium Is Transportation's Future
Just a few years ago, we would have scoffed at the idea that electric vehicles could be mainstream anytime soon, or that the global appetite for lithium-ion batteries and mass power storage would be so voracious, and so sudden. Today, no one is scoffing, and lithium is being viewed as our new super-mineral that will catapult us firmly into the next century. Now Tesla has started buying up Nevada and building its battery gigafactory, with competing gigafactories following suit and competing electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers all throwing billions at this fast-moving market that no one has been able to keep up with. Not only has the EV taken its first major leap into the mainstream — most notably indicated by Tesla’s phenomenal advance sales of its affordable Model 3 — but it’s gone beyond the mainstream. USA Today

Mideast Indexes Drop In First Day Of Trading Post-Brexit
Stocks tumbled in the Middle East on Sunday, the first day of trading since Britain voted to leave the European Union, following other market drops in the U.S. and worldwide. The Saudi Tadawul index, the region's largest, closed 1.1 percent lower, while Egypt's EGX 30 saw a 5.54 percent drop. Other Mideast indexes, which trade from Sunday to Thursday, also fell. Dubai's main index was down 3.25 percent. Abu Dhabi's index fell 1.85 percent. Investors had expected the UK to remain in the EU. The outcome of the vote brought a massive dose of uncertainty to financial markets on Friday. Oil prices also sank, with the benchmark U.S. crude declining 4.9 percent, to close at $47.64 a barrel in New York. Brent crude also fell 4.9 percent to $48.41 a barrel in London on Friday. Charlotte Observer

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Clinton Hits Trump In First Spanish Language Ad
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, in the wake of the Supreme Court's dead locked decision on President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, will begin airing its first Spanish language ad of the general election this week, the campaign said Friday. The 60-second ad, which will air nationally on Univision during the Chile-Argentina Copa America final Sunday, hits Donald Trump for suggesting that the United States should use a deportation force to kick out undocumented Americans. The ad opens with a clip of Trump saying, "We have to do what we have to do. ... You're going to have a deportation force." CNN

Clinton Regains Double-Digit Lead Over Trump: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton regained a double-digit lead over Republican rival Donald Trump this week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. The June 20-24 poll showed that 46.6 percent of likely American voters supported Clinton while 33.3 percent supported Trump. Another 20.1 percent said they would support neither candidate. Trump had enjoyed a brief boost in support following the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, as he doubled down on his pledge to ban Muslims from entering the country, cutting Clinton's lead to nine points. Reuters
VOA VIEW: False liberal media poll.

Brexit Crisis Tops Off Rough Stretch In Obama's Push For Legacy
The financial and political fallout from Britain's vote to leave the European Union has added to a string of setbacks for President Barack Obama as he works to burnish his legacy before his presidency ends in January 2017. The Brexit decision came after a deadlock in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday effectively ended Obama's push to overhaul immigration rules, and the week after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. For Obama, the reversals heighten pressure on him and fellow Democrats to work harder for the Nov. 8 elections - particularly for the party's presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, who represents his best shot at making sure more of his policies are not rolled back. MSNBC

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What The World Looks Like When You’re An Obama Impersonator
The hardest thing isn't the voice. It isn't the makeup or spray-on gray hair. It's the confidence. To move and talk with an attitude some have called arrogant, even cocky. To hold yourself as the most powerful man in the world. It feels completely unnatural to Sean Patrick NgYing, but when he gets it just right, people come running. They fawn over him, curse him out, confess to him their innermost fears. They tell him America is crumbling around them and how he could fix it if only he'd do this one thing. To be a presidential impersonator in the age of Obama is about as fraught as climbing onto the roof in a lightning storm and holding up a 9-iron. "You get called all the horrible names people are afraid to say to him in public," NgYing said. "But you see the love, too, the almost-reverence people have." Kansas City Star

Orlando Shooting Sharpens Scrutiny On Screening Of Security Guards
Before getting the state stamp of approval to carry a weapon as a security guard, Omar Mateen — and every other armed guard in Florida — had to be officially certified as “mentally and emotionally stable.” But no psychologist ever sat him down for a face-to face interview, reviewed his personal records or talked to a single person who knew or worked with him. He took a standard written personality test, which asks for true-false responses to questions such as “I would like to be a singer.” It was assessed by a psychologist contracted by the company looking to hire him. Miami Herald

