June 18, 2018 / 11:29 AM / 9 months ago

Monday Morning Briefing

Good morning. While Mexicans jumping in jubilation after their World Cup victory set off earthquake detectors, a real quake unfolded in Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, causing havoc and killing at least three people.

A water-filled crack on a road after water pipes were broken due to an earthquake is seen in Takatsuki, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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