Monday News Brief: 7.14.14

By Cassie Hudson 07.14.2014 blog

From the thrilling World Cup final to nuclear talks in Iran, here’s what is making headlines this week:

After a 24-year wait, Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title.  The country previously won in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said after the match: “All of Germany is the world champion.”

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Vienna, Austria to hold nuclear talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif.

Zarif said Sunday no problems had been resolved “but I think we have made some important headway.”

According to the Israeli military, it shot down a drone along the Southern Coast launched by militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday. The drone attack is the first time the Israeli military encountered an unmanned aircraft since the start of its offensive last week.

On Monday, the United Nations said it is evacuating staff from Libya temporarily due to security reasons.

“This is a temporary measure. Staff will return as soon as security conditions permit. The United Nations, which stood by the Libyan people in their revolution in 2011, will not abandon them as they seek to build a democratic state,” the statement released by the United Nations Support Mission said.

Lastly, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani education activist who became well known after she escaped a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012, is spending her 17th birthday in Nigeria. She promises to work for the release of the hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls by Islamic militant group Boko Haram.

“My birthday wish this year is ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ now and alive,” Malala said.

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