Thursday’s Mini-Report, 8.25.16

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Tragedy in Italy: “Rescue teams aided by sniffer dogs searched for survivors Thursday amid sharp aftershocks from a powerful earthquake that reduced several central Italian towns to rubble and killed 250 people.”
 
* Death toll in Afghanistan: “Militants armed with a car bomb, grenades and automatic weapons killed at least 14 people during the 10-hour attack on the American University of Afghanistan, police said Thursday.”
 
* Germany: “The leader of a small faction of German extremists was seriously injured Thursday while trading gunfire with police as he and supporters tried to prevent an eviction order being served on the house he was living in. Two police commandos received minor injuries.”
 
* We’ve seen false starts in Colombia before, but there’s reason for optimism this time: “Colombia’s president said Wednesday that government negotiators and leftist rebels are putting the final touches on an important peace deal that they hope to announce in the coming hours.”
 
* Turkey: “Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday resisted demands by Turkey’s president to immediately detain and turn over a Pennsylvania imam suspected of plotting last month’s failed military coup attempt, giving a blunt lesson on American rule of law.”
 
* Mylan: “After being blasted for price hikes on its lifesaving EpiPen allergy injections, the drugmaker Mylan announced Thursday that it will expand access to the product – not by lowering the price, but by creating a savings card that will cover up to $300 of its EpiPen 2-Pak.”
 
* TPP: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to close the door Thursday on the Senate taking up the Obama administration’s signature Asia-Pacific trade deal during what’s left of the president’s term.”
 
* Good economic news: “The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market was continuing to gain momentum.”
 
* Good news in Orlando: “Survivors of the Orlando nightclub massacre won’t be billed for out-of-pocket medical expenses, the two hospitals that treated them announced Wednesday.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 8.25.16

Updated