Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Thursday.
1. US President Donald Trump announced a deal with the EU to avoid full-blown trade war. The EU had threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs on $20 billion of US goods if the talks failed.
2. Tapes of secretly recorded conversations between President Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen have been released. The two men appeared to discuss payments to a former Playboy model who claimed she had a sexual relationship with Trump years earlier.
3. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea is still producing nuclear bomb fuel. During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Pompeo said the country is still producing “fissile material.”
4. One of the victims in the latest nerve agent attack in England said the poison came in a perfume bottle. He had given the bottle to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess, who sprayed the liquid on her wrists and later died.
5. Facebook’s market value plunged by $US148 billion after Zuckerberg and company warned of a growth slowdown. The company also delivered a disappointing earnings report— in which it reported worse-than-expected user growth and revenue.
6. Toronto is moving to ban the sale of handguns and ammunition after its mass shooting. On Sunday, a gunman opened fire in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood, leaving three people, including the shooter, dead and 13 people wounded.
7. 215 people are believed to have died in the deadliest ISIS bombing in Syria in years. Government troops and allied forces are battling to reclaim the last stretch of of Sweida province from Islamic State militants.
8. Venezuela will remove five zeroes from its ailing currency in order to keep up with inflation. Annual inflation in June topped 46,000 percent, and is expected to reach 1 million percent this year.
9. Two rockets launched from Syria landed in a popular tourist beach in northern Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces retaliated by launching air strikes on a rocket launcher they claim was used in the attack.
10. New Zealand’s acting prime minister said Australia should change its national flag. The two flags have long been confused due to their similarities and the countries’ geographical proximity.
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