Trending In Our News Feeds – Violent protests rock Egypt. Protests in Cairo killed at least 42 today as violence continues to escalate following the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi. Pro-Morsi protesters claim the military opened fire on them during morning prayers, but the military says it was attacked first. Emergency services report at least 320 were injured in the clash. “[The Freedom and Justice Party] calls on the great Egyptian people to rise up against those who want to steal their revolution with tanks and armored vehicles…,” said the Muslim Brotherhood in a Facebook statement.
The violent protests have complicated Egypt’s political transition. The ultra-conservative Islamist Nour party, which supported the military takeover, has backed out of political negotiations. The interim government has yet to pick an prime minister after the appointment of Mohamed ElBaradei received strong backlash.
Snowden documents reveal broad foreign surveillance. The NSA collects and stores millions of phone records and emails from Brazilians according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald says the data mining is part of the NSA’s FAIRVIEW program, under which the intelligence agency partners with phone companies in foreign countries. “There are many more populations of non-adversarial countries which have been subjected to the same type of mass surveillance net by the NSA: indeed, the list of those which haven’t been are shorter than those which have,” he says.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports on the growing influence of the court governing the NSA. Anonymous officials claim over a dozen rulings in the past six years have given the NSA clearance to mine the data of those suspected of nuclear proliferation, espionage, and cyberattacks. The sources say the court weighs in on constitutional questions with no public scrutiny. The Times concludes the FISA court “has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court.”
Over in Moscow, the future has become slightly less uncertain for Edward Snowden. Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua have accepted Snowden’s his request for asylum. Venezuela’s foreign minister says Snowden must respond to its offer today.
Crash landing kills two at San Francisco airport. A flight from South Korean airline Asiana crashed at the San Francisco airport on Saturday, killing two 16-year-old girls and injuring 180 passengers. An Asiana spokeswoman said the flight’s pilot had only 43 hours of experience flying 777 planes. It was his first time piloting a 777 to San Francisco. “For now, this itself should not be cited as if it were the cause of the accident. [He] was a veteran pilot going through what every pilot has to when switching to a new type of plane,” said a senior South Korean transport official. The head of the National Transportation Safety Board says all options are being considered. The Atlantic shows you how professional pilots responded to the crash.
Andy Murray ends Britain’s Wimbledon wait. Scottish tennis player Andy Murray became Britain’s first men’s Wimbledon champion in 77 years on Sunday, beating world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Despite the comfortable scoreline, the match was no cakewalk: The first two sets lasted over an hour each. Murray managed to turn the match into a nail biter, wasting three match points before finally converting on a fourth. BuzzFeed isn’t above taunting the newly-crowned champion: They’ve collected his 10 best “derp” faces. Watch Murray become a champion here.
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