Top IT Official: Disabling Security For Clinton Server Laid Out 'Welcome Mat' For Hackers
A 2010 decision temporarily disabling State Department security features to accommodate Hillary Clinton’s private server effectively laid out a "welcome mat" for hackers and foreign intelligence services, a leading IT official who oversaw computer security at the Defense Intelligence Agency told Fox News. "You're putting not just the Clinton server at risk but the entire Department of State emails at risk," said Bob Gourley, former chief technology officer (CTO) for the DIA. "When you turn off your defensive mechanisms and you're connected to the Internet, you're almost laying out the welcome mat for anyone to intrude and attack and steal your secrets." Fox News
VOA VIEW: The liberal media refuse to report Hillary's stupidities.

Germany Fears Brexit Could Trigger Domino Effect, Leading Other Nations To Exit EU
As the European Union's founding nations rushed to an emergency meeting Saturday to consider their future, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government reportedly fears the United Kingdom could be just the first of several nations to pull out of the alliance. A German government-run newspaper pleaded for the EU not to sever ties completely with Britain -- otherwise France, the Netherlands, Hungary, Austria and Finland could lose any incentive to stay. The paper, Die Welt, called for keeping the UK an "associated partner country." Fox News

Could Taxpayers Be On The Hook For Donald Trump's Campaign?
A decade ago, donors didn't pay for presidential elections. Taxpayers did. In recent years, though, fundraising has offered campaigns more cash than the Treasury ever could from a system many believed was now defunct -- that is, until Donald Trump's latest fundraising report showed the candidate had just $1.3 million in the bank at the start of June. That's hardly enough to keep the lights on during a presidential campaign. The Trump team will need to up their fundraising game quickly or go with public money and agree to keep its spending low. Will one of America's richest men, who once vowed to personally fund his entire race, let taxpayers pick up the tab? MSNBC

Louisiana State University, Southern University Want To Grow Medical Marijuana
Louisiana State University and Southern University want to begin growing marijuana for medical use. The boards of both schools approved plans on Friday to pursue licensing, making them the sole growers and researchers for the state, The Associated Press reported. This spring, the Louisiana Legislature widened the state's medical marijuana laws, making the treatment available to a wider range of people. LSU plans to seek private funding for what could be a $10 million production center. MSNBC

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Trump Says Muslim Ban Plan To Focus On ‘Terrorist’ Countries
 Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Saturday that he wouldn’t characterize his immigration policies as including “mass deportations,” and that rather than a blanket ban on Muslims coming to the U.S. he’d focus on those from countries with links to terrorists. Trump, in an interview at his golf course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, also said he would toss out the work done over several years on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping trade pact, and start from scratch. The billionaire-turned-politician said his immigration policies would have “heart,” suggesting he may be shifting tone to transition into general-election mode after the bruising primary season. Bloomberg

NFL Revenue Reaches $7.1 Billion Based On Green Bay Report
National Football League teams shared at least $7.1 billion in revenue from the 2016 season, up about 6 percent over 2015, according to data released Friday by the Green Bay Packers. Each of the league’s 32 teams received about $222.6 million for the most recent fiscal year. For the Packers, that represents a 6.4 percent increase over its $209.1 million share a year earlier. Each team gets roughly the same cut of national revenue, which includes national sponsorships, broadcast deals, licensing and merchandise sales. The media, including Bloomberg News, has long used the Packers’ national revenue number to extrapolate the overall revenue for the NFL. This year, an accounting change makes year-over-year comparisons more difficult. Bloomberg

Why Spain Is Voting Again After Just 6 Months
Spaniards are voting in a general election Sunday, just six months after a last unsuccessful attempt to pick a new government. The unprecedented repeat election comes after political parties that won seats in Parliament last December were unable to decide on which of them should take power. A look at what is happening politically in Spain. After four years in power, the conservative Popular Party collected most votes in last December's ballot but didn't elect enough lawmakers to give it a majority in Parliament, like it had before. Mariano Rajoy, the party's leader and incumbent prime minister, couldn't get enough support from rival parties to form either a minority government or a coalition. The negotiations between parties dragged on for months as Pedro Sanchez, leader of the second-placed Socialists, also failed to clinch a deal that would let him govern. Unlike other European nations, Spain has never had a coalition government. Las Vegas Sun

