Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Monday.
1. The White House has issued several muddled statements justifying Donald Trump’s refusal to explicitly condemn white supremacists. Trump’s initial failure to offer explicit condemnation following clashes between nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, died after a car deliberately plowed into a crowd, led to widespread condemnation and hours of somewhat muddled messages from the White House attempting to clarify the President’s views.
2. The Virginia governor says militia members in Charlottesville had “better” guns than police. Terry McAuliffe defended the actions of state and local law enforcement saying there were no bullets fired and there was “zero property damage”, which seemed to ignore that dozens were left injured and Heyer was killed.
3. UK prime minister Theresa May is facing a backlash over “rushed through” Brexit decisions. The PM is back from summer holidays today and The Times reports that ministers are concerned that senior Whitehall officials railroaded through decisions in their absence.
4. The fallout from the Google “diversity” memo firing continues. A female employee told Business Insider “I don’t know how we could feel anything but attacked” by James Damore’s memo.
5. Trump looks set to upset China. He’s expected to sign a measure initiating investigations into IP violations against American companies by Chinese firms, but Beijing may view that as an act of aggression because it is based on a law that fell into obsolescence with the formation of the World Trade Organisation.
6. North Korea is still one or two years away from mastering missile re-entry technology, South Korea’s vice defence minister says. However, Pyonyang’s ability to miniaturise a nuclear warhead is advancing quickly, Suh Choo-suk warned.
7. Terrorists have killed at least 17 people in a restaurant in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Another eight people were injured and security forces in the West African nation killed three suspected jihadists, but people remained trapped inside the building on Monday, authorities say.
8. Malaysian counter-terrorism authorities detained hundreds of migrant workers in a crackdown on suspected fighters linked to ISIS. The raids on 742 premises in a commercial area near Kuala Lumpur International Airport come a week ahead of the country hosting the South-east Asian Games.
9. Bitcoin surged above $US4000 for the first time over the weekend. The cryptocurrency peaked at $US4,100 per coin early on Sunday and has stayed above the $4,000 mark since then.
10. Australia’s deputy prime minister is facing a constitutional crisis over his citizenship status. Barnaby Joyce has discovered he’s a New Zealand citizen by descent, in breach of the country’s constitution, which forbids dual nationals standing for office.
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