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What You Need To Know:
1. U.S. President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen testified that Trump directed him to commit a crime by arranging payments ahead of the 2016 presidential election to silence two women who said they had affairs with Trump.
2. Australia has a new prime minister in Scott Morrison – the socially conservative architect of hardline anti-asylum seeker policies – after he mounted a late challenge during a drawn-out struggle for power in the governing Liberal party.
3. Zimbabwe inaugurated the military-backed President Mnangagwa for the second time in nine months as the country is now largely subdued by renewed harassment of the opposition and a bitterly disputed election.
4. Afghanistan’s President Ghani rejected resignations tendered a day earlier by three senior security officials: the Defense Minister, the Interior Minister, and the head of the National Directorate of Security.
5. Iran’s parliament voted to fire the country’s finance minister amid an economic freefall, dealing another blow to President Hassan Rouhani’s embattled administration.
6. Pope Francis issued a sweeping apology for the “crimes” of the Catholic Church in Ireland, saying church officials didn’t respond with compassion, truth or justice to the many children and women who were abused over generations.
7. The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other’s automobiles, factory machinery and other goods in an escalation of a battle over Beijing’s technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth.
8. An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition killed 26 civilians (22 children and 4 women) near Hodeidah in Yemen.
9. A Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker who opposes the longtime president was charged with treason in a civilian court, hours after he was severely beaten in detention.
10. Russian opposition leader Navalny was detained outside his home in Moscow ahead of planned nationwide anti-government protest rallies; he was later taken to a hospital with a suspected broken finger.
- Head of ISIS in Afghanistan killed
- President Ghani rejects resignations of top security officials
- Suicide bomber kills 3 near election office in Eastern Afghanistan
- U.S. declines invitation to Russia-led talks on Afghanistan
- PM Turnbull is forced out, Scott Morrison chosen as new PM
- New PM announces his Cabinet
- Foreign Minister resigns
- Accidental PM promises stability
- Two dead, one injured in freight train collision
- Bosnian Serb leader accuses U.S. of meddling in elections
- Poll shows jailed Lula extending lead for October election
- Twelve dead as Brazilian soldiers, police swarm Rio slums in anti-drug assaults
- Fire kills 19 at resort hotel in northeast China
- U.S., China raise tariffs in new round of trade dispute
- Government appoints new global propaganda czar
- Four militants killed trying to attack police checkpoint
- Authorities arrest leading Sisi political opponents
- Merkel says E.U. should meet existing emissions aims, not set new ones
- Huge wildfire southwest of Berlin sets off WWII arms blasts
- France lowers its growth forecast for 2019 to 1.7%
- Man kills mother, sister; no apparent terror ties
- President pushes for new changes as criticism grows
- Earthquakes in western Iran kill 2, injures 310
- Lawmakers fire finance minister as economic woes mount
- Defense minister says no third party will limit its support to Syria
- British airways to end direct flights to Iran in September
- Iran threatens to hit U.S., Israel after Trump aide warns of ‘maximum pressure’
- Iran resumes electricity supplies to Iraq
- ISIS releases new audio, purportedly of its leader
- Suicide attack kills 6 Sunni fighters in northern Iraq
- Netanyahu visits Lithuania, first Israeli PM ever
- Central bank critical of Netanyahu plan to raise defense spending
- Flash floods hit hikers in gorge in southern Italy; 11 dead
- Italy disembarks stranded migrants, Salvini under investigation
- Right guarantor boards migrant ship blocked in port
- Kim Jong-un criticizes country’s health sector
- North Korean newspaper blasts ‘double dealing’ U.S. after Pompeo trip cancelled
- Government bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions
- President Duda defends government’s judicial moves
- Opposition leader Navalny detained, hurt in Moscow
- Leader of Chechnya pledges to ban rights activists
- Putin says latest U.S. sanctions senseless
- Police shoot man dead in suspected terror attack
- Government sets in motion plan to dig up former dictator Franco
- More than 100 migrants storm border of North African Spanish enclave
- Police battle protesters seeking release of pop star
- Pop star-turned lawmaker now facing treason charges
United States of America
- Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms
- Two arrested for allegedly spying for Iran in U.S.
- Service member killed in Iraq helicopter crash
- John McCain, war hero and Senate Republican, dies at 81
- Treasury sanctions target ISIS recruiters
- Trump asks Pompeo to delay visit to North Korea
- President’s attorney testifies Trump told him to commit crime by paying off women
- Officials confident feared al-Qaida bomb maker killed
- Pope Francis apologizes for Catholic Church ‘crimes’ in Ireland
- Pope Francis says no effort spared to fight abuse
- Pope on McCarrick claims: “I won’t say a word about it”
- Frustration rules as Venezuela unveils new currency
- Argentina’s Macri to report Venezuela to ICC over human rights
- Earthquake hits Venezuela’s northeastern coast
- 26 civilians killed in coalition airstrikes
- Senior al-Qaida leader killed in Marib
- Houthis fire two missiles at Saudi Arabia
- Zimbabwe inaugurates Mnangagwa after disputed vote
- Opposition rejects ruling and ‘false’ inauguration
- Court unanimously upholds president’s election win
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