'A Fire In My Belly' - Why Cory Booker Is Stirring VP Talk
Cory Booker arrives here a day after helping lead a 15-hour Senate filibuster demanding votes on gun laws, and amid chatter about his chances to become Hillary Clinton's running mate. The lunch crowd of roughly 300 Democrats sipping iced tea in a Westin ballroom buzz about the Senate blockade and one of their party's rising stars. Far from New Jersey, many here are already familiar with Booker, a testament to his political celebrity, talent for grabbing attention and broad personal appeal. Others know his name - but need a closer look. "I want to learn more about him," says Kathleen Arthur, wearing an orange T-shirt promoting tougher gun laws. "He might become vice president." Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: The liberal media promotes Booker, who does not have the alleged fame promoted.

Clinton White House Was Den Of Coke, Mistresses: Ex-Secret Service Officer
Gary J. Byrne has devoted his life, and risked it, to serve his country — as a member of the US Air Force, a uniformed White House Secret Service officer, and a federal air marshal. And he believes it is his patriotic duty to do anything he can to prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming president of the United States. As someone who guarded the Oval Office during the Clinton presidency, Byrne, in an exclusive interview with The Post, tells how he witnessed “the Clinton machine leaving a wake of destruction in just about everything they do.” He says he has also seen Hillary’s “dangerous,” abusive, paranoid behavior. NY Post

Detectives Convinced Michael Jackson Molested His Nephews
Investigators were convinced Michael Jackson preyed on his own nephews, several sources involved in the criminal probe told The Post. Santa Barbara County detectives interviewed two of Jackson’s nephews and another family member while investigating the King of Pop for child molestation in 2004-2005, but believe Jacko silenced his family with gifts and threats. “We received a credible tip about the nephews and, as with many things that happened during the investigation, Jackson’s people got wind of it and Jackson spirited the one boy off to an island,” said a former county detective. “Well, when that boy returned, Jackson had also purchased him a brand new car which we understood, along with the trip, was to shut the nephew up.” NY Post

Vatican Denies Pope Has 'Crusades' Mentality Over Genocide
The Vatican on Sunday strongly dismissed Turkish claims that Pope Francis has adopted a "Crusades" mentality by recognizing the Ottoman-era genocide of Armenians, insisting that Francis's three-day visit to the Orthodox country was one of peace and reconciliation. Francis wrapped up his trip with calls for closer ties with Armenia's Oriental Orthodox church, a visit to its closed western border with Turkey and a joint declaration with the Apostolic Church leader. But it was his recognition on the first day that the Ottoman-era slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians constituted planned "genocide" that continued to reverberate. Tampa Tribune

Iraqi Commander: Fallujah 'Fully Liberated' From IS
A senior Iraqi commander declared that the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from Islamic State group militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation. Iraqi troops have entered the northwestern al-Julan neighborhood, the last area of Fallujah to remain under IS control, the head of the counterterrorism forces in the operation, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, told The Associated Press. Al-Saadi said the operation, which began in late May, "is done and the city is fully liberated." The Iraqi army was backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and paramilitary troops, mostly Shiite militias. "From the center of al-Julan neighborhood, we congratulate the Iraqi people and the commander in chief...and declare that the Fallujah fight is over," he told Iraqi state TV, flanked by military officers and soldiers. Some of the soldiers were shooting in the air, chanting and waving the Iraqi flag. Tampa Tribune

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The Flint Water Crisis Emails
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has released 290,000 more pages of state emails and documents related to the lead-contaminated water in Flint. The disclosure this week was the 10th and final mass-release of such records, which total nearly a half-million pages and have revealed his administration's inner dialogue over the crisis. The disaster began when the poverty-stricken city of nearly 100,000 residents left Detroit's water system and started using improperly treated Flint River water in April 2014 while under state management. The newly released material includes 9,000 pages of executive office records. It also has many duplicates from previous releases but also new ones. Snyder says they were made public to increase transparency and in response to public records requests, lawsuits and criminal investigations. Las Vegas Sun

