Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday.
1. Donald Trump gave a “downright scary and disturbing” performance during a campaign rally in Arizona, according to former director of US National Intelligence James Clapper. The US President rehashed his Charlottesville response by reading a different version of his original statement, threatened to shut down the government in order to secure funding for his proposed border wall and said that North Korea is “starting to respect” the US. His speech sent peaceful protests at the rally into chaos.
2. North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has ordered the production of more solid-fuel rocket engines and warhead tips, according to the North’s official media outlet KCNA. It comes after the rogue state released a propaganda video showing a missile strike on Guam over the weekend. Its last missile test was on July 28.
3. The US Navy has dismissed the three-star commander of the US 7th Fleet after a series of ship collisions. Admiral Joseph Aucoin has been relieved of duty following a fatal collision this week and another in June.
4. French president Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating is taking a massive nosedive. His popularity is sinking to near-record-low levels a few months after his election win, according to a new Harris Poll.
5. A headless torso found in waters off Denmark has been identified as missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Danish police confirmed there has been a positive DNA match.
6. The UK will no longer be under the “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice after it leaves the EU. Brexit secretary David Davis will release the policy paper outlining the changes on Wednesday.
7. A bigger atrocity was planned for Spain, according to one of the surviving suspects of the Barcelona terror attacks. Mohamed Houli Chemlal told a court that the terrorist cell also had one of the city’s best-known monuments, Sagrada Familia, in its sights.
8. China is pushing private investors such as Alibaba and Baidu to spend $US10 billion on failing companies. The problem is that it’s not actually solving the problem of unproductive state giants.
9. Russian president Vladimir Putin made a controversial visit to the Ukrainian territory of Crimea on the weekend. During the bizarre visit Putin appeared onstage at a jazz festival, lit candles in churches, and posed for photos with young Crimean supporters.
10. HIV/AIDS is no longer the leading cause of death in Africa with lifestyle diseases taking over. It’s a breakthrough for the African continent, which has battled for years to beat back the epidemic for 30 years.
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