Anti-Shi’a violence claims more lives in Iraq, FIFA appears to be scaling World Cup ticket prices to the locale, and don’t you just hate it when you go in the drive-through and they mess up your order by giving you bags of cash instead of your Tacos?  I can’t stand that.

Former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet has apparently emerged victorious in a key party primary over the weekend, allowing her to run in this November’s Presidential Election.

The clock is now running after Egyptian Military reportedly gave President Mohammed Morsi 48 hours to come to some accommodation with millions of protesters who’ve taken to the streets, demanding he step down.

President Barack Obama is in damage-control mode amid growing international anger over revelations that the United States has been snooping on its allies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is dialing back his initial offer of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, now saying that Snowden will have to stop revealing American secrets first.

19 Firefighters were killed when they were overtaken by a fast-moving wildfire in the US state of Arizona.  It’s America’s worst loss of life of firefighters in a wildfire since 1933.

European Union officials are demanding explanations from the United States, following revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on EU offices and targeted workers for surveillance.

Protesters in Brazil tell FIFA that the beautiful game is not enough, a Cirque du Soleil performer is mortally wounded in mid-performance, and a senior Japanese official says his country didn’t crash in 2008 because “Wakarimasen”.

At least seven people are dead in Egypt, as hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets to demand the resignation of President Mohammad Morsi on the weekend marking his first year in office.

Time is running out on the only water source serving Gaza, and both Israeli and Palestinian officials are appealing for international aid to avert a looming crisis affecting more than 1.6 million people.

The Kremlin announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed draconian anti-gay legislation into law.  The regressive law stigmatizes LGBT people and forbids giving children any information about homosexuality.

The President of Ecuador is further distancing himself and his country from Edward Snowden, the American National Security Agency leaker who is apparently trapped in the transit area of the Moscow Airport.

Two years after the revolution in Tahrir Square, Egypt braces for what could be a tumultuous day of anti-government protests; The US was spying on its closest friends, according to secret documents revealed by the fugitive Edward Snowden; The Stones play Glasto.

Good Morning Australia!  Egypt braces for what could be a revolutionary weekend, Barack Obama treads lightly around any potential visit to Nelson Mandela, and Japan is caught wasting money meant for disaster recovery on enriching power companies, killing whales, and counting turtles.

 

Authorities in Chad have arrested the suspected ringleader of the gang that carried out one of the worst elephant slaughters in Africa’s recent history.

America’s latest problem with security leaks comes not from low-ranking soldiers or mischievous subcontractors.  The retired second-highest officer in the United States Military is under investigation over a politically sensitive leak of classified information about a covert U.S. cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program.

Scotland gives young people a say in the future, Turkey’s “democracy” wants to punish people who say bad things about government officials, and when is the Japanese language not really Japanese?

Imagine going to hospital in an emergency, only to wake up in a different country.  That’s the horror facing more and more people who went to live in America for a better life, only to be rejected by the broken healthcare system.

A judge has ordered the ex-treasurer of Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) be held without bail to keep him from skipping out of the country before his corruption trial starts.

The head of the McDonald’s franchises in Israel is declining to put a restaurant in a Jewish settlement in the Palestinian West Bank.  And that’s drawing criticism from settler’s groups.

Is NSA leaker Edward Snowden a trapped man?  The Ecuadorian government now says that the letter that apparently allowed Snowden to escape Hong Kong for Moscow was unauthorized.  Is any country going to wind up looking good when this is all over?