Former NBA Star Shaquille O'Neal Named 'Sports Envoy' To Cuba
The U.S. Department of State announced Shaquille O'Neal will travel to Cuba as the first ever "sports envoy." O'Neal, a hall of fame basketball player turned broadcaster, will lead a series of basketball clinics for young people on the island from June 25 to June 28. "This people-to-people program taps into the unique strength of sports—including basketball—to reach out to young people and promote cooperation and engagement in Cuba," the State Department said. "O'Neal will draw on his personal basketball and business background to highlight the importance of social inclusion and respect for diversity." Dallas Mavericks Assistant Coach Kaleb Canales will join O'Neal on the trip and assist in hosting the clinics. UPI

2.2 Million Brits Sign Petition For Second EU Referendum
More than 2 million people in the United Kingdom signed a petition seeking a second referendum to determine the county's exit from the European Union. The petition demands a new rule that when there are referendums with less than 75 percent turnout there would be another referendum unless the decision was backed by 70 percent of the voters. In Thursday's referendum the turnout was 72.2 percent and supported by 51.9 percent among the 30 million who voted. UPI

Donald Trump Makes Aziz Ansari 'Afraid For My Family'
After Omar Mateen shot 49 people at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, actor Aziz Ansari called his parents, who are Muslim, and begged his mother not to "go anywhere near a mosque" out of fear of reprisals. Ansari, who was born in South Carolina, writes in an essay for the New York Times that he was struck by the realization of "how awful it was to tell an American citizen to be careful how she worshiped." Things in the USA were already less than ideal before the Orlando shootings, the star of Netflix's Master of None says. "In our culture, when people think 'Muslim,' the picture in their heads is not usually of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or the kid who left the boy band One Direction. It’s of a scary terrorist character from Homeland or some monster from the news." USA Today
VOA VIEW: Unfortunately, the fear of Muslims comes from the actions of radical Muslims -  no fault or conspiracy of others.

Logo Trailblazer Honors Pay Tribute To Orlando Victims
The 2016 Logo Trailblazer Honors, which taped last Thursday and air tonight on Logo and VH1, are being dedicated to the 49 victims who lost their lives at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Vice President Joe Biden addressed the audience in a pre-taped message, mourning the innocent lives lost. “Our hearts are still heavy for Orlando,” he said somberly. “You’re showing tonight we are Orlando. We’re all Americans. Unbowed. Unrelenting. We endure. We overcome. We’re hopeful. We will not be silent.” The vice president also took a moment to denounce anti-trans bathroom legislation, referring to “draconian state laws [that] deny transgender Americans’ basic civil rights.” RuPaul Charles, the drag queen and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” host, echoed the vice president. “As gay people we get to choose our families. And my chosen family includes millions of brave men and women around the world.” SF Gate

PM Urges Australians To Choose Stability After Brexit Vote
Australia's prime minister used his official campaign launch on Sunday to warn against a change of government during the economic fallout from Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Polls project Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's conservative coalition is widely expected to be returned next Saturday for a second three-year term with a reduced majority. Turnbull said his government was better placed to strike vital new trade deals with the EU and Britain after the separation forced by a British referendum. Australia had brokered free trade deals with major trade partners China, Japan and South Korea and renegotiated a pact with Singapore during the government's first term, he said. "The shockwaves of the past 48 hours from Britain's vote to leave the European Union are a sharp reminder of the volatility in the global economy. Always expect the unexpected," Turnbull said. SF Gate

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Did Israel Promise Not To Assassinate Hamas's Leader As Part Of Turkey Deal?
The Prime Minister's Office on Saturday denied that Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh would be given immunity from Israeli attempts on his life as part of the reconciliation deal with Turkey which the cabinet is expected to ratify next week. The claim was seemingly made by coalition chairman David Bitan, who later said that his comments made at a cultural event in Beersheba on Saturday were misunderstood and taken out of context. Discussing the pending deal with Turkey and what it means for Haniyeh, Biton stated: "What's certain is that we can't do anything to him anymore, he is secured. Not even the prime minister can give the order anymore." Jerusalem Post

