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Palestinians run away from a sound bomb during clashes with Israeli security forces. Photo: Mahmoud Illean / AP

Palestinians are in their third day of protests against President Trump's announcement that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, with violent clashes reported.

Why it matters: According to PBS, four people have been killed since protests started — two Hamas members killed in what Israel said was a retaliatory airstrike, and two Palestinians shot dead during clashes near the Gaza border. Hundreds have been injured.

  • The adviser for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Abbas would not meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his trip to the Middle East this month; he said "America has crossed all red lines."
  • This isn't contained to just Israel - the anger spread around the world to other Muslim-majority nations, the BBC reports.
  • Per BBC, the United States was "isolated" at the UN Security Council meeting on Friday, as the 14 other members condemened the United States' decision.

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White House nominates Rick Spinrad as NOAA leader

In this NOAA GOES-East satellite handout image, Hurricane Dorian, a Cat. 4 storm, moves slowly past Grand Bahama Island on September 2, 2019. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

The White House on Thursday evening nominated Rick Spinrad, an oceanographer at Oregon State University, to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Why it matters: Filling the NOAA slot would complete the Biden administration's leadership on the climate and environment team. The agency, located within the Commerce Department, houses the National Weather Service and conducts much of the nation's climate science research.

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Israeli officials will object to restoration of Iran deal in D.C. visit

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the delegation traveling to Washington, D.C. next week for strategic talks on Iran to stress their objection to a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear deal and to refuse to discuss its contents, Israeli officials say.

Why it matters: That position is similar to the one Israel took in the year before the 2015 nuclear deal was announced, which led to a rift between the Israeli government and the Obama administration. History could now repeat itself.

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  2. Vaccines: Johnson & Johnson's vaccine production problems look even bigger — All U.S. adults now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine.
  3. Political: Watchdog says agency infighting increased health and safety risks at start of pandemic.
  4. World: EU regulator: Benefits of J&J vaccine outweigh risk of rare blood clots.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

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