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News Summary: June 2015

Greek Debt Crisis

Greece, the weak link in the Eurozone is inching closer to defaulting on its debt. The country has been in a long standoff with it’s European creditors on the terms of a multimillion-dollar payout. If the country goes bankrupt or decides to leave the Eurozone, the situation could create instability in the region and reverberate around the globe.

Gay Marriage Legalisation

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal across the United States. This means that the 14 states with bans on same-sex marriage will no longer be able to enforce them. The ruling puts legal and social battles from the last ten years to rest. President Obama said the ruling was a “victory for America”.

Terrorist Attacks

More than 60 people have been killed across three continents, during three separate attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait. The British Foreign Minister confirmed at least Britons were among the dead, as was one Irish woman. These attacks are not believed to have been coordinated. The three attacks came just days after an Isis spokesman urged jihadists to make the holy month of Ramadan “a time of calamity for the infidels…Shias and apostate Muslims”. ISIS claimed the attack in Kuwait but no group has claimed the attacks in Tunisia or France.

Charleston Shooting

On Wednesday 17 June nine people were shot dead during a bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. A 21 year old white supremacist named Dylann Roof has been charged with the racially motivated crime. Witnesses said he spent around fifty minutes inside the group before entering fire and then driving away.

Calais Migrants

Hundreds of desperate migrants in Calais, France, attempted to board UK bound lorries while taking advantage of a strike by port workers. The UK’s main transport links to the Continent were left at a standstill as workers blocked the port and started a fire in the channel tunnel, resulting in the cancellation of all passenger and freight services.

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