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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Bahrain records hottest June in more than 100 years
Bahrain has recorded temperatures that make the month of June the hottest ever experienced in the Arab Gulf country in more than a century. Summers in the Arabian Peninsula are consistently hot and humid, with people bunkering indoors for the better part of at least five months. The Bahrain News Agency's report yesterday, however, shows temperatures are soaring even higher.

Facebook US data transfer case goes to Europe's top court
An Austrian privacy campaigner's long-running legal battle against Facebook over its data transfers to the U.S. Has reached Europe's highest court. The European Court of Justice is hearing arguments yesterday on whether Facebook's Dublin-based subsidiary can legally transfer users' personal data to the U.S. Parent company. The court, based in Luxembourg, is expected to rule on whether "standard contractual clauses" governing data transfers comply with European data protection regulations.

Washington DC hit by torrential rain, flooding
Torrential rain lashed Washington DC and surrounding areas on Monday, flooding many neighborhoods and hobbling electricity and transportation networks. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning as the storm hit, drowning roads and forcing closures of many major arteries. Airports and rail networks were also hit, causing delays.

Sweden rejects Chinese embezzlement extradition request
Sweden's Supreme Court said yesterday it was refusing the extradition of a Chinese man accused of economic crimes because the man risks persecution and the death penalty in China. Qiao Jianjun, a former official of the Chinese state grain administration who has lived mainly in the United States since 2011, is wanted by Beijing as part of a sweeping government campaign against corruption.

French tycoon Tapie acquitted over huge Sarkozy-era payout
Flamboyant French businessman Bernard Tapie was yesterday acquitted on charges of defrauding the state of more than 400 million euros with a massive 2008 arbitration award that has also ensnared IMF chief Christine Lagarde. In its ruling, the Paris criminal court found "nothing in the case that confirmed" the allegation that the arbitration payout was tainted by "fraud".

23 US governors join Calif. In opposing Trump mileage freeze
Citing climate-damaging tailpipe emissions, 23 US governors signed a pledge backing California leaders in their showdown with the Trump administration over its plans to relax vehicle mileage standards. The stand by leaders of states and Puerto Rico — nearly all Democrats — comes as the Trump administration moves to freeze tougher mileage standards laid out by former President Barack Obama, in one of the previous administration's key efforts against climate change.

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