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Need To Know.
Iran Sanctions Kick In.
The US reapplied sanctions on Iran that had previously been lifted under the 2015 multi-country nuclear deal. The US pulled out of the deal - which lifted sanctions on Iran's central bank and oil exports in exchange for the near elimination of the country's medium and low-enriched uranium stockpiles - back in May. The sanctions, which kicked back in last night at midnight, primarily affect the country's financial and energy sectors. Iran will be prohibited from conducting business in US dollars, the primary currency for international transactions. The administration has laid out hefty demands for lifting the sanctions again, which include ending all missile development, freeing American prisoners, and ending support for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Another round of sanctions is expected in November. 

Forget what the Iran nuclear deal was all about? Check out this refresher.

Ohio Special Election.

Ohio voters go to the polls today to decide a tight special election race to fill the vacated congressional seat representing the state's 12th district. The seat, representing the northern Columbus suburbs, became open after nine-term representative Pat Tiberi (R) abruptly stepped down last October. The race pits two local politicians in 31-year-old county official Danny O'Connor (D) and 56-year-old state senator Troy Balderson (R). Balderson has aligned with President Trump, who campaigned for Balderson in Ohio over the weekend. The race is the latest to be viewed as a bellwether for the upcoming midterm elections - Trump won the district by 11 points in 2016 but recent polling has the race in a dead heat

As a special election, whoever wins will only fill the seat until the November election, when they will likely face off again. 

Saudi Arabia-Canada Tiff.
Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Canada, and expelled the Canadian ambassador, after Canada publicly criticized the Saudi's human rights record. The move came after the Canadian foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, called for the release of a women's rights activist as well as a blogger who was imprisoned for criticizing the country's religious establishment. Saudi Arabia also called for a freeze to all new trade and business deals with Canada, although it is unclear whether it will affect the two countries current $4B in annual trade. 
The move was a bit of a surprise - complaints about human rights in Saudi Arabia are nothing new and up-and-coming leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has positioned himself as an outward-looking reformer. 

The announcement came along with a poorly-designed graphic from a Saudi organization seemingly implying a 9/11-style attack on Canada. 
 
In The Know.

Science & Technology.

Engineers develop smallest-ever muti-functional soft robot; millimeters in size with micrometer-scale features (More)
Scientists use common biomarker combined with new imaging technique to watch the inner processes of living cells in real-time (More)
Fossil discovery in Denali National Park suggests Alaska was a dinosaur "superhighway" between North American and Asia between 60-75 million years ago (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Indra Nooyi to step down after 12 years as Pepsi CEO - departure leaves only one minority female CEO on Fortune 500 (More)
US banks ease business lending standards in Q2, citing increased lending competition (More)
Online real estate platform Zillow stock drops 16% after missing earnings & announcing acquisition of online mortgage lender (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Amid defamation lawsuit for claiming Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, YouTube, Facebook, and Apple take down conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' content (More)
Rick Gates, a key witness in the Paul Manafort trial, admits embezzlement, lying on behalf of Manafort during testimony (More)
Twin fires north of San Francisco merge, become biggest wildfire in state history covering 440 square miles (More)
 

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

World-renowned French chef Joël Robuchon dies at 73 (More) | Charlotte Rae, known for role of Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life & Diff'rent Strokes, dies at 92 (More)
LeBron James producing Shut Up and Dribble, a three-part sports & politics documentary for Showtime (More)
Hollywood legend Robert Redford announces retirement from acting (More)
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In Depth.

Life as a North Korean Living in the South. 

The California Sunday Magazine | Ann Babe. Around 31,500 people have completed the perilous escape to South Korea from the North - a heavy majority being women. But when they arrive in the South, the new world of consumerism and popular culture can be suffocating. See inside this extremely difficult - but necessary - transition
 

What Drives People to Reject the Truth. 

The Guardian | Keith Kahn-Harris. Denialism is not simply the collection of lies we tell ourselves or things we choose to ignore - it is the inception of a new truth, aside from reality. From vaccination refusals to genocides, see how a culture of denialism can gradually become particularly treacherous
Etcetera.
Women are more likely to survive heart attacks when treated by female doctors.

See photos from Beyonce's September Vogue cover shoot.  

The last remaining PhD scientist in Congress talks shop

Bankruptcy is booming among older Americans. (paywall)

Last week's Lollapalooza music festival in photos.

The economy is booming, but here are the industries that can't find workers

A look back at how makeup artists transformed Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight


Osama bin Laden's son has reportedly married the daughter of the lead 9/11 hijacker

Clickbait: Fly ruins 600,000-piece world record domino chain attempt.  

Historybook: HBD Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche (1904); HBD Charlize Theron (1975); Operation Desert Shield preps US to enter Gulf War (1990); US embassies in Kenya & Tanzania are bombed, killing 224 and wounding 4,500 (1998); RIP Peter Jennings (2005).

 
"Hearts are the strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals."
- Ralph Bunche

 
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