Shares in two tobacco giants have been hit by reports that US regulators are planning to ban menthol cigarettes. A report in the Wall Street Journal claimed the US Food and Drugs Administration would impose the ban.
Six people including a local Hamas commander have been killed during an Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials say. They said the clashes took place east of Khan Younis, in the south of the territory. Israel's military confirmed there was an exchange of fire "during operational activity" and said all its soldiers were now back in Israel.
Remember when Donald Trump said he and Kim Jong-un fell in love? Well now it seems they just don't talk anymore. Instead, the US and North Korea appear to be staring one another down, waiting for the other to blink or make a move. And neither appears willing to give way. Discussions aimed at setting up a second summit between the two leaders didn't happen as planned this week.
Russia has hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kick-starting peace talks after decades of war. It is the first time Taliban militants have attended such an event. Members of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, which oversees peace efforts but does not represent the Afghan government, were also present.
At least five people have been killed and more than 150,000 evacuated as two big wildfires rage in California, officials say. West of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire has jumped a major highway and is now threatening coastal areas, including the town of Malibu. read more