Start your Monday smart: Pope in Dublin, Trump on the road, VMAs, college football

(CNN)It’s World Humanitarian Day, a day to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives to help others. Wherever you are, even a small good deed can mean the world.


• The week begins with the festival of Eid al-Adha, one of Islam’s revered observances. The four-day holiday marks the climax of the Hajj, the sacred journey to Mecca that around 2 million Muslims make each year. The festival recalls how Allah, or God, tested the faith of the prophet Ibrahim by asking him to sacrifice his only son, only to stop him at the last second and replace his son with a sheep. Muslims celebrate the Adha — “sacrifice,” in Arabic — by slaughtering goats and sheep and giving the meat to the poor. They also give to charity, visit loved ones, exchange gifts and feast.

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    • The MTV Video Music Awards (aka the VMAs) airs at 9 p.m. ET from Radio City Music Hall. Cardi B and The Carters (yes, Beyoncé and Jay Z) lead the nominations, and Jennifer Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

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    • We’ve still got some primaries on the calendar. In Wyoming, GOP Sen. John Barrasso, who’s on track to move up the leadership ladder, is likely to emerge from his primary to face Democrat Gary Trauner. US Rep. Liz Cheney also faces a GOP primary challenge. Alaskans also go to the polls to pick party favorites to compete in November for Congress, governor and other races.

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    • The Catholic World Meeting of Families opens in Dublin, Ireland, with Pope Francis expected to attend over the weekend. The gathering, which happens every three years, unites as many as 20,000 faithful from dozens of countries. It comes as the church grapples again this year with fallout from decades of child sexual abuse by clergy, with cases reported from Pennsylvania and New York to Chile, Australia and the Vatican. The Pope also recently has made waves with changes in how the church views the death penalty and homosexuality, so there’ll be plenty to talk about.

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    • The WNBA playoffs get underway, with the league’s top 8 teams battling for the title. Favorites include the Seattle Storm, the Atlanta Dream and the Washington Mystics.

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    • The Academy of Country Music hosts its annual ACM Honors. Among the honorees are Alan Jackson, Sam Hunt and Hootie & the Blowfish alum Darius Rucker.

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    • A fresh round of US tariffs goes into effect against 279 Chinese products, including motorcycles, speedometers and antennas. The $16 billion worth of imports will face 25% tariffs, the same rate slapped last month on $34 billion in Chinese imports. The new list marks the latest escalation in a trade war between the world’s two largest economies, with Beijing pushing back with its own tariffs on American goods.

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    • Thursday is also a DACA deadline. A federal judge in Washington ruled this month that the Trump administration must restore the Obama-era program, which has protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. But the Justice Department, which argues DACA is “an unlawful circumvention of Congress,” has signaled it will appeal. And a federal judge in Texas is weighing arguments from 10 states that want DACA ended. With Congress waffling on immigration, DACA’s fate could well land at the Supreme Court.

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    • On a lighter note, the day also brings Ping Pong 4 Purpose, a celebrity table tennis tournament in Los Angeles that encourages people to give to those in need.

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    • The Pokemon World Championships — yes, you read that right — kick off in Nashville with some 3,000 competitors battling for more than $500 million in prizes.

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    • The long wait is over! College football is finally back, with a handful of games.

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