TDB Top 5 International Stories: Wednesday 26th July 2017

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5:  Trump Forced Boy Scouts to Listen to a Story About Rich Friends and Yachts
4:  Sperm counts among western men have halved in last 40 years – study
3:  Death of 10 Migrants in San Antonio Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding on U.S.-Mexico Border
2:  SENATORS PROMISE TO AMEND ISRAEL BOYCOTT BILL AFTER BACKLASH
1:  Palestine envoy to UN: Al-Aqsa crisis at tipping point

5:  Trump Forced Boy Scouts to Listen to a Story About Rich Friends and Yachts

He told a bunch of children a rambling, cautionary tale about not having too much fun.

President Donald Trump took a break from cyberbullying Jeff Sessions on Monday to speak at the Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia. And while he kicked off the thing asking, “Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?” he quickly answered his own question by launching into a rambling diatribe aimed at Hillary Clinton and “fake news.”

But in the midst of what became a standard Trump screed, he realized he was speaking to a crowd of about 25,000 12- to 18-year-old boys and pivoted to story time. For a strange few minutes, Trump channeled his inner Spalding Gray. But rather than reminisce about buying cabins upstate or Pol Pot like Gray, Trump delivered a rambling, cautionary tale about a rich real estate friend named William Levitt who had too much fun.

Vice News

4:  Sperm counts among western men have halved in last 40 years – study

Sperm counts among men have more than halved in the last 40 years, research suggests, although the drivers behind the decline remain unclear.

The latest findings reveal that between 1973 and 2011, the concentration of sperm in the ejaculate of men in western countries has fallen by an average of 1.4% a year, leading to an overall drop of just over 52%.

“The results are quite shocking,” said Hagai Levine, an epidemiologist and co-author of the study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Guardian 

3:  Death of 10 Migrants in San Antonio Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding on U.S.-Mexico Border

Ten immigrants have died and 29 remain hospitalized in San Antonio, Texas, where dozens of undocumented immigrants were discovered packed in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer. The youngest victims were just 15 years old. When the group of migrants was discovered in a Wal-Mart parking lot in San Antonio, eight men were already dead. Two more men died later, and 29 remain hospitalized. We speak with Eddie Canales, director of the South Texas Human Rights Center.
Democracy Now

2:  SENATORS PROMISE TO AMEND ISRAEL BOYCOTT BILL AFTER BACKLASH

THE LEAD AUTHOR of the controversial Israel Anti-Boycott Act, Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, is open to amending the legislation to address concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union, he told The Intercept Monday evening.

The ACLU warned last week that the measure, which targets the BDS movement, was unconstitutional and would have a chilling effect on free speech. In the wake of that warning, and a subsequent article by The Intercept, co-sponsors of the bill have begun to re-examine their support for it.

Cardin said that the ACLU had misinterpreted his legislation, but if it needed to be clarified, he would take the steps to do so. “A lot of the co-sponsors are pretty strongly committed to the freedom of speech,” Cardin said. “We’re certainly sensitive to the issues they raise. If we have to make it clearer, we’ll make it clearer.”

The Intercept

1:  Palestine envoy to UN: Al-Aqsa crisis at tipping point

The Palestinian envoy to the UN has told the Security Council that al-Aqsa Mosque compound crisis in East Jerusalem is at a tipping point, urging the council members to help protect Palestinians and their holy sites from Israel’s “reckless and destructive agenda”.

Riyad Mansour warned in his speech to the Council on Tuesday that “the stoking of a religious conflict is rapidly unfolding as Israel persists its illegal actions in occupied East Jerusalem”.

Aljazeera

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