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Obama urged voters at the Democratic National Convention to carry Hillary Clinton to victory, the second French priest attacker has been identified, and more.

by VICE Staff
Jul 28 2016, 1:25pm

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

Photo by ROBYN BECK / Staff via Getty

US News

Obama Urges Voters to Carry Clinton to Victory
President Obama said he was ready to "pass the baton" to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and urged the American people to "carry her the same way you carried me." Attacking Donald Trump as a "homegrown demagogue," Obama said, "I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump."—NBC News

WikiLeaks Releases Hacked DNC Voicemails
WikiLeaks posted 14 minutes of audio of what it claimed were hacked voicemail messages from top Democratic officials on Wednesday night. Some appear to show donors trying to get favors from top-level officials, while others show dissatisfaction with Bernie Sanders's campaign.—CNN

Police to Rally Against Black Lives Matter Banner
The mayor of a Massachusetts city has refused to remove a Black Lives Matter banner hanging outside city hall, despite state police planning a rally against it. Somerville mayor Joseph Curtatone said standing up for the town's black residents and supporting police officers were not "competing interests."—CBS News

Next Presidential Library Set for Chicago's South Side
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have reportedly chosen Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago as the site of the future Obama presidential library. The Obama Foundation will oversee construction. A formal announcement is expected in the next few days.—The Washington Post

International News

ISIS Bombs Kill 50 in Kurdish-Held Syria
Two explosions have struck the Kurdish town of Qamishli in northern Syria, killing at least 50 people and wounding dozens of others. A truck loaded with explosives blew up, followed by an explosion from a motorbike in the same area minutes later. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.—Al Jazeera

Australian Cardinal Denies Sex Abuse Claims
Cardinal George Pell, Australia's most senior Roman Catholic, has denied allegations he sexually abused children. Police in Victoria state are investigating several allegations against the cardinal, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has broadcast details of alleged incidents from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.—ABC News

Second French Priest Attacker Identified
French prosecutors have identified the second man who attacked a priest in a church in Normandy as Abdel Malik Petitjean, 19. ISIS had released a video of what it says are the two attackers, Petitjean and Adel Kermiche, pledging allegiance to the group before killing Father Jacques Hamel in his church on Tuesday.—BBC News

Turkey Shuts Down Dozens of Media Outlets
Turkish authorities intensified their crackdown on suspected sympathizers of the failed coup by shutting 131 media outlets. The government said that three news agencies, 16 television channels, 45 newspapers, 15 magazines, and 29 publishers have been ordered to shut down. Another 1,700 military personnel have been dismissed.—Reuters

Mark Zuckerberg at a TechCrunch event in 2014. Photo via Wikimedia Commons


Everything Else

Facebook Posts Huge Earnings Growth
Facebook earned a higher-than-expected $6.44 billion in the last business quarter. CEO Mark Zuckerberg hailed video for attracting new advertisers and said video would soon be "at the heart of all our services."—The Guardian

Michael Jackson's Nephews Launch Libel Suit
Jackson's nephews Taj, TJ, and Taryll Jackson, members of the group 3T, have launched a $100 million libel lawsuit against Radar Online. Radar alleged that Jackson sexually abused young boys and that his nephews knew about his crimes.—Pitchfork

Trump Rushes Through His Reddit AMA
Reddit users were left disappointed after Donald Trump promised a "huge" Ask Me Anything (AMA), but answered only a handful of questions. Users submitted hundreds of questions, but Trump replied to only eight, with mostly one or two sentence answers.—VICE News

Most Americans Scared of Biohacking
A new survey by Pew Research Center reveals the majority of Americans are afraid of biomedical technology. The idea of brain chips was disliked by 69 percent of those surveyed, and synthetic blood was disliked by 63 percent.—Motherboard

British Columbia Freaks Out over Birth Tourism
A petition filed in parliament is calling on the Canadian government to stop "birth tourism" in British Columbia. Locals have accused Chinese mothers of delivering their babies on Canadian soil in order to get citizenship.—VICE News