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Pentagon Reportedly Preparing to Overhaul Syrian Rebel Force
The New York Times says U.S. defense officials are drawing up plans to revise the training of moderate Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Syria following "significant shortcomings" in training and tactics. The assessment comes as Washington asks Greece to close its airspace to Russian supply flights to Syria amid concerns of a Russian military buildup in Syria.
Islamic State takes Syrian state's last oilfield: monitor
Islamic State fighters have seized the last major oilfield under Syrian government control during battles over a vast central desert zone, a group monitoring the conflict said on Monday.
Clinton to propose U.S. campaign finance overhaul
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will propose a slate of campaign finance reform measures on Tuesday aimed at limiting political donations by corporations and large donors and increasing transparency in election spending.
Stonehenge 'on steroids' found 2 miles away
Stonehenge, the world-renowned circle of stone columns in southern England, may have had a brother.
Iran's covert general reeled in over loose lips
Major-General Qassem Soleimani, a one-time Iranian military hero who leads the Islamic Republic's covert international fighting force, has fallen from grace after speaking out about Tehran's regional influence in spreading Shiite rule, the Economist reported on Saturday.
Athens Denies US Request to Close Airspace for Russian Aid to Syria
Greece denied on Sunday US request to close Athens airspace (FIR Athens) for the flights of Russian aircraft with humanitarian aid to Syria, a diplomatic source in Athens said.
Iraq mounts air operation against ISIS with F-16s from US
The Pentagon says Iraq's air force has gone after the Islamic State group for the first time using F-16 fighter planes bought from the U.S.
Analysis: Russia taking advantage of West's inaction to keep Assad in power
Russia's recent military buildup in Syria has sparked concern in Western capitals as Vladimir Putin again appears to be shrewdly calculating that the West will not significantly counter his moves.
100,523f7c Palestinians have fled Syria for Europe, more than 2,523f7c drowned at sea
Some 100,523f7c Palestinians have fled refugee camps in Syria for Europe, the head of the Palestinian Forum in Europe said on Sept. 6.
Obama's Iran Deal Is Still Far from Settled
To undermine President Obama's atrocious Iran deal despite the Republican-controlled Congress's irresponsible Corker legislation, it will be necessary to follow, of all things, the Corker legislation.
Abbas set to annul Oslo accords, declare Palestine a state under occupation
The fog created by the ostensibly impending resignation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appeared to clear Monday, as details emerged indicating that the resignation threats were a diversion ahead of a dramatic move planned by the Palestinians: declaring Palestine a state under occupation and reneging on their obligations as detailed in the Oslo Accords.
PA official: Obama should recognize Palestinian state in his UN speech
The Palestinians are demanding that US President Barack Obama recognize the Palestinian state during the upcoming session of the United Nations general assembly in New York, a senior Fatah official said on Sunday.
Hamas: Long-term truce with Israel only after Gaza gets airport, seaport
Hamas said on Sunday that any long-term truce agreement with Israel should include the reopening of the airport and the building of a seaport in the Gaza Strip.
IDF to unveil new radar system for mortar shells
The Israel Defense Forces is set to unveil a new radar system developed by the army that would improve warning time for southern residents in cases of incoming short-range rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.
Laser-guided weapons, GPS-guided weapons, and unguided weapons: IAF trains with USAF in Nevada
Israel Air Force (IAF) F-15 and F-15i squadrons are studying the results of an intensive, three-and-a-half week joint exercise with the United States Air Force (USAF), days after returning to Israel.
Turkey to rebuild 9 Gaza mosques in effort to insert itself into Palestinian cause
The Turkish government has its hands full with the ongoing war next door in Syria and with its domestic Kurdish insurgency, yet it continues to maintain a foot in the Palestinian pie.
Knesset approves gas deal
An agreement over the financial future of Israel's gas fields passed a vote in the Knesset Monday by a vote of 59-51, inspiring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stand up in applause as the results were announced.
Israel develops palm-sized flying nuclear detectors
Israeli nuclear researchers have developed a micro-copter capable of tracking nuclear radiation in difficult terrain.
Inside the United States
In appeal, jailed clerk says governor let her down
In an emergency motion filed today, attorneys for Kim Davis accused Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear of ignoring her pleas that he protect her religious freedom. The motion, filed with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, expands on the notice of appeal Davis filed over the weekend.
Religious Freedom a Casualty of Legal Gay Marriage?
The case again Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis is just the latest example of how religious freedom is quickly becoming a casualty of same-sex marriage proponents.
Planned Parenthood faces unexpected challenge from Obamacare
Angered by videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discussed compensation for providing fetal tissue from abortions, Republicans in Congress are again demanding an end to government funding for the nearly 100-year-old provider of women's health services.
Jailed Kentucky clerk seeks emergency injunction in gay marriage case
Lawyers for jailed Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis said on Monday they had asked an appellate court to force Governor Steve Beshear to let her refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses based on her religious convictions.
Kim Davis 'Brought to Tears,' Speaks From Jail
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed since Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is in good spirits and is sharing Scripture with her supporters, according to Liberty Counsel, which is providing her with legal support.
Huckabee rallying for imprisoned Ky. clerk
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is holding a rally in Kentucky Tuesday to support a country clerk thrown in jail for her decision to deny marriage licenses to homosexual couples, saying that her imprisonment represents a dawning age of the 'criminalization of Christianity.'
Clinton: I don't need to apologize for private email server
Hillary Clinton said she doesn't need to apologize for using a private email account while leading the State Department, saying 'what I did was allowed.'
Trump nomination could kill hopes of down-ticket Republican candidates
Donald Trump has not only shaken up the GOP's presidential contest, he was also a dominant theme for congressional Republicans back home in their states and districts this summer, where many of the lawmakers took pains to show respect for him.
How Rep. Trey Gowdy is Shaping the 2016 Presidential Election
No other Republican can match the role Trey Gowdy is playing in shaping the Democratic presidential race.
Trump Back on Fox News After Megyn Kelly Flap
Donald Trump will be returning to Fox News after a two-week absence that fueled speculation that he was once again actively feuding with the network.
Iraq: Committee to ID crimes against Christians
The Prime Minister of Iraq has established a committee that intends to identify and document the homes and properties that have been fraudulently or forcefully seized from his country's Christians.
Syria: IS gives Christians Ultimatum
Islamic State jihadists have given Christians living in Qaryatain, Syria, just 48 hours to decide whether they will convert to Islam, pay the jizya tax, or be forced to leave town.
Pope to reform marriage annulment process
Pope Francis will announce some changes to the way Catholics may gain a marriage annulment, the Vatican said Monday.
Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican
On a sunny morning earlier this year, a camera crew entered a well-appointed apartment just outside the 9th-century gates of Vatican City. Pristinely dressed in the black robes and scarlet sash of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church, the Wisconsin-born Cardinal Raymond Burke sat in his elaborately upholstered armchair and appeared to issue a warning to Pope Francis.