U.S. Judge Dismisses Trump’s Attempt To Block Subpoena For Tax Records

Tourists from Croatia now face quarantine – but Portugal added to safe list

People coming into the UK from Croatia and Austria will now have to quarantine for two weeks – but those coming from Portugal no longer face restrictions.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement this evening.

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Will Beirut blast lead to a new Lebanon?

On this edition of the Sky News Daily podcast with Jonathan Samuels, we examine the political and economic crisis in Lebanon – taking a deeper look into its past, present and future potential.

We are joined by former diplomat Charles Hollis, Julie Norman – a Middle East security expert at UCL – and Sami Nader, director of Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs.

Listen to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker

Producer – Annie Joyce
Producer – Nicola Eyers
Assistant producer – Sabah Choudhry
Interviews producers – Megan Coutts

White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci recovering from vocal cord surgery

White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the leading health experts during the country's fight against the coronavirus, underwent surgery on his vocal cords and is recovering at home, according to a person close to the infectious disease expert.

Fauci underwent surgery to remove a polyp, a vocal lesion that can cause hoarseness, on Thursday morning and is home recovering, the person said.

CNN contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta tweeted that Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told him he was doing well. Doctors have suggested Fauci "curtail his talking for a while to allow his vocal cords to recover," according to Gupta's tweet. 

This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates. 

Elizabeth Warren's DNC Speech Included Toy Blocks That Spelled Out 'BLM' in the Background

Nearing the end of her remarks, Warren spoke to the millions of Americans who are struggling financially due to the pandemic and made a plea for them to vote.

"This crisis is bad, and it didn't have to be this way,” she said. “This crisis is on Donald Trump and the Republicans who enabled him. On November 3rd, we will hold them all accountable.”

An average of seven children go missing daily in Mexico: Report

Most are believed to have been trafficked for sexual exploitation or sold into forced labour.

More than 73,000 people are listed as missing in Mexico and around 20 percent of them are minors.

Activists say the number of children who disappear every day has doubled over the past two years.

Most are believed to have been trafficked for sexual exploitation or sold into forced labour.

Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo reports.

Stock Alert: Elastic N.V. Shares Hit New 52-Week High

Shares of Elastic N.V. (ESTC) reached a new 52-week high of $104.69 Thursday morning. The stock is currently trading at $104.22, up $6.92 or 7.11% in the regular trading session.

There is no company specific news today that could be attributed to the stock movement.

The company is scheduled to release its first-quarter results on August 26. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect the company to report a loss of $0.18 per share and revenue of $120.86 million for the quarter. Analysts’ estimate typically exclude certain special items.

Stock Alert: L Brands Gains 4% On Upbeat Earnings

Shares of apparel retailer L Brands, Inc. (LB) are climbing more than 4% Thursday morning on second-quarter earnings surprise.

The stock touched a new high of $31.33 this morning.

In the second quarter, earnings on an adjusted basis were $0.25 per share compared with $0.24 per share last year. Analysts polled by Thomsosn Reuters were expecting loss of $0.42 per share for the quarter.

Net sales for the quarter, however, decreased 20% year-over-year to $2.319 billion.

U.S. Judge Dismisses Trump’s Attempt To Block Subpoena For Tax Records

(Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump that sought to block enforcement of a grand jury subpoena for eight years of his personal and corporate tax records.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said granting the relief Trump sought would be an “undue expansion” of presidential immunity.

Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, told Reuters the president would appeal the ruling and seek to delay enforcement of the subpoena.

The subpoena is related to an investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. In a court filing last month, Vance said his investigation was tied to “alleged insurance and bank fraud by the Trump Organization and its officers,” among other things.

A spokesman for Vance declined comment.

Trump, who is campaigning for re-election in November, has fought efforts by lawmakers and prosecutors to obtain his tax records, which should shed light on his financial dealings. He has also defied decades of precedent as a presidential candidate by refusing to release tax returns.

(Reporting by Karen Freifeld; Editing by Alistair Bell)