Tuesday, June 30, 2015

President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (Joint Press Conference)

President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff held a joint news conference following a meeting at the White House. In addition to issues of U.S.-Brazilian relations, President Obama addressed questions on the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran and a string of positive moments for his presidential legacy over the prior week.

The First Lady Speaks on Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Governor Chris Christie Presidential Campaign Announcement

State Department Briefing

Spokesman John Kirby briefs reporters and responds to their questions on a variety of international topics, including the release of the next round of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Today in History: June 30th

Ebola Returns to Liberia

Liberia, which had been Ebola-free for more than a month, reported a new case of the virus Tuesday.

The body of a 17-year-old boy tested positive for Ebola in Margibi County and authorities have begun tracing people the victim may have come into contact with while infected, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said on Tuesday.

"There is no need to panic. The corpse has been buried and our contact tracing has started work," Nyenswah told Reuters. Margibi is a rural area close to the capital Monrovia, and is home to the country's main international airport.

At least 11,207 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in December 2013, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a news conference in Geneva. More than 27,000 have been infected. 

Full article and accompanying video available here: Ebola

Source: NBC News

Cuba Stops Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

Cuba is the first country in the world to stop the transmission of the AIDS virus from mothers to their babies, the World Health Organization said Monday.

Cuba's also stopped the transmission of syphilis from mothers to newborns -- two feats that show it's possible to control epidemics of both infections.

"Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible," said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. "This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation."

"Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible."

Babies can be infected with HIV at birth or by breastfeeding if the mother is infected. If the mother gets HIV drugs before and after giving birth, and if the newborn is given drugs, the risk falls to less than 1 percent.

The 2016 Money Chase: Everything You Need to Know

Keeping track of the money in the 2016 presidential race will be harder than ever - with all of the candidates, all of the Super PACs, all of the other outside groups.

But here's a handy guide on everything you'll need to know.

Just more than two weeks from now, we'll reach our next milestone in the 2016 presidential contest: The first results from the money race.

The 2nd fundraising quarter (April 1 thru June 30) ends on Tuesday, and the campaigns are required to report their results with the Federal Election Commission by July 15, while the deadline for the Super PACs is July 31. So those are the dates when we'll find out which campaigns have raked in the most money, as well as which big donors have written hefty checks to Super PACs.

Note: Only one major candidate - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas - began his presidential campaign before April 1. So while the other campaigns will be reporting their first fundraising hauls of the 2016 race by July 15, this will be Cruz's second report. And since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich won't be announcing their presidential bids until after June 30, they won't have to file their first campaign reports until Oct. 15.

Misty Copeland Is American Ballet Theatre's First Black Principal Dancer

Misty Copeland was promoted Tuesday to female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first black woman in the company's 75-year history to hold the role.

Copeland, 32, is already arguably the most famous ballerina in the United States, having been the subject of a TIME magazine cover and a popular Under Armour ad campaign along with her high profile position at American Ballet Theatre. She has spent 14 years there, more than half as a soloist. 

Full article and video of Copeland performing available here: Misty Copeland

Source: NBC News

Tunisia Boosts Tourist Ssecurity and Probes Libya Link to Sousse Gunman

Greece Submits Last-Ditch Aid Plan, ‘Requests Extension’ of Current Program

Islamic State Threatens to Topple Hamas in Gaza

Reuters, 30/06 22:42 CET

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the U.S.-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

“We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be over-run by our creeping multitudes,” said a masked Islamic State member in the message addressed to the “tyrants of Hamas”.

Full article available here: Islamic State Threat

Source: Euronews

Tsipras Keeping Promise, One Refusal at a Time

Source: Euronews

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Until July 7, Says US

Source: Euronews

Gaza Flotilla Detainees Await Expulsion from Israel in Jail

Source: Euronews

WikiLeaks: NSA Spied on French Ministers and Business, Too

By Alasdair Sandford

Source: Euronews