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Macron tells Trump US tariffs are 'illegal', EU will respond
French President Emmanuel Macron told US President Donald Trump late Thursday (May 31) that tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union (EU) were 'illegal' and that the EU would respond in a 'firm and proportionate manner', the Elysee Palace said.
Rival Koreas resuming high-level peace talks
North and South Korea are resuming senior-level peace talks Seoul sees as an important step in building trust with Pyongyang amid a U.S.-led diplomatic push to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons.
As US tariffs go into effect, Europe vows retaliation
Tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico went into effect on Friday. The penalties will amount to a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum.
Assad warned against hitting U.S. troops in Syria
The Pentagon is warning the Syrian regime to refrain from attacking U.S.-backed forces in the country, shortly after Syrian President Bashar Assad demanded U.S. forces depart and threatened to launch attacks on territory held by American-backed Kurdish paramilitary units in northeast Syria.
U.S. will 'unquestionably' veto U.N. Security Council resolution on Gaza
Ambassador Nikki Haley 'will unquestionably veto' a 'morally bankrupt' draft resolution on the violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza, she announced late Thursday.
Senior IDF official: Israel at closest point to war since 2014
Despite relative calm returning to southern Israel after more than 100 mortars and rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, Israel is at its closest point to war since Operation Protective Edge four years ago, a senior IDF officer in the Southern Command said on Thursday.
Inside the United States
US job growth might have picked up in May despite trade rift
U.S. employers are thought to have hired at a solid pace in May and helped extend the economy's nearly nine-year expansion -- the second-longest on record -- despite uncertainty caused by trade disputes.
Lava from Kilauea 'hotter than ever' after eruption, scientists warn
Lava bubbling to the surface on Hawaii’s Big Island is the hottest and most fluid it’s been since Kilauea erupted four weeks ago -- measuring at least 1,652 degrees Fahrenheit with no upper limit in sight, a volcanologist with the USGS warned Thursday.
Church Sued for $2.3 Million for Not Hosting LGBT Event in Building It Owns
An Oregon business has filed a complaint against a church that prohibited it from hosting an LGBT event in a building owned by the church, claiming that the fallout from that decision has harmed the company.