Around the World
Iran Deal Not by June 30, but Perhaps in Days that Follow
Iran is trying to avoid detailed commitments. The French are sticking to their tough line. And US President Barack Obama faces a battle to sell any deal to a skeptical Congress.
Pope Urges 'Bold Cultural Revolution' To Save Planet
Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."
Chaos in Libya paves way for Islamic State expansion
Benefiting from Libya's political chaos, Islamic State militants are consolidating their base in the city of Sirte and grabbing new territory, pushing back fighters from Misrata.
UN: World's Refugee Crisis is Worse than Anyone Expected
The number of people uprooted from their homes by war and persecution in 2014 was larger than in any year since detailed record-keeping began, according to a comprehensive report released early Thursday by the U.N. refugee agency that will add to the evidence of a global exodus unlike any in modern times.
Russian ambassador: If Sweden joins NATO, there will be 'consequences'
Russia's ambassador to Sweden has warned the country of the potential military 'consequences' associated with joining NATO in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, The Local reports.
South Sudan fighting kills 129 children
THE UN children's agency says at least 129 children were killed - with boys castrated and girls raped - during a government offensive last month in South Sudan.
Boko Haram Attacks Villages in Niger, 40 Dead, Says Official
Militants from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram crossed the border and attacked two towns in neighboring Niger, setting homes ablaze and killing at least 40 people, a local government official said Thursday.
Merkel Tries to Get Greek Talks Back on Track
With Greece's fate in the balance, European finance ministers converge on Luxembourg with little hope for a deal as German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks to restore calm to increasingly rancorous exchanges.
Russia, Greece sign deal on Turkish Stream gas pipeline
Russia and Greece have signed a deal to create a joint enterprise for construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline across Greek territory, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said. The pipeline will have a capacity of 47 billion cubic meters a year.
Netanyahu calls for swift probe into 'Jesus church' arson attack
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed officials from the Shin Bet security service to open a probe Thursday into the torching of a church in northern Israel, as politicians from across the spectrum and church figures spoke out against the crime.
If conflict not resolved, ISIS will make Palestinian cause its own
France's foreign minister heads to the Middle East this weekend with an initiative aimed at bringing Israel and the Palestinians back to peace talks under an international framework amid growing regional instability.
An Inside Look At How Obama Killed The U.S.-Israel Relationship
In his new memoir, former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren documents the rapid dissolution of the historically close U.S.-Israel alliance under President Barack Obama. Oren recounts being threatened and intimidated at multiple junctures by Obama and his senior officials, marking many firsts in a relationship that has long been the cornerstone of American foreign policy.
Inside the United States
House OKs Obama trade agenda on 2nd try, bill heads to Senate
The House on Thursday approved a key plank of President Obama's trade agenda after the push nearly imploded amid Democratic resistance last week, sending the bill to the Senate where it still faces an uncertain fate.
Obama sends 'warmest' Ramadan greetings to Muslims
U.S. President Barack Obama offered in a Wednesday message his "warmest greetings" to Muslims celebrating the beginning of Ramadan, saying that the Islamic fasting month was the time to "reinforce faith, compassion and forgiveness, and perseverance through adversity."
Army Shipped Live Anthrax for 10 Years, Couldn?t Effectively Kill Bacteria
The U.S. Army research facility that has mistakenly shipped live anthrax to unsuspecting labs in the U.S. and abroad for more than 10 years failed to have effective and standardized procedures for killing the deadly bacteria with radiation, according to a federal investigation report.
Senate Democrats block defense spending bill
Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked consideration of a $575.9 billion defense appropriations bill in protest over the use of war funding to evade mandatory budget caps, fulfilling their promise to hold up legislation until majority Republicans agree to budget talks.
Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio give evangelical conservatives viable 2016 options
This year's GOP presidential field is like manna from heaven for evangelical conservatives who, after a sparse 2012 contest, say they have plenty of viable options to pick from this time around.
Charleston church shooting reignites debates over guns, race in U.S.
Dylann Storm Roof -- a skinny, young white man with a bowl haircut -- entered a historic black church, sat down next to its well-known pastor for a Bible study and, about an hour later, according to police, he pulled out a gun and killed nine people in a race-fueled mass shooting that reignited talk about guns and racism in America.
Sen. Rand Paul to Unveil 14.5 Percent Flat Tax for All
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul outlined some of the highlights of a 'fair and flat tax' plan he was to unveil on Capitol Hill later on Thursday, saying that the measure will not only simplify the nation's sprawling tax code, but will allow Americans to keep more of the money they've earned.
Hannity On Trade: GOP Leadership 'Selling Out American Sovereignty'
Sean Hannity tore apart GOP leadership for continuing their push to give President Barack Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as the House looks to set up a vote as early as this week on the legislation.
Authorities arrest 243 people in $712 million Medicare fraud
The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday that 243 people have been arrested across the country, charged with submitting fake billing for Medicare, a government healthcare program, that totaled $712 million.
Supreme Court: Texas Can Ban Confederate License Plates
The U.S. Supreme Court has backed Texas' decision to forbid specialty license plates sporting an image of the Confederate flag, a ruling that could have national implications for how free speech protections apply to government services.
Bill's Rain to Drench Midwest, Northeast Into the Weekend
Moisture from Bill will enhance rainfall across part of the Midwest by Friday and some of the Northeast this weekend, leading to localized flood concerns.
Pentagon Building Cruise Missile Shield To Defend US Cities From Russia
The Pentagon is quietly working to set up an elaborate network of defenses to protect American cities from a barrage of Russian cruise missiles.
Christian pilgrims reconsidering visits to Israel after suspected church arson
A number of groups of Christian pilgrims are considering canceling their plans to arrive in Israel following a suspected arson attack against the Church of Loaves and Fishes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, a senior adviser to the Catholic Church said Thursday.
Analysis: Iran's war on Christians casts doubt on nuclear agreement
After his campaign promises in 2013 to guarantee the rights of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the country's self-declared moderate President Hassan Rouhani has remained silent about the ongoing crackdown on Christians. Rouhani's indifference to imprisoned Christians is a form of complicity in human rights violations and a window into a flawed nuclear negotiation process.
Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Church's Right to Post Road Signs
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of a church's right to post roadside signs where other signs are allowed.
White man threatens Virginia churchgoers, spews racial slurs
Police arrested a white man who shouted racial slurs and threatened to kill black congregants gathered inside a church in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday night, local broadcaster WRIC reported.
Charleston church massacre suspect caught, but answers elude victims' loved ones
Police on Thursday nabbed the 21-year-old man suspected of gunning down nine people gathered for Bible study in a Charleston, S.C., church, nearly 14 hours later and 240 miles away after an all-night manhunt.