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New Syrian jihadist alliance vows to step up attacks against army
The head of a new alliance of Syrian Islamist factions, including a former affiliate of al Qaeda, has promised to escalate attacks against the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed allies with the goal of toppling President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia In Syria: Putin's War On ISIS Offers Turkey Diplomacy And Assad Missiles As Army, Rebels Fight Islamic State
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to have closer military cooperation Thursday as their opposing Syrian allies battle the Islamic State group in northern Syria.
Whistleblower Says Venezuela Issuing Passports to Terrorists
A Venezuelan whistleblower says the government is selling passports and visas to suspicious Middle Eastern citizens.
In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty - sources
In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States, according to two U.S. officials and one former U.S. official with knowledge of the call.
'Sobering' poll finds European support for Trump's Muslim ban
The majority of Europeans, according to a poll of more than 10,000 people in 10 EU countries, would support a Trump-style ban on migration from mainly Muslim countries.
Germany: trust in Israel 'profoundly shaken'
'The confidence we had in the Israeli government's commitment to the two-state solution has been profoundly shaken,' the German foreign ministry said on Wednesday (8 February).
Inside the United States
Appeals court keeps block on Trump's immigration ban
A federal appeals court decided to keep in place the temporary restraining order halting President Trump's immigration ban as other proceedings move through the lower courts.
Trump border 'wall' to cost $21.6 billion, take 3.5 years to build: internal report
President Donald Trump's 'wall' along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct, based on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters on Thursday.
77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries
The State Department has more than doubled the rate of refugees from Iraq, Syria and other suspect countries in the week since a federal judge's reprieve, in what analysts said appears to be a push to admit as many people as possible before another court puts the program back on ice.
Nearly 1 in 5 immigrants in US illegally in NYC, LA areas
A report released Thursday estimates more than 2.5 million immigrants in the country illegally live in the metropolitan areas of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, which have pledged to fight President Trump's plans to expand deportations.
Navy successfully tests new missile-defense system in Hawaii
A new missile-defense system developed by the United States and Japan destroyed a target missile during a test off the coast of Hawaii on Friday, a Missile Defense Agency statement said.
Iraqi archbishop backs Trump travel ban, hopes for aid to Christians
The Archbishop for the Christian community in Iraq said President Trump's travel ban on immmigrants from terror hotspots is a good thing and will help minority religious groups in the region.