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Trump claims the presidential election will be "rigged," new Zika cases in Miami prompt a travel warning, Warren Buffett challenges Trump to a tax duel, and more.
August 2, 2016, 1:20pm

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

US News

Trump Claims Presidential Election Will Be Rigged
Donald Trump has suggested that the November election would be "rigged." He told a rally in Ohio that the contest was "going to be rigged" and also referred to Hillary Clinton as the "devil." He later repeated the claim on Fox News that the "election is going to be rigged," without offering any evidence for the claim.—CNN

US Launches Bombing Campaign on ISIS in Libya
US fighter jets have carried out air raids on ISIS targets in Libya for the first time. The Pentagon said the raids on the city of Sirte were launched in response to a request from the county's unity government, known as the Government of National Authority (GNA). Prime Minister Fayez Serraj said he had requested assistance.—The Washington Post


National Cookout Aims to Restore Relations with Police
Communities across the nation will host cookouts, block parties, and parades today to promote police-community relations during this year's national cookout. Organizers from the National Association of Town Watch say 16,500 community groups have registered, 500 more than last year.—USA Today

New Zika Cases in Miami Prompt Travel Warning
Federal health officials have urged pregnant women to stay away from a Miami neighborhood where additional cases of Zika infection have been reported. Florida officials said the number of Zika cases caused by local mosquitoes had risen from four to 14, and all cases have been found in the Wynwood neighborhood in north Miami.—The New York Times

International News

Zimbabwean War Veterans Arrested for Insulting Mugabe
Police in Zimbabwe have arrested senior war veterans who called for President Robert Mugabe to step down. Victor Matemadanda and Francis Nhando, leading figures in the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, were arrested after the organization accused Mugabe of being "dictatorial."—Al Jazeera

Jamaica Pays Oil Debts to Venezuela with Food
Jamaica has announced it is paying off oil debts with Venezuela with food, medication, and fertilizers instead of cash. Venezuela is suffering from acute shortages of basic products amid a major economic crisis. The deal with Jamaica amounts to $4 million worth of products.—VICE News


Chinese Lawyer Found Guilty of Subversion
Chinese human rights activist Zhai Yanmin has been found guilty of subverting state power and was given a three-year suspended prison sentence. Dozens of human rights lawyers associated with the Beijing Fengrui law firm have been arrested and detained since last July, and more trials are expected.—Reuters

Brazilian Police Arrest Alleged Kidnapping Mastermind
Police in Brazil have arrested a helicopter pilot on suspicion of planning the kidnapping of Formula One racing boss Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law. Aparecida Schunck was abducted July 22 but was rescued Saturday. Ecclestone's pilot Jorge Eurico da Silva Faria is the alleged mastermind of the attack.—BBC News

Everything Else

Kesha Drops Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke
The singer has dropped a California lawsuit alleging that producer Dr. Luke sexually abused her, but she will pursue a similar set of claims in New York. Kesha's lawyer said she recently submitted 28 new songs to Dr. Luke's label.—Rolling Stone

Warren Buffett Challenges Trump to Tax Duel
The billionaire investor has challenged Donald Trump to a joint release of tax returns. "He can pick the place, anytime between now and the election," said Buffett. "I'll bring my return, he'll bring his return."—NBC News

New York to Stop Sex Offenders from Playing 'Pokémon Go'
New York State is set to ban 3,000 registered sex offenders from playing Pokémon Go while they are on parole. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the game should not be allowed to offer "new avenues for dangerous predators."—TIME

Texas Students Protest Gun Laws with Dildos
Students in Texas are planning to protest against a new law that allows anyone to carry a concealed handgun on public college campuses by bringing dildos into classrooms. The "Campus Dildo Carry" will take place on August 24.—VICE News

Satanists Launch After-School Club for Kids
The Satanic Temple has announced plans for a kids' program called the After School Satan Club (ASSC). The temple is hoping to launch ASSC chapters in nine school districts this year, teaching "a rationalist, scientific, non-superstitious worldview."—VICE

Secondhand Weed Smoke Bad for Rats
A study published by the American Heart Association found that cannabis smoke had a more damaging impact on rats' blood vessels than tobacco smoke. But some scientists claim any comparisons between humans and rats are unreliable.—Motherboard