Trump defends police shooting of African American in Milwaukee

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally on August 16, 2016 in West Bend, Wisconsin. (AFP)

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has defended the police shooting of a 23-year-old African American, which has triggered violent protests. Trump says Sylville Smith’s killing in Milwaukee was justified because he pointed a gun at an officer. This while initial reports say Smith was shot in a foot chase.
  • Unknown gunmen have killed two Indian soldiers and a police officer in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The assailants ambushed two army trucks and a police car overnight in a district west of the region’s main city, Srinagar. Three more people were injured. A search is underway to find the attackers. 
  • The United Nations Secretary General has warned of an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Ban Ki-moon also urged Russia and the United States to immediately reach a deal on a ceasefire in the flashpoint city and elsewhere in Syria for aid deliveries.
  • The UN has launched an investigation into reports of inaction by its peacekeepers over an attack on a hotel in South Sudan. Uniformed assailants killed a journalist and raped a number of civilians in the capital Juba on the 11th of July. 
  • Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff says she will hold a national vote on early elections if she is restored to power. The embattled leader says she has done nothing to deserve impeachment. A week ago, the Brazilian Senate voted to hold an impeachment trial for the country’s first female president. 
  • A fast-moving forest fire in the US state of California has forced the evacuation of some 82000 people. Officials say the fire is moving north toward the town of Wright-wood, raging through several ranch outbuildings. The blaze has destroyed 4000 acres on land and shut down a section of a highway. 
  • Germany has underscored problems in meeting Turkey’s visa waiver demand under a refugee deal with the European Union. European affairs minister Michael Roth says Turkey has to go a very long path to obtain visa-free travel within the bloc. He has called on the EU to keep talks with Turkey open.
  • Authorities in the Pacific Island of Nauru have denied reports of ill-treatment of refugees. The Nauruan government said most of the abuse reports by refugees and rights advocates were fabricated in order to achieve the goal of transferring the asylum seekers from camps to Australia.

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