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Iranian official says expects nuclear deal to be implemented this year
Iran's nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said on Monday he expected a deal with six world powers on shrinking Tehran's atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief to be implemented by year-end.
Russia, US agree on Syria; Iraqis won't seek Russian strikes
The U.S. and Russia on Tuesday put into practice new rules designed to minimize the risk of air collisions between military aircraft over Syria, while Iraqi leaders pledged they would not invite Russian airpower over their nation.
Syria's Assad flies to Moscow to thank Russia's Putin for air strikes
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Moscow on Tuesday evening to personally thank Russia's Vladimir Putin for his military support, in a surprise visit that underlined how Russia has become a major player in the Middle East.
Russia builds massive Arctic military base
Russia's defense ministry said Tuesday it has built a giant military base in the far northern Arctic where 150 soldiers can live autonomously for up to 18 months.
Report: North Korea preparing for new nuclear test
North Korea is preparing for a new nuclear test, South Korea's spy agency said Tuesday, according to the Yonhap news agency.
Jordan wants to send Arab troops to Temple Mount
While France is facing Israeli criticism for suggesting the deployment of international observers to the Temple Mount, WND has learned the Kingdom of Jordan is floating its own plan to consolidate power at the holy site, proposing non-uniformed Jordanian soldiers patrol the sensitive complex.
Jordan plays host to Israel hate fest
The Jordanian lawyers union held a rally in solidarity with the Palestinians on Tuesday in what could have easily been termed an Israel hate fest.
Netanyahu tells Ban: Abbas joined ISIS, Hamas in incitement
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of 'joining ISIS and Hamas in claiming that Israel threatens the al-Aqsa mosque' on Tuesday evening during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Palestinians drop bid to name Western Wall part of Al-Aqsa
The Palestinians have withdrawn their demand that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization declare the Western Wall an 'integral part' of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, Israeli officials said Wednesday.
Abbas to call for protection of Palestinians at UN Human Rights Council session
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to call for international protection for his people when he delivers his first ever speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.
Islamic State calls for more attacks against Jews in new videos
The Islamic State militant group on Sunday released a series of propaganda videos praising attacks against Jews in Israel and encouraging more violence.
10 Israelis killed, 112 hurt in past three weeks of terror wave
According to Magen David Adom as of Tuesday, 10 Israelis have been killed and 112 wounded since the current wave of Palestinian terrorism began three weeks ago.
Watch cute toddler say, 'I want to stab a Jew'
It looks like a typical cute toddler video posted online: a little girl standing in the family residence being coached by someone off-screen.
Inside the United States
Transgender rights movement seeks red-state ballot win with Houston 'bathroom bill'
Houston has emerged as ground zero for national gay rights groups seeking a key victory on red state soil as they mobilize behind a sweeping equal rights ballot measure expanding transgender access to public restrooms.
Republicans warn Obama not to veto defense policy bill in time of critical global threats
House and Senate Republicans sent President Barack Obama a $612 billion defense policy bill on Tuesday, warning him not to veto it as part of a partisan fight over government spending.
Judge denies Obama administration request in House Obamacare case
In a significant win for House Speaker John Boehner and congressional Republicans, a federal judge Monday denied a request by the Obama administration to immediately appeal whether the House of Representatives has the legal right to challenge a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Wisconsin's Ryan says he will 'gladly serve' as House Speaker -- with unanimous GOP support
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told congressional Republicans during a private meeting late Tuesday that he is willing to run for House Speaker -- as long as he is unanimously supported in the move.
Tea Party Caucus chair: Ryan's conditions 'entirely unreasonable'
Paul Ryan's conditional run for speaker is fell flat with at least one key conservative Tuesday night, who said his candidate remains Rep. Daniel Webster, a member who is pledging to end the 'top down' leadership approach.
Drudge looks like a 'no' vote on Ryan
The Drudge Report is not at all thrilled with the prospect of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., becoming the next House speaker, and the conservative news aggregator said as much on its front page Tuesday evening.
Trump: Obama mulling how to 'take your guns away'
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said late Monday that President Obama is working on an executive order to take Americans' guns away.
Poll: Obama approval highest in more than 2 years
For the first time in almost two and a half years, slightly more than half of Americans approve of the job that President Barack Obama is doing, according to the results of an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday afternoon. But Americans' slightly better views of the president do not translate to equal love for Congress.
Democrat Blocks Vote on VA Accountability Act in Senate
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) on Tuesday blocked an up-or-down vote on legislation meant to hold VA employees accountable for misconduct.
Pakistan: Christian accused of blasphemy released
Although charges are still pending, a court in Pakistan has recently ordered the release of a Christian laborer falsely accused of blasphemy.
Corps refuses to remove 'God Bless the Military' Sign
A Marine Corps base in Hawaii has refused to remove a sign that asks for God's blessing following a complaint from a group that seeks to separate Him from the military.
Evangelicals Now Officially Divided on Death Penalty
Since the early 1970s, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has stood in favor of the death penalty. It reasoned that capital punishment was an ethical stance for Christians because it works as a deterrent and lends appropriate gravitas to heinous crimes.
New report finds Mideast Christians may disappear in less than a generation
A report from the United Kingdom-based Catholic charity group Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has found that Middle East Christians, especially in Iraq and Syria, are 'on course for extinction' within a generation or sooner.