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Israel Shoots Down Syrian Jet.
The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet after the pilot entered Israeli airspace yesterday afternoon, according to reports. It was the first time in four years Israel had shot down a Syrian jet, increasing the chances of a larger conflict with its Middle Eastern adversary. Officials said the jet had penetrated over a mile into the country above Golan Heights, which lies at Israel's northern border with Syria (see map). Syrian government forces have been working to clear rebels and ISIS-affiliated fighters from the area as its bloody seven-year-long civil war winds down, and it's the first time Syrian forces have reached the border since 2011. The Golan Heights region is one of the most volatile in the Middle East, and was seized by Israel from Syria during the Six Day War in 1967.

Check out a timeline of the conflict here

Pompeo to Testify on Russia Today.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, where he is expected to be grilled over what was discussed during a closed-door meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16th. Top Republicans, including Foreign Relations Chair Bob Corker (R-TN), have complained about the lack of details surrounding what, if any, policy concessions were discussed during the meeting. Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov has said that verbal agreements were made - Trump has said he "gave up nothing". The hearing is the first in a series to be held by Corker, who is stepping down when his current term ends, to review the administration's stance toward Russia. Trump has invited Putin to Washington for a follow up to July's summit, though Putin has not yet accepted the offer. 

Pakistan Elections.
Pakistanis head to the polls today, voting in the first nationwide election since 2013. The campaign cycle has been marred by devastating bombings and attacks on candidates, including a July 13th bombing that killed a local candidate and close to 150 of his supporters, while injuring another 186 people. Observers are concerned that the country - which has a history of democratic institutions succumbing to autocratic rule - is sliding back toward military control. The election is viewed as a confrontation between the governing Muslim League-Nawaz (or PML-N), a center-right conservative party, and the military. The military has been accused of unfairly backing an opposition party candidate in international cricket star and current front-runner for prime minister, Imran Khan, while intimidating his opponents.  

No Pakistani prime minister has ever successfully served a full five-year term in the nation's 70-year history. 

In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

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Ivanka Trump's fashion company shuts down; Trump cites intent to focus on White House career for closure (More)

Science & Technology.

FDA approves use of leghemoglobin, which gives new meat-like veggie burgers distinct blood-like color and meaty taste by releasing heme proteins (More)
Study shows a "forgotten" antibody effective in preventing infection after exposure to HIV-1 by clumping around the virus, stopping its spread to the rest of the body (More)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to invest $1.5B over 5 years in new computer chip architecture (More)

Business & Markets.

Earnings Season: ATT falls short of Wall Street revenue expectations, but adds more wireless customers than expected - shares down 1% in after-hours trading (More)
Ford to invest $4B in autonomous vehicle business unit by 2023 (More)
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Politics & World Affairs.

Trump administration planning up to $12B in temporary aid to farmers negatively affected by tariffs; farmers will be eligible to receive funding beginning in September (More)
20 people dead, hundreds missing, and over 6,600 made homeless after hydroelectric dam collapses in Laos (More)
Tape of then-candidate Trump discussing payment to Playboy model leaked to CNN by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's attorney (More)
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