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Sara Netanyahu the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on Thursday on charges of fraud and breach of public trust. Netanyahu is charged with spending nearly $100,000 in state money to hire caterers for the couple’s official residence despite having a full-time chef. Netanyahu faces a maximum of 8 years in prison.
The EU has officially activated tariffs on US goods as of Friday in retaliation for President Trump’s trade policy. India joined the EU in their retaliation efforts on Wednesday, saying it will raise taxes on 29 US imports including almonds, walnuts, and chickpeas. India’s increased tariffs will go into effect on August 4th.
Immigration activists flocked to New York City’s LaGuardia airport on Wednesday following rumors that migrant children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border might be arriving on flights. First Lady Melania Trump sparked controversy on Thursday, wearing a jacket which said ‘I really don’t care. Do U?’ on her way to visit immigrant children.
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that states can compel retailers to collect sales taxes even if they are not physically located in the state, reversing a 1992 ruling. Justice Anthony Kennedy said the internet has changed ‘the dynamics of the national economy.’ Retail analysts call the ruling ‘bad news’ for online retailers.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to her first child on Thursday, making her the second world leader ever to give birth while in office. The last person who did so was the late Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Ardern shared a photo of her and partner Clarke Gayford with their daughter to announce the birth.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned abruptly on Thursday citing a ‘past consensual relationship’ with an Intel employee amid an ‘ongoing’ internal investigation. General Motors announced their plan to continue manufacturing the Chevrolet Blazer SUV in Mexico despite President Trump’s pressure on automakers to create more US jobs to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
A new species of ape was discovered buried alongside a member of an ancient Chinese royal family. The bones were of a long-extinct variety of gibbon, considered ‘noble’ animals and often kept as pets. Scientists believe the discovered gibbon, Junzi imperialis, may have been the first to vanish as a direct result of human actions.