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.

• JD.com, 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.

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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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