5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Sanders forcefully endorses Clinton on convention's first night

  • Priest killed after being taken hostage in church attack in France

  • At least 19 dead in knife attack near Tokyo

  • FBI investigating Russia for the DNC email hack

  • Solar-powered plane completes historic trip around the world

Powerful Democrats tried to get the party's convention on track Monday after its first day was marred by a leak of internal emails that threatened party unity with signs some officials had favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. First Lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a favorite of many disenchanted progressives, called for unity in support of Hillary Clinton, and against Donald Trump. Sen. Bernie Sanders urged his supporters, many of whom earlier booed any mention of Clinton, to back her as the party's presidential nominee, forcefully endorsing her and saying she "must become the next president of the United States."

Source: The New York Times

A priest was killed after being taken hostage by two armed men in northern France on Tuesday morning, police say. French President François Hollande said the attackers claimed allegiance to the Islamic State. The attackers stormed a church in the Normandy city of Rouen and took several hostages, including the priest and two nuns, then slit the priest's throat before being killed by police, according to The Associated Press. The attack comes not even two weeks after an attacker killed 84 people in Nice with a truck, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility. France is still on high alert following the Nice attack, and last year's terrorist attack in Paris that left 130 people dead.

Source: The Associated Press, Reuters

A knife-wielding attacker killed at least 19 people at a residential care facility for disabled people on Monday in the Japanese city of Sagamihara, west of Tokyo. Another 45 people were injured, several of them seriously. Police said they had arrested a suspect, who reportedly had said he believed disabled people should be "euthanized." They identified the alleged attacker as a 20-year-old former employee of the facility, and said he had walked into a police station and said, "I did it."

Source: The New York Times

The FBI said Monday that it was investigating the leak of thousands of internal Democratic National Committee emails. Hillary Clinton's campaign blamed the hacking on Russia, citing evidence uncovered by two cybersecurity firms and saying Moscow was trying to help Republican nominee Donald Trump beat Clinton in this fall's presidential election. Trump, who last week said he might not back NATO allies if Russia attacked them, called the claim a "joke." Russia denies any involvement.

Source: The New York Times, ABC News

The Solar Impulse 2 plane made history on Tuesday when it landed in Abu Dhabi, the first flight to make it around the world without using any fuel. The plane first took off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015, and over the past 16 months traveled 25,000 miles, stopping 16 times. The plane is covered with 17,248 solar cells that transfer energy to four electrical motors that power the propellers, and it runs on four lithium polymer batteries at night. "The future is clean," one of the pilots, Bertrand Piccard, said after landing. "The future is you. The future is now. Let's take it further." The plane completed more than 500 flight hours, but was delayed a few times, including in Cairo when Piccard became sick and after some batteries were damaged on the journey from Japan to Hawaii.

Source: The Associated Press
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