“I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me”

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THURSDAY  

August 25, 2016 

Nigel Farage — who led the Brexit campaign in the UK — told people at a Donald Trump rally in Mississippi that you can beat the establishment. At least 247 people have died in Italy’s earthquake as efforts to dig out residents still trapped in the rubble continue. And scientists have found a planet “on our doorstep” that might be habitable.

 

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The death toll from Italy’s earthquake has risen to at least 247 people. 

Sergio Pirozzi, the mayor of Amatrice near the quake’s epicenter, said there were “dozens of victims, many under the rubble. We are setting up a place for the bodies.”

And 75 people seeking asylum in Europe and living in a shelter in Gioiosa Ionica, a town in southern Italy, donated what little they have to the country’s earthquake recovery funds.

People walk on the rubble of the Amatrice earthquake on Aug. 24.

People walk on the rubble of the Amatrice earthquake on Aug. 24. These photos from the scene show the devastation. Massimo Percossi / ANSA via AP

 

There’s an Earth-like planet “on our doorstep.”

A planet roughly the size of Earth that may have liquid water — and could theoretically support life — has been found around our nearest star. The small, rocky planet orbits Proxima Centauri, just 4.2 light years away. It could be as little as 1.3 times the size of our own planet, and is at the right distance from its star for liquid water. Robots may be sent to explore it in a century or so.

An artist’s impression of the view from the surface of Proxima b.

An artist’s impression of the view from the surface of Proxima b. ESO / M Kornmesser

 

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

Turkish forces have taken over an ISIS-held town in northern Syria.

Turkish military forces launched a dawn offensive on Wednesday to help rebels take control of the Syrian border town of Jarabulus from ISIS, marking a major escalation of Turkish involvement in the five-year-old civil war. On Thursday, rebels said they had taken over the town, BBC reported.

The operation — which saw Turkish special forces and tanks cross into Jarabulus, along with Turkish-backed Syrian rebels — was backed by Turkish jets and reportedly US drones from the US-led coalition fighting ISIS.

A rebel commander who said his group is involved in the Jarabulus operation sent this image to BuzzFeed News.

A rebel commander who said his group is involved in the Jarabulus operation sent this image to BuzzFeed News.

What’s next?

US Vice President Joe Biden landed in Ankara for official meetings as the operation was underway. It’s the highest-profile visit from a US official to the country since the tumult of an attempted coup last month.

 

QUICK THINGS TO KNOW

  • US election: Donald Trump used about $55,000 of his own campaign funds to buy more than 3,500 hardcover copies of his ~own~ book Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again earlier this year. And Nigel Farage — the outgoing leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) who led the anti-globalization, anti-immigration Brexit campaign — took the podium at a Trump rally in Mississippi. “Anything is possible if enough decent people want to fight the establishment,” he said. He stopped short of endorsing Trump but said, “I wouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me.”

  • In Afghanistan: Twelve people died after militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday, carrying out an hours-long siege that also injured dozens of people.

  • Paisley Park: The 65,000-square-foot complex in Minnesota where Prince lived, recorded, and performed will open to the public this fall.

  • Peace: The Colombian government and FARC rebels have reached a historic peace agreement after more than five decades of conflict, BBC News reports.

  • In tech: We spent an afternoon in the park with the CEO of meal-replacement startup Soylent and a Silicon Valley star.

  • In sport: US Soccer has suspended Hope Solo for six months for comments she made about Sweden’s team during the Rio Olympics. “We played a bunch of cowards,” the star goalkeeper said after losing.

  • In entertainment: Comedian Leslie Jones’ website is down after hackers reportedly posted her nude photos and personal information. And Frank Ocean’s exclusive album release on Apple Music has sparked a new showdown between labels and streamers.
Frank Ocean

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