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EU's retaliatory tariffs on US products come into effect
The EU has officially imposed tariffs on US jeans, motorbikes, bourbon and other items in response to a similar move from the US. The measures have some experts worried the world could be heading toward a trade war.
U.S. bombs Syrian army position
A Syrian army officer was killed in a US strike on a Syrian army outpost near a US base close to the Iraqi-Syrian border, a commander in the regional alliance supporting President Bashar al-Assad told Reuters.
U.S. spending bill would halt transfer of F-35s to Turkey
A U.S. Senate committee passed a spending bill on Thursday including a provision to block Turkey’s purchase of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets unless it drops a plan to buy S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.
UN 'deeply concerned' about 750,000 Syrians in the south
A spokesman says the U.N. is 'deeply concerned' about the safety of an estimated 750,000 people in southern Syria amid an unraveling cease-fire.
Kushner, Greenblatt to arrive in Israel for talks on peace process
US President Donald Trump's adviser Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt are due to arrive in Israel on Friday which is the last stop on their Middle East tour aimed at promoting President Trump’s Israel-Palestinian peace plan as well as focusing on humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Sara Netanyahu charged for fraudulently spending $100K of state funds on meals
Wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara Netanyahu, was charged on Thursday with fraud and breach of trust after a drawn-out police probe into allegations she falsified household expenses, said Israel's justice ministry.
Israel's Public Security Minister Hints at 'Large-Scale Military Operation' in Gaza Strip
Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Thursday that there is a 'very high chance' a military operation will occur in Gaza in the near future.
Inside the United States
House Republicans cancel immigration votes in embarrassing setback
Staring at a certain defeat, House Republicans canceled votes on their immigration compromise Thursday — an embarrassing setback for leaders who thought they had finally been able to wrangle some unanimity on an issue that has bedeviled them for years.
House Budget Committee passes 2019 budget resolution
House Republicans powered a 2019 budget through committee Thursday, laying out the trillions of dollars of spending cuts that they say will be needed to get the government’s finances under control.
New jobless claims fall to 218,000 as overall number getting benefits declines
New claims for unemployment insurance fell 3,000 to 218,000 in the second full week of June, the Department of Labor reported Thursday.
China: Christians in custody after Henan church raid
More than 10 officials from various government departments, including the local religious affairs committee, raided Gusui Church in China’s central Henan province on May 22. The government agents forcibly removed several congregants and the lecturer for that day’s talk on laws.