Around the World
Iran says Israeli involvement in Gulf naval mission would be ‘disastrous’
Iran’s defense minister said Thursday that the formation of a US-led flotilla in the Gulf would 'increase insecurity' and any Israeli involvement would have 'disastrous consequences' for the region.
Turkey headed towards ‘Russian-Chinese axis’ after ejection from F-35 program
The Trump administration’s decision to eject Turkey from the F-35 fighter-jet program in July has significant implications for NATO, Israel and the Middle East.
2 million expected in Mecca for hajj pilgrimage, a pillar of Islam
The annual hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia’s city of Mecca is one of five pillars of Islam that all Muslims who are able to are expected to complete at least once.
2 Hamas Terror Cells Discovered in 2 Months in Israel, Netanyahu Praises ‘Long Arm’ of Israeli Security
A 22-year-old Palestinian university student was arrested in June for planning bombings against both Israeli and Palestinian Authority targets in the Gaza Strip.
US slaps Hezbollah financier with 5-year prison sentence, $50m. fine
A Lebanese businessman designated by US authorities as an important financial supporter of Hezbollah was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to forfeit $50 million, the Justice Department said Thursday.
Inside the United States
U.S. labor market strong; second-quarter GDP growth expected to be revised down
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market remains strong even as the economy is slowing.
White House drafting executive order to tackle Silicon Valley’s alleged anti-conservative bias
The White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies, according to a White House official and two other people familiar with the matter -- a month after President Donald Trump pledged to explore 'all regulatory and legislative solutions' on the issue.
DOJ releases FBI documents on Bruce Ohr interviews about Trump dossier author Christopher Steele
The Justice Department released the heavily redacted notes from a dozen FBI interviews with Bruce Ohr, the DOJ official who met with dossier author Christopher Steele numerous times, including after the bureau cut the former MI6 agent off as a source because of improper leaks to the media.
Trump names counterterrorism chief as acting director of national intelligence
President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Joseph Maguire, the current chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, will become the acting director of national intelligence.
'Defenseless’ Indonesian State Caves to Islamist Pressure as Pentecostal Church Shut Down
A controversial government decree on the construction of places of worship has led to the closure of a Pentecostal church in Indonesia.
‘Avowed Contempt for Human Rights’ Leads Philippine Government to Scrutinize, Harass Christian Aid Workers
Christians in the Philippines are coming under increasing pressure from the Rodrigo Duterte administration for their involvement in human rights work.