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U.S. begins air strikes against Islamic State from Turkish base; Ground Troops May Be Needed
The United States launched its first manned air strikes against Islamic State targets from the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.
Obama urged to re-interpret Helms amendment for foreign abortions
Some 81 House Democrats have urged President Obama to tell agencies that the Helms amendment does not ban all U.S. foreign aid-related abortions, but permits those in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is endangered.
Secret Iran-Turkey collaboration produces ceasefire in Syria
Iran and Turkey, who support opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, negotiated a 48-hour ceasefire on Aug. 12 after a month of behind-the-scenes negotiations.
Huge explosions in China's Tianjin port area kill 17, hurt 400
Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring around 400, official Chinese media reported.
Switzerland lifts sanctions against Iran
Neutral Switzerland will officially lift on Thursday sanctions against Iran that had been suspended since January 2014, the government announced on Wednesday, citing a deal last month between Tehran and six big powers to curb Iran's nuclear programme.
Some U.S. troops may be needed on ground in Iraq: retiring Army chief
The fight against Islamic State rebels is at a stalemate and if the U.S. military does not see progress in the coming months it should consider putting support troops on the ground with Iraqi forces, Army General Ray Odierno said on Wednesday.
'No snapback of sanctions if Iran breaks arms embargo'
Violations by Iran of the arms embargo on it or of the restrictions on its missile program would not force an automatic reinstatement or 'snapback' of United Nations sanctions under the terms of the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. However, he said other options would be available.
Yuan's Plunge Marks End of Chinese Stability for Global Economy
For about two decades China's yuan was an anchor of stability for the global economy, helping it navigate Asian and global crises by holding steady even as other currencies slid. That era appears to be over.
Iranian, Russian Warships Hold Joint 'War Games'
Iranian and Russian warships took part in joint 'war games' training exercises on Tuesday in Iranian waters, giving clear expression to the military cooperation between the two states.
US military: US, allies conduct 19 air strikes in Syria, Iraq
The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State forces in Syria with nine air strikes on Tuesday, and also conducted 10 strikes against the militant group in Iraq, according to a statement released on Wednesday.
Ukraine and rebels trade blame for violating ceasefire
Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Wednesday of attempting to break a six-month-old peace agreement, with a rebel official warning of the threat of 'a big war' if the ceasefire crumbles.
Hamas has dug 'several tunnels' into Israel, in new Iran-funded war drive
A year after a bitter 50-day war, Hamas has again dug numerous attack tunnels from Gaza into Israeli sovereign territory, and is gearing up with major Iranian assistance for another conflict, a TV report said Tuesday.
Hamas claims captured Israeli drone, made it operational
Hamas' military wing claimed on Wednesday that its fighters were successful in taking over an Israeli drone and making it operational. The IDF said it was looking into the Hamas claim.
Israel foiled 17 suicide attacks so far this year, Shin Bet says
The Palestinian terrorism of 2015 looks very different from the kind that Israel suffered during the first years of the Second Intifada. The weapons are improvised, there are no 'wanted men' whom Israel is seeking for orchestrating the attacks; indeed, there is often no organizational support. But the effort to perpetrate terror attacks against Israeli targets is intensifying.
Hamas Official: There's No Room for Jews in 'Palestine'
Hamas continues to incite young people to violence and jihad against Israel.
Israeli combat troops react angrily to new rules of engagement in West Bank
In light of heightened security tensions in the West Bank, the Israeli defense establishment on Tuesday temporarily revised the rules of engagement for combat soldiers on the ground serving in the Palestinian territories, triggering a wave of resentment within the ranks.
Israel expects US Congress to block Iran nuclear deal, top Likud figure says
Israel anticipates that the US Congress will heed its call and vote down the Iran nuclear deal against the wishes of the Obama administration, the head of the powerful Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee told Israel Radio on Tuesday.
Analysis: Shin Bet interrogation sheds light on Hamas-Iran ties
The most interesting revelation in the Shin Bet security agency's Tuesday statement about an arrested and interrogated Hamas operative deals with the ties between the Islamist movement and Iran.
Abbas to resign within two months, report says
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is set to resign within two months, according to a report Wednesday.
