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US senators unveil Russia sanctions bill after intel report
Several US senators including Republicans critical of President-elect Donald Trump’s skepticism of alleged Kremlin-ordered hacking joined forces Tuesday to introduce sanctions against Russia for interfering in the US election.
Iran Demands ‘Compensation’ for U.S. Breach of Nuke Deal
Iran is demanding further “compensation” from the United States following claims America violated the nuclear agreement by passing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic, according to comments by senior Iranian officials following meetings with the Obama administration in Vienna.
Will The EU Survive 2017? French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron Questions Euro Currency
The European Union's single currency system could be abandoned within the next ten years without significant economic reforms by Paris and Berlin, according to French presidential candidate and former economic minister Emmanuel Macron, who commented Tuesday on Germany's advantageous position in the current scheme.
Kerry to attend Mideast peace conference in Paris
Secretary of State John Kerry will attend a Middle East peace conference in Paris on Sunday, in a move likely to dismay an already angry Israel.
Pope Francis to host Abbas on January 14
Pope Francis will grant Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas an audience at the Vatican on Saturday, the Holy See confirmed indirectly Tuesday by announcing arrangements for media coverage of the visit.
Inside the United States
Taxpayers pay IRS $3 billion in 2015 for Obamacare penalty
Taxpayers forked over $3 billion to the federal government in 2015 because they didn't have health insurance, under Obamacare's individual mandate penalty.
Why Are Police Called Pigs? In US Capitol, Controversial Painting Goes Up And Down
Liberal and conservative lawmakers squabbled Tuesday over whether to hang a controversial social-justice themed painting depicting police officers as pigs in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington.
Senior House Republican Says Intel Shows Gitmo Detainees Returning to Terrorism
A senior House Republican urged President Obama on Tuesday to 'immediately halt' the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees, citing a new intelligence report that found recently released prisoners were returning to terrorism.
FBI's Comey: Republicans also hacked by Russia
Top intelligence officials indicated on Tuesday that the GOP was also a Russian hacking target but that none of the information obtained was leaked.
Jury sentences Dylann Roof to death for Emanuel AME Church massacre
Just a few hours after he told a crowded courtroom 'I still feel like I had to do it,' a federal jury sentenced Dylann Roof to death for carrying out a cold, calculated massacre inside Charleston's Emanuel AME Church in a bid to spark a race war.
Bomb Threats Target 20 Jewish Centers Across U.S.
Jewish centers received multiple bomb threats in at least six states on Monday, according to reports.
Black pastors rally in Washington for AG nominee Jeff Sessions
A group of black pastors Monday criticized African-American opponents of attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions for demonizing the Alabama Republican, instead characterizing him as someone who shows 'respect and care for people of all races.'