The Brief

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia.
Benjamin Lowy for TIME

Democrats Aim for Optimism

In parallel conventions, Republicans and Democrats spoke of the dangers facing the country in starkly different terms. While Republicans opened with fire and brimstone, the Democratic convention at times seemed impervious to the growing sense of unease

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Trump to Russia: Hack Hillary!

Donald Trump encouraged Russia to commit a cybercrime against Hillary Clinton, saying he hoped the nation could recover some of her deleted emails. "Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said

France Hostage Taking

France Identifies Second Church Attacker

The second man who attacked a Normandy church during a morning Mass this week, slitting the throat of the elderly priest, is a 19-year-old Frenchman from eastern France, the prosecutor's office said

This Is Janet Yellen’s Biggest Problem

As the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee pointed out in the statement following its July meeting, job growth has been quite strong of late, but one of the most important factors holding back the U.S. economy is weak “business fixed investment”

Baltimore Police Death

Freddie Gray Charges Dropped

The remaining charges against three Baltimore officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, whose death last year in police custody sparked days of riots, were dropped, concluding more than a year of legal battles over Gray's death with zero convictions

SYRIA-CONFLICT

U.S.-Backed Fighters Recover Trove of ISIS Documents

In a development that could provide significant insight into the workings of the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S.-backed forces fighting the extremist group in Syria have recovered a large collection of its documents and data

Richard Cordray

U.S. Regulators Propose Debt Collection Overhaul

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a massive overhaul of the multibillion dollar debt collection industry, which would restrict collectors from calling numerous times a day, require them to have more documentation on what's owed

Chain link fence with barbed wire and razor wire.

Australia Suspends Use of Juvenile Restraint Chairs

Australian authorities have suspended the use of mechanical restraint chairs and hoods at juvenile detention centers. The move comes in the wake of footage broadcast by ABC program Four Corner, which showed young inmates allegedly being abused by guards

HONG KONG-NKOREA-DIPLOMACY-DEFECTOR

North Korean Defector Seeks Refuge At Seoul Consulate

A North Korean defector has reportedly sought asylum at the South Korean consulate in Hong Kong. The individual is understood to have arrived in Hong Kong with a North Korean delegation competing in an academic competition

California Wildfires

Hotter Weather Expected Near California Blaze

Firefighters are bracing for hotter weather and lower humidity in the area near Big Sur where a wildfire has destroyed 34 homes and killed a bulldozer driver working to contain the massive blaze

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff outside the Alvorada residential palace in Brasilia on July 22, 2016.

Brazil's Rousseff Speaks on Impeachment and Olympics

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff spoke with TIME from the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, where she defended herself against accusations of corruption and promised that Rio would be able to pull off the Games despite a league of doubters

Fackbook Acquires WhatsApp For $16 Billion

Brazil Freezes Over $11 Million of Facebook Assets

A Brazil court has frozen more than $11 million worth of assets belonging to Facebook, following the social media giant's failure to provide the court with data on users of its messaging service Whatsapp