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North Korea says still open to talks after Trump-Kim summit canceled
North Korea responded on Friday with measured tones to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to call off a historic summit with leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for next month, saying Pyongyang hoped for a 'Trump formula' to resolve the standoff over its nuclear weapons program.
North Korea releases photos showing apparent dismantling of nuclear site
New pictures were released Thursday showing the reported destruction of what North Korea has claimed to be a nuclear testing site.
Voting begins throughout Ireland in major abortion decision
Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.
Turkey's economy at risk as currency hits record low
Turkey is trying desperately to halt a collapse in its currency that could trigger an economic crisis just as the country prepares to vote in an election.
Prince William to Become the First British Royal to Officially Visit Israel and the West Bank
Kensington Palace says Prince William will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories at the end of June -- the first British royal to make an official visit there.
Abbas's hospitalization raises speculation about his successor
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, hospitalized in Ramallah for treatment of a lung infection, is generating widespread concern for his overall health since it’s the third time in less than one week that the octogenarian has been hospitalized.
Inside the United States
FBI, Justice Department Leaders Meet Over Trump Informant Allegations
Two highly classified briefings with the FBI and Justice Department took place Thursday about an FBI informant who contacted the Trump campaign.
U.S. forecasters say 2018 hurricane season may be above normal
U.S. forecasters expect the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near-normal to above-normal in number and intensity of storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday.
White House underestimated new debt in Trump budget by $2.3 trillion: CBO
President Trump’s proposed budget would add $2.3 trillion more to deficits over the next decade than the White House estimated, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday.
Authorities in Zanzibar, Tanzania Close Down Church
The pastor of a church on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar Island was preaching earlier this month when a plainclothes police officer and local officials strode into the church service.
Religious Freedom Ambassador Brownback Believes Pastor Brunson Will Be Released from Turkish Prison
U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said he believes the North Carolina pastor, Rev. Andrew Brunson will be released from Turkey.
Judge rules Christian baker does not have to make gay ‘wedding’ cake
A California judge has issued his final judgment in favor of a Christian baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex 'wedding,' ruling that cakes celebrating events are a form of speech.