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The Gloucester County, Virginia School Board filed an emergency appeal with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on July 13, asking the High Court to put on hold a lower court decision requiring the district to allow a transgender girl who “identifies” as male to use the boys’ restroom when she comes back to school in September.

The number of Syrian refugees being processed for entry into the United States has accelerated in recent months, increasing the likelihood that the Obama administration will meet its goal of processing 10,000 such refugees by the end of the fiscal year in September.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), an international tribunal in The Hague, ruled in favor of the Philippines on July 12, in a maritime dispute with China over that nation’s construction of artificial islands in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. 

In an ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted from July 6-7, a majority of those polled disapproved of the FBI’s recommendation not to charge Hillary Clinton with a crime for her handling of e-mail while she was secretary of state.

Five Dallas police officers were killed and seven more injured just before 9 p.m. on July 7, as at least two snipers fired on the officers from elevated positions.  

The chairman of the Iraq Inquiry, Sir John Chilcot said: “We [the members of the Inquiry] have … concluded that the circumstances in which it was decided that there was a legal basis for UK military action were far from satisfactory.”

During a series of tests of the new ballistic missile defense interceptor conducted by the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency from 2010-2016, the interceptors missed their targets several times. 

During a June 28 interview with CNBC, former Rep. and presidential candidate Ron Paul, when asked if he thought the Brexit vote is “the beginning of the end of the European Union,” replied: "Yes, I really do; it will become nonfunctional."

Speaking at a press briefing in the Pentagon Briefing Room on June 30, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the Defense Department is “ending the ban on transgender Americans in the United States military.”

Speaking with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the North American Leaders’ Summit press conference in Ottawa on June 29, President Obama responded to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposals to withdraw from trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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