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Trump pardons 15, including two men who pleaded guilty in Robert Mueller's investigation
Trump pardons 15, including two men who pleaded guilty in Robert Mueller's investigation
Credit: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday evening Trump issued 15 pardons, including two men who were convicted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, four former Blackwater guards involved in the killings of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007 and two former Republican congressmen who committed financial-related crimes.

Among the pardons are former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, former US congressmen Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins and lawyer Alex van der Zwaan.

Climate & Environment
Iraq experiences hottest day in recorded history at 51,8°C
Tahrir square in Baghdad, Iraq
Tahrir square in Baghdad, Iraq Credit: Aziz1005 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

With the previously hottest recorded temperature in Baghdad in June 2015 being 51°C, the country has now reported 51,8°C on Tuesday, and 51,1°C on Wednesday.

In other countries of the Middle East such as Lebanon temperature records of 45,4°C have been documented. The capital of Syria, Damascus has recorded 46°C - tying with the hottest previously recorded temperature.