Jun 4, 2018

Report: U.S. considering whether to widen role in Yemen war

Yemenis check the site of air strikes at the president office in the capital Sanaa last month. Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration is considering a request by the United Arab Emirates to help the Saudi-led coalition seize a key port in Yemen for humanitarian aid from Iranian-backed Houthi fighters, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The details: Top Yemen specialists in the administration will reportedly meet on Monday to discuss a strategy. The U.S. military has been supporting the Saudi coalition since 2016, targeting al Qaeda and Islamic State fighters. Government sources told the WSJ that key officials are deeply divided over whether the country should expand its involvement.

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Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.