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Melania Trump is accused of plagiarism following her speech at the RNC, a 17-year-old Afghan refugee has been accused of carrying out an ax and knife attack on a train in Germany, and more.

by VICE Staff
Jul 19 2016, 9:30am

Melania Trump addresses the Republican National Convention. Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Staff via Getty

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US News

Melania Trump Accused of Plagiarism
Donald Trump's wife, Melania, has been criticized for allegedly plagiarizing a passage from Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech for her own address at the Republican National Convention. One section was strikingly similar, with some phrases mimicking exactly what the current first lady said eight years ago. —USA Today

GOP Lawmaker Salutes White Contribution to Civilization
Representive Steve King, an Iowa Republican, has come under fire after arguing that white people have contributed more to society than other "subgroups" throughout history. Discussing the GOP convention on MSNBC, King said: "Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?"—The New York Times

Supreme Court Urged to Reconsider Immigration Plan
The Obama administration wants justices to hold another hearing on the president's plan to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation once the court gets a ninth member. Acting Solicitor General Ian Heath Gershengorn admitted that it would be "exceedingly rare" for the court to re-hear a case. —The Washington Post

Clinton Meets Philando Castile Family
Hillary Clinton said she had met with the "courageous" family of Philando Castile, the school employee who was fatally shot by police in St. Paul earlier this month. Speaking at the American Federation of Teachers convention in Minneapolis, Clinton said, "We cannot let this madness continue. This violence cannot stand." —NBC News

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Photo via Flickr user Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

International News

German Train Attacker Had ISIS Flag
A hand-painted ISIS flag has been found in the room of an Afghan refugee accused of carrying out an axe and knife attack on a train in Wurzburg, Germany. The 17-year-old wounded four people from Hong Kong in Monday evening's attack. The police shot him dead as he fled, and he had reportedly shouted, "Allahu akbar" ("God is great").—BBC News

Turkish President Prepares to Reinstate Death Penalty
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he is ready to reinstate the death penalty following the failed miliatry coup, so long as the Turkish people demand it. EU officials have warned that talks on Turkey's joining the EU would end if the country restored capital punishment, which it abolished in 2004.—Al Jazeera

Anti-Doping Agency Calls for Russia Ban at the Olympics
The World Anti-Doping Agency has recommended Russia should be banned from this summer's Olympics and Paralympics in Rio after a new report revealed the huge scale of state-sponsored doping from 2011 to 2015. The International Olympic Committee will decide today whether to bar Russian athletes from Rio. —CNN

Mexican President Apologizes for Mansion House Scandal
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has apologized for a scandal in which a favored government contractor built his family a multimillion-dollar mansion: the so-called Casa Blanca, or "White House." Peña Nieto acknowledged he made a "mistake" that "damaged the institution of the presidency."—VICE News

Chuck D. Photo via Flickr user kowarski

Everything Else

Fifty Retired Wrestlers Sue WWE
More than 50 retired wrestlers have filed a lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. over neurological injuries. The plaintiffs say WWE intentionally avoided liability for injuries by classifying wrestlers as independent contractors. —TIME

Chuck D Hails New Era of Political Rap
Chuck D is delighted at how politicized hip-hop is becoming, saying, "Every single artist has something to say about what's going on." The rapper performed with Prophets of Rage in Cleveland before joining a march in the city hosting the GOP convention. —Buzzfeed News

'Game of Thrones' Delayed Until Summer 2017
The airing of season seven of Game of Thrones has been pushed back to the summer of 2017 and will run for only seven episodes, HBO has announced. The delay means it will miss next year's Emmy nominations.—Vox

Police Shootings Drive Blue Lives Matter Bills
Several states are considering legislation that treats attacks on cops like hate crimes, based on Louisiana's "Blue Lives Matter" bill. Lawmakers in Wisconsin, Florida, and Kentucky have all introduced bills modeled on the Louisiana law. —VICE News

Taser Wants to Livestream Police Body-Camera Video
Taser International's CEO Rick Smith has revealed his company plans to begin livestreaming body-camera footage to the cloud by 2017. Paired with facial-recognition technology, this would allow police to identify people with outstanding warrants as they walk by them on the street. –Motherboard

Opera Singer Apologizes for 'All Lives Matter' Lyrics
Remigio Pereira, the member of a Canadian opera group who altered the lyrics to "O Canada" to include "All Lives Matter," has apologized. In a Facebook video, he said he "grew up in a multicultural environment where my best friend was black." —VICE