Mic Check: This Egyptian Child’s Drawing Will Break Your Heart

1. Police Arrest Over 1,000 in Egypt
 
The violence that has plagued Egypt since last Wednesday continued over the weekend. Police arrested more than 1,000 protesters, and 36 prisoners died under disputed circumstances. Almost 900 have died since the violence began. The Obama administration has decided to cut off some economic aid to Egypt, but will continue to give money to the military. Some spectators have begun to wonder if the violence will escalate into a full-on civil war.
 
More from around the web:
This Egyptian child’s drawing will break your heart (PolicyMic).
 
• The Egyptian government borrowed the design for an pro-military poster from Curb Your Enthusiasm (Twitter).
 
 
2. Police Unveil Murder Charge Against Oscar Pistorius
 
South African police presented charges against double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius today. Authorities are confident they have enough evidence to show that Pistorius purposefully killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but there’s a good chance Pistorius will accept a plea bargain. Plea bargains are common in South Africa, and Pistorius faces a minimum of 25 years in jail if he doesn’t accept a lesser charge.
 
More from around the web:
• Was Oscar Pistorius born to be violent? (PolicyMic)
 
 
3. Glenn Greenwald’s Partner Questioned For 9 Hours
 
British security officials enraged the journalist behind Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks when they questioned his partner for nine hours on Sunday. Authorities said they held Glenn Greenwald’s partner as part of a terror investigation, but spent the time questioning him about Greenwald’s journalism. Greenwald’s take on the questioning? “This was obviously designed to send a message of intimidation to those of us working journalistically on reporting on the NSA and its British counterpart.”
 
More from around the web:
Watch Glenn Greenwald stand up to NBC’s David Gregory on press freedom (PolicyMic).
 
• Get to know the journalist behind the Edward Snowden leaks (BuzzFeed).
 
 
4. Was the British Military Involved in Princess Di’s Death?
 
London police are looking into new information on the death of Princess Diana, though they have not reopened the investigation. British newspapers say a source in the British Army told police the military was involved in the Princess’ death. Princess Diana and her boyfriend died in 1997 when their driver crashed while trying to escape paparazzi. Previous investigations found their driver was drunk and driving too fast.
 
More from around the web:
Why your child’s birth will cost twice as much as the royal baby’s (PolicyMic).
 
The crazy history of royal surnames (Daily Beast). 
 
 
5. The Butler Wins Big At the Box Office
 
The new movie The Butler is showing that dramas can win big at the summer box office, too. The film raked in $25 million in its opening weekend, beating out We’re the Millers to take the top earnings spot. You can thank star power in the form of Oprah and Forest Whitaker for much of the film’s success.
 
More from around the web:
• Why The Butler is this year’s first Oscar movie (PolicyMic).
 
Get to know the real-life butler behind the movie (WaPo).
 
 
DESSERT
The shocking true story of the man who was struck by lightning 7 times (WaPo).
 
How one kid sold $18 million of pot without telling his mom (Rolling Stone).
 
Watch the world’s first commercial jetpack in action (NPR).
 
The science behind cute cat photos (PolicyMic).
 
Check out the 19 most incredible photos taken by an iPhone (HuffPo).
 
 
Thanks for reading!
Nick
 
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