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U.S. warns Iran on space launches, Tehran rejects concerns
The United States issued a pre-emptive warning to Iran on Thursday against pursuing three planned space rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.
US, China officials headed to Japan for trade talks Monday
China and the U.S. will commence trade talks in Beijing early next week as both countries work to put an end to yearlong trade tensions that have left global markets unstable, according to a report published late Thursday.
UN envoy bound for Yemen, Saudi Arabia for Yemen war talks
The United Nations’ envoy for Yemen is heading to the region this weekend to talk with government and rebel leaders as international efforts aimed at ending Yemen’s civil war continue.
Islamic Jihad tells Iran: We will create second front in any Israel-Lebanon war
The Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad has committed to spark an escalation on the southern front if Israel enters a military conflict with Lebanon’s Hezbollah on the north, said the Palestinian faction's leader, Ziad Nakhala, in an interview to the state-owned Iranian TV channel Al-Alam.
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Dems’ House takeover to usher in wave of Trump investigations
As Democrats officially take back control of the House when the new Congress is seated Thursday, newly empowered House Committee chairmen are preparing to launch a slew of Trump administration investigations.
'Unacceptable': White House vows veto on Dems' bill to end shutdown without wall money
The White House issued a veto threat Thursday on Democrats’ new bill to end the government shutdown, saying it shortchanged 'the nation’s urgent border security needs.'
Dem introduces bills to eliminate electoral college, stop presidents from pardoning themselves
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tn.), a vocal critic of President Trump, on Thursday introduced two bills to eliminate the electoral college and prevent presidents from pardoning themselves or their family members.
U.S. House elects Democrat Pelosi to be speaker for 2019-2020
Democrat Nancy Pelosi was elected on Thursday to be the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives as her party took majority control of the chamber following its election victory last Nov. 6.
Pew reports, 'Christians overrepresented in Congress': 55 percent Protestant, 30 percent Catholic, 6 percent Jewish
The new Congress that was sworn in Thursday afternoon is significantly more religious and Christian than the nation it represents, according to an analysis of religions claimed by House and Senate members.