What We're Watching: Pride on Parade

Pride — Half a century ago today, patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a haven for people of all sexual orientations, fought back against the New York City cops who had been rousting and bullying them for years. And in recent weeks, members of the LGBT community and others around the world have marched in unprecedented numbers to express pride in who they are — including in places where they still face the risk of violent attack.

Hong Kong — If you thought that an apology from chief executive Carrie Lam, and her decision to postpone consideration of that controversial extradition law, had quelled the anger in Hong Kong's streets, think again. Lam insists that postponing the law doesn't mean the idea is dead. And the most determined of the protesters have made clear they still want Lam's resignation, permanent withdrawal of the extradition law, and the exoneration of protesters who've already been arrested. To underline their seriousness, hundreds surrounded police headquarters for more than six hours on Thursday. We're watching to see if anyone can dial down the temperature on Hong Kong's streets.

That kid in Istanbul who caught a two-year old girl who fell out a window — See for yourself. Click here.

What We're Ignoring

G20 Critics Who Dis Osaka's Hip Hop Grandmas — Yes, it's hot outside. It's very hot. But Osaka is staging the G20 summit, and visitors must be welcomed. Some wonder if this G20 is just another meeting that could have been an email, but miss the summit and you miss the hip hop dancing grandmas, who are ready to greet one and all.

The Business and Market Fair that recently took place in Sanzule, Ghana featured local crops, livestock and manufactured goods, thanks in part to the Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP), one of Eni's initiatives to diversify the local economy. The LRP program provided training and support to start new businesses to approximately 1,400 people from 205 households, invigorating entrepreneurship in the community.

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Are we seeing the creation of a parallel universe for US and Chinese tech industries?

I think the answer is yes. In the past, US has dominated the world in technologies from P.C. operating systems, semiconductors, to servers, and even Internet. But ever since the rise of mobile technologies, China has really leveraged the large market with a huge amount of data and now is beginning to innovate and build great mobile apps on which there's a large amount of data being collected.

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It's been two months since President Trump abruptly ordered the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, paving the way for a bloody Turkish offensive in that region. (See our earlier coverage here.) What's happened since? A guide for the puzzled:

No "end date" for US troops in Syria – US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said this week that the United States has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria. Back in October, President Trump pledged to withdraw the roughly 1,000 American troops deployed there. Since then, some American troops have left Syria altogether, while others were redeployed to defend nearby oil fields from ISIS, as well as from Syrian government troops and Russia. Now, there are roughly 600 American troops dispersed around Syria, and the remainder have been deployed in Iraq to stave off a potential ISIS resurgence. It's not clear if any troops have returned to the US. When asked about the chaotic comings and goings of US troops in Syria in recent months, the commander of US Central Command said frankly: there's no "end date" for American troops stationed there.

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Turkey's government has captured many thousands of ISIS fighters as a result of its operations in northern Syria. Many of these prisoners have already been deported to some of the more than 100 countries they come from, and Ankara says it intends to send more. There are also more than 10,000 women and children – family members of ISIS fighters – still living in camps inside Syria.

These facts create a dilemma for the governments of countries where the ISIS detainees are still citizens: Should these terrorist fighters and their families be allowed to return, in many cases to face trial back home? Or should countries refuse to allow them back?

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