Your Visual Cheat Sheet to Last Week’s Major Political News

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Source: Thinkstock

Gone are the days when people sat down at the breakfast table and read through the newspaper from cover to cover. It’s still a worthwhile practice, but everything seems to move just a bit faster these days, and it’s not unusual to see a man with a Pop-Tart and coffee on the subway, or a woman still brushing her teeth as she pulls out of the driveway. So for those running a little late this fine Tuesday, here’s your cheat sheet to last weeks news: a quick visual catch up in five photos.

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Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

1. Israel and Palestine

Conflict has once again escalated in Gaza as Israeli air strikes and ground efforts have killed over 530 Palestinians, with the United Nation’s Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman reporting that though Israel is understandably concerned by security issues for its side, the UN “is alarmed by Israel’s heavy response.”

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Scott Olson/Getty Images

2. Bowe Bergdahl

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl — held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for just under five years before being traded back to the United States earlier this month — was placed back on active duty last week. Bergdahl has been considered reintegrated, but some are suspicious that the military is hastening his return in order to mitigate negative press on his theorized desertion prior to capture.

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Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images

3. Unaccompanied minors

Protests across the U.S. continued last week as buses transported people who had immigrated illegally, many of them children who crossed the border alone, to facilities for processing. A child buries her face while her mother, who had immigrated illegally as well, speaks to the press.

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Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

4. Afghanistan audit

June’s presidential election yielded a problematic outcome, with candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah each claiming that the opposite took part in duplicitous activity to sway the election. As a result, last week saw the fallout of said accusations and the beginning of an audit, which as of today has been paused.

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Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images

5. Ebola outbreak

In Africa, specifically in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, health and government workers battle the largest outbreak of the Ebola virus seen yet. As of July 17, the Guinea Ministry of Health put the number of confirmed cases at 410, with 310 fatal cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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6. Malaysia crash site

Last week on July 17, Russian armed separatists in Ukraine shot down Malaysian airlines flight MH17, killing 298 — most of whom were from the Netherlands, and a group of whom were major AIDS researchers — with a surface to air missile. The incident has resulted in overarching international upset, the call for an open investigation into who is responsible, and heightened tensions with Russia.

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