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Russia Deploys Fleet Off Syria While Claiming U.S. Preparing for Possible Strike
The Russian Ministry of Defence said on Monday it had noticed Washington was building up its military forces in the Middle East in preparation for what Moscow feared was a possible strike on Syrian government forces, Russian news agencies reported.
Trump makes trade agreement with Mexico to replace NAFTA, puts pressure on Canada to deal
President Trump heralded a tentative trade deal with Mexico on Monday as a big win for his get-tough trade policies, which he said put Canada on the spot to start its own negotiations with the U.S. or face higher tariffs on autos.
Russia's Syria chemical weapons attack warning dubious, experts say
The Russian government is warning of a staged gas attack by Syrian rebels in Idlib. Experts doubt the validity of that information, however, and see the move as a telltale sign of desperation in Moscow.
Iran says it signed deal to rebuild Syria's military
Iran has signed a deal to rebuild Syria's armed forces, which have been depleted by more than seven years civil war, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on Monday.
Turkey's Erdogan to visit Iran on Sept. 7
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Iran on Sept 7, his office said on Monday, on a trip expected to include a three-way summit with Russian and Iranian leaders.
Israel signs deal for precision rockets capable of hitting 'anywhere in Mideast'
Israel’s Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that it signed deal to purchased a new array of advanced surface-to-surface rockets that have the capability and range to reach 'anywhere in the Middle East'.
Canada Conservative Party recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital
The Canadian Conservative Party chose to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel during a political convention in Halifax this weekend.
Inside the United States
Trump tells Evangelical leaders he's delivered 'just about everything I promised'
President Trump hosted a dinner of Evangelical leaders at the White House Monday night and told them that he has delivered 'just about everything I promised' on policies of religious liberty and defense of life.
Trump announces 17th wave of judicial nominees, tabs two women for circuit courts
President Trump on Monday announced two new appeals court nominees and two more picks for district court judges, continuing to fulfill his promise of reshaping the federal bench with a conservative bent.
U.S. government to pay $4.7 billion in tariff-related aid to farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday its farm aid package would include $4.7 billion in direct payments to farmers to help offset losses from retaliatory tariffs on American exports this season.
Michael Cohen told Senate intel committee he saw no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen emphatically stated a year ago that he saw no evidence that the president colluded with Russia during the campaign.
Series of Attacks Plagues Egypt’s Beleaguered Christians
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that, as the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha concluded, a series of four attacks struck Upper Egypt from August 22 to 25, 2018. In each of these incidents, security forces either delayed providing protection to Christians or attempted to instigate violence.