The suspects were planning terror attacks, prosecutors say; most members of the Kamikaze Riders are Muslim extremists of North African origin, the Belgian media adds
By Karen Pierog and Dave McKinney CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois’ first full-year budget since 2015 became law on Thursday after the House of Representatives overrode the governor’s vetoes of a $36 billion fiscal 2018 spending plan and $5 billion tax hike. The Democratic-controlled House was able to muster enough bipartisan votes to enact a trio of budget and revenue bills into law over Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s objection. The House’s action, which was delayed by a hazardous material situation that prompted a nearly two-hour lockdown of the state Capitol in Springfield, followed successful Senate veto override votes on Tuesday.
PM Rutte protested to Netanyahu the recent confiscation of Dutch-funded solar energy installation
Qualcomm on Thursday escalated its legal battle with Apple, filing a patent infringement lawsuit and requesting a ban on the importation of some iPhones, claiming unlawful and unfair use of the chipmaker’s technology. Qualcomm said it filed two separate legal actions including a complaint asking for the iPhone import ban with the US International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial government agency which hears cases involving trade disputes. The complaint alleges that iPhones, which are made in China, should not be allowed to be brought into the United States if they infringe on Qualcomm’s patents.
President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are two of the most powerful human beings on the planet. Their influence alone has the potential to topple economies, start and end wars — to alter the very course of our species' existence. Anyway, the two figures met in Hamburg ahead of the G20 summit on July 6 and engaged in one of the worst handshake photo ops I've ever seen. SEE ALSO: 8 executive orders Trump would sign if an aide forwarded him chain letters from my grandmother A handshake photo op works like this: You enter a room and stand in front of a backdrop or whatever. Image: Getty ImagesYou stand normally for a second — not like this. Image: Getty ImagesNo. Image: AFP/Getty ImagesYou look at each other and clasp hands. This is okay I suppose. Image: AFP/Getty ImagesAnd then you just … look generally toward the cameras. No, this is not correct. Image: Getty ImagesYou just have to … no, not this … you just look in the same direction. Image: Getty ImagesHm. No, not quite. Maybe just do neutral expressions, maybe that's easier? Image: Getty ImagesForget it! Who cares. This is good enough, whatever. Image: AFP/Getty ImagesGood lord. WATCH: Doctor Octopus-esque robotic arm attachments will lend you an extra hand or two
There are some good reasons to think we’re due for a recession, but if we’re not, you can thank Israeli brainpower for keeping the economy aloft
The Islamic State group is on the verge of defeat in its former Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, where the jihadists will be fully ousted by next week, a coalition general said Thursday. Canadian Brigadier General Dave Anderson, who oversees the training of local forces for the US-led coalition, said Iraqi security forces have pushed IS into a final, small pocket of Mosul’s Old City by the Tigris River. “Iraq forces are within sight of the Tigris River from the west, and are facing an enemy on its absolutely last legs,” Anderson told reporters in a video call from Baghdad.