Inside the United States
New Video Emerges; Administration Warns States Trying to Defund Planned Parenthood
In what appears to be the next installment of the Planned Parenthood controversy, the Center for Medical Progress has released an interview with a former technician who claims that the harvesting of fetal body parts was often undertaken without the knowledge or consent of the pregnant women.
Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 45 Million for 49 Straight Months
The number of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 49 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Record 42.1 million immigrants in U.S., Mexicans drive latest surge
A new analysis of legal and illegal immigrant counts by the Census Bureau revealed Thursday that there is a record 42.1 million in the United States, an explosion that is being driven by Mexicans flooding across the border.
Planned Parenthood scandal slipping off media's radar
Planned Parenthood's organ harvesting scandal is fading fast from media's focus, even as the pro-life activist group that broke the story continues to release jarring undercover video.
Iran nuclear deal vote count
Though majorities in both chambers are expected to vote to disapprove of President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran in September, overcoming an expected veto seems unlikely.
Experts See Long-Term Risks From Colorado Mine Spill
Toxic waste that gushed from a Colorado mine and threatened downstream water supplies in at least three states will continue to be dangerous when contaminated sediment gets stirred up from the river bottom, authorities said Wednesday, suggesting there is no easy fix to what could be a long-term public health risk.
More than 5,523f7c earthquakes have hit northwest Nevada since swarm started in July 2014
Seismologists studying a year-long swarm of thousands of mostly minor earthquakes in northwest Nevada say they could be the precursor for a 'big one,' although speculation that they're related to a series of extinct volcanoes can't be ruled out.
Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio hit with anti-Semitic graffiti
Racist and anti-Semitic symbols including swastikas were painted on more than 30 cars, homes, buildings and signs in a predominately Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio, prompting a police investigation, authorities said on Wednesday.
Obama pushes Congress to renew Voting Rights Act
President Obama on Wednesday urged Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act following a Supreme Court decision that gutted a core part of the landmark law.
Federal Judge Orders Obama Immigration Team to Defend in Person
U.S. officials must defend the administration in person before a judge in Texas who threatened to hold the government in contempt for failing to fully block President Barack Obama's immigration initiative.
Huckabee: I Would Have DOJ Prosecute Planned Parenthood
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says that if he were president, he would use the Justice Department to take on Planned Parenthood.
Joe Lieberman to head group opposed to Iran deal
Former US senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent and a loyal friend of Israel on Capitol Hill, will take the leadership of the United Against Nuclear Iran organization after its current chairman stepped down Monday following a recent change of heart on the Iranian nuclear agreement.
CNN / ORC Poll: Trump tops in Iowa as Scott Walker drops
Trump tops the field with 22% and is the candidate seen as best able to handle top issues including the economy, illegal immigration and terrorism. He's most cited as the one with the best chance of winning the general election, and, by a wide margin, as the candidate most likely to change the way things work in Washington.
Why Trump's defense of Planned Parenthood might not hurt him
Donald Trump is the lone GOP candidate to refrain from calls to totally defund Planned Parenthood, but that might only cost him pennies, not dollars, among primary voters.
Senate committee seeks email facts from Clinton's tech company
The chairman of the Senate's homeland security committee has asked a small, 13-year-old Denver technology company that managed tens of thousands of emails for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to describe what measures it took to safeguard national security information.
6 Interesting Facts About the Christian Faith of Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina has surged in recent polls after what many believed was a strong showing in the first of the night GOP debate in Cleveland. A former chief executive at Hewlett Packard, Fiorina lost a 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate against Democrat incumbent Barbara Boxer.
Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire poll
Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, leads the former secretary of state 44 percent to 37 percent in New Hampshire among likely 2016 Democratic voters, according to a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll.
Franklin Graham: 'Shame on Target' for Gender Neutral Signage
Stopping short of calling for an outright boycott, the Rev. Franklin Graham said customers of Target should consider taking their business elsewhere due to the company's decision to stop using gender specific signage in the children's departments of its stores.
ISIS releases 22 abducted Christians
Islamic State has released 22 of the dozens of Assyrian Christians it abducted from villages in northeastern Syria earlier this year, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.
United Church of Canada passes Israel divestment resolution
The United Church of Canada passed a resolution Tuesday during its 42nd General Council encouraging divestment from Israel in order 'to address the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories by the State of Israel.'