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Republican National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio.
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Trump to Russia: Hack Clinton

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

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

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

Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. By offering a subtle change to her outlook from less than a week ago, Yellen on Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee pushed the prospect of additional interest rate increases further into the future.

Federal Reserve Leaves Rates Low

As expected, Fed officials voted on Wednesday to leave interest rates exactly where they are—at near-record-low levels—pointing to "soft" business investment and inflation that has been running below the central bank's target

The 2016 Democratic National Convention

Meet the Green Party's Presidential Candidate

Green Party candidate Jill Stein has fashioned herself as more of a dissident and soapbox champion than a politician, but she could have an outsized effect on the election and severely weaken the Clinton's campaign against Trump

his 30 March 1981 file photo shows John Hinckley Jr. (L) escorted by police in Washington, DC, following his arrest after shooting and seriously wounding then US president Ronald Reagan.

John Hinckley Jr. Granted Release From Mental Hospital

A judge says the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full-time in Virginia. The judge ruled that John Hinckley Jr. is ready to live in the community

Mothers of the Movement stand on stage prior to delivering remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention, on July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Democrats Launch Operation to Humanize Clinton

Hillary Clinton's campaign trotted out a procession of character witnesses to testify about the candidate's strength, kindness and tenacity at the Democratic convention, in an attempt to humanize "the most famous, least-known person in the country"

Founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange (screen), who has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, participates in a discussion by video conference, organized on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the College of Journalists of Chile, an event attended by prominent journalists, activists, social leaders and scholars from Latin America and the world in Santiago de Chile, Chile, on July 12, 2016.

Julian Assange Timed DNC Email Release

Assange said in a June 12 interview that he intended to harm Hillary Clinton's chance of winning the presidency, and timed the release of the emails to coincide with the start of the convention

Bernie Sanders supporters protest following the DNC roll call vote that ended with Hillary Clinton's nomination as Democratic presidential candidate on July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Sanders Supporters Storm Out of Convention in Protest

When Bernie Sanders' hope of winning the Democratic nomination officially ended inside the Democratic convention hall, his most ardent supporters took their fury outside. “Show me what Democracy looks like,” they chanted

Shortlisted books for the Man Booker International Prize at The V&A in London on May 16, 2016.

Here Is the 2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The 2016 Man Booker Prize longlist is here, and this year's selection of 13 novels is roughly half men (seven) and half women (six). The longlist includes five American writers, the same number as last year