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An Egyptian court has sentenced 75 people to death for their roles in the violent uprising that followed a 2013 coup, the latest in a series of flare-ups around the world concerning the death penalty.
The bigger picture: Worldwide, as in the U.S., fewer people are being executed in fewer places. But capital punishment remains a potent political issue.
By the numbers...
Worth noting: 55% of Americans support the death penalty for those convicted of murder, per Gallup, down from 69% a decade ago.
Grafitti in Caracas reads, "is there bread?" Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images
Inflation in Venezuela will reach a stratospheric 1,000,000% by year’s end and the economy will shrink by 18% this year, the IMF projected last week. That rivals economic calamities like Germany’s in 1923 or Zimbabwe’s in the late 2000s, according to the IMF’s Alejandro Werner.
Formerly one of the richest countries in the Americas, sitting on perhaps the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela hasn’t been crippled by war or natural disasters — the catastrophe is manmade, Foreign Policy’s Keith Johnson writes:
What to watch: The crash came under the disastrous leadership of Nicolás Maduro, who has managed to make a bad situation much worse. Millions of Venezuelans have already fled the country, and there's no end in sight.
1. India leaves 4 million in limbo: A citizenship register for the border state of Assam excludes refugees who arrived after neighboring Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan in 1971, leaving Bengali Muslims fearing mass deportation.
2. The share of Chinese students who return home after studying abroad has spiked in the last decade, Quartz reports, citing Chinese government data.
3. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, in power since 1985, won Sunday's "election." It wasn't too difficult: the opposition leader has been jailed and his party dissolved, and independent media is being actively squashed. Election observers came in from China, that bastion of democracy. The White House called the election "flawed."
President Emmerson Mnangagwa Photo: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images
Votes are being counted in Zimbabwe's historic election, the first in three decades without Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Electoral officials said turnout was a higher-than-expected 75%, and it could take days to tally the votes.
Elmar Brok, the EU's chief observer, told Al Jazeera that voting went smoothly in some cases but was disorganized in others, and many observers have noted significant improvements on past (rigged) votes. Hamza Mohamed of Al Jazeera reports from Harare:
Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe's 75-year-old former vice-president whose nickname is "the Crocodile," is now president and the ruling party's presidential candidate. The latest polls show a close race between Mnangagwa and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, making a runoff on September 8 likely.
Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Thousands gathered yesterday in Ethiopia’s capital, some dodging tear gas canisters from police trying to control the unruly scene, to pay their last respects to a man considered by many to be a national hero.
Trump and Conte arrive for their press conference. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
President Trump hosted Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte today at the White House, noting with a smile during their joint press conference that he's closer ideologically to Conte than other G7 leaders.
The headline from today's visit had nothing to do with Italy, though. Trump said during the press conference that he'd be willing to meet with Iran's leaders "any time they want."
"I’m ready to meet anytime they want to... no preconditions. If they want to meet, I'll meet. Any time they want.”— Trump, when asked today if he'd meet with Iranian leadership
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