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Michael Phelps wins his 19th Olympic gold medal in Rio, Iran executes alleged US spy Shahram Amiri, 'Suicide Squad' takes home $135 million in its first weekend, and more.
August 8, 2016, 1:30pm

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

Michael Phelps wins his 19th Olympic gold medal in Rio. Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / Getty

US News

Iran Executes Alleged US Spy
Iran has executed Shahram Amiri, a scientist who allegedly gave the US intelligence about Iran's nuclear program. Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia in 2009 and resurfaced a year later in the US before returning to his home country. Iran accused the US of abducting Amiri, but American officials at the time said Amiri had defected of his own accord and provided "useful" information. —CNN

Rubio Against Abortions for Women with Zika
Florida senator Marco Rubio, one of the many Republican candidates for president last year, does not believe pregnant women with the Zika virus should be able to get abortions, despite concerns about birth defects. Rubio, running for reelection in the US state worst hit by Zika, said: "If I'm going to err, I'm going to err on the side of life."—CBS News


Clinton Has 23-Point Lead with Women
Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by eight points in a new ABC News/ Washington Post poll, growing her support among women since the party conventions. Clinton now holds a 23-point lead with women, her highest mark among women to date, while Trump is leading by ten points among men. —ABC News

Michael Phelps Wins 19th Olympic Gold Medal
Michael Phelps won an unprecedented 19th gold medal for Team USA on Sunday night. Phelps led Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, and Nathan Adrian to victory in the men's 4 x 100 relay. The most decorated Olympian of all time, Phelps now boasts 23 Olympic medals: 19 golds, two silvers, and two bronzes.—NBC News

International News

Suicide Bomber Kills 63 at Pakistan Hospital
An explosion at a hospital in Pakistan's Quetta has killed at least 63 people. The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, but no group has claimed responsibility. A group of lawyers had gathered at the hospital after Bilal Anwar Kasi, of the Balochistan Bar Association, was shot dead in a separate incident.—AP

Japanese Emperor Signals Desire to Abdicate
Japan's emperor Akihito has said his deteriorating health means he is finding it difficult to continue in his role. The 82-year-old emperor made only his second-ever televised address to hint that he would like to step down (he's not allowed to directly say he wants to abdicate). Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government would "robustly" discuss the law regarding abdication. —BBC News


Airstrike Hits Hospital in Northern Syria
At least ten people have been killed in airstrikes on a hospital in northwestern Syria's rebel-held Idlib Province. It was not yet clear whether Russian or Syrian government jets targeted the hospital. Farther north in Aleppo, rebel groups have come under intense attacks from the air after cutting government-held supply routes. —Al Jazeera

Thailand Backs Military Constitution
Thai voters have endorsed a new, military-backed constitution, with preliminary results showing more than 61 percent voted in favor, paving the way for a general election. According to a senior official, a democratically elected government should take power in Thailand by December 2017. —Reuters

Everything Else

'Suicide Squad' Opens Big with $135 Million
Despite receiving terrible reviews, Suicide Squad took $135.1 million in its first weekend, the biggest August opening of all time, and the third-highest opening of the year. Overseas, the Warner Bros. movie took another $132 million. —The Hollywood Reporter

More Bill Cosby Accusers Bring Total to 60
Details of two previous civil suits against Bill Cosby for sexual assault have surfaced. The claims of two women, known only as Jane Doe No. 6 and Jane Doe No. 8, bring the total number of accusers to 60.—The Washington Post

Another George R. R. Martin Project Heads to TV
The author announced that Wild Cards, a superhero anthology he has co-edited for nearly 30 years, has a TV development deal with Universal Cable Productions. "There are thousands of stories to be told," said Martin.—Variety

Russia Banned from the Paralympics
All Russian athletes have been banned from the Paralympics because of concerns over doping, the International Paralympics Committee (IPC) has announced. Philip Craven, IPC president, said the "medals over morals mentality disgusts me." —VICE News

Comet Captured Crashing into the Sun
Dramatic footage has been released by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) of a comet crashing into the Sun. The spacecraft, operated by NASA and the European Space Agency, captured the object traveling at 1.3 million miles per hour.—Motherboard

Dozens of Alleged Mobsters Indicted
A federal sweep of the Cosa Nostra mob on the eastern seaboard netted dozens of alleged members: 39 suspects were arrested and charged for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy. Feds have dubbed the network the "Enterprise."—VICE News