Quartet Report Likely To Recommend Renewal Of Israeli-Palestinian Talks
The long-awaited Quartet report on the Middle East is expected to include a recommendation that Israel and the Palestinians begin bilateral negotiations, The Jerusalem Post has learned. If so, the report would endorse Jerusalem’s longstanding position that only direct talks can succeed, rather than the French call for an international conference. Both the Quartet report and the French initiative are expected to be high on the agenda of talks Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to hold in Rome Sunday evening and Monday with US Secretary of State John Kerry. The meetings will take place in the shadow of Britain’s historic vote on Thursday to leave the EU. Netanyahu is not expected to meet with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, though a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is scheduled. Jerusalem Post

Brexit: Merkel Says 'No Need To Be Nasty' In Leaving Talks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the European Union has "no need to be particularly nasty in any way" in the negotiations with Britain about its exit from the bloc. She insisted that deterring other countries from leaving the EU should not be a priority in the talks. And she added she was not in favour of pushing for a speedy withdrawal. Britain narrowly voted to end its membership in a historic referendum last Thursday. Mrs Merkel was speaking after several EU foreign ministers - including Germany's - had urged Britain to quickly implement its exit. "It shouldn't take forever, that's right, but I would not fight for a short timeframe," she said. BBC

City Firms May Lose 'Prized' EU Access, Say Eurozone Leaders
The head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said banks could move jobs outside the UK if it leaves the single market. It comes as EU financial services chief Lord Hill announced his resignation. However, UK economist Gerard Lyons said that despite the EU's "unsurprising" warnings, London would not be displaced as Europe's dominant financial centre. Many of London's big financial institutions, which employ tens of thousands of UK staff, trade unhindered across the EU under rights known as "passporting". However, that would be under threat if the UK chooses to leave the single market as part of its withdrawal. BBC

UK Still ‘Indispensable’ Ally, Says US, But New Status Uncertain
The White House has restated its position that Britain would be at the back of the queue when it comes to making trade deals with the US, in the wake of the Brexit vote.
In remarks on Friday, Barack Obama had offered reassurance that the UK would remain an “indispensable” ally and that “the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring”. Within hours, however, the cold reality of Britain’s new status, and its impact on relations with Washington, because clear. When the president came to Britain in April to help make the case for the remain camp, he warned that, if the UK left the EU, it would have to go to the back of the queue for a deal like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between Washington and Brussels. Guardian

Too Straight, White And Corporate: Why Some Queer People As Skipping SF Pride
San Francisco resident Katy Birnbaum is eager to gather with other queer people on Pride weekend, especially after such a violent attack against LGBT people in Orlando. But when roughly a million people pack into downtown on Sunday for one of the largest, most high-profile Pride parades in the world, Birnbaum won’t be standing in the crowd. “It just feels like a big Miller Lite tent,” said Birnbaum, 31. “With the corporate floats … it’s co-opting queer identity as a way to make money.”
Instead of attending the formal SF Pride events on Sunday, Birnbaum will be going to an intimate LGBT film festival in a community space six miles south of city hall in an area known as the Bayview – one of the only remaining black neighborhoods in the city. Guardian

In Paris, BanCalls For 'Humane Solution' For Refugees And Migrants
In Paris today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the countries of Europe as well as the international community at large to work towards a compassionate and humane solution to the problem of refugees and migrants, emphasizing that he counts on the European Union and Britain to continue as strong partners of the UN on development and humanitarian issues. “The challenges we face do not stop at national borders. It is clear that when we work together, we are stronger,” the Secretary-General said at a joint press conference with French President François Hollande. “I count on the European Union and the United Kingdom to continue to be strong partners of the United Nations in development and humanitarian affairs and in the field of peace and security, particularly in migration,” Mr. Ban added. UN News

On World Day, Ban Spotlights Role Of Seafarers In Meeting Sustainable Agenda Targets
Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change. “The world is now embarking on carrying out twin plans for the future that have the potential to transform our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Both can be advanced through actions of the shipping industry, giving added meaning to this year's commemoration of the Day of the Seafarer,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the Day, which is commemorated annually on 25 June. UN News

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