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What's Going On Around The World Today?

Key players in the Republican anti-Trump movement will support Evan McMullin’s independent presidential campaign. Why transgender people in Japan prefer to be told they have a “disorder.” And the US holds the lead with 19 medals following three days of competition at the Rio Olympics.

Posted on August 9, 2016, at 6:47 a.m. ET


Anti-Trump Republican Evan McMullin is launching an independent presidential bid.

“We have been left with two candidates who are fundamentally unfit for the profound responsibilities they seek,” McMullin wrote in a statement on his campaign website on Monday.

McMullin is an unlikely presidential candidate. He’s never held elective office before and has spent most of his career as a CIA officer, writes BuzzFeed News’ McKay Coppins.

Apart from his low profile, his candidacy will face other substantial hurdles in gaining traction — especially with ballot access and fundraising. But people close to the effort suggested McMullin would have the backing of serious Republican donors and fundraisers.

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Though McMullin’s announcement included some bipartisan appeals to disaffected voters in both parties, he made clear he would be running as a conservative.

And a little extra

Fifty former Republican officials have signed a letter warning that Donald Trump would be a “reckless” and “dangerous” president. It’s the latest attempt both within and outside the Republican Party to paint Trump as someone whose bombastic style has concealed a candidate who ultimately is unfit for the presidency. The Trump campaign panned the letter as politically motivated and blamed the signatories for the Iraq War, the deaths of Americans in Benghazi, and the rise of ISIS.

Republican congressman: Clinton should be “in jail right now,” not running. A Hispanic Florida Republican Party spokesperson is leaving because of Trump. And Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said Christians and Jews would be included in Trump’s territorial terrorism ban.


The 2016 Olympic Games. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Brazil won its first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, taking home the top prize in the women’s judo 57-kilogram category.

  • Australia won the first-ever Olympic gold for women’s rugby sevens, coming from behind to beat New Zealand.

  • American swimmers Ryan Murphy and Lilly King won gold medals, setting new Olympic records along the way.

  • And fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first US Olympian to compete in a hijab.

Here’s where the medal count stands after Day 3.


Transgender activists around the world are fighting to remove the term “gender identity disorder” from the list of mental illnesses.

But there’s little appetite for this fight in Japan, where doctors have been responsible for transforming transgender people from eccentrics on the margins of society to fully fledged citizens.

Even leading transgender rights activists want the doctors to stay in control, fearing that if individuals are given the power to define their own gender, the entire system will collapse.

BuzzFeed News’ J. Lester Feder reports from Osaka on how a diagnosis of gender identity disorder changed the life of one young student.

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Inside the world’s largest gay rugby tournament.

At a time when homophobia and hypermasculinity still pervades men’s sports, the 2016 Bingham Cup brought hundreds of gay athletes to Nashville, Tennessee. Inclusive rugby is working to dispel anti-LGBT sentiment in international athletics — could it do the same in the American South? BuzzFeed News’ Shannon Keating spent three days at the world's largest gay rugby tournament.

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The Bingham Cup is played in memory of Mark Bingham, who was a founding member of two of the US's first rugby clubs and who died on Flight 93 on Sept. 11.

Quick things to know:

Urban loneliness and an act of kindness

Last week police in Rome were called to a block of apartments after someone reported hearing crying and shouting. Four officers went to the scene and found 84-year-old Jole and her 94-year-old husband, Michele. The elderly couple, who’ve been married for nearly 70 years, had started to cry while watching television. They told the officers how their loneliness was, at times, so suffocating with only a TV to keep them company. So three of the officers sat down to chat with them while another prepared the couple a plate of pasta. Bravissimi.

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Rome police shared the story on their Facebook page and said they simply had to reassure a couple who needed help and some warmth.

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