Should the Olympics Be Postponed Because of Zika? Here’s What We’re Reading Today

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Here’s what we’re reading:

1. A turning point against ISIS

“For the first time in the two years since the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed the existence of an ‘Islamic caliphate’ straddling Syria and Iraq, the jihadi group is at real risk of losing much of the territory it holds.

“Four Isis strongholds – two in Syria and two in Iraq – are now under concerted attack, and in all cases the militants defending them are struggling to contain well-organised and resourced assaults planned over many months.”

+1: Hillary Clinton will paint Donald Trump as a threat to global security.

2. The Zika Olympics

“But it’s becoming clear that while we can’t know what effect, if any, the Olympics will have on Zika’s spread, some people see the risk as too high, and in the face of this uncertainty, would prefer to err on the side of caution.”

+1: Tigers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez says he contracted Zika in Venezuala last winter.

3. A gunfight in Guatemala

“Early on the mornning of Oct. 31, 2012, Enrique Degenhart Asturias left his home in Guatemala City to drive to his gym for his daily workout.

“Tall, bespectacled, and broad-shouldered, the 44-year-old Degenhart wore sweatpants and a T-shirt. Along with his exercise gear, he carried a .40-caliber Glock 22 pistol loaded with high-powered ammunition.”

What happened next is a powerful tale of Guatemala’s bloody fight against corruption.

+1: Chile has so much solar energy it’s giving it away for free

4. Prince died of an opioid overdose

“The findings confirm suspicions that opioids played a role in the musician’s death. After he died, authorities began reviewing whether an overdose was to blame and whether he had been prescribed drugs in the preceding weeks.”

5. There’s a Stuxnet copycat, and no one knows where it came from

“Researchers have disclosed a piece of industrial control systems (ICS) malware inspired heavily by Stuxnet. Although the copycat malware—dubbed IRONGATE by cybersecurity company FireEye—only works in a simulated environment, it, like Stuxnet, replaces certain types of files, and was seemingly written to target a specific control system configuration.”