Around the World
Russia stalls on assigning blame for Syria chemical attacks
Russia is holding up Security Council approval to establish a new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria's deadly conflict for the first time.
Europe hit by migrant flood of biblical proportions
Europe has been flooded by over 350,523f7c Middle East migrants in 2015.
Five Chinese Navy Ships Are Operating in Bering Sea off Alaska
Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, marking the first time the U.S. military has seen them in the area.
Dozens quarantined after new Ebola death in Sierra Leone
A medical quarantine has been placed in Sierra Leone following the death of a middle-aged woman. The fatality is a setback for efforts in wiping out the deadly virus that's claimed thousands of lives in West Africa.
Five Chinese ships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska
Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, in an apparent first for China's military that came as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the U.S. state.
CIA, Special Operations forces reportedly launch drone war against ISIS in Syria
The drone strike that killed ISIS' most notorious online recruiter in Syria last week was part of a stepped-up effort by the CIA and U.S. Special Operations forces to target and eliminate senior members of the terror group, according to a published report.
Kurds suspect another chemical attack by ISIS in Iraq
Kurdish authorities said Tuesday they suspected a rocket fired by ISIS at their peshmerga forces in northern Iraq contained chemical substances.
Putin Plans to Attend UN General Assembly For First Time in 10 Years
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend the United Nations 70th General Assembly in New York in September, according to an order outlining the members of the Russian delegation. The document was signed by Putin and published on the government's legal information portal on Friday.
Khamenei calls to increase air defense
Senior Iranian officials continued their rhetoric against Israel on Wednesday, with Revolutionary Guards Tehran commander Brig.-Gen. Mohsen Kazzemeini saying military preparedness would be increased until 'it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine.'
Kerry to outline US assurances to Israel, Gulf to lawmakers
Secretary of State John Kerry will send a letter to all members of Congress on Wednesday outlining US security commitments to Israel and the Gulf Arab states in light of the Iran nuclear deal.
Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves
Egypt's new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country's own gas fields.
IAF Attacks Hamas Military Compound in Gaza
Israeli aircraft on Wednesday night attacked a military compound belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in northern Gaza from which shots were fired at two homes in the Hof Ashkelon region of southern Israel on Wednesday evening.
IDF puts finishing touches on mass evacuation plan in case of war with Hezbollah
Israeli authorities have already made contingency plans in the eventuality that hostilities are re-ignited with the Shi'ite group Hezbollah just over the border in Lebanon.
Israel asks UN to reject Palestinian attempt to raise flag
Israel on Tuesday urged U.N. leaders to reject a Palestinian attempt to raise their flag at U.N. headquarters as early as this month's gathering of world leaders there.
Abbas and Fatah Encourage 'Religious War' over Temple Mount
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing to openly encourage a religious war to gain exclusive Muslim control over Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.
UN: Gaza Strip could become uninhabitable by 2020
Uninhabitable within five years unless Israeli restrictions on goods and people going in and out of the Strip are fully lifted, warns a new report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, located in Geneva.
Muslim Clerics Incite Against Jewish Holidays
Israeli media is warning of increased Palestinian violence during the upcoming Jewish High Holy Days in September and October.
Inside the United States
Obama secures votes to preserve Iran nuclear deal despite majority opposition
President Obama's intense lobbying on Wednesday secured support from a 34th Senate Democrat, ensuring his Iranian nuclear deal will survive a veto battle with Congress and setting into motion the extraordinary imposition of a foreign agreement over the objections of large numbers of voters and big majorities in both the House and Senate.
Judge eager to re-enter NSA surveillance fight
Warning that the constitutional rights of tens of millions of Americans are being violated, a federal judge said Wednesday that he's eager to expedite a lawsuit seeking to shut down the National Security Agency's controversial program to collect data on large volumes of U.S. telephone calls.
Kentucky clerk seeks same-sex marriage license reprieve
A county clerk in Kentucky sought an emergency injunction on Wednesday to temporarily block a federal court order requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day before she goes to court to face contempt charges.
Report: More than half of immigrants on welfare
More than half of the nation's immigrants receive some kind of government welfare, a figure that's far higher than the native-born population's, according to a report to be released Wednesday.
Obamacare grants to Planned Parenthood spark fury on Capitol Hill
The Obama administration announced more than $1 million in grants Wednesday to Planned Parenthood, banking on the women's health care provider to help sell Obamacare to patients and defying congressional Republicans battling to end all public funding for the organization.
Baltimore Judge Orders Individual Trials for Police in Gray Case
A judge on Wednesday ordered individual trials for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody, a case that fed the U.S. debate on police treatment of minorities.
Transgender locker room change sparks student protest
Nearly 200 students walked out of a Missouri high school on Monday because Lila Perry was changing in the girl's locker room.
Statistician: Data proves biblical financial collapse
Get ready -- because the best of times are over and the worst of times may have just begun. That assessment of a Florida mathematician who has studied the biblical Shemitah cycle as it applies to the financial markets.
Nancy Pelosi says House will vote on Iran deal next week
The House will vote on a resolution to disapprove the Iran nuclear deal by the end of next week, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
In shutdown blame game, Republicans keep losing
Who would be to blame for a government shutdown caused by a fight over funding levels? Republicans of course.
What a top U.S. diplomat really thought of Netanyahu -- from the Hillary e-mail stash
Among the trove of e-mails released by the State Department on Monday night is an unflattering 2010 assessment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and peace negotiator.
Kenya: Attacks Against Churches Thwarted
About 120 miles from its border with Somalia, Kenyan police uncovered a stash of weapons after arresting 14 suspected members of al Shabaab last week.
Nigeria: Pastor decries killings by Boko Haram
A bishop of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria said that Boko Haram has killed thousands of his denomination's members, destroyed most of his churches and left many of his pastors without a congregation, according to the Christian Post.
Atheists Demand 'No Gods' Statue in Arkansas After State Approves Ten Commandments Monument
After a statue of the Ten Commandments was officially approved to be erected on the grounds of the Arkansas state capitol last month, a Wisconsin-based group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation is demanding that a statue be erected representing atheism.
Majority of American Catholics OK With Children Being Raised by Gay Parents, Survey Finds Ahead of Historic Papal Visit
A strong majority of American Catholics support raising children in non-traditional families, such as single-parent and divorced households, or by same-sex parents, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for Religion & Public Life.