House Approves Sweeping Sanctions Package Against Russia (Tuesday 25 July, 2017)
The House on Tuesday approved a sweeping package of sanctions against Russia, clearing a key hurdle in Congress’s effort — long opposed by the Trump administration — to punish Moscow for its aggression toward its neighbors and its interference in last year’s American presidential election.
USS Thunderbolt Fires Warning Shots to Stop Approaching Iranian Vessel (Tuesday 25 July, 2017)
A U.S. Navy Cyclone-class patrol ship was forced to fire warning shots from its .50-caliber machine gun Tuesday when a boat belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy made an unsafe approach in the Arabian Gulf.
US and China report progress on new North Korea sanctions (Tuesday 25 July, 2017)
The United States and China said Tuesday they are making progress on a new U.N. resolution that would impose additional sanctions against North Korea following its test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Tillerson resignation rumors ‘false,’ State Department says (Tuesday 25 July, 2017)
The State Department is pushing back on a new wave of rumors that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is planning on resigning.
Trump turns up heat on AG Sessions over recusal (Tuesday 25 July, 2017)
President Trump is ramping up pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign in a desperate bid to regain control of the Russia investigation that has consumed his presidency.
Senate opens ‘Obamacare’ debate at last but outcome in doubt (Tuesday 25 July, 2017)
Prodded by President Donald Trump, a bitterly divided Senate voted at last Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans’ long-promised legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” There was high drama as Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive “yes” vote.
Swedish Government Scrambles to Contain Damage From Data Breach (Tuesday 25 July, 2017)
Sweden’s government is scrambling to contain the political fallout from a huge breach of confidential data, including the possible disclosure of the identities of undercover operatives, under the watch of a government contractor.
Charlie Gard: Judge to decide where baby’s life will end (Tuesday 25 July, 2017)
A High Court judge is set to decide later where Charlie Gard’s life will end after another dispute between his parents and hospital bosses.
EU to Turkey: respect for rights ‘imperative’ to join bloc (Tuesday 25 July, 2017)
The European Union on Tuesday delivered its most public criticism yet of Turkey’s security crackdown since last year’s failed coup, saying there could be no progress on Ankara’s bid to join the bloc without an end to human rights abuses.
Venezuelan agents seize two more court appointees – opposition (Tuesday 25 July, 2017)
Two more people named to an alternative Supreme Court in defiance of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government were arrested on Tuesday by intelligence agents during a fast-escalating political showdown, the opposition said.