A large group of asylum-seekers approached the U.S. border near San Diego yesterday but were turned away by agents who said they’d reached capacity for the day. The caravan, which began with 1,500 migrants but now comprises about 200 after some decided to stay in Mexico or leave the group, has been disparaged by President Donald Trump. Despite laws protecting asylum-seekers, he’s vowed not to let them into the country — and threatened to shut down the government in September if he doesn’t win funding for his border wall.
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ISIS has taken responsibility for explosions in the Afghan capital that claimed at least 25 lives, including four police officers and nine journalists who rushed to the site of the first suicide attack only to be killed by a second 20 minutes later. Afghan authorities say another 45 people were wounded. Just a week ago, 60 people died in a bombing at a voter registration center, and analysts say attacks may continue as the country prepares for parliamentary elections in October, despite politicians’ promises to beef up security and protect citizens.
Britain’s government is struggling with the fallout of its treatment of migrants from Caribbean countries who lived in the U.K. for decades, but were fired, detained and denied health care despite their legal right to be there. In response, Home Secretary Amber Rudd — who had previously claimed she wasn’t aware of deportation targets — has announced her resignation after the leak of a 2017 letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, in which Rudd promised to increase deportations by 10 percent. MP Sajid Javid has been named as Rudd’s replacement.
They’re upwardly mobile. Sprint has agreed to be absorbed by larger T-Mobile in a $26 billion all-stock merger that would leave the U.S. wireless market dominated by three carriers. The plan requires approval from federal regulators, who stopped T-Mobile from joining rival AT&T in 2011 and who will deliver closing arguments today in a lawsuit to block AT&T’s $85 billion Time Warner takeover. The combined $146 billion company would be helmed by T-Mobile CEO John Legere and controlled by its German parent, Deutsche Telekom.
Know This: North Korea says it will align its time zone with South Korea’s in another small step toward reconciliation. A monitoring group says strikes in Syria overnight caused dozens of fatalities. And a young oak tree, planted at the White House last week by President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron armed with golden shovels, has disappeared.
Read This: Dr. Ronny Jackson, whose nomination to President Trump’s Cabinet ended last week in allegations that he’d overprescribed medication and been drunk while on duty, will not return to his role as the president’s personal doctor.
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They’re taking the coral high ground. The largest environmental protection package in Australian history will go toward reef restoration research, fighting coral-eating starfish and changing farming practices to improve water quality. But some environmental groups say the investment doesn’t go far enough: The World Wildlife Fund estimates that over $350 million a year is needed just to protect the reef’s water quality. The reef — a World Heritage area and the planet’s largest living structure — has lost up to half of its coral in the last 30 years.
Once home to small-time deals under $50,000, Africa’s startup community is now attracting much bigger money. Last year, venture capital funding shot up by 53 percent to over $560 million, while 124 startups took part in 128 rounds of funding — 51 more than in 2016. Multimillion dollar deals are no longer the stuff of legends, with software firms like Africa’s Talking raising nearly $9 million. And this could have staying power: Investors are launching dedicated African funds, which promise to take the continent’s small businesses to the next level.
They’re taking to the streets. Drawing on their experiences of the past 15 years, the U.S. Army and Marines are increasingly training troops for urban combat. While the latest National Defense Strategy focuses on big-picture geopolitics, cities — like Iraq’s Mosul and Baghdad — are where future hostilities are likely to play out, especially with more than half the world’s population now living in urban areas. With experts saying we’re heading toward “fundamental change in the character of war,” troops on the ground may have to adapt with new technology.
She made them howl. The comedian’s caustic, raunchy set dominated Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, with jabs at political and media figures that included calling Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “Uncle Tom, but for white women.” While some said the Daily Show correspondent’s jokes were in bad taste, others pointed out that Wolf was kinder than the commander in chief. President Trump, who skipped the event for the second year, tweeted that it was a ”very big, boring bust.” Meanwhile, Wolf has a Netflix series premiering next month.
A 60,000-seat stadium in Jeddah sold out Friday for the “Greatest Royal Rumble,” the WWE’s first televised event from the kingdom. Women were allowed in the audience for the first time, but scantily clad female wrestlers were left stateside — though they accidentally appeared during an advertisement on big screens at the match. Saudi officials later issued an apology for the “indecent” clips. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ongoing cultural liberalization is expected to include visits from other Western acts like Cirque du Soleil and Disney on Ice.