Sep 22, 2017

Trump's initial travel ban set to expire this weekend

A man holds up a sign in response to President Trump's travel ban at LAX in June. Photo; Mark J. Terrill / AP

The Trump administration's initial travel ban is set to expire on Sunday. That executive order banned people from six majority-Muslim countries with no "bona fide relationship" to the United States from entering the country. There is increased speculation that President Trump might seek to modify or expand the ban after his tweets following last week's terrorist attack in London, per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments surrounding the ban's current form on Oct. 10, but any modification or expansion of the ban would likely nullify the arguments in that case. It would allow the Court to dismiss or remand the case to a lower federal court, further delaying its consideration of one of Trump's most controversial policies.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syriaโ€™s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the warโ€™s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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