What We're Watching - Protests and more protests

Sudan crackdown - Witnesses say government-aligned Sudanese paramilitaries have thrown dozens of bodies into the Nile to try to hide the number of pro-democracy protesters they've killed in Khartoum this week. More than 100 people have reportedly been killed during the crackdown that followed the protesters' refusal to accept a military-controlled transition to elections and a civilian government. In April, the demonstrators forced an end to the 30-year reign of President Omar al-Bashir.

Fury in Honduras - Security forces have responded with live ammunition to nationwide protests led by doctors and teachers demanding the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernández. The demonstrators accuse the deeply unpopular Hernández, a key US ally in Central America, of both incompetence and corruption following proposed cuts to public services and fresh revelations that he's been the subject of a US Drug Enforcement Administration trafficking investigation.

Protests in Prague - In one of the largest Czech protests in decades, demonstrators in Prague's Wenceslas Square have called for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who has been accused of misusing EU subsidies. Czech police say he should face fraud charges, but Babiš — a wealthy businessman elected in 2017 — insists that the size of the protest, estimated by organizers at 120,000 people, revealed more about the nice weather than about his political future.

What We're Ignoring - Inflatable assassination

The Attack on Baby Trump - A British Donald Trump supporter has filmed herself attacking London's famous 20-foot-tall inflatable baby Trump balloon with a knife. You can see her adventure here. It appears the attacker herself was more seriously wounded than Baby Trump. "I'm bleeding quite badly," she's heard saying during the clip, while a journalist at the scene reported that "Trump Baby was only lightly wounded in today's attack and stands at full pressurization."

When Donald Trump first started talking about buying Greenland last week, we figured it was a weird story with less legs than a Harp seal.

Signal readers, we were wrong. President Trump was so serious about purchasing the autonomous Danish territory that this week he abruptly cancelled a trip to Denmark after the country's prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, labelled the idea "absurd."

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The Amazon in flames – More than 70,000 forest fires are burning in Brazil right now, most of them in the Amazon. That's up 84% over the same period last year, and it's the highest number on record. This is the dry season when farmers burn certain amounts of forest legally to clear farmland. But critics say Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's efforts to loosen conservation rules have encouraged farmers, loggers, and miners to set more fires, many of them illegally. Bolsonaro – a science skeptic who recently fired the head of the agency that tracks deforestation – says, without proof, that NGOs are setting the fires to embarrass his government. Meanwhile, the EU is holding up a major trade deal with Brazil unless Bolsonaro commits to higher environmental protection standards, including those that affect the Amazon.

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Over the past fifty years, the Amazon rainforest has shrunk by an area equal to the size of Turkey. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Brazilian government supported settlement of the sparsely populated region for security reasons. Since then, huge swaths of the forest -- which is crucial for limiting the world's greenhouse gasses -- have been cleared for farmland used to feed Brazil's population and support its massive agricultural exports. Greater awareness of the environmental impacts in the 1990s produced tighter conservation regulations, though plenty of illegal clearing continues. In recent years, the annual deforestation rate has begun to rise again, and Brazil's new president Jair Bolsonaro has pledged to weaken regulations further in order to support businesses.

3: The US has recruited Australia to join its nascent mission of protecting ships in the critical Strait of Hormuz. Along with Britain and Bahrain, Australia is now the third country to join the US-led maritime mission, as high seas brinksmanship with the Iranians continues.

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