Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Thursday.
1. Zimbabwe is on edge after its military seized power. While the military has denied its actions are a coup, the country’s President Robert Mugabe remains under house arrest, but relatively little information has been released.
2. Russia used a network of 150,000 Twitter accounts to post about Brexit. Twitter accounts based in Russia posted 45,000 tweets about Brexit within the space of 48 hours during last year’s referendum.
3. Russia passed an “intentionally blurred” bill targeting media outlets as foreign agents. The bill came days after Russian state-funded news agency RT was registered as a foreign agent in the US.
4. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al Hariri is reportedly heading to France. Hariri, who is is reportedly being held by Saudi Arabia, will be headed to France “in coming days.”
5. The UN will vote today to renew an international inquiry into Syria’s chemical weapons attacks. In 2013, Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons but was found to have used sarin gas earlier this year.
6. US President Trump has been “sentenced to death” by North Korea for insulting Kim Jong Un. A North Korean state-run news agency called Trump a “hideous criminal” after Trump called Kim “short and fat.”
7. Canada is increasing its lobbying efforts to block Trump from pulling out of NAFTA. Canadian officials have become increasingly concerned Trump will follow through on his promise to pull out of the trade pact.
8. Venezuela won easier debt terms from Russia. Venezuela, which has a depressed economy, has borrowed billions of dollars from Russia and China and promised to honour its debt.
9. Flash floods killed at least 15 people in Greece. Heavy rains this week triggered flash floods in the industrial towns of Nea Peramos and Mandra.
10. At least 3,000 people formed a “chain of light” to protest Austria’s new government. Demonstrators were peacefully protesting the government’s inclusion of the far-right wing Freedom Party.
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