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A van rammed into a crowd on Monday near the Finsbury Park Mosque in London, injuring at least 10 people and killing one. Police said that the attack deliberately focused on Muslims, but they are still working to determine if it was an act of terrorism. A witness said that the driver stated, “I wanna kill more people, I wanna kill more Muslims,” before he was restrained. Eight people have been hospitalized for their injuries, and two of them are in critical condition. – REUTERS

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Researchers are preparing to recruit 10,000 New Yorkers for the $15 million-a-year “Human Project,” a 20-year-long study. Participants will receive $500 per family, and they will be asked to provide medical, financial and educational records. Each participant will get a wearable activity tracker, and individuals will need to submit blood and urine tests every three years. The goal of the study is to determine how everything from health and behavior can impact the development of conditions ranging from asthma to Alzheimer’s disease. – AP

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy now says that at least 79 people are believed to be dead in the Grenfell Tower fire incident. "Sadly, for many families, they have lost more than one family member," Cundy said. "This is an incredibly distressing time for all of them." Due to the intensity of the fire in the 24-story building, it has not been possible to identify all of the victims – only five people have been formally identified thus far. "I've investigated major crime for most of my service, and I've seen some terrible things,” said Cundy. “But I don't think anything prepared me for what I was going to see when I was in there.” – NPR

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Four guests have been killed at a Mali luxury resort near the capital of Bamako. Security Minister Salif Traore said that this was “without a doubt” a terrorist attack, and officials worked through the night to try to rescue people from unidentified gunmen. Five “terrorists” were killed overnight, according to Traore. As of late Monday morning, the resort was cordoned off as an anti-terrorist squad worked in the area. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. "I am tired, shocked. I have no other words to say," said resort owner Manou Morgane. "All I want to do is to see the list of my clients. I want to find them (anyone missing)." – REUTERS

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According to election results, France voted a record number of women into parliament. Out of the 577 newly elected members, 223 of them were female; this number surpasses the previous record of 155. France has now moved into 17th place in the world in terms of female parliamentary representation, and it is 6th in Europe, passing both Britain and Germany. – REUTERS  

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A Syrian army jet flying over southern Raqqa on Sunday was shot down by a U.S. warplane. The U.S. claimed that the jet had been dropping bombs near U.S.-backed forces, while Damascus says that the jet was on a mission against ISIS militants. “[The] flagrant attack was an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its allies ... in fighting terrorism across its territory,” said the Syrian army. U.S. Central Command went on to call it a move of “collective self-defense.” - REUTERS

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Boeing has debuted a new 737 aircraft at the Paris Airshow, and it says it already has more than 240 orders from at least 10 new customers. The 737 MAX 10 can carry up to 230 people in a single-class configuration, according to Boeing. "The MAX 10 is going to add more value for customers and more energy to the marketplace," said Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg. Around the same time as the company’s announcement, competitor Airbus announced that it had 100 orders for its A320neo planes.  – REUTERS

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The United Arab Emirates said that unless Qatar accepts the new demands that will be rolled out by Arab nations later this week, sanctions against the country may last years. "If they want to be isolated because of their perverted view of what their political role is, then let them be isolated,” said UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash. “They are still in a phase of denial and anger.” President Trump has supported the sanctions against Qatar, which is being accused of supporting terrorism; the country has denied these claims. – REUTERS

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Jay-Z has announced his thirteenth album, “4:44,” to be released on June 30 on Tidal. A 30-second promotional video featuring the song “Adnis” premiered over the weekend. In order for fans to legally acquire the album, they will need to subscribe to Tidal or Sprint; Sprint acquired a 33 percent stake in the streaming service earlier this year. Sprint customers are eligible for a six-month-long free trial of Tidal. – VAR

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The Japanese Coast Guard is attempting to determine why it took one hour for the collision between the ACX Crystal and USS Fitzgerald to be reported. The ships collided on Saturday, and seven of the destroyer’s crew died in the incident. “Because it was in an emergency, the crewmembers may not have been able to place a call,” explained Nanami Meguro, a spokeswoman for NYK Line, the ACX Crystal’s operator. Japanese coast guard official Tetsuya Tanaka intends to get a hold of communication records to further examine the crash, and Japan’s Transport Safety Board has also begun an accident investigation. – AP

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During a string of appearances on Sunday news shows, Jay Sekulow of Trump's legal team claimed that the president is not under investigation. This is despite a tweet posted by President Trump that seemingly confirmed he was being investigated as of last week. “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” President Trump tweeted. When asked about the possibility that an investigation has developed and the president is unaware, Sekulow said, “I can’t read people’s minds, but I can tell you this, we have not been notified that there’s an investigation to the president of the United States.” – AP

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In a new blog post, Google describes updates in its efforts to combat terror online. In the piece, the search giant said it intends to use technology to identify extremist video content and increase its staff of YouTube flaggers. Google also plans to take a “tougher stance” on video as a whole and expand its counter-radicalism efforts by promoting “YouTube voices against hate.” It confirmed that it has committed to working with Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter to combat online terrorism. – AP

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