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Possible US strike on Syria looms large as allies weigh military action
A possibility of US-led strike on Syria appeared to gain traction Wednesday with President Donald Trump warning that 'missiles will be coming' in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria, and the White House confirming that 'a number of options' were being discussed.
UK reportedly orders subs towards Syria for possible missile strikes
British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Syrian military that could begin as early as Thursday night, the Daily Telegraph newspaper said.
UN chief says Security Council must prevent Syria ‘spiraling out of control’
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday voiced concern to the Security Council’s five permanent members over the 'impasse' on Syria, stressing 'the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control.'
After landslide re-election win, Hungary’s Orban takes aim at Soros
Having easily won re-election to a third term and clinching a two-thirds parliamentary majority for his ruling Fidesz party, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban vowed to crack down on liberal nongovernmental organizations.
Saudis Shoot Down Missiles, Drones as Middle East Tensions Flare
Saudi Arabia said it intercepted ballistic missiles and shot down drones sent from Yemen, in the latest attack by pro-Iranian rebels that showed improved military capabilities more than three years into the conflict.
China says it will fight back if U.S. escalates trade spat
China's commerce ministry said on Thursday trade negotiations with the United States would be impossible as Washington's attempts at dialog were not sincere, and vowed to retaliate should US President Donald Trump escalate current tensions.
Russia says tracking U.S. naval movements towards Syria
The Russian military said on Wednesday it was closely watching the situation around Syria and was aware of the movements of a U.S. naval strike force headed for the Gulf.
Russia appears to be readying for a naval battle with the US near Syria — but it could be a bluff
Russia's navy appears to have responded to President Donald Trump's warning that US missiles are headed to Syria after he accused the Syrian government of again conducting chemical warfare against its people.
Abbas says Palestinians won’t accept any American peace plan
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said the Palestinians will not accept any US plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Report: 80% of Palestinians killed in Gaza border crisis were 'terrorists'
Around 80% of the 32 Palestinians killed by the IDF during the ongoing Gaza border crisis were terrorist operatives or identified with terrorist organizations, an intelligence report asserts.
Israel solemnly remembers 6 million victims on Holocaust Remembrance Day
Israel will come to a standstill at 10 a.m. Thursday as sirens will wail throughout the country in memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II. The sirens will be followed by ceremonies marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in schools, public institutions and army bases. Later in the day the traditional 'March of the Living' will be held in Poland.
Inside the United States
Senate bill to protect Robert Mueller from Trump firing could see Thursday vote
Four U.S. senators, including Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it hard for President Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
Justice Department hands over Russia probe documents after impeachment threat
The Justice Department has handed over all of the documents requested by the House intelligence committee after a congressman threatened to impeach FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the delay.
Splitting California in three a step closer as billionaire gets enough signatures to trigger vote
The chance of California splitting into three has moved a step closer after a billionaire secured enough signatures to trigger a referendum on the issue.
Christian Woman Raped and Sold by ISIS Reunites With Father
A Christian woman who was kidnapped by the Islamic State terror group in 2014, and was raped and sold as a sex slave, reunited with her father, her last surviving family member, in an emotional video captured online.