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The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team entered the World Cup stage last night in a big way by beating Australia 3-to-1.

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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday sided with the president in a long-running struggle with Congress over who controls recognition of foreign countries and what information about nationhood can be put on the passports of American citizens.

In a 6-to-3 decision, the high court struck down a law requiring the State Department to indicate on passports that the city of Jerusalem is part of Israel. The decision was a blow to the pro-Israel lobby and to congressional power over certain parts of foreign policy.

It's India's latest social media battle cry: #DespiteBeingAWoman erupted on Twitter on Monday after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the phrase while talking about the female prime minister of Bangladesh.

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A team of 13 Afghan women is training to climb the country's highest mountain. Only two Afghans — both men — have ever made it to the 24,580-foot-high summit. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has been following the female mountaineers' progress. You can read and listen to the previous report here.

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Forward Christen Press scored in the 61st minute and Megan Rapinoe scored her second goal of the match in the 78th minute for the Americans, who beat Australia 3-1. Combined with the 1-1 tie between Sweden and Nigeria earlier on Monday, the U.S. has a strong lead in its World Cup group.

Rapinoe also was issued a yellow card in the second half, as was U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday. Goalie Hope Solo had five saves.

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When the self-declared Islamic State pushed into Mosul a year ago, chaos raged in northern Iraq. Distraught families piled into cars and fled. Iraqi Kurdish forces began battling back against the militants, eventually with U.S. air support. Everything felt fluid and uncertain.

A year on, the Islamic State, or ISIS, appears increasingly entrenched in one of Iraq's largest cities and the prospect of a major assault by Iraqi government forces and their U.S.-led allies keeps getting pushed further into the future.

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Politics In The News: Obama At G7 Summit

Jun 8, 2015
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The ruling party of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — who had parliamentary elections would deliver a super majority — looks like it will lose its majority altogether.

With roughly 97 percent of the votes counted, the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, appears to have secured only about 260 seats in the 550-member Grand National Assembly.

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison on a blogger who was found guilty of "insulting Islam though electronic channels."

Raif Badawi was arrested in 2012 for running the Liberal Saudi Network, which encouraged online debate of religious and political issues.

The sentence that was upheld today was harsher than the first he received. That one was overturned during a retrial, but was reinstated in May 2014, adding 400 more lashes, three more years in prison and an additional fine equivalent to $266,000.

President Obama, speaking at the G-7 Summit in Germany, urged Western leaders to stand up to "Russian aggression" in Ukraine and said that ties between Washington and Berlin amount to "one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known."

The discussion at the summit at the Bavarian village of Kruen, which also includes leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Japan, was likely to focus on the conflict in Ukraine and efforts to keep Greece from defaulting on its sovereign debt.

Calliope Spanou knows what it's like to feel isolated. As a graduate student in France in the 1980s, she remembers how being Greek didn't feel like being part of the European family. There was, she says, arrogance from northern Europeans toward "peripheral" countries like Greece.

"You were a second-class person," she says. "The way they treated you – in their minds, we were immigrants," she recalls.

Renewed fighting in Eastern Ukraine marked an end to a tenuous cease-fire agreed to in February. NPR's Corey Flintoff explains that international observers fear that a surge in violence could plunge the region into another full scale war.

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Straight from Russian President Vladimir Putin's mouth: "I would like to say — there's no need to be afraid of Russia."

Putin's comments to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera follow months of fighting in Ukraine between Kiev's forces and Russian-backed separatists that have reminded many of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union seemed perpetually on the verge of invading Western Europe and the forces of NATO were the only thing standing in the way.

A court in Egypt has overturned a ruling that named Hamas a terrorist organization. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has welcomed the move.

The decision by the Urgent Matters Appeals Court said the lower court had lacked jurisdiction.

The Associated Press quotes Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas in Gaza, as saying the latest court ruling would have "positive consequences on the relationship between Hamas and Egypt."

Saudi Arabia shot down a Scud missile fired by Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen that was targeted at one of the kingdom's largest air bases.

NPR's Deborah Amos, reporting from Riyadh, said the Cold War-era Scud was taken down by the U.S.-supplied Patriot missile defense system.

The thwarted rebel attack comes after three Saudi soldiers and a border guard were killed in an earlier border skirmish, she says.

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