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Russia Seizes More Territory in Ukraine, Eastern Europe with 'Incremental' Strategy
Fighting has escalated in Ukraine six months after a ceasefire was supposed to end hostilities, raising fears that Russian-backed separatists could soon launch another offensive as the West focuses on other global crises.
Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control
When the banking crisis crippled global markets seven years ago, central bankers stepped in as lenders of last resort. Profligate private-sector loans were moved on to the public-sector balance sheet and vast money-printing gave the global economy room to heal.
Iran's supreme leader opposes nuclear deal
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is opposed to a landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers last month, a prominent Iranian hard-liner claimed Saturday.
Ecuador Declares National State of Emergency as Volcano Erupts
Ecuador's government declared a nationwide state of emergency Saturday to prepare for a possible major eruption of a snow-capped volcano south of the nation?s capital, Quito, Bloomberg reported.
Russia steps up demand for U.S. to drop European missile shield
Russia urged the United States on Friday to scrap plans to station parts of a missile shield system in Europe now that Iran has reached an agreement with world powers to limit its nuclear program.
Russia Vows to Block Any UN Resolution on Sanctions Against Iran
Russia will not allow any more sanctions resolutions against Iran in the UN, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday.
Libya government calls for Arab airstrikes against IS
Libya's internationally recognized government has appealed to Arab countries to carry out airstrikes against the local Islamic State affiliate which is expanding its hold on the coastal central city of Sirte.
Obama Administration Warns Beijing About Covert Agents Operating in U.S.
The Obama administration has delivered a warning to Beijing about the presence of Chinese government agents operating secretly in the United States to pressure prominent expatriates -- some wanted in China on charges of corruption -- to return home immediately, according to American officials.
China blast site housed 'hundreds of tons' of cyanide
Hundreds of tons of highly poisonous cyanide were being stored at the warehouse devastated by two giant explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin which killed 112, a senior military officer said Sunday.
Russia and China to stage naval drills in Sea of Japan, train for beach landing
International naval drills by the Russian and Chinese navies will be conducted in the Sea of Japan next week. Sailors, marines and naval air pilots of the two countries will be training together in combined operations in an amphibious assault exercise.
With China Crash, Saudi Arabia Hemorrhaging Cash
With China's economic crash driving U.S. oil prices down to $42 a barrel, Saudi Arabia is the oil-exporting nation suffering the worst economic decline.
Can the US trust Europe to punish Iran if it violates the nuclear deal?
Among his rationales for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran, US Sen. Charles Schumer said that he did not trust the three European Union partners to punish Iran should it violate the terms of the accord that offers the Islamic Republic sanctions relief in exchange for scaling back its nuclear activities.
Air strikes near Damascus kill at least 80 people: activists
A Syrian government air strike northeast of Damascus killed at least 80 people in a marketplace on Sunday, rescue workers in the rebel-held area and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Iran says the nuke deal will help it target Israel
President Obama says his nuclear deal with Iran is good not just for America, but also for US ally Israel. Iran's foreign minister disagrees.
Sexual orientation in the UK: Half of young people say they are not 100% heterosexual
According to a new YouGov survey, 49% of 18-24 year-olds in Britain define themselves as something other than completely heterosexual. The Kinsey scale invented in the 1940s placed people on a range of sexual preferences from exclusively heterosexual at 0 to exclusively homosexual at 6.
IDF troops prepare for possible incursion into Syria
The IDF has already prepared plans to attack Syria in light of a recent military assessment that Iran has opened a new front against Israel on the Golan Heights.
IDF reveals defense strategy for first time in 60 years
The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday released, for the first time in 60 years, a document outlining Israel's defense strategy.
The quest for the red heifer: An ancient commandment meets modern technology
'The campaign is going quite well but it has had its challenges,' Rabbi Richman tells the Post. 'This is about the re-introduction of a concept that's really quite ancient and doing it in a very modern way with the latest technology - it's procuring one of the most elusive commandments with modern technology.'
Inside the United States
Obama can do Iran Nuclear Deal even if Congress Disapproves
The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if lawmakers reject the agreement, it's not game-over for the White House.
Planned Parenthood videos spur 200 rallies nationwide to defund abortion provider
Spurred by a series of undercover videos exposing the harvesting and distribution of post-abortive fetal body parts, pro-life activists are organizing more than 200 rallies at Planned Parenthood clinics and a coast-to-coast effort to reach members of Congress at their home offices this week.
Bird flu to human transmission a 'concern', not yet high risk: CDC
The worst animal virus outbreak in U.S. history has killed 48 million birds, yet no humans have been infected. Still, the head of the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Influenza Division says the department is 'concerned' that the bird flu virus may mutate.
AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale
The National Security Agency's ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.
FBI Said to Examine Whether Hillary Clinton E-Mail Was Backed Up
The FBI is seeking to determine whether data from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server may still exist elsewhere, a U.S. official said.
Tyson shuts Iowa beef plant because there's not enough cattle
Tyson Foods is shutting down most of a meat processing plant in Iowa because of too much beef and not enough cattle.
Pentagon Fears It's Not Ready for a War With Putin
A series of classified exercises over the summer has raised concerns inside the Defense Department that its forces are not prepared for a sustained military campaign against Russia, two defense officials told The Daily Beast.
Donald Trump's immigration plan calls for border wall funded by illegals' U.S. wages
GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump proposed a broad crackdown on illegal immigrants Sunday, including tripling the number of deportation officers and building a border wall, as new numbers show illegal crossings on the Southwest border are beginning to swell again.
News Corp chief tips Rubio to trump Trump
Marco Rubio's star may be rising and Tony Abbott's falling among senior News Corp executives, a Sydney speech on Thursday night by chief executive Robert Thomson suggested.
Carson: Fetal tissue allegations 'aren't even true'
Responding to critics that claim retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson used fetal tissue for research, Carson said Sunday his critics are 'desperate' and that 'they are looking for things that aren't even true' from over a quarter century ago.
Kasich: I don't 'read a Bible to figure out what I think'
John Kasich on Sunday tried to set himself apart from the rest of the Republican Party, saying that he has a 'heart' and would not allow the GOP to be forced into talking only about a few controversial issues.
Number of Hillary Clinton's emails flagged for classified data grows to 60 as review continues
While media coverage has focused on a half-dozen of Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal emails containing sensitive intelligence, the total number of her private emails identified by an ongoing State Department review as having contained classified data has ballooned to 60, officials told The Washington Times.
Safe given to lawyer among irregularities seen in review of Hillary Clinton emails
When State Department officials first discovered that Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal email account contained classified information, they did not seize the thumb drive containing her digitally archived inbox but rather provided her attorney a special safe to secure the device, according to interviews and documents.
Tips on Deleting Emails From Email Book Hillary Clinton Wanted to Read
The last batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department included one from Clinton asking to borrow a book called 'Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better,' by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe.
Sudan: Pastors' Travel Ban Appeal Fails
Two South Sudanese pastors falsely accused of waging war against neighboring Sudan and who were released from prison last week have now lost an appeal to have their travel ban lifted.
Muslim Kidnappers Ransom Christians
Hundreds of kidnapped Arab Christians have been ransomed last year by Islamist terror groups trying to raise funds by spreading terror across the Middle East, according to The Christian Post.
Want 'sustained happiness'? Get religion, study suggests
A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone's 'sustained happiness' than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class.