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July 19, 2019 | Via BBC

Kyoto Animation Fire: Police Name Suspect After Studio Blaze

Japanese police have named the man suspected of carrying out a deadly arson attack on an animation studio. The fire swept through Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) on Thursday, claiming at least 33 lives and injuring many in one of Japan’s worst mass killings in years. Shinji Aoba is in police custody in hospital and is being treated for burns before he can be questioned.

July 19, 2019 | Via Al Jazeera

Trump Says US Warship ‘Destroyed’ Iranian Drone in Gulf

The United States says a US Navy ship has “destroyed” an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the vessel, a claim Iran promptly denied. In remarks at the White House on Thursday, US President Donald Trump said the drone had flown to within 1,000 meters of the USS Boxer and had ignored “multiple calls to stand down”.

July 19, 2019 | Via Sky News

Man who Raped and Killed British Teen in Goa Jailed for 10 Years

A man convicted of the rape and killing of British teenager Scarlett Keeling in Goa has been sentenced to “10 years of rigorous imprisonment”. It means Samson D’Souza, who was convicted earlier this week, will be forced to carry out hard labor behind bars while serving his jail term in India. He drugged and attacked Ms Keeling during a Valentine’s Day party on the popular Anjuna beach in 2008, and left the 15-year-old to die.

July 19, 2019 | Via CNN

China’s Tiangong-2 Space Lab to Fall to Earth in Controlled Demolition

China’s second space lab will return to Earth in a controlled demolition Friday, according to the country’s space agency. Most of the craft will burn up in the atmosphere, but a small amount of debris is expected to crash into the South Pacific, far from any land, according to state news agency Xinhua.
Tiangong-2 was launched in September 2016 and has been in orbit for over 1,000 days, exceeding its planned 2-year life span.

July 19, 2019 | Via Reuters

Germany’s Merkel, Planning to Serve Full Term, Backs Under-Fire Protegee

Germany’s Angela Merkel threw her weight behind her embattled new defense minister and heir-apparent on Friday, while insisting she herself was fit to carry on serving as chancellor through to the end of her term in 2021. Merkel, who turned 65 on Wednesday and has been in office since 2005, has suffered several bouts of shaking at public ceremonies in recent weeks that have stirred speculation about her health, though she has maintained she is fine.

July 18, 2019 | Via Reuters

U.S. Removing Turkey from F-35 Program

The United States said on Wednesday that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week. Turkey makes more than 900 parts of the F-35, the supply chain would transition from Turkish to mainly U.S. factories as Turkish suppliers are removed.

July 18, 2019 | Via Fox News

Mexican Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Draws Life Sentence in US Prison

Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S. prison. A defiant Guzman took a parting shot at a judge in federal court in Brooklyn, accusing him of making a mockery of the U.S. justice system in refusing to order a new trial based on allegations of juror misconduct.

July 18, 2019 | Via CBS News

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak in Congo a Global Health Emergency

The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced on Wednesday. The virus spread this week to Goma, a city of two million people. More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone.

July 18, 2019 | Via BBC

Prosecutors Drop Sex Assault Case Against Kevin Spacey

Prosecutors in the US state of Massachusetts have dropped a criminal case against Kevin Spacey. Mr Spacey, 59, was accused of groping an 18-year-old man at a bar in 2016. But indecent assault and battery charges were dropped on Wednesday after the accuser refused to testify about a missing phone, which the defense said could prove the actor’s innocence.

July 18, 2019 | Via Fox News

Massive Heat Wave to ‘scorch’ Two-Thirds of US through Weekend

The National Weather Service (NWS) this week warned a “scorching heat wave” is expected to affect roughly two-thirds of the nation starting Wednesday and continuing through the weekend. On its website, the NWS said a “dangerous and widespread summer heatwave” is caused by a “large dome of high pressure that will allow high temperatures to surge into the 90s and 100s in many locations.”

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