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At least nine killed after Arizona flash flood, Iran sentences Princeton student to ten years, Secret Service denies approving Trump Jr. meeting with Russian, and more.

by VICE Staff
Jul 17 2017, 2:17pm

AP Photo/Ralph Freso

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

US News

Iran Sentences Princeton Student to Ten Years in Prison
Iran has sentenced a US graduate student from Princeton University to a decade in prison after convicting him for espionage. The college confirmed the identity of the 37-year-old Chinese American student as Xiyue Wang. A spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary said the "spy" had been "directly supported" by the US.—NPR News

John McCain's Recovery Could Take Weeks
US senator John McCain's recovery from surgery to remove a blood clot over his left eye could take weeks, according to medical experts. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a vote on the Senate healthcare bill would be delayed until McCain's return after his office announced a craniotomy took place Friday. One neurosurgeon said typical recovery time was usually "a few weeks."—The New York Times

Secret Service Denies Approving Trump, Jr. Meeting with Russian
The US Secret Service has been forced to deny it greenlit Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year's election. Jay Sekulow, one of President Trump's attorneys, suggested the agency had vetted Natalia Veselnitskaya. But an agency spokesperson said that because Trump Jr. was not under official protection in June 2016, they would "not have screened anyone he was meeting with."—Reuters

At Least Nine Dead After Arizona Flash Flood
At least nine people have been killed after a flash flood hit a swimming area in the Cold Springs canyon in rural Arizona. A search for one person still missing, a 27-year-old man, was expected to resume Monday. Four people were rescued by helicopters Saturday afternoon after a heavy thunderstorm sparked the flood.—CBS News

International News

South Korea Again Tries to Ease Tensions with North
South Korea has proposed military talks with the North in a bid to diffuse escalating tensions. Suh Choo-Suk, South Korea's vice minister of defense, expressed optimism about constructive dialogue, possibly in a North Korean structure in the demilitarized zone, but Pyongyang has not yet responded to the offer.—VICE News

One Killed, Four Wounded in Venezuela Voting Attack
A 61-year-old woman was killed and four others wounded when armed men on motorbikes opened fire on a voting site outside Caracas, Venezuela. The crowd was waiting to take part in an unofficial referendum organized by the opposition over President Nicolás Maduro's plan to set up a new constitutional assembly. More than 7 million Venezuelans voted, according to the opposition.—Al Jazeera

US Officials: UAE Behind the Hacking of Qatar
The United Arab Emirates was behind the inflammatory hacking of Qatari news and social media sites in May, according to anonymous US intelligence officials. Quotes on those platforms attributed to Qatar's emir praising Hamas and Iran helped lead to an ongoing diplomatic crisis with Arab neighbors. US officials suggested there was evidence the hacks were discussed in the UAE before they occurred.—The Washington Post

Kurdish Official Says ISIS Leader Likely Still Alive
A leading Kurdish security official has claimed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is probably still around, despite various reports he was killed earlier this year. Counterterrorism official Lahur Talabany said, "Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive."—Reuters

Everything Else

Film Giant George A. Romero Dies at 77
Filmmakers are paying tribute to legendary horror director George A. Romero, who died Sunday at 77. Guillermo del Toro said Romero "used horror to illuminate the darkness around us."—Rolling Stone

JAY-Z Gets His 14th No.1 Album
JAY-Z's 4:44 has become his 14th album to reach No.1 on the Billboard 200, racking up 262,000 equivalent album sales. The artist has more No.1 albums than almost any other act in history, second only to the Beatles.—Billboard

Latest 'Planet of the Apes' Takes Top Spot at US Box Office
War for the Planet of the Apes has ousted Spider-Man: Homecoming for the No.1 slot at the North American box office, raking in $56.5 million during its opening weekend. The third installment of the rebooted series took another $46 million abroad.—AP

Actor Martin Landau Dies, Aged 89
The actor Martin Landau has died at 89 following a "short hospitalization," according to his publicist. Landau won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1995 for his role in Tim Burton's Ed Wood.—The Guardian

Roger Federer Wins Record Eighth Title at Wimbledon
Roger Federer has become the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles. The 35-year-old Swiss star beat Croatian Marin Čilić in the men's final Sunday, his 19th Grand Slam title, which he carried without dropping a set the entire tournament.—VICE Sports

Volunteer Programmers Backing Up SoundCloud
A group of about 150 volunteer programmers are backing up SoundCloud after a series of media reports indicated the streaming service might be running out of cash. The Archive Team plans to make copies of SoundCloud files without the troubled company's help.—Motherboard