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North Korea Treatens Nuclear Attack After Claiming Trump CIA Director 'Shakes Little Fists' At Regime
North Korea will launch a “powerful nuclear hammer” at the “heart” of the United States if President Trump attempts a regime change in Pyongyang, North Korea’s state news agency warned Tuesday. The statement comes amid heightening tension between the two nations, including a recent intercontinental ballistic missile launch showing the rogue state has the capacity to deliver a nuclear warhead as far as Alaska - as well as shows of force by the US Air Force and Navy, and recent comments by CIA Director Mike Pompeo at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado last week.  Fox
VOA VIEW: North Korea is a danger to the world.

McCain Makes Dramatic Return To Senate For Health Vote
Sen. John McCain returned to the Senate Tuesday afternoon for the first time since his brain cancer diagnosis, delivering powerful remarks from the floor addressing the need for bipartisanship amid the gridlock facing the chamber. McCain, R-Ariz., returned to help GOP colleagues advance their health care bill. As he arrived, he was greeted by a round of applause and hugs from his fellow senators. “Make no mistake, my service here is the most important job I have had in my life. And I am so grateful to the people of Arizona for the privilege—for the honor—of serving here and the opportunities it gives me to play a small role in the history of the country I love,” McCain said, acknowledging senators he’s “known and admired.” “But they knew that however sharp and heartfelt their disputes, however keen their ambitions, they had an obligation to work collaboratively to ensure the Senate discharged its constitutional responsibilities effectively.” Fox
VOA VIEW: McCain was talking to a liberal thick wall.

Woman Slapped Minneapolis Police Car Before She Was Shot
In an interview with investigators last week, one of the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk said he was startled by a "loud sound" near the squad car. Immediately after that loud sound, Ruszczyk approached the driver's side window of the car and was fatally shot by Officer Mohamed Noor, according to investigators. A recently revealed search warrant may explain the source of that startling sound: a slap. A woman presumed to be Ruszczyk was killed after she slapped the back of the police car, according to a search warrant obtained from Hennepin County District Court by Minneapolis Public Radio and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN made a liberal mistake.

House Overwhelmingly Passes Russia Sanctions Bill
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill giving Congress the power to block any effort by the White House to weaken sanctions on Russia, offering a direct challenge to President Donald Trump's authority. The vote was 419-3. The legislation moves to the Senate, but it's unclear when the Senate will vote on the measure, which includes new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. Senate foreign relations committee chairman Bob Corker indicated Monday he may want to make some tweaks to the bill, which was negotiated between the House and Senate after the initial version he drafted sailed through on a 98-2 vote. "This is a strong, bipartisan bill that will increase the United States' economic and political leverage," Rep. Ed Royce, who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told reporters Tuesday. CNN

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Ryan On Sessions: Trump 'Decides Who Is Hired And Fired In The Executive Branch'
Frustrated House Republicans want the American people to know they are moving ahead with their agenda, despite all the static in Washington: "Through all the noise and all the distractions, we are addressing the problems that people face in their everyday lives,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told a news conference in Washington. “That is what we are here to focus on. We understand that a lot of people don't know about that, and a lot of people aren't familiar with all the progress we've made and all the bills that we have passed in this first six months.” CNS

Bachmann: Trump Is 'Man Of Prayer' And 'Wants To Lift Up The God Of The Bible'
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said President Donald J. Trump "understands who the God of the Bible is" and wants to lift up God in America because Jesus Christ is the "underpinning not only of the United States but of Western civilization itself." Bachmann added that Trump's regular White House prayer meetings honor God and make Christ's presence a "regular part of life," a part of "the America we used to know." During a July 22 interview with host Jan Markell on the "Undersatnding the Times" radio program, Bachmann, who recently visited with the president, said, “There’s an awful lot of work that needs to be done, but he’s up to it, to making it happen, and people across the world are seeing it." CNS News

Trump Speech To Boy Scouts Raises Ire Of Parents, Former Scouts
President Donald Trump's campaign-style address to the Boy Scouts of America touched off a firestorm of criticism on Tuesday as parents and former Scouts decried a speech peppered with partisan attacks and ridicule of "fake media." The youth organization's Facebook page filled with complaints from former Scouts and parents of Scouts that Trump's remarks in West Virginia on Monday evening were out of keeping with the values of the Boy Scouts. About 40,000 people including tens of thousands of boys ages 12 to 18 attended the event. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Liberal media propaganda.

Trump Administration Moves Closer To Undoing Overtime Pay Rule
The Trump administration on Tuesday pushed forward with its bid to undo an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to 4.2 million workers and said it was considering treating workers differently based on location and industry. The rule, which was supposed to take effect in December 2016 but was blocked by a federal judge, is a top target for business groups that say it would force employers to convert many salaried employees into hourly workers. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Obama created a nightmare.

Texas Senate Again OKs 'Bathroom Bill' Over Police Criticism
A Texas version of a North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people again passed the state Senate on Tuesday over opposition from police and major corporations, but still faces an uncertain path to becoming law. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, from left, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, Dallas Police Major Rueben Ramirez and San Antonio Police Chief William McManus take part in public safety event where they spoke against a proposed "bathroom bill," Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Austin, Texas. The Texas Senate has revived a bill mandating transgender Texans use public restrooms corresponding to their birth-certificate genders. It is the second time this year Texas has lurched toward putting restrictions on which bathrooms transgender people can use, but the same deep GOP divisions that sank the first try remain. Phialdelphia Inquirer

US Sanctions ‘Close Prospect For Normalizing Ties’
A senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday a new package of U.S. sanctions against Russia harms chances for improving the ties between the two countries, pushing them into “unchartered territory.” Russian officials welcomed Donald Trump’s presidential win last year, hoping to mend relations with the United States which reached a post-Cold War low under President Barack Obama. But six months into Trump’s presidency ties between the two countries remain tense, and the much-anticipated first meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin early this month did not seem to produce any tangible results. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Putin has learned and showed Trump is not his best friend.

Tillerson ‘Taking A Little Time Off’ Amid Exit Rumors
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “taking a little time off” amid reports that he’s sick of being in Washington, a spokesperson says. Rumors have been swirling about the former Exxon-Mobil CEO’s frustration with the Trump administration and their involvement in foreign policy decisions after two sources told CNN they wouldn’t be surprised if there was a “Rexit” on the horizon. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Tuesday refused to say whether Tillerson was happy in his position, but she did reveal that he had been on vacation this week — despite there being numerous foreign policy issues to deal with. NY Post

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Pence Breaks Tie, Senate Votes To Move Forward On Health Care Bill
With Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote, Republicans moved forward on health care reform Tuesday as the Senate successfully passed a key motion to open debate on repealing and possibly replacing Obamacare. The vote was a major victory for Republicans who have struggled to find 50 votes to get this far, but the final product is likely to be far from completing the Republicans' seven-year long promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It took the likelihood of a slimmed-down final bill in order to get enough "yes" votes to just open debate. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Two Republicans will pay.

CTE Study Finds Evidence Of Brain Disease In 110 Out Of 111 Former NFL Players
Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL, college and even high school. It's the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease linked with repeated head blows. But the report doesn't confirm that the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high occurrence in samples at a Boston brain bank that studies CTE. Many donors or their families contributed because of the players' repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before death. MSNBC

Obama’s IRS Doled Out More Than $24 Billion In Potentially Bogus Refunds
The IRS doled out more than $24 billion in potentially bogus refunds claimed under several controversial tax credits in 2016, according to a new audit that said $118 million was even paid to people who weren’t authorized to work in the U.S. in the first place. Some $16.8 billion in payments were made on improper claims under the Earned Income Tax Credit, signifying a 24 percent error rate. Investigators also estimated $7.2 billion in improper payments for the Additional Child Tax Credit, representing 25 percent of the total, and $1.1 billion in improper payments, or 24 percent, for a higher education tax credit. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Obama made a mess.

Contaminants In Water Are Legal But Still Pose Big Health Risks
Contaminants detected in water samples throughout the country pose health risks but are perfectly legal under the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to data released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group. “Most people turn on their tap water and think: It’s clear, I live in America, we have these laws, I’m being protected,” said Nneka Leiba, director of the Healthy Living Science Program for the Environmental Working Group. “What people don’t realize is that there have been no additions to the list of regulated chemicals for drinking water since 1996.” In 1974, Congress enacted the Safe Drinking Water Act, authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set national standards for drinking water. However, it has been more than 20 years since the EPA has added a new contaminant to its list of regulated drinking water pollutants. USA Today

A More Nimble GM Is Willing To Drop Struggling Markets And Cars
Ninety-three years after legendary GM CEO Alfred Sloan famously declared the automaker would sell "a car for every purse and purpose," the nation's largest automaker is focusing more on building models that people are actually buying. The strategy was outlined again Tuesday as GM reported an almost $1.7 billion profit in the second quarter, down about 42% from a year earlier. CEO Mary Barra is fervently pursuing an emphasis on vehicles that stand the best chance of becoming the hottest sellers -— crossovers, SUVs and pickups — and all the while looking ahead to the next era, when self-driving vehicles are expected to hit the roads. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The bottom line is the bottom line - SUVs and pickups.

Traces Of Controversial Herbicide Are Found In Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
A growing number of foods commonly found in kitchens across America have tested positive for glyphosate, the herbicide that is the main ingredient in the popular consumer pesticide Roundup, which is widely used in agriculture. But few brands on that list are as startling as the latest: Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont ice cream company known for its family-friendly image and environmental advocacy. The Organic Consumers Association announced Tuesday that it found traces of glyphosate in 10 of 11 samples of the company’s ice creams — although at levels far below the ceiling set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Boston Globe

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Iran Accuses U.S. Of ‘Provocation’ In Gulf Confrontation
Tehran is accusing the U.S. Navy of provoking Iranian warships operating off the country’s coastline in the Persian Gulf after American forces opened fire on the vessel Tuesday. The incident took place during naval drills in the region between the Navy’s Fifth Fleet and Middle East allies when the Iranian warship skirted the maritime perimeter in which the exercises were taking place, recent reports claim. After issuing multiple radio warnings, the Iranian ship continued to advance toward the Cyclone-class U.S. patrol ship the USS Thunderbolt. Sailors aboard the Thunderbolt were forces to fire several warning shots at the Iranian ship. The Iranian vessel shut down its engines and listed in the Gulf waters for a moment, before all ships left the area. In a terse statement, officials from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps said the incident was an “unprofessional and provocative move” by American forces “aiming to instigate and frighten the Iranian boat.” Washingotn Times
VOA VIEW: Iran lucked out.

Scaramucci Talks About Potential White House Communications Staff Cuts
Incoming White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who has vowed to clean the White House of possible leakers, was asked about reports of a first cut to the communications staff -- assistant press secretary Michael Short, who is considered to be an ally of Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus. Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Scaramucci did not exactly deny the possibility of Short's termination, but said that leaks of staff firings hurt his ability to let people go in a "humane, dignified way." CBS

Canceling Your Hotel Reservation? Better Act Fast
Hotel chains might want to be your home away from home, but they're getting stingier about it. Two major hotel chains -- Marriott and Hilton -- are now requiring at least 48 hour advance notice of a cancellation. Intercontinental Hotels Group, which owns Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, is instituting a 24-hour cancellation policy -- that may seem lenient compared with the other chains, but it reflects a switch from the company's previous policy of allowing travelers to cancel as late as the afternoon on the day of check-in. ABC

N. Korea's Top Diplomat To Join Security Summit
North Korea's top diplomat will attend an annual Asian security conference next week in Manila, where concern over the North's nuclear weapons program is expected to be high on the agenda, Philippine officials said. A North Korean delegation led by its vice foreign minister flew to Manila Wednesday to discuss with their Filipino counterparts the participation of Pyongyang's top diplomat, Ri Su-yong, in the ASEAN Regional Forum, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Ri's attendance at the meeting is definite, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano told a news conference. Tampa Tribune

Senators On Hot Mic: Trump Is 'Crazy,' 'I'm Worried'
At the end of a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, Chairman Susan Collins, R-Maine, didn't switch off her microphone. Apparently speaking to Sen. Jack Reed, R.I., the ranking Democrat of the committee, Collins discussed the federal budget — and President Donald Trump's lack of familiarity with the details of governing. After Reed praises Collins' handling of the hearing, held by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she laments the administration's handling of spending. "I swear, (the Office of Management and Budget) just went through and whenever there was 'grant,' they just X it out," Collins says. "With no measurement, no thinking about it, no metrics, no nothing. It's just incredibly irresponsible." "Yes," Reed replies. "I think — I think he's crazy," apparently referring to the president. "I mean, I don't say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy." Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Liberal media propaganda - bad for Collins.

Roomba Robot Vacuum Cleaner Could Collect Data About Users' Homes
The maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum, iRobot, could collect data about the floor plans of customers’ homes. iRobot’s chief executive, Colin Angle, told Reuters that iRobot may begin selling floor plans of customers' homes to Google, Amazon or Apple. The information would be sold to tech companies in a push to create “smart homes” controlled by internet-enabled devices, Reuters reported. Atlanta Journal

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Top Vatican Official To Face Australian Court On Sex Charges
The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis is expected to make his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday, as he vows to clear his name in a scandal that has rattled Rome. Cardinal George Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic and Pope Francis' top financial adviser, was charged last month with sexually abusing multiple people years ago in his Australian home state of Victoria. The details of the allegations against the 76-year-old cardinal have yet to be released to the public, though police have described the charges as "historical" sexual assault offenses — meaning crimes that occurred years ago. ABC

Rick Perry Got Punked In A Fake Interview With Russian Pranksters
Energy Secretary Rick Perry thought he was talking about cyberhacking and a biofuel breakthrough in a call with Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman. Alas, the 22-minute phone call was actually conducted with Russian pranksters. Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, who are described as the "Jerky Boys of Russia," have conducted similar prank calls with U.S. Senator John McCain, singer Elton John. They arranged the call with Perry last week, just a few weeks after he had met with Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, and his delegation. Bloomberg

Trump Erroneously Says Lebanon Is 'On The Front Lines'Fighting Hezbollah
President Donald Trump lumped the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah among militants and terrorists he praised the government of Lebanon for fighting, saying during Rose Garden remarks Tuesday that the tiny Mideast nation was "on the front lines" of a shared battle against extremism. The only problem? Hezbollah is a political partner of the man standing next to Trump, visiting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. "The prime minister and I have just concluded an extensive conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing Lebanon and its neighbors," Trump said at a press conference following his Oval Office meeting with Hariri. "Lebanon is on the front lines in the fight against ISIS, al-Qaida and Hezbollah. The Lebanese people, of all faiths, are working together to keep - and you know this, and we've been discussing this at great length - their country safe and prosperous."Hezbollah is fighting the Islamic State in Syria on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but Lebanon is not fighting Hezbollah. It was not clear whether Trump was confused about that, or simply misspoke. Philadelphia Inquirer

President Says Iran Will 'Respond' If US Missile Law Passes
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country will respond if a bill in the U.S. Congress imposing sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program becomes law. The House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday and it now goes to the Senate. Without giving details, Rouhani said in a Wednesday cabinet meeting broadcast by state TV that Iran will "take any action that is necessary for the country's expedience and interests" and show "reciprocal" reaction to the law. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Iran has no clout.

California Knocks Trump As It Extends Climate Change Effort
Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, stood side by side Tuesday to cheer the extension of one of the most ambitious programs in the U.S. to reduce fossil fuel pollution, while condemning President Donald Trump's failure to see climate change as a deadly threat. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, joined Brown, a Democrat, for a sunny outdoor ceremony overlooking San Francisco where the governor signed legislation to extend a program limiting emissions of climate-changing carbons that both have urged the world to emulate. Within view of the city's skyscrapers on Treasure Island, a man-made low-lying island threatened by rising seas from climate change, the signing was full of open rebukes for President Donald Trump, who withdrew the United States from the global Paris accord to cut carbon emissions. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Schwarzenegger did bad on the TV show "Apprentice."

U.S. Signals Clampdown On Red-Hot Digital Coin Offerings
U.S. regulators said they have jurisdiction over one of the hottest new areas of finance: initial coin offerings of digital currencies. Companies that raise money through the sale of digital assets must adhere to federal securities laws, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday. Issuers must register the deals with the government unless they have a valid excuse, as should exchanges that offer trading of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ether, the regulator said. Bloomberg

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Trump Heads To Working-Class Ohio For Campaign Rally
Straight off a slim but symbolic health care victory in Washington, President Donald Trump is headed to Ohio for a victory lap with the very voters who helped put him in office. Tuesday's trip to Youngstown, a working-class enclave that has helped anchor Democrats in Ohio, will be a campaign stop for the president to loves to relive his once-unlikely Election Day win. Trump has mainly sought to re-litigate his 2016 victory in friendly territory, escaping Washington to recharge with boisterous crowds that embrace his jabs at "fake news" media, Democrats and even those Republicans whom Trump once vowed to defeat as part of his effort to "drain the swamp." Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Trump pump up his followers.

With Opioid Crisis Raging, Heller Should Vote Against Senate Health Bill
An opioid epidemic is ravaging the country, and the Silver State is no exception. So why is Sen. Dean Heller considering voting for a bill that would cut back on funding to combat the epidemic while simultaneously lavishing billions in tax breaks on the very drug companies who have contributed to it? From 2013 to 2015, opioid-related hospitalizations spiked more than 150 percent in Nevada. In 2015, 465 Nevada residents died from opioid use — largely from prescription painkillers and heroin — and it’s been reported that doctors in the state write 94 painkiller prescriptions for every 100 residents. Elected officials are sounding the alarm and working to address this crisis. While signing a bipartisan bill to track overdoses in real time, Gov. Brian Sandoval noted “we lose one Nevadan a day with regard to opioid abuse, and that is one too many.” Legislators from Democratic Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno to Independent Sen. Patricia Farley to Republican Assemblywoman Jill Tolles have worked on legislation to stem the tide. Las Vegas Sun

Supply And Demand Factors Mean Higher Gas Prices
Supply and seasonal demand pressures are catching up with U.S. travelers, pushing gas prices up in all but 11 states, motor club AAA reported. The motor club reported a national average retail price of $2.28 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on Tuesday, unchanged from the previous day, about 1 percent higher than last week and 5 percent, or 12 cents per gallon, higher than this time last year. Nation-wide, 39 states reported an increase in prices at the pump over the week, compared with nine states the previous week. The average increase in retail gasoline prices over the last week was the sharpest since before Memorial Day, the first major holiday of the season. Jeanette Casselano, a spokesperson for AAA, said demand pressures suggest gas prices could remain relatively high for the rest of the summer driving season, which runs through September. UPI

Walking Dogs Can Boost Older Adults Exercise Levels
Your dog may be more than your furry companion -- new research suggests it may also be an effective personal trainer. The study found that dog walking gives a significant boost to older adults' exercise levels year-round. Researchers looked at more than 3,000 older adults in England. Dog owners who walked their pooch got an average of 30 minutes more physical activity a day than other participants. The dog walking-linked boost in activity was especially noticeable in the winter when days are shorter, colder and wetter, the study authors said. "We found that dog walkers were much more physically active and spent less time sitting overall. We expected this, but when we looked at how the amount of physical activity participants undertook each day varied by weather conditions, we were really surprised at the size of the differences between those who walked dogs and the rest of the study participants," said study lead author Yu-Tzu Wu, of the University of Cambridge. UPI

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ISRAEL LOOKING TO REOPEN JORDAN EMBASSY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Israel views its relationship with Jordan as strategic and sees its presence in the country as both symbolically and tactically important. Hours after Israel’s delegation to Amman returned home late Monday night, The Jerusalem Post learned that the country hopes to send Ambassador Einat Schlein and her staff back as soon as possible.
The government does not want the embassy to stand empty for a long period of time, as is currently the case with the embassy in Cairo. Israel views its relationship with Jordan as strategic and sees its presence in the country as both symbolically and tactically important. Jerusalem Post

Trump Says Apple Will Build Three 'Big' New Plants In US
Apple's boss has promised to build three new manufacturing plants in the United States, according to an interview President Donald Trump has given to the Wall Street Journal. President Trump told the Journal he had a phone conversation with Apple's chief executive Tim Cook. "I spoke to (Cook), he's promised me three big plants - big, big, big," said President Trump. Apple has declined to comment on the report. President Trump told the Wall Street Journal during the interview that discussed a range of matters including tax reform, that Mr Cook had called him to confirm plans for the plants were "going forward". BBC

Wall Street Boosted By Strong Results
Strong earnings from Caterpillar and McDonald's tipped US markets into positive territory on Tuesday. Caterpillar saw a quarterly sales rise of 9.6%, while McDonald's posted its highest comparable sales growth in five years. Both companies rose more than 4.7%. The Dow Jones rose 0.47% to 21,613.43, while the wider S&P 500 index added 0.29% to 2,477.08. The tech-focused Nasdaq index was up 0.02% at 6,412.17. The Nasdaq was weighed down by Alphabet, Google's parent company, which saw share prices fall after it reported its earnings. But the Dow and S&P 500 reached another set of records. The gains occurred across a variety of sectors, led by energy and financial stocks. The healthcare sector was among those posting losses, after the US Senate voted to begin the debate on another health care reform bill, extending uncertainty for the industry. BBC

Adobe To Pull Plug On Flash After Years Of Waning Popularity
Adobe Flash, a once ubiquitous technology used to power most of the media content found online, will be retired at the end of 2020, the software company announced Tuesday. Adobe – along with Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Mozilla – said support for Flash would ramp down across the internet in phases over the next three years. After 2020, Adobe will stop releasing updates for Flash and web browsers will no longer support it. The companies are encouraging developers to migrate their software on to modern programming standards. Guardian

US Detects Signs Of New North Korea Missile Test
The Pentagon has picked up signs that North Korea is preparing for another missile test, a US defense official said on Tuesday, as the US cited progress in pushing China to impose tough new UN sanctions. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official told AFP that if the test goes ahead, it would “probably” occur on 27 July, which is the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Korean armistice agreement. The date is a public holiday in North Korea and celebrated as Victory Day. The official said the test would be of either an intermediate-range missile or North Korea’s ICBM – known as a KN-20 or a Hwasong-14. Guardian

'We’ll Just Have To Use Wine': Italians Fear For The Future As Drought Dries Farming Heartlands
Pope Francis ordered all fountains in the Vatican to go dry on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with Italians suffering through a severe drought that has caused widespread water shortages and crop damage. It is the first time in history Vatican City authorities recall being forced to turn off fountains in its gardens and squares, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told reporters while standing in St. Peter’s Square near two dry 17th-century fountains. “This decision is very much in line with the pope's thinking on ecology: you can't waste and sometimes you have to be willing to make a sacrifice," Mr Burke said. Telegraph

Sir Michael Fallon: Theresa May Has The Support Of The Cabinet 'At The Moment
Theresa May has the loyalty of her Cabinet "at the moment", the Defence Secretary has said as he ruled out a bid for the leadership. Sir Michael Fallon said that he hoped that Mrs May would survive as Prime Minister after she led the Tories to a disastrous set of election results. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, downplayed the idea that he was in the running to take over from Mrs May as he said that there was “no need for any more political kerfuffle”. Both men have been touted as potential successors to Mrs May. Telegraph

Amid Rising Tensions In Jerusalem, UN Envoy Warns Of 'Grave Risk' Of Escalation In Middle East
The United Nations envoy on Middle East peace has warned that developments over the past 11 days at holy sites in the Old City in Jerusalem have demonstrated the “grave risk” that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could become a religious conflict that could ultimately engulf the rest of the region. While recognizing that Israelis and Palestinians fortunately “have not succumbed to the torrent of violent upheaval that has engulfed the region in recent years,” Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, nevertheless told an open debate in the UN Security Council that: “For nearly a century, despite myriad peace efforts, one conflict has evaded solution. UN News

Majority Of Children Fleeing To Europe Just Want To Get Away, UNICEF Reports
Facing violence and trauma in Libya and other countries, thousands of children decided to flee by themselves, seeking to get away but not necessarily aiming for Europe, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today reported. A new study of push-pull factors on child marriage showed that 75 per cent of children on the move decided to leave unaccompanied and that initially, they had no intention to come to Europe, UNICEF spokesperson Sarah Crowe told journalists in Geneva. UN News

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