UNICEF says 69 million kids will die by 2030 because adults have failed them.

Politics

>>U.K.: ‘Can I still call you?’ E.U.: ‘No.’
Four days after a decisive vote to leave the European Union, Britain was consumed on Monday with questions of when and how the country’s departure from the bloc would happen — and increasingly, of whether it would happen at all. The New York Times

>>What Brexit means for Africa
The loss of British leadership in places like Somalia, where London has been the driving force behind the international strategy for stabilizing the country, will leave a dangerous void. Foreign Policy

>>South Africa election protests
Once lauded by the international community for a peaceful election in 1994 while other voting African nations devolved into violence, South Africa is now contending with pockets of deathly unrest directly linked to local elections to be held throughout the country on Aug. 3. Quartz

>>Texas abortion laws restrict women’s rights
Abortion providers in Texas reacted with surprise and elation on Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to throw out the state’s restrictive abortion law and said they aimed to reopen some clinics shut down since the measure was passed in 2013. Reuters


Human rights

>>Why do military dictators have such thin skin?
Egyptian authorities on Monday detained and deported a famous TV host whose program had been critical of the government’s policies, including its crackdown on freedom of speech, her lawyer and officials said. Associated Press

>>Your move, Suu Kyi

The United States has decided to place Myanmar on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking, officials said, a move aimed at prodding the country’s new democratically elected government and its still-powerful military to do more to curb the use of child soldiers and forced labor. Reuters

>>Think about that: 69 million
Less than a year after the world promised to leave no one behind by signing up to an ambitious 15-year blueprint to end inequality, the U.N. children’s agency says that 69 million children will die from mostly preventable causes by 2030, and 167 million will be living in extreme poverty, unless world leaders turn rhetoric into reality. The Guardian


Conflict

>>The French FARC rebel called Natalie
The jungle in Colombia’s Chocó department is peppered with roving units of the country’s biggest rebel group known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. One of those units has an atypical fighter within it — a 42-year old French woman known as Natalie Mistral, her rebel name, who has been with the guerrillas for the last 15 years. Vice News

>>Yes, there’s still a war in Yemen
Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings Monday that killed at least 42 people in southern Yemen. The blasts targeted security forces in the port city of Mukalla and happened around sunset as the soldiers were breaking their fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Voice of America

>>Pregnancy is hard enough already
Government air strikes across rebel-held Aleppo and the deliberate targeting of medical facilities present yet another deadly challenge for pregnant women and newborn infants in the besieged city. Al Jazeera


Environment

>>The country with the deadliest air
Every year, air pollution kills about 6.5 million people worldwide — linked to everything from lung cancer to heart disease to strokes. It’s an honest-to-goodness public health crisis. So the International Energy Agency just put out a huge report on how pollution got so bad and what we might do about it. Vox
>>Maybe now multinationals will be good
Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle claims stemming from its diesel emissions cheating scandal, in what would be one of the largest consumer class-action settlements ever in the United States. The New York Times


Editor’s picks

>>What is evil, and what do we do about it?
For a student of evil, Stephen Colbert’s exchange with Bill O’Reilly on “The Late Show” two days after the Orlando killings was an education. “This guy was evil,” O’Reilly said of the gunman, Omar Mateen. Colbert immediately asked, “What is the proper response to evil?” “Destroy it,” O’Reilly answered. “You don’t contain evil, because you can’t. You destroy evil. ISIS is evil, and Mateen is evil.” The New York Times


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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.