In our news wrap Monday, Twitter has applied a “manipulated media” tag on a campaign video shared by a White House aide and retweeted by President Trump. The edited clip makes it appear that former Vice President Joe Biden, leading in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, suggested Trump be reelected. Also, in Afghanistan, both Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah declared themselves president.
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In the day's other news: The Democratic presidential race ticked down to another showdown between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Six states hold primary elections tomorrow, with Michigan the biggest prize. Biden is looking to build an insurmountable lead in delegates. Sanders is aiming to win back momentum.
We will get the details later in the program.
For the first time, Twitter has slapped a manipulated media tag on campaign video shared by a White House aide and retweeted by President Trump. The edited clip makes it appear that Democrat Joe Biden suggested Mr. Trump be reelected. Twitter acted on Sunday. Facebook initially refused to do so, but, today, it branded the video as partly false.
In Afghanistan, there were competing inaugurals today, with both Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah declaring themselves president. The National Election Commission had declared incumbent Ghani the winner. He celebrated with supporters in Kabul.
But Abdullah asserted he is the winner. He claimed another Ghani win, after 2014's disputed election, threatens Afghan democracy.
Abdullah Abdullah (through translator):
The Afghan people are the real winner of the election. If we had not compromised in 2014 for national stability and unity, the country would have been in crisis.
But now the case is quite the opposite, and if we were to accept the result of fraud under any name this time, it would mean the end of democracy in Afghanistan.
The split jeopardizes efforts to begin peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
The Pentagon confirms two U.S. service members died in Iraq on Sunday. They were accompanying Iraqi security forces on a mission targeting the Islamic State group. The U.S. statement says the troops were killed by enemy forces.
A Dutch court today began a murder trial of four men for the downing of a Malaysian Airlines flight in 2014. The passenger airliner was destroyed by a missile over Ukrainian territory held by pro-Russian rebels. The presiding judge began by reading the victims' names, and he said the time for justice has come.
Hendrik Steenhuis (through translator):
Many have been looking forward to this day for a long time, the day on which the criminal case MH-17 begins.
As a result of this terrible disaster, all occupants, 298 men, women and children, were killed. This tragic loss of so many lives has led to many reactions all over the world.
The accused, three Russians and one Ukrainian, are being tried in absentia. They are believed to be in Russia.
The prime minister of Sudan, Abdalla Hamdok, survived an apparent assassination attempt today. An explosion and gunfire targeted his motorcade in Khartoum. The blast wrecked vehicles and brought crowds of onlookers into the streets.
Sudan's longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted almost a year ago. The country is trying to transition to civilian rule.
And Swedish-born actor Max von Sydow has died in France. He made a number of films with director Ingmar Bergman, including "The Seventh Seal," but he gained global fame as the priest in 1973's "The Exorcist."
In all, he appeared in nearly 200 movies and TV productions.
Max von Sydow was 90 years old.