Alessio: An controversial election in Venezuela has drawn criticism. President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling party was condemned worldwide for attempting to increase their authoritarian rule. The U.S. government called the vote a “sham”, and imposed financial sanctions on the country freezing any assets Maduro had within U.S. jurisdiction. Mexico, Colombia and Peru also said they do not recognize results of the election. -Maduro has said that the election would help bring peace to the politically split country, but many Venezuelan voters would not take part in the election which the opposition says would turn the country in a full dictatorship. At least 14 people have died so far in protests against the vote. Countries including Russia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia have stood by Maduro. Khalid: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over a corruption scandal. For the first time in the country’s history, a Prime minister has not finished their 5-year term. With the elections looming, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was named interim prime minister. -Sharif said he selected his brother – Shahbaz Sharif – to be the nation’s next prime minister. This, however, cannot be done immediately as Shahbaz is not a member of the National Assembly and would have to resign his local position then run for the Parliament seat his brother vacated. Shahbaz has been a major figure in Pakistani politics for many years and is expected to win the election. Alessio: The war film, “Dunkirk” is generating high box office results in theaters around the world getting numerous praise and thumbs ups. It is about 300,000 allied soldiers – South Africans, Indians, and from western countries – fighting against the Nazis in Germany. Soldiers were trapped on the french beach of Dunkirk until Britain soldiers and civilians came using civilian boats! The film was a tremendous hit due to the stunning cinematic recreation of the event. -Veterans who survived World War II and were at Dunkirk watched the film and many were brought to tears. The film, however, sparked upsets and debates across Africa and India with many accusing the film of whitewashing and ignorance. They felt it focused on whites and didn’t show the roles India and Africa played in Dunkirk. Khalid: Russian President Vladimir Putin said the U.S. must eliminate 755 staff positions in its Moscow embassy. Russia’s Foreign Ministry officially ordered the reduction to no more than 455 diplomatic employees. The U.S. State Department responded that this was “a regrettable and uncalled for act.” Putin has said more than 1,000 people are currently employed at the Moscow U.S. embassy and three other U.S. locations in Russia. -Putin also said they may impose additional measures against the U.S. as a response to new U.S sanctions that threaten to worsen relations between the two countries. Despite this strained relationship, Russia continues to be open to cooperating with the U.S. on various issues. Alessio: American Deaf actress, Marlee Matlin will join an American TV show, “Quantico”. Here is a peek. -The show has created a new deaf character for Season 3, an ex-FBI agent, Jocelyn Turner is added to the team. Jocelyn, played by Marlee Matlin, was hearing but became deaf due to injuries from a bomb. “Quantico” is an espionage drama about FBI recruits training at the Quantico base. Marlee tweeted about it. Priyanka Chopra, who is the lead actor for the show, tweeted back “Welcome to Quantico, Marlee Matlin. We can’t wait to have you on board.” Khalid: The first Starbucks Signing Store in the world celebrated it’s first birthday in Malaysia in July 20, 2017. This store is run by a team of Deaf employees. The store, located at a bustling neighbourhood mall, was opened to raise awareness on hiring employees from deaf communities, and to affirm Starbucks’ commitment as a company who welcomes one and all. Rose Ng from The Society of Interpreters attended the celebration. Alessio: Athletes arriving back in India from the Deaflympics protested at the airport as no one from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) or the sports ministry were on hand to to recognize their accomplishments at the Deaflympics in Turkey. The Indian athletes won five medals in eight different events. The 46 Deaf athletics and staff refused to leave the airport to express their anger. -This contrasts with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee who awarded four hearing Indian athletics who won medals at the Brazil Olympics in 2016 with presidential awards and cash prize of 7.5 million rupees or over $110,000. That’s more than other wealthy countries including U.S., France and Germany. According to list of cash payouts, Indian athletics receive cash prizes for winning at Deaflympics of 15 lakh for a gold medal. The Russian Government also gives cash prizes to Russian Deaf athletics in same amounts that is paid to athletes who win medals at Olympics. In Turkey, the Deaflympics host country, President Erdogan congratulated Turkey athletes who won medals. It is unknown if Indian athletes are expected to get award payouts. Khalid: The U.S. meat industry was blamed for creating a lifeless water region in the Gulf of Mexico and other waterways. A report released by environmental group Mighty Earth says these water are oxygen deprived creating the largest ever “Dead Zone”. They identified American food company Tyson Foods as a “dominant” influence to the pollution due to its market dominance of chicken, beef and pork. -According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tyson’s business generated 55 million tons of manure last year alone. How does a Dead Zone form? Toxins from manure and fertilizer trigger an overgrowth of algae, which then decomposes, sinking in the water and cutting off oxygen, reducing marine life. Alessio: After weeks of negotiations with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the U.S. city Los Angeles have reached agreement to host the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Both Paris, France and Los Angeles originally competed for the 2024 Games but IOC president Thomas Bach told the two cities to work out a plan to share. -IOC will advance L.A. 1.8 billion euros that is expected to cover the organizing committee’s costs over four years, and help increase participation for youth sports. After the confirmation of L.A.’s deal, Paris will be expected to host the 2024 Games. -Thank you for watching WorldSign Week, visit H3WORLD.TV for more shows, all in International Sign. See you next week.