Jobs, Tariffs, Syria: Your Friday Evening Briefing
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Excellent evening. Here&rsquos the newest.
1. Excellent news for employment in the U.S. &mdash particularly for the least-educated workers.
But the unemployment price for workers with no a higher school diploma fell to five.1 % &mdash its lowest considering that the government started collecting that data, in 1992.
two. China raised the stakes of President Trump&rsquos trade war, threatening to tax an additional $60 billion worth of goods. Above, a Chinese cargo ship.
The move follows yet another escalation from Mr. Trump: On Wednesday, he told his administration to take into account growing the price of tariffs on Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 %.
And in the U.S., producers facing a shortage in skilled workers are getting inventive in their work to lure rural workers.
3. &ldquoThey can make anything bad due to the fact they are the fake, fake disgusting news.&rdquo
That was President Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday. He went to endorse Lou Barletta, a candidate for senator, but ended up employing a lot of the occasion to repeat his usual criticism of the news media and Washington press corps.
We fact-checked the 15 false claims Mr. Trump created throughout the rally, on almost everything from immigration to Beyoncé.
four. Meet the next astronauts to launch from U.S. soil &mdash a very first considering that 2011.
The flights &mdash on commercial spacecraft made by Boeing and SpaceX to and from the International Space Station &mdash are slated begin subsequent year, NASA stated. (A Government Accountability Workplace report published final month raised alarms that the project is operating behind schedule, and could miss key deadlines.)
But the crew members are understandably excited: As a single place it: &ldquoThe opportunity to fly in a new car is any test pilot and astronaut&rsquos dream.&rdquo
five. In Nebraska, the fight more than the death penalty is taking on new urgency.
The 1st execution there in 21 years is planned for this month. But on the heels of Pope Francis&rsquo condemnation of capital punishment, opponents are clamoring to delay the execution.
Gov. Pete Ricketts, above, a supporter of the death penalty who has stated in the past that his views on the subject are compatible with these of Catholicism, appeared unswayed. &ldquoWhile I respect the pope&rsquos point of view, capital punishment remains the will of the men and women and the law of the state of Nebraska.&rdquo
six. The Rohingya are returning to Myanmar &mdash at least according to the government.
Final year, 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the country in an exodus that the U.S. and other countries condemned as ethnic cleansing.
Dozens of the Rohingya have now been repatriated, officials say. But that&rsquos not what our correspondent located.
7. Harvey Weinstein&rsquos lawyer argued to dismiss the rape charges against him, saying emails one particular of his accusers sent after the alleged attack recommend their connection was &ldquoboth consensual and intimate.&rdquo
The emails could pose a hurdle for prosecutors, as the defense group might use them to cast doubt on the accuser&rsquos credibility. In one, she wrote, &ldquoI enjoy you, constantly do. But hate feeling like a booty get in touch with. :).&rdquo
Mr. Weinstein is also charged with physically forcing two other women to engage in oral sex with him, one in his TriBeCa workplace in 2004 and a second at his apartment in 2006.
8. For millennia, the Euphrates River has provided life to Syria&rsquos dry east.
Nowadays, it&rsquos the collision point for the international powers fighting for influence there.
9. Ultimately, this is your periodic reminder that it&rsquos not all negative news out there. Right here&rsquos the Week in Great News, featuring a campaign to assist refugees get to know the U.S., an Icelandic music festival that&rsquos addressing the gender gap in its performers and a promising development for the endangered quoll, above.
Have a great weekend.
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Published at Fri, 03 Aug 2018 23:39:34 +0000