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US military begins moving equipment out of Syria as pullout begins
The US military has removed some equipment from Syria, a defense official confirmed Thursday, following a report that the pullout ordered by President Donald Trump is now underway.
Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and geologists don’t know why
Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move.
PLO calls for UN to restore ‘Zionism is racism’ resolution
The United Nations must restore the defunct resolution declaring that 'Zionism is racism,' the Palestinian Authority said on Thursday, in response to Israel’s opening of an 'apartheid road' in the West Bank outside of Jerusalem.
Inside the United States
Trump White House urging allies to prepare for possible RBG departure
The White House is reaching out to political allies and conservative activist groups to prepare for an ailing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible death or departure from the Supreme Court -- an event that would trigger the second bitter confirmation battle of President Donald Trump’s tenure.
Trump edges closer to declaring national emergency to build border wall without Democrats' OK
President Trump edged closer to declaring a national emergency Thursday that would allow him to build a barrier on the southern border without Democrats’ approval, even suggesting he might outsource some of the work to the state of Texas.
Pentagon prepares options to build border wall as Trump weighs emergency declaration
The Pentagon is preparing options to build barriers on the southern border in the event that President Donald Trump declares a national emergency there, the latest indication such a move is gaining traction within the administration.
New York Gov. Cuomo: No budget unless abortion made legal for any reason until birth
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is refusing to sign the state’s budget unless the legislature passes a bill that makes abortion up until birth for any reason legal in the state. He is also calling on the legislature to enshrine abortion as a right guaranteed in the state constitution.
Pompeo Vows US to Stand with Persecuted Believers: 'Christians Central to Middle East'
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Egyptian leaders in Cairo Thursday where he made a key speech addressing the region, denouncing the Obama administration for diminishing America's role in the Middle East. Pompeo says America is back and will be a force for good. It's the latest stop in his nine-nation tour of America's Arab allies.
First-ever church in modern Turkey to be built starting February
Construction for the first-ever church to be built in the modern Republic of Turkey will begin in February, a move Syriac Orthodox believers have long been waiting for.