Rohingya, Houston, North Korea: Your Thursday Briefing

• The U.S. economy grew 3 percent in the second quarter, its fastest pace in two years, according to new government figures revising the initial report of just 2.6 percent.

And President Trump pitched a sweeping tax overhaul, but offered few specifics beyond a goal of a 15 percent corporate tax rate, down from 35 percent.

• The damage from the storm pounding the U.S. Gulf Coast has raised questions about whether so much of the country’s energy industry should be concentrated there.

• Before Uber’s board chose Dara Khosrowshahi to be the company’s new chief, there were power plays, negotiations for more leverage and wild swings in support.

•, the Chinese online retail giant, will award $15 million to winners of a competition to find the best way to introduce drone delivery services in China.

• U.S. stocks were up. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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• A former South Korean spy chief was sent from a courtroom directly to prison after a judge sentenced him to four years for ordering an online smear campaign against presidential rivals of Park Geun-hye in 2012. [The New York Times]

• The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria bombed a road and bridge to block the transfer of hundreds of Islamic State fighters, foiling a deal made by the Lebanese Army, Hezbollah and Syrian loyalist forces. [The New York Times]

• The recent lynching of a suspected thief in a gritty Jakarta suburb opened debate on Indonesia’s vigilante mobs. [The New York Times]

• An Australian court is considering whether to hear a lawsuit brought by more than 15,000 Indonesian seaweed farmers who say the country’s worst-ever oil spill destroyed their livelihoods. [ABC]

• The so-called Asian Nobels will be awarded at ceremonies in…

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