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North Korea Could Have Nuclear-Tipped ICBM By Next Year
The Defense Intelligence Agency now estimates that North Korea could have an ICBM with a nuclear warhead capable of hitting the U.S. mainland by next year, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
EU court keeps Hamas on terrorism list, removes Tamil Tigers
The European Union's top court kept Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on the EU terrorism blacklist on Wednesday and removed Sri Lankan separatist rebels, the Tamil Tigers.
Hamas declares Temple Mount ‘victory,’ calls new ‘day of rage’
Some 2,000 members of the Hamas terror group marched in the Gaza Strip Wednesday to mark 'victory' after Israel removed contested metal detectors from entrances to the Temple Mount a day earlier in a bid to calm tensions.
Hezbollah chief hails Palestinian ‘victory’ at Temple Mount
The head of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah called Israel’s removal of metal detectors from Temple Mount entrances a victory in a televised speech Wednesday, even as Muslim leaders have said that the move is not enough and vowed to continue protests.
Palestinians: Removal of Metal Detectors Not Enough
The Palestinian Authority and Islamic religious authorities said Israel's removal of recently installed metal detectors and security cameras at an entrance to the Temple Mount is not enough.
Netanyahu demands al-Jazeera offices in Israel be shut down
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would look for ways to shutter the presence of satellite news station al-Jazeera in Israel, accusing the Qatar-based channel of inciting violence.
Inside the United States
GOP hijacks Democrats' bill on Jeff Sessions, uses it to target Hillary Clinton
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday commandeered a Democrat resolution demanding more information about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' actions and turned it into a resolution demanding further investigation into Hillary Clinton.
After rejection of full Obamacare repeal, Senate Republicans resort to ‘skinny’ version
The push for a 'clean' repeal of Obamacare died Wednesday after Senate Republicans were unable to rally the votes, forcing leaders to turn to watered-down proposals that would repeal only some of the onerous parts of the troubled health care law.
Trump issues edict: Transgender troops will not serve in U.S. military
President Trump tweeted Wednesday that transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in the military.
CIA Gives More Power to Spies to Bolster Intelligence Operations
The Central Intelligence Agency under President Trump is giving more authority to field operatives and cutting excessive bureaucracy in a bid to boost intelligence operations, CIA Director Mike Pompeo says.
Dow Jones, Nasdaq, S&P Hit Record Highs
U.S. stock indexes inched further into record territory Wednesday after AT&T, Boeing and others joined the parade of big companies reporting stronger profits than analysts expected. Stocks that pay big dividends were particularly strong after the Federal Reserve took a pause in its slow-moving campaign to lift interest rates, as Treasury yields sank lower.
First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.
The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, Technology Review has learned.
Trump attacks Sessions again, this time for not replacing the acting FBI director
President Trump took a swipe at his attorney general on Wednesday for his failure to replace the acting FBI director — a curious critique give the statutory authority to appoint someone outside the normal line of succession rests squarely on the president’s shoulders.
Senate Democrats Protest Obamacare Repeal, Block Key Witness in Russia Probe
Senate Democrats used a parliamentary maneuver Wednesday to cut short a high-profile hearing central to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s probe into Russian meddling.
Calling Worship ‘Unlawful Assembly,’ Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, Arrest Six Christians
Berating and slapping a pastor for reading the Bible instead of Hindu texts, police in Uttar Pradesh state, India last month detained six Christians under “unlawful assembly” laws for worshiping together, sources said.
Church in Zanzibar, Tanzania Shaken as Court Supports Muslims’ Opposition to Building
A court on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, ruled on Thursday (July 20) that a church cannot continue constructing a worship building it has tried to finish for eight years, sources said.