President Trump announced on Monday that he would meet with Iran’s leaders ‘anytime they want, saying he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with ‘no preconditions’. Iran responded to Trump’s comments saying ‘reducing hostilities and returning to the nuclear deal are steps that can be taken’ to move toward talks between the countries.
Malaysian authorities released a report on the disappearance of flight MH370 on Monday. The Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared in 2014 while carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The report failed to determine a cause but confirmed that someone was in control and ‘the change in flight path probably resulted from manual inputs.’
US and Tajik officials announced on Monday that four tourists, including two Americans, cycling through Tajikistan were killed when a driver hit them and joined his passengers in attacking the cyclists with knives. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was ‘in response to calls to target citizens of Coalition countries.’
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Australian Archbishop Philip Edward Wilson of Adelaide on Monday following the Archbishop’s criminal conviction for covering up sexual abuse of two children by a priest in the 1970s. Archbishop Wilson is the most senior Catholic Church leader to be convicted in a criminal court for concealing sex abuse.
Prosecutors announced on Monday they will not file criminal charges against two Minneapolis police officers in last month’s fatal shooting of Thurman Blevins. The foot-chase and shooting of 31-year-old African-American Blevins was caught on the body-cameras of the white officers and released to the public. Blevins was armed with a loaded handgun.
Hundreds of Muslim and non-Muslim women in Denmark plan to protest the new nationwide ban of full-face veils on Wednesday. Denmark became the fifth EU country to fully outlaw the veils in May. Police will be able to order women to remove the veils or leave public areas, and fines will be imposed.
The Palestinian teenage activist Ahed Tamimi who rose to international prominence after slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier was released from an Israeli prison on Sunday after serving an eight-month term. Tamimi spoke to crowds in her hometown upon her return, saying ‘Resistance is continuing until the occupation is removed.’ Tamimi plans to study law.
New York Times publisher AG Sulzberger urged President Trump to stop labeling reporters ‘enemies of the people,’ claiming it could ‘lead to violence’ against the media. The comment came after Trump tweeted details of an off-the-record meeting with Sulzberger. Sulzberger said he accepted Trump’s invitation to meet to address the president’s ‘deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.’
The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and Prime Minister Hun Sen, in power since 1985, claimed a landslide victory in a general election without any major challengers. Critics called the vote a sham after the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) dissolved following its narrow loss in the previous election. Official results are expected in mid-August.
A 60-year old man shot and killed his father and stepmother in a nursing home after killing two other people at the couple’s home on Friday. Police found 3 bodies in the nursing home room with a handgun near gunman Richard Starry. Police say ‘evidence points to a murder-suicide’ with motive yet to be determined.