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.

In the southern Italian region of Basilicata, home to the Val d'Agri Oil Centre known as COVA, hydrocarbon processing has undergone a radical digital transformation. COVA boasts one of the world's first fully digitized hydrocarbon plants, but why? Two primary reasons: infrastructure and information. Val d'Agri has the largest onshore hydrocarbon deposit in mainland Europe. The site is expansive and highly advanced, and the plant features a sophisticated sensor system built to capture massive amounts of data. Maintenance checks, equipment monitoring, inspections and measurements are tracked in a fully integrated digital system designed to prevent corrosion and ensure cleaner, more sustainable natural gas processing.

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For a president gearing up for a fierce re-election fight next year, President Trump has a lot to worry about. Democrats are now taking more of the US political spotlight. The latest opinion polls don't look good for him. There are signs that the strong US economy, Trump's top selling point, may begin to wobble.

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Chinese Pigs – Beyond a trade war with the US and unrest in Hong Kong, now Chinese officials are wrestling with an even more basic political problem. Pork is the favorite meat for many of China's 1.4 billion people, and some analysts treat pork consumption as an important indicator of the financial well-being of China's middle class. A serious outbreak of African Swine Flu is expected to push pork prices 70 percent higher over the second half of this year, which will hit ordinary Chinese pockets hard. By some estimates, half of China pigs have been culled, but there are also reports that some farmers have avoided the expense of slaughtering infected pigs, raising fears that the disease will continue to spread. The central government takes this problem seriously enough to call on local officials to boost large-scale hog farming. So far, China's "Year of the Pig" is just not going well.

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Buy or sell: The iPhone

I'll make both arguments. First, buy. The new iPhone 11 didn't blow people's mind. But it's a pretty good phone. But what is most impressive is they lowered the prices on many of their phones and they offer a really good trade ins. So you can take your old iPhone, trade it in, get a discount on a new one. It's a pretty good deal. On the other hand, if the question is more: Is the iPhone still the unadulterated leader in innovation? Maybe not. The event was not quite as transformative as some of these events have been.

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1.2 million: Surging jihadist terrorism in Burkina Faso has pushed the country to the brink of humanitarian crisis, as attacks displace people from their homes and destroy critical infrastructure and hospitals. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, 1.2 million Burkinabe are threatened with famine and malnutrition, and access to healthcare has dwindled. Experts say the violence is a spillover from the scourge of jihadism in neighboring Mali.

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