Around the World
Russia Military Uses New War Weapon to Fight ISIS in Syria
Russia’s air force has struck positions held by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Syria from more than 600 miles away using its most modern cruise missile technology.
Merkel to take charge of G-20 agenda, press multilateralism message to Trump
When President Trump arrives late Thursday for his inaugural gathering of leaders from the world's 20 largest economies, he will be contending not only with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their fraught first face-to-face meeting, but also with host Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, an experienced leader who has clashed with Mr. Trump and hopes to keep the summit tightly focused on her favored agenda.
Chemotherapy may spread cancer and trigger more aggressive tumours, warn scientists
Researchers in the US studied the impact of drugs on patients with breast cancer and found medication increases the chance of cancer cells migrating to other parts of the body, where they are almost always lethal.
North Korea missile test: How big a technological breakthrough?
North Korea's missile test on Tuesday suggests the rogue nation may have dramatically expanded its missile range. They can't yet reach the continental United States, but doing so is only a matter of time, defense experts say.
U.S. suggests military response to North Korea as international community weighs bad options
The Trump administration and the international community on Wednesday were weighing a range of bad policy options after North Korea's ballistic missile program cleared a dangerous milestone this week, leaving the White House and its allies scrambling for diplomatic -- and potentially military -- solutions to curb Pyongyang's increasingly potent nuclear capabilities.
Arab ministers in Cairo agree to maintain boycott of Qatar
Senior diplomats from across the Arab world met in Cairo on Wednesday and rejected Qatar's response to their demands, characterizing it as 'negative.'
Canadian Baby Issued Gender-Free Health Card; Franklin Graham Calls It 'Nonsense'
A baby in Canada was given a health card without a gender designation, supposedly making it the world's first gender-free baby. U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham has denounced as 'nonsense' the parent's argument that it's a human rights violation to assign a sex to the child.
Turkey says it's not 'declaring war' in Syria, but ready to respond
Turkish military preparations in northwest Syria are legitimate measures against a threat from Kurdish forces in the Afrin region, and Turkey will retaliate against any hostile move, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told Reuters on Wednesday.
U.S. Ready to Discuss Syrian No-Fly Zones With Russia, Secretary Tillerson Says
The United States is willing to work with Russia to establish no-fly zones and other measures to stabilize Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday.
Blocking Hezbollah weapons gains is IDF's top priority
Eleven years after the Second Lebanon War, stopping Hezbollah from improving the accuracy of its missiles and rockets is the “top priority” of the army, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said on Wednesday.
1,500 Jerusalem homeowners up in arms over secret sale of church land
Some 1,500 owners of properties in Jerusalem's wealthiest neighborhoods have discovered that the land on which their homes sit has been sold, in secret, to private real estate companies.
Hamas praises UNESCO for panning Israel's Jerusalem activity
The Hamas terror group on Wednesday praised a resolution by the United Nations' cultural body condemning Israeli activity in East Jerusalem and the Old City, and urged the UN to prevent the 'Judaization' of those areas.
Inside the United States
Hacked computer server that handled DNC email remains out of reach of Russia investigators
It is perhaps the key piece of forensic evidence in Russia’s suspected efforts to sway the November presidential election, but federal investigators have yet to get their hands on the hacked computer server that handled email from the Democratic National Committee.
Fed minutes suggest increasing tensions on inflation shortfall
Federal Reserve policymakers were increasingly split on the outlook for inflation and how it might affect the future pace of interest rate rises, according to the minutes of the Fed's last policy meeting on June 13-14 released on Wednesday.
Western Montana rattled by strong earthquakes
Two strong earthquakes have hit western Montana. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck early Thursday about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) southeast of Lincoln. A magnitude 4.5 quake rattled the same general area within a half-hour of the bigger one.
Hobby Lobby Fined $3M, Agrees to Return Smuggled Iraqi Artifacts
The arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby will pay $3 million to settle a federal case over smuggled Iraqi antiquities it bought to demonstrate its 'passion for the Bible.'
New York police officer 'assassinated' by gunman: official
A New York City police officer was shot dead early on Wednesday morning by a gunman who was killed by police as he ran from the scene, an attack the city's top police official called an assassination.
At least 101 shot, 15 killed during violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago
The city of Chicago flooded the streets with 1,000 extra police officers during the Independence Day weekend. But they could not stop an eruption of gun violence.
New York Times, Associated Press Correct Claims that All 17 Intelligence Agencies Agreed on Russian Interference
The New York Times and Associated Press posted corrections last week walking back the widely reported claim that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election with the goal of helping Donald Trump.
Sweden: Pastors Told They Cannot Refuse to Marry Same-Sex Couples
Ministers in Sweden's state church cannot 'refuse to marry same-sex couples', the country's Prime Minister has said.