These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
UK's EU Solution
Only months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, concerns over the potential economic backlash from the move are already emerging. Britain's Finance Minister Philip Hammond and Brexit Secretary David Davis say the country may end up paying the European Union to retain its access to the single market. They say the move is the best way to protect the British economy after it leaves the EU. But this has already provoked a strong reaction from the Parliament. Tory MP Peter Bone says paying the EU after leaving the bloc will make the public exceptionally upset. The government of Theresa May now appears to be facing growing criticism over what many view as a desperate post-Brexit strategy.
Anti-Semitism bill passed in the US
The US Senate on Thursday quickly passed a bipartisan bill named the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which is apparently meant to combat anti-Semitism in the country. Republican Senator Tim Scott, one of the two architects of the bill, has emphasized that the legislation is urgently needed as anti-Semite attacks are on the rise in colleges across the nation. Also, Democratic Senator Bob Casey says the legislation will be meant to investigate incidents of discrimination motivated by anti-Semitism in schools. But criticism is already rising that the move is mostly meant to silence critics of Israel in US colleges.
Major Saudi reshuffle: the kingdom is sinking in sand
Saudi Arabia's king Salman has restructured some government ministries and reshuffled the cabinet with the apparent aim of implementing reforms. He replaced the ministers in charge of the energy, oil, water, transport, commerce, social affairs, health, and pilgrimage. King Salman established a new recreation and culture commission. The shakeup came after people inside the country complained about what they saw as the incompetence of the ministries. Saudi Arabia is said to be grappling with a crisis, which even threatens to implode the monarchic regime as there have been no genuine reforms since it was created several decades ago.