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A vendor moves for cover as a Zimbabwean soldier opens fire to disperse a crowd of demonstrators in Harare. Photo: Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images
Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Zimbabwe's presidential election, according to results read out moments ago by the country's electoral commission.
The backstory: The election, the first since the end of Robert Mugabe's 38-year reign, had seemed to represent a historic opportunity for the southern African country. It has thus far yielded only anger, fear and violence.
Monday's vote proceeded relatively smoothly. Then, order broke down. Al Jazeera's Hamza Mohamed reports from Harare:
The FT's David Pilling describes the stakes for a country in the grips of a currency crisis, and with not nearly enough jobs to support its well-educated population:
History has loomed over this election — decades of one-party rule, Mnangagwa's role in enforcing Mugabe's repression, ZANU-PF's history of rigging elections. After the most open election Zimbabwe has seen in decades, it remains unclear how much has changed.
Trump and Erdogan at July's NATO summit. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Catch up quick: Brunson was detained after the 2016 coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He's now under house arrest and facing terrorism and espionage charges, which the U.S. says are baseless. Trump announced the sanctions yesterday, sending Turkey's spiraling currency even lower amid fear of further escalation.
The bigger picture: Amanda Sloat of Brookings writes in Foreign Affairs that Washington has "tried to exercise strategic patience" as Erdoğan has pulled Turkey in an increasingly authoritarian direction, but "that patience is wearing thin, as Ankara has repeatedly failed to respond to Washington’s concerns," particularly over Brunson's case.
Smart take, from Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute: "Since the late 1940s, not Europe but the U.S. has anchored Turkey to the West. Now, coming at a time of historic tensions between the West and Islam, a potential rupture between Turkey and U.S. could result in the unmooring of Turkey from the West."
Estonia has become the first country in the world to offer free public transport to all residents, a move the Baltic state says will reduce air pollution and traffic congestion while boosting commerce in its city centers.
You may well be commuting while you read this — how did your fare stack up? Axios' Zach Basu ran the numbers from big cities around the world:
Why it matters: The metro can be a touchy subject (just ask D.C. residents), and for good reason. Public transportation is a huge factor in making major cities affordable and convenient places to live and work. Combine rapid urbanization with crumbling infrastructure and you’ve got a tricky and expensive problem to solve.
The big picture: Around the world, national and municipal governments are experimenting with ways to cope with growing transportation demands in the face of economic and environmental pressures — some more successfully than others.
China today threatened stiff repercussions if the U.S. follows through with President Trump's proposal to impose tariffs of 25%, rather than 10%, on $200b in Chinese goods. Even if this is all just a prelude to negotiations, some long-term effects of this trade war can already be seen.
American-made cars are among the hardest hit products in the trade war, Axios' Erica Pandey writes, facing a 40% import tariff in China, and some automakers are weathering the storm by doubling down on Chinese operations.
Why it matters: Moving into China is a natural step for big automakers looking to crack the world’s fastest-growing car market, but tariffs provide a big incentive to accelerate those plans. Their investments in factories and in research and development on Chinese soil could give China a long-term advantage when it comes to building the electric and autonomous vehicles of the future.
A Chinese company has dropped its bid to acquire an advanced manufacturer in Germany as the German government prepared to veto the deal.
Life-sized “Dharmapalas” in a hidden room inside an ancient monastery in Mustang, Nepal. These “protective deities” are meant to keep monasteries and the residents around them safe from harm. Photo: Al Jazeera
About 80% of Nepal’s religious artifacts are believed to have been stolen and sold abroad, with plundered ancient statues fetching millions on the black market, according to an investigation from Al Jazeera's 101 East.
Behind the scenes: The investigation led to police raids on antiquities shops in Kathmandu, where ancient treasures were on sale. Police announced in a subsequent press conference that of the many artifacts sold illegally, “some made it to the USA, and some of those to museums.”
Why it matters…
Go deeper: Watch the report.
Houses and cars destroyed by an Islamic State attack, in Mosul, Iraq, on April 24, 2018. Photo: Kay Nietfeld/Getty
Michael Dempsey, former acting director of national intelligence, writes for Axios Expert Voices that a recent spate of ISIS attacks serves as a sharp reminder that the group still poses a significant danger.
Why it matters: The Islamic State has remained resilient and lethal, even after losing its physical caliphate in Iraq and Syria last year — continuing to thrive in areas without local authority and legitimacy and to recruit from vulnerable Sunni populations. Equally worrisome, the recent attacks demonstrate the group’s ability to retain its followers; in the year since the fall of Raqqa, no Islamic State branch has renounced its pledge of fealty.
Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images. Enjoy your weekend, wherever you spend it.
"Consequently the church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person, and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide."— Pope Francis changing Catholic teaching on the death penalty. Perhaps he read the top of Monday's newsletter.
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