Updated May 12, 2018

Israeli military doubling troops near Gaza ahead of U.S. embassy opening

Israeli troops during clashes with Palestinian protesters near Beit El settlement. Photo: NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Israeli military has announced it plans to nearly double the number of troops that surround Gaza and the occupied West Bank to control protests ahead of the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, the AFP reports.

The details: The embassy move is a key campaign promise of President Trump, and despite the significant acknowledgement to Israel that Jerusalem is its capital, it will likely lead to resistance from the Arab world. The additional enforcement "does not concern Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, where responding to protests is the responsibility of the police," AFP adds. President Trump will not be in attendance at the opening but is sending his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

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California's "woman quota" law seems to be working

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When California passed its boardroom law requiring public companies based there to have at least one female director, there were concerns it would spark a gold rush for the same handful of well-known women — but that hasn’t happened.

Why it matters: Of the 138 women who joined all-male California boards last year, 62% are serving on their first company board, per a study by accounting firm KPMG. That means a majority of companies aren't contributing to so-called overboarding in corporate America.

House warned of Russian effort to re-elect Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump meet at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, last June. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

The nation's top election-security official warned the House Intelligence Committee last week that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to help President Trump get re-elected, continuing to attempt to sow discord among the American electorate, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The warning raises questions about the integrity of the presidential campaign and whether Trump's administration is taking the proper steps to combat the kind of interference that the U.S. saw in 2016.

U.S. and Taliban announce first step in Afghanistan peace process

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The State Department confirmed Friday morning the U.S. and Taliban have "reached an understanding" that starts a 7-day "reduction of violence" to be followed by a signed U.S.-Taliban agreement.

Why it matters: The Afghanistan war is the longest war in U.S. history. President Trump has previously pulled out of talks at the last minute, only to restart them.

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