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Politics of Slovenia

Five center-left political parties nominate Marjan Šarec to become Prime Minister of Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia's five centre-left parties nominated Marjan Sarec, a comedian turned politician, to become prime minister and form a government following an inconclusive

Insider trading

U.S. Representative Chris Collins (R–NY) is arrested on charges of securities and wire fraud, conspiracy and lying to investigators. He is accused of passing nonpublic information about Innate Immunotherapeutics, a biotech company, to his son, who traded on the information and passed it along to others. Collins was a director of the company and also a major investor.

Rep. Chris Collins was charged with securities fraud along with his son and another man. Collins is accused of passing inside stock information to his son, who used it to make favorable trades.

Capital punishment in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia reports the execution and crucifixion, in Mecca, of a man from Myanmar. The man was sentenced for breaking into the home of a woman and stabbing her, which led to her death, as well as for other crimes.

Saudi Arabia executed and crucified a Myanmar man in the holy city of Mecca on Wednesday in a rare form of punishment reserved for the most egregious crimes.

Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

The United States imposes new sanctions on Russia after the use of a Novichok nerve agent in the United Kingdom. Yesterday, the UK said that they would seek extradition of suspects from Russia.

Ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter fell ill after being poisoned by a nerve agent in the UK.

International recognition of the State of Palestine

The Mission of Palestine in Colombia announces recognition of the State of Palestine as a free and sovereign state.

2018 China–United States trade war

China announces 25% tariffs on an additional US$16 billion worth of imports from the United States, effective August 23, matching yesterday's decision by the United States.

China confirmed that it will impose 25 percent tariffs on an additional $16 billion worth of imports from the U.S. from Aug. 23, matching an earlier move from Washington in another ratchet higher for the trade war between the two nations.

Colombia–United States relations

The United States pledges US$9 million in aid to Colombia to help support Venezuelan migrants in the country.

The Trump administration will provide an additional $9 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelan refugees who have fled into Colombia, according to U.S. officials.

Canada–Saudi Arabia relations

Saudi Press Agency reports that all Saudi patients are being transferred from Canadian hospitals to other medical facilities outside Canada.

Riyadh's move comes after Ottawa denounced a crackdown on human rights activists in the kingdom.

August 2018 Lombok earthquake

The death toll from the magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia, rises to 131 and nearly 2,500 people are now confirmed seriously injured.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces new changes to the Oscars, including possibly a shorter ceremony, and a new category called "Most Popular Film".

The academy also said it's "committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours." Fingers crossed.