Theresa May, the next prime minister of Britain


>>Cameron out. Leadsom out. May in.
Theresa May will become Britain’s second female prime minister on Wednesday, a rapid ascent to the premiership that came after her sole remaining challenger suddenly withdrew from the leadership race. The Guardian

>>Analysis shows no racial bias in police shootings
A new study confirms that black men and women are treated differently in the hands of law enforcement. They are more likely to be touched, handcuffed, pushed to the ground or pepper-sprayed by a police officer, even after accounting for how, where and when they encounter the police. But when it comes to the most lethal form of force — police shootings — the study finds no racial bias. The New York Times

>>Analysis shows racial bias in police shootings
White people make up roughly 62 percent of the U.S. population but only about 49 percent of those who are killed by police officers. African Americans, however, account for 24 percent of those fatally shot and killed by the police despite being just 13 percent of the U.S. population. The Washington Post


>>South Sudan ‘situation is calm’
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has declared a “unilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities,” and ordered government troops to “disengage” from fighting rival forces loyal to Vice President Riek Machar, following days of violence that left hundreds dead. Al Jazeera

The real force behind the last few days of violence, according to South Sudan expert Clémence Pinaud, from the University of Indiana, may be the feared military general Paul Malong, head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and former governor of Northern Bahr El Ghazal, a state in the northwest. Malong, known as King Paul among his supporters, has a vast patronage network cemented by dozens of marriages — he has between 45 and 87 wives (pdf, p.19). Quartz

>>Duterte takes on Abu Sayyaf
Philippine troops have killed 40 Abu Sayyaf Group fighters and wounded 25 others, in two battlefronts on the southern islands of Mindanao during the first major operation under the new President Rodrigo Duterte. Al Jazeera

>>This could be the decisive Aleppo battle
Rebel fighters launched a major assault on government-held districts of Syria’s long-divided Aleppo on Monday, after the regime severed their only remaining supply route into the battleground city. AFP

Human rights

>>Saudis essentially waging total war in Yemen
An international human rights group says Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have unlawfully hit numerous businesses in the year-long conflict, killing 130 people and leaving hundreds of people unemployed. Voice of America

>>Israel targets left-leaning NGOs
Israel’s parliament passed a controversial law Monday that increases the regulation of many Israeli human rights organizations. Associated Press


>>Cloud changes will accelerate warming
In a new study published in Nature on Monday, scientists say they have for the first time thoroughly documented one of the most profound planetary changes yet to be caused by a warming climate: The distribution of clouds all across the Earth has shifted, they say. The Washington Post

>>So long, mangroves
Climate change and El Niño have caused the worst mangrove die-off in recorded history, stretching along 700 kilometers of Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria, an expert says. The Guardian

Editor’s pick

>>America’s North Korea supporters
Ken Roh moved to the United States from South Korea 43 years ago. Now, he’s running a pro-North Korea website, the most visible of a small group of Pyongyang’s devotees in the U.S. BuzzFeed

Ben Wolford
Ben Wolford is editor of Latterly. His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere.