Monday,  July 31, 2017

Discovery Communications announces it will acquire Scripps Networks Interactive for US$ 14.6 billion. (CNBC)

Qatar files a legal complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning the embargo imposed by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates in June. The parties have 60 days to settle the complaint to avoid WTO litigation. (Reuters)

Newly-appointed White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly fires Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci less than ten days after Scaramucci took up his post.  (BBC)

 Sunday,  July  30, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin expels 755 United States diplomats in response to new sanctions imposed by the United States. (Al Jazeera)

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces sentences on seven verdicts of misusing billions of dollars in government funds while in office, the Supreme Audit Court public prosecutor said. If confirmed, Ahmadinejad will be barred from public office for seven years. (Reuters)

Adrián Beltré of the Texas Rangers becomes the 31st player with 3,000 career hits in Major League Baseball, reaching the milestone with a fourth-inning double in the Rangers’ 10–6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Beltré is the first Dominican-born player to reach the milestone. (ESPN)

2016 Saturday,  Jul 29,  2017

The Charles Kuonen Bridge in the Swiss Alps in Randa, Switzerland, opens. At 1,621 feet (494 meters), it is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. (CNN)

 Friday,  Jul 28, 2017


U.S. Appeals Court Judge Patricia Millett rejects the Federal Aviation Administration argument that seat size is unimportant when passengers exit a plane in an emergency, and orders the FAA to set minimum standards for the space airlines give passengers. (Reuters) (Bloomberg)

North Korea launches an intercontinental ballistic missile that flies 620 miles horizontally in about 45 minutes, landing in the Sea of Japan, according to Japan, South Korea and the United States. (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump announces Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly will be White House Chief of Staff, replacing Reince Priebus. (ABC News)

 Thursday, Jul 27,  2017

Ukraine’s domestic intelligence service, the SBU, reports that the March 2017 explosions at Balakliia military base in Eastern Ukraine were caused by a drone carrying a ZMG-1 thermite grenade. The explosions resulted in 1 death and 5 injuries. (Popular Mechanics)

France nationalises the STX Europe-owned Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, Pays de la Loire, to prevent Italian shipbuilding firm Fincantieritaking majority control. Italian Minister of Economy and Finances Pier Carlo Padoan calls the French decision to nationalise the shipyard “grave and incomprehensible”. (Reuters)

A new study, published in the The BMJ medical journal, finds that electronic cigarettes may help smokers stop their habit. The researchers found that a substantial increase in e-cigarette use among American adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate. (ABC News) (The BMJ)

 Wednesday,  Jul 26, 2017

According to the Defense Ministry, between 26 and 30 military personnel are dead and over 80 Taliban militants have been either killed or wounded amid intense fighting at a military base in Kandahar Province. (Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty)

United States President Donald Trump tweets that transgender Americans will not be allowed to serve “in any capacity” in the United States Armed Forces. (The Hill)

The United States Senate rejects “repeal only” propositions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. United States President Donald Trump lashes out at Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who voted against the proposal. (The New York Times)

Tuesday,   July 25, 2017

Michael Kors buys Jimmy Choo for US$1.2 billion. (The New York Times)

Following a similar move in France, the United Kingdom is to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 in order to reduce air pollution. A new tax will also be levied on diesel car drivers in 2020. (Sky News)

A study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, finds that 99 percent of the brains donated for scientific research by deceased National Football League players show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the disease identified in autopsies of numerous NFL players who have committed suicide, and the subject of the 2015 movie Concussion(Reuters)  (JAMA)

The United States Navy says the USS Thunderbolt fired a warning shot at an Iranian patrol boat after it came within 150 yards of the U.S. ship. (ABC News)

The U.S. House of Representatives votes in favor of economic sanctions against Russia for its interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and against Iran and North Korea for their weapons programs. (The Washington Post)



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