Morning Constitutional – Monday, 17 August 2015

Good morning, everybody. Here’s your morning constitutional:

The Obama administration has warned China regarding Chinese government agents who are working clandestinely in the U.S. to encourage expatriates to return to China.

At least two Ukrainians soldiers and several civilians are dead after fighting flared up between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine Sunday night.

A bomb exploded near a shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, killing at least 12.

Nearly 100 people died during Syrian government airstrikes on a market near Damascus over the weekend.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi approved a tough new anti-terrorism law that sets up new special terrorism courts and protects those who enforce it from legal ramifications of enforcement.

Egypt opened its border with Gaza for the first time in two months for four days.

The U.S. announced Sunday that it will remove two Patriot missile batteries from Turkey.

The Obama administration plans to introduce an initiative to shift the emphasis from punishment to treatment for heroin addicts.

The Japanese economy contracted by 1.6% in the second quarter.

A bill has been introduced in the Australian parliament to legalize same-sex marriage, but because the government opposes it, the bill is likely to fail.

Traffic deaths in the U.S. were up 14% in the first six months of this year as an improved economy and cheap gas leads people to drive more.

Ohio Governor John Kasich to pick up endorsement of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.

Why Americans are waiting longer to buy their first homes.

How Snoopy killed Peanuts.

Finally, man breaks into car, locks himself in trunk.

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