An Iraqi soldier uses a fake bomb detector supplied by a British scam artist.

Conflict

>>The cost of fake bomb detectors
For the past nine years, Iraq’s security forces have tried to stop car bombs with a British-made bomb detector wand that was long ago proven to be fake. A day after a car bomb killed at least 157 people in central Baghdad, the country’s prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi, has demanded their withdrawal. The Guardian

>>The Islamic State becomes stateless
The three deadly attacks are already being viewed by intelligence and law enforcement officials as proof that the Islamic State, the only terrorist group to create a state with borders, is becoming a larger, more sophisticated version of its stateless chief rival, Al Qaeda, as it loses territory under traditional military attack in Iraq and Syria. The New York Times

>>Week of terrorism continues in Saudi Arabia
Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan. Reuters

>>Salvadoran gangs murder fewer people
El Salvador’s record-beating murder rate has fallen dramatically in recent months, with the number of people killed this June around half those murdered in the same month last year. Vice News


Human rights

>>Syria and rebels hold four cities hostage
The top U.N. official in Syria on Monday demanded immediate and unconditional humanitarian access to tens of thousands of people trapped in four towns, warning of starvation. Associated Press
>>Tanzania steps up punishment for child marriage
Tanzanian men who marry schoolgirls or get them pregnant now face 30 years in prison as the government takes tougher measures to tackle child marriage and teenage pregnancy. Reuters

>>And this will improve Israeli security?
Israel has approved hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, an official said Monday, in a move denounced by U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and likely to further raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks. AFP


Politics

>>Dutch referendum grows momentum
After Britain voted to leave the European Union, Brussels fears other members could leave the bloc. In the Netherlands, just as in Britain, there are big concerns over immigration and sovereignty — and growing demands for Dutch voters to have their own referendum on E.U. membership. Voice of America

>>Top Chinese politician gets life for corruption
A former top presidential aide and consummate Chinese political insider was sentenced Monday to life in prison for taking bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abusing his power in a downfall set off by an alleged cover-up of his son’s death in a speeding Ferrari. Associated Press


Environment

>>Zika, the STD
An outbreak of the Zika virus in the continental United States could begin any day now. But while there is plenty of discussion about mosquito bites, some researchers are beginning to worry more about the other known transmission route: sex. The New York Times


Editor’s picks

>>Netanyahu’s national security adviser isn’t living
Whenever he is facing a critical decision, whether for his country’s military or his own personal life, there is one person Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel says he routinely consults: his dead brother. The New York Times

>>The possible reason old people tend to be more racist

Indeed, Brexit raises a big — and disturbing — question: Are we all destined to become more prejudiced, cantankerous shadows of our former selves one day? Vox


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Ben Wolford
Ben Wolford is editor of Latterly. His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere.