The former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has died. He was 95 and had been ill for some time. Robert Mugabe led Zimbabwe as prime minister and president for 37 years after the country was created from the white minority ruled Rhodesia in 1980. His first years in power were praised for broadening access to health and education for the black majority, but he suppressed opposition with brutal violence and his land reform program sparked economic collapse. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called him an icon of liberation. The governing African National Congress in neighboring South Africa said it was mourning the passing of a great African statesman.
Health minister in the Bahamas Duane Sands has warned of a staggering death toll from hurricane Dorian. The worst hit island Great Abaco is virtually uninhabitable. The authorities are sending 200 body bags there.
Germany's Chancellor has said the global economy is being affected by the trade dispute between China and the United States. Angela Merkel has urged Beijing and Washington to reach an agreement.
British and EU delegates will meet again in Brussels later, but negotiations are said to be in a state of paralysis. The House of Lords is expected to approve a bill requiring the British government not to leave the block without a deal.
The world's second biggest fashion retailer, H&M says its suspending all leather purchases from Brazil because of the possible links between cattle rearing and the fires devastating parts of the Amazon rainforest. The seven Amazon countries are holding a summit to discuss how to combat the wildfires.
The US tennis star Serena Williams has reached the final of the US Open with a record equaling 101st victory at flushing meadows. In the final, she'll play teenage Canadian Bianca Andreescu.