Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Good morning, folks. Ben Affleck is dating his kids’ nanny. Now, your morning constitutional:

Afghanistan is investigating reports that Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban who has not been seen publicly since the regime was toppled in 2001, is dead. Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are set to begin Thursday or Friday.

Ukraine is having trouble controlling rogue volunteer battalions who are fighting separatists in the east.

Turkey has launched its heaviest air strike against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. Turkey’s move against Kurds is complicating U.S. plans to fight Islamic State militants in Syria, which relies heavily on Kurdish forces.

Pakistani forces have gunned down Malik Ishaq, the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a banned Sunni extremist group that is believed to have killed hundreds of Pakistani Shiites.

A Sudanese man died Wednesday after migrants stormed the channel tunnel entrance in hopes of crossing over from France to Britain. France said Wednesday that they are sending 120 additional police officers to Calais to secure the tunnel entrance.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visited Iran Wednesday in the first trip taken by a top French diplomat to Iran in over a decade.

The Iraqi government declared a four-day holiday beginning on Thursday as temperatures are set to hit 123 degrees Fahrenheit.

Two Zimbabwean men arrived in court Wednesday to face charges for poaching after being paid $50,000 to help Walter James Palmer, American dentist, hunt Cecil the lion, a beloved attraction at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

In Flint, Michigan, aging pipes have lead to water contaminated with lead, copper and bacteria; if other cities don’t update their old pipes, it could become a common problem.

Companies making up for not giving employees raises by providing perks like bonuses, paid time off, free gym membership and pet health insurance.

Joe Lieberman did not cost Al Gore the 2000 election.

Good thoughts on media coverage of Donald Trump.

Finally, forklift thief caught after hitting pothole.

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