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Human rights

>>War-like tension after cops kill black men
Eleven police officers were shot, four of them fatally, when two snipers opened fire with rifles during a protest over police shootings in downtown Dallas Thursday evening, police said. [videos] Los Angeles Times

Colleagues and parents on Thursday remembered Philando Castile as an ambitious man who served as a role model for hundreds of children before he was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota. Time

“Would this have happened if the driver were white, if the passengers were white?” Gov. Mark Dayton asked at a news conference. “I don’t think it would have.” The New York Times

>>Brazil has a police problem, too
The failure of the authorities in the state of Rio de Janeiro to combat the huge problem of police killing people in anti-crime operations is sabotaging efforts to improve security, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch on Thursday. Vice News

>>Another Honduran activist murdered
A colleague of slain Honduran activist Berta Cáceres, known for her fight against the encroachment of hydroelectric dams and mines on indigenous lands, has been found dead. Vice News


Politics

>>Britain’s next prime minister will be a woman
Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom have been chosen to compete for the prime minister’s position. Voice of America

>>U.S. diplomat (or spy?) tackled by Russian cop
Russian television has broadcast video footage of what it said was a Russian police officer and a U.S. diplomat wrestling on the steps of the U.S. embassy in Moscow. The Guardian


Conflict

>>ISIS terror streak continues
Islamic State claimed a triple suicide attack on Thursday evening near a Shi’ite mausoleum north of Baghdad, which killed at least 35 people and wounded 60 others, according to Iraqi security sources. Reuters

>>Kim Jong-un is still angry
North Korea warned on Thursday it is planning its toughest response to what it deemed a “declaration of war” by the United States after Washington blacklisted the nuclear-armed country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, for human rights abuses. Reuters

>>Syria declares ceasefire, launches offensive
Syrian government troops have made major advances in Aleppo despite a three-day ceasefire announced by Damascus, cutting off the only road in and out of rebel-held areas of the city. Al Jazeera


Environment

>>‘The water receded and the fish died’
After surviving decades of water diversion and cyclical El Niño droughts in the Andes, Lake Poopó basically disappeared in December. The ripple effects go beyond the loss of livelihood for the Quispes and hundreds of other fishing families, beyond the migration of people forced to leave homes that are no longer viable. The New York Times

>>Earth is running out of fish
Global fish production is approaching its sustainable limit, with around 90% of the world’s stocks now fully or overfished and a 17 percent increase in production forecast by 2025, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. The Guardian


Editor’s pick

>>What’s the best way to protect uncontacted tribes?
The Brazilian government has strongly criticized a call by two U.S. anthropologists to force contact with South America’s most isolated tribes to ensure their survival. The Guardian


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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.