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Russia Rejected Iran S-400 Missile Request Amid Gulf Tension
Russia has rejected an Iranian request to buy S-400 missile defense systems, concerned that the sale would stoke more tension in the Middle East, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, including a senior Russian official.
Iran and Russia Say Meeting of 2015 Nuclear Accord Partners ‘Might Facilitate’ New Talks
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi discussed the 2015 Nuclear Accord in Tehran on May 29, calling for a meeting of the six countries party to the agreement that would hear Iranian complaints.
Saudi king urges world to rein in Iran
Saudi King Salman Thursday night called for an international stance against Iranian acts, which he said pose a threat to global security and flow of oil supplies.
Trump announces escalating tariffs against Mexico, starting at 5 percent, until illegal immigrants 'STOP'
President Trump on Thursday abruptly announced a new 5 percent tariff on Mexico beginning in early June, saying the levy will 'gradually increase' until the ongoing illegal immigration surge at the southern border is "remedied" and illegal migrants 'STOP.'
North Korea executes envoy in a purge after failed U.S. summit
North Korea executed its nuclear envoy to the United States as part of a purge of officials who steered negotiations for a failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper said on Friday.
Tourists are spreading superbugs across international borders, report warns
Holiday-makers are at risk of picking up and bringing home superbugs, according to a study looking at the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) worldwide.
Netanyahu Meets With Kushner, Greenblatt After Suffering Major Loss in Israel's Parliament
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jared Kushner, senior advisor to President Trump, and US Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt on Thursday.
Inside the United States
House Democrats Vote to Lift Ban on Embryonic Gene-Editing Research
Scientists and ethicists worldwide are calling for a global moratorium on editing the DNA in human embryos, but a Democratic-led committee in the U.S. House of Representatives wants to leave the door wide open to the controversial research. On May 23, the House Appropriations subcommittee that focuses on funding related to the Food and Drug Administration drafted a bill that would drop the ban prohibiting the FDA from considering such research.
Atheist group sues Texas judge for 'unconstitutional' opening prayer
An anti-religious group is suing a Texas judge for opening prayer -- for the second time.
Louisiana's governor, a Democrat, signs 'heartbeat' abortion bill into law
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, broke from his party's ideology Thursday and signed a bill that would prohibit women from having an abortion once a baby's heartbeat is detected, in almost all cases.
ACLU seeks to block more sections of Trump’s border wall
The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal court to block additional sections of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.