'Start Here': In Sudan, the fight for democracy

PHOTO: Sudanese soldiers stand guard on armoured military vehicles as demonstrators continue their protest against the regime near the army headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, April 11, 2019.PlayAFP/Getty Images, FILE
WATCH News headlines today: July 19, 2019

It's Thursday, July 4, 2019. Let's start here.

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The American Dream in Sudan

As America marks its independence, ABC News’ "Start Here" podcast shines a light on those who are risking their lives every day in pursuit of freedom. This morning, in the first of a two-part series, host Brad Mielke takes listeners to the ongoing fight for democracy in Sudan and asks where the situation is headed next.

"They've had corruption, they've had a dictatorship, they've had war, they've had civil disorder," ABC News Senior Foreign Correspondent Ian Pannell tells the podcast. "People are sick and tired, and want change."

"Start Here," ABC News' flagship podcast, offers a straightforward look at the day's top stories in 20 minutes. Listen for free every weekday on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or the ABC News app. Follow @StartHereABC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for exclusive content and show updates.

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Doff your cap:

To the U.S. men's national soccer team! OK, we're all on board with the U.S. women's soccer team pride, but the men's team moved on to a final in a tournament of their own.

The men, led by young sensation Christian Pulisic, beat Jamaica, 3-1, Wednesday night to head to the final of the Gold Cup -- a tournament pitting the best teams in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Let's share the footy love around this morning.

Pulisic, 20, and the men's team will face Mexico in the tournament final on Sunday (after the women's game).