Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Thursday.
1. US President Donald Trump’s stance on the Charlottesville violence has shocked America’s allies. British prime minister Theresa May and German chancellor Angela Merkel have condemned Trump after he put part of the blame for the clashes on those marching against gun-brandishing neo-Nazis. Meanwhile, Pence is standing alongside Trump as pressure mounts for him to rebuke his leader’s comments.
2. The CEOs of Apple and Facebook spoken out against “hate” following the Charlottesville attacks, which killed Heather Heyer. While Apple CEO Tim Cook described hate as “cancer”, Mark Zuckerberg questioned: Where does hate comes from?
3. Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says the US is at “economic war with China”. Bannon laid out a comprehensive plan to reshape US-China relations in a wide-ranging interview with The American Prospect published on Wednesday.
4. Moscow’s attempt to infiltrate the US election campaign may have gone further than we knew after it was revealed that Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos reportedly tried to set up multiple meetings with Russia. US national security experts say this is “definitely not the last we’ll hear” of lower-level aides being in contact with Russia. Meanwhile, a top FBI investigator has unexpectedly stepped away from special counsel Mueller’s Russia probe.
5. An anti-Muslim Australian politician wore a burqa in the Senate and wants them banned from being worn in public places for national security. She was promptly shut down by the attorney-general and told her actions were “disgraceful”.
6. Most businesses have not changed strategic planning due to Brexit, according to a Thomson Reuters CFO survey. Only 12% of respondents said they had investigated moving operations out of Britain following its exit from the EU.
7. South Korea’s president says North Korea would be “crossing a red line” if it put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile. Moon Jae-in also said that Trump promised he would seek negotiations and approval from South Korea before taking actions regarding North Korea.
8. Cambodia arrested nearly 400 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals this month on suspicion of operating a telecoms scam to defraud victims in China. Cambodia is one of China’s closest allies in Southeast Asia.
9. Twenty-five people have been killed in the Philippines as a president Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs intensifies. The killings across Manila followed 32 deaths in near-simultaneous police operations earlier in the week.
10. Thirty-seven inmates were killed in government raid on a Venezuelan prison. It is believe violence erupted after the government went in to try to regain control of the jail but prisoners resisted.
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