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1 North Korea poll: North Korea’s nu­clear weapons devel­op­ment is spook­ing most Amer­i­cans, and two-thirds of them say Pres­i­dent Trump’s war of words with the iso­lated na­tion’s leader is mak­ing the sit­u­a­tion worse. Less than 1 in 10 think Trump’s com­ments are mak­ing it bet­ter. Those are the find­ings of a poll by the As­so­ci­ated Press-NORC Cen­ter for Pub­lic Af­fairs Re­search, as ten­sions be­tween the ad­ver­saries es­ca­late and North Korea comes closer to its goal of hav­ing a nu­clear-tipped mis­sile that could strike the con­ti­nen­tal U.S. The poll found that 65 per­cent of Amer­i­cans think Trump’s com­ments have made the sit­u­a­tion worse, in­clud­ing 45 per­cent who think he has made the sit­u­a­tion much worse. Only 8 per­cent think he is mak­ing the sit­u­a­tion bet­ter.

2 Liberia elec­tion: Vote count­ing con­tin­ued across Liberia on Wednesday fol­low­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tions that are likely to go to a runoff with 20 can­di­dates con­test­ing, lo­cal me­dia said. Ex-soc­cer star Ge­orge Weah, Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph Boakai and for­mer Coca-Cola Vice Pres­i­dent Alexan­der Cum­mings were lead­ing, ac­cord­ing to early re­ports. More than 2.1 mil­lion vot­ers had reg­is­tered to vote through­out Liberia, which was es­tab­lished by the U.S. in the 19th cen­tury for freed black slaves. A pres­i­den­tial can­di­date must win more than 50 per­cent of the vote to avoid a sec­ond round. Pro­vi­sional elec­tion re­sults are ex­pected Thursday.

3 Gov­ern­ment as­sault: Philip­pine troops re­cov­ered 22 bod­ies of sus­pected Mus­lim ex­trem­ists and dozens of home­made bombs from two build­ings that were re­taken in one of the fi­nal gov­ern­ment as­saults to end an Is­lamic State-in­spired siege in south­ern Marawi city, the mil­i­tary said Wednesday. The dis­cov­ery brought the death toll in the siege, which was launched May 23, to more than a thou­sand peo­ple, in­clud­ing 802 mil­i­tants. The fight­ing has left 160 sol­diers and po­lice­men and 47 civil­ians dead, ac­cord­ing to the mil­i­tary.

4 Re­porter on trial: A Ger­man jour­nal­ist who was ar­rested in Turkey de­nied ter­ror-re­lated ac­cu­sa­tions as a trial against her opened in a Turk­ish court Wednesday. Me­sale Tolu, a Ger­man cit­i­zen with Turk­ish roots, stands ac­cused of en­gag­ing in ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda and be­ing a mem­ber of a banned left-wing group, the Marx­ist-Lenin­ist Com­mu­nist Party. The 33-year-old was on trial at a court­house in the out­skirts of Is­tan­bul to­gether with 18 other de­fen­dants. She was the first of 11 Ger­man or Ger­man-Turk­ish cit­i­zens ar­rested in Turkey over the past year to go on trial. Ber­lin con­sid­ers them to be “po­lit­i­cal prison­ers.” Dozens of re­porters, in­clud­ing sev­eral for­eign jour­nal­ists, have been jailed fol­low­ing last year’s failed coup. Tolu’s lawyer said pros­e­cu­tors con­sid­ered her at­ten­dance at the fu­ner­als of sev­eral mem­bers of the out­lawed group as ev­i­dence of her mem­ber­ship.

5 We­in­stein sus­pended: Bri­tain’s film academy says it has sus­pended pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein over the mul­ti­ple ac­cu­sa­tions of ha­rass­ment and sex­ual as­sault against him that re­cently be­came pub­lic. The Bri­tish Academy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts said Wednesday that We­in­stein was in­formed “that his mem­ber­ship has been sus­pended, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.” The or­ga­ni­za­tion says We­in­stein had sup­ported its char­i­ta­ble work, but called his al­leged be­hav­ior “com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and in­com­pat­i­ble with BAFTA’s val­ues.” The Bri­tish academy has about 7,500 mem­bers who work in film, tele­vi­sion and games.

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