The Brief

Newly Appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci Speaks During Press Briefing

Why Trump's New Hire Marks a Turning Point

Trump tried doing things the Washington way. But in hiring Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, Trump overruled the advice of his top advisers and relied on the guidance of his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner


U.S. Airstrike Mistakenly Kills 12 Afghan Police Officers

An errant U.S. airstrike confirmed by the Pentagon killed 12 Afghan National Police officers and wounded two others. The airstrike on the Security Forces compound happened during a U.S.-supported operation against Taliban insurgents in the area

Soldier Arrested Hawaii

U.S. Soldier Indicted on Terrorism Charges

A federal grand jury in Hawaii indicted a U.S. soldier Friday for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was arrested by an FBI SWAT team on July 8. Kang was ordered held without bail


Martial Law Will Be Extended in the Philippines

The Philippine Congress on Saturday overwhelmingly approved the president's appeal for martial law in the south to be extended to the end of the year to help troops quell a two-month siege by Islamic State group-linked militants

Police Shooting Minneapolis

Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns After Shooting

The Minneapolis police chief has resigned following the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a police officer. Chief Janee Harteau stepped down one day after making her first remarks on the death of 40-year-old Justine Damond

Donald Trump Jr., Sean Hannity

Trump Jr. and Manafort Consider Private Testimony

Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign chairman won't testify publicly next week and are instead discussing being privately interviewed by a Senate committee investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election

Israel Palestinians

6 Killed in Violent Clashes in Jerusalem

Tensions over the Holy Land's most contested shrine boiled over into violence that killed six people — three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement


North Korea Will Be Off-Limits to Americans

Americans will be barred from traveling to North Korea following a prohibition on using U.S. passports to enter the country. The move follows the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who fell into a coma while in North Korean custody