8 in 10 Americans say country is heading down wrong path, new poll finds

With the November election 100 days away, more Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in Donald Trump’s presidency.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds Trump’s approval for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic falling to a new low, with just 32% of Americans supportive of his approach. Even Trump’s standing on the economy, long the high water mark for the president, has fallen over the past few months after seeming ascendant earlier this year.

Daniel Larison: Intercepting Iranian plane over Syrian airspace another reminder that US military presence in Syria is illegal

Daniel Larison, a US writer in the "American Conservative" Magazine, has stressed that the incident of intercepting an Iranian passenger plane by two US warplanes over the Syrian airspace is another reminder that the U.S. military presence in Syria is unauthorized and illegal and that the US forces should withdraw from Syria immediately.

"This latest incident is another reminder that the U.S. military presence in Syria is unauthorized and illegal. U.S. jets have no business operating in Syrian airspace, and U.S. troops have no business being on Syrian territory. The jets were operating illegally to safeguard an illegal base, and in the process they nearly caused a terrible accident, Larison said in an article published by the "American Conservative" Magazine on Thursday.

Tech groups and 18 states take on Trump over foreign student visas

The largest US technology groups and a group of state attorneys-general on Monday joined the battle against a new Trump administration rule that requires foreign students to return home if universities move to online-only courses in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Facebook, Google and Microsoft were among more than a dozen technology companies who filed a brief in support of an ongoing lawsuit brought last week by Harvard College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

UK decision to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia ‘tantamount to signing death warrants of children’

The British War Child Charity has warned that the decision of the British government of Boris Johnson to resumes arms sales to the Saudi regime is tantamount to signing the death warrants of thousands of children in the Middle East, particularly in Yemen.

The news paper quoted Rob Williams, the chief executive of the charity as saying that “by allowing these arms sales, the UK will be complicit in the suffering and murder of children in what is already the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

He described the government's decision as “shameful and deadly”.

British government to resume selling arms to Saudi Arabia despite Saudi war crimes in Yemen: The Independent

Britain is to resume selling arms to Saudi Arabia despite assessing that the country could be using them to commit war crimes, the British government has announced, according to the UK’s “The Independent” newspaper.

The newspaper reported on Tuesday that the British government had completed a review of how arms export licenses were granted in order to comply with an earlier court ruling suspending sales.

Human rights groups branded the government’s approach “deeply cynical” and said the policy was “almost beyond comprehension

The Independent made it clear that in a notice to exporters published on Tuesday, the government added: “The broader commitment that was given to parliament, relating to licenses for Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners ... no longer applies. The government will now begin the process of clearing the backlog of license applications for Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners that has built up since 20 June last year.”

Protesters burn the American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address

Washington, (ST)  - Anti-racist protesters burned the American flag outside White House after Trump's July fourth address on the occasion of Independence Day.

The flag-burning was organized by the Revolutionary Communist Party. A speak out before the event was held by Refuse Fascism, which also held protests nationwide on July Fourth calling for the removal of Trump and Vice President Pence from office. Refuse Fascism posted on its website that it also created and then tore down a "statue" of Trump outside of Trump Tower in New York.

TASS casts light on the return of life to normal in Aleppo

Moscow (ST): The Russian News Agency (TASS) has thrown light on the return of life to normal in the city of Aleppo and its citadel. 

In its main bulletin, the Agency talked about Aleppo’s victory over terrorism and its defeat in in 2016, noting that life returned to the city and its commercial shops after years of suffering resulting from terrorism which has devastated many of Aleppo's  facilities.

The Agency quoted Khaled Hammoud, one of the artisans working in the field of copperware as saying that the city was waiting for the return of tourists, noting that terrorists destroyed many of Aleppo 's neighborhoods, but they came to life once again.