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1. Violent Clashes Erupt in Egypt
Deadly clashes broke out in Egypt this morning when police attempted to clear out protest camps set up in support of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Egypt’s Health Ministry says 56 died in the violence, while 526 were injured. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party puts the death toll as high as 2,200; they say 10,000 have been injured. An Al Jazeera correspondent counted 94 bodies in one hospital. “This [battle] is a fight for the future of the country, and something that will determine the course of the Egyptian revolution…,” he says.

UPDATE: Egypt's Health Ministry has revised its death toll up to 149. The interim government has declared a month-long state of emergency.

More from around the web:
11 pictures of the brutal crackdown on Egypt’s protesters (BBC).
Will Egypt ever have peaceful elections? (Foreign Policy)
More from PolicyMic:
One Thing Everyone is Getting Wrong About Egypt (Jonah Shepp)
2. Will CNN and NBC Give in to the GOP?
GOP insiders are heading to Boston today for the Republican National Committee’s summer meeting, and all eyes will be on CNN and NBC. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus last week threatened to cancel presidential primary debate partnerships with the networks if they don’t drop plans for shows on Hilary Clinton by the beginning of the conference. Priebus says the features would give unfair publicity to Clinton if she decides to run for president, but he may be using the shows as an excuse to hold fewer primary debates in 2016: The GOP’s two-dozen primary showdowns in 2012 made Republican candidates tear each other apart.
More from around the web:
• In case you missed it: which TV news channel is the most biased? (Pew)
More from PolicyMic:
Republicans’ Ultimatum to CNN and NBC is Bad News – For Republicans (Cristina Maza)
• The RNC Tried to Buy Celebrities to Build Their Pop Culture Street Cred in 2012 (Gabriel Rodriguez)
3. Justice Department Sues to Block Major Airline Merger
The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday sued to block a merger between American Airlines and US Airways on the grounds that the merger would be bad for consumers. The merger would allow the airlines to streamline their services, but it would also give the new mega-airline a monopoly on seven flights routes in the U.S. The merger would decrease competition on 1,665 additional routes. The bottom line? The merger would give flyers fewer options at higher prices.
More from around the web:
How much Americans hate airlines, by the numbers (Businessweek).
• It’s finally happened: Airlines are starting to charge passengers based on weight (ABC).
More from PolicyMic:
Preventing the U.S. Airways – American Airlines Merger Will Not Help Consumers (George Herbert)
4. Mexico Moves to Break Up Oil Monopoly
Mexican President Enrqiue Peña-Nieto offered a proposal this week that would end the monopoly of a state-owned business on the oil industry. The proposal would allow global energy companies to invest in the public company, Pemex, but the foreign companies wouldn’t own any of the oil they pumped. The deal comes at a critical moment for Mexico: Pemex only has 10 years of oil reserves left. The company needs billions of dollars in order to develop the technology to access more oil.
More from around the web:
What does Mexico’s decision mean for the world’s oil industry? (IBT)
More from PolicyMic:
Will Mexico’s New Energy Plan Make It the Next Kuwait? (Brandon Fallon)
5. North Korea Gets Its First Smartphone
Life isn’t all bad living under a wacko dictator: North Koreans started getting this hands on state-made smartphones this week, according to the KCNA news agency. The phone is named the “Arirang” after a North Korean folk song, and comes with a touch screen and a built-in camera. However, the editor of the North Korea Tech blog says the phones might be imported from China. He points out that photos only show workers with finished products.
More from around the web:
• North Korea isn’t just behind the times when it comes to smartphones. Check out these hilarious photos of North Korea’s war machine (In Focus).
• Find out how much time Americans spend with their phones (AllThingsD).
More from PolicyMic:
• 10 Bizarre Facts You Didn't Know About North Korea (Andrea Ayres-Deets)
• Meet the mechanic who’s making light bulbs out of bottles of water (BBC).
Learn about the forgotten Cold War plan that put a ring of copper around the Earth (Wired).
• You’ve been lied to about carrots your whole life because of Nazis (Smithsonian).
How do prescription drugs get their crazy names? (The Week)
Take a look out over Tokyo with the world’s second largest photo (360Gigapixels).
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