What We’re Following
Killings Caught on Camera: Two fatal police shootings of black men in the United States in two consecutive days have sparked outrage and debate over the relationship between race and policing practices. Both deaths were captured on video and widely circulated online; the first, in Louisiana, was filmed by bystanders with cellphones, and the second, in Minnesota, was live-streamed on Facebook by the victim’s girlfriend from the passenger seat. The federal government has opened a civil-rights investigation into the Louisiana shooting, and dozens of people turned out for peaceful protests in both states.
It’s a Girl: The next British prime minister and David Cameron’s successor is set to be a woman after two female candidates prevailed in the latest round of voting in the Conservative Party’s leadership race. Theresa May, the home secretary who campaigned for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union, and Andrea Leadsom, the energy minister who campaigned to leave, are the remaining candidates to lead the country in a post-Brexit world. The winner will become the first woman since Margaret Thatcher in 1979 to become prime minister.
The Human Toll in Baghdad: When a van packed with explosives blew up outside a shopping mall in Iraq’s capital this weekend, a small group of people closest to it were killed instantly. But it was the flames from the blast that have pushed the death toll to nearly 300 now, making it the deadliest attack in the country in more than a decade. Officials say dozens of people inside the mall burned to death or suffocated, and poor building conditions may have worsened the fire and prevented people from escaping.