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White House issues preemptive warning to Syria on chemical attack
The Trump administration issued a rare, preemptive warning to the Syrian regime against launching any chemical weapons attacks, warning Damascus will “pay a heavy price” if it refuses to heed Washington’s red line.
Philippines says no deal with ISIS-linked Islamists who seized southern town
The Philippines ruled out negotiations on Tuesday with Islamist militants holding hostages and occupying a southern town, after reports that a rebel leader wanted to trade a Catholic priest for his parents being held by police.
WH Chemical Attack Warning Comes After Russia Laid Down Its Own Red Lines on Syria
A White House warning late on Monday night about 'potential preparations' by the Assad regime for a chemical weapons attack comes at a particularly tense time in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad's Russia ally a week ago effectively warned that it could shoot down U.S. aircraft there.
Russian submarine successfully test-fires Bulava intercontinental missile
The Russian Northern Fleet's Project 955 underwater missile cruiser Yuri Dolgoruky has successfully test-fired a Bulava missile from the Barents Sea and hit all the designated targets at the Kura practice range in Kamchatka, Russia's Defense Ministry reported on Monday.
Israel strikes Hamas targets following Gaza rocket attack
The Israeli Air Force targeted Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip on Monday night following an earlier rocket attack from the Hamas-controlled territory, according to a statement released by the IDF.
Israel gears up for Jerusalem sovereignty fight in UNESCO
Israel is pushing to sway the 21 nations on UNESCO's World Heritage Committee to reject a resolution disavowing Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, when the committee meets in Krakow, Poland, July 2-12.
US, Israel set up team to combat cybersecurity threat
Israel and the US are set to collaborate in cybersecurity, a senior White House official said at a conference in Tel Aviv Monday.
Inside the United States
Supreme Court rules state can’t bar funds to church for public benefit
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a state cannot refuse to fund a church’s secular activities just because it is a religious institution, in a decision Christian conservatives hailed as a major win for religious freedom.
Supreme Court revives Trump travel ban
The Supreme Court revived President Trump’s extreme vetting travel ban Monday, ruling that much of it can go into effect — and along the way delivering an implicit rebuke to the army of lower-court judges who’d blasted the president as anti-Muslim.
Supreme Court Will Hear Religious Liberty Challenge to Gay Weddings
The Supreme Court agreed Monday (June 26) to reopen the national debate over same-sex marriage.
Justice Gorsuch immediately asserts himself on right of Supreme Court
Newly minted Supreme CourtJustice Neil M. Gorsuch came out of the starting blocks quickly in his first months, firmly planting himself on the court's right along with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. as defenders of religious freedom and skeptics of judicial meddling in the other two branches' work.
CBO says Senate Republican health care plan lowers premiums but cuts coverage by 22 million
Senate Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill would lower most Americans' premiums and save the government more than $300 billion over the next decade but also leave 22 million fewer people with health care coverage, the Congressional Budget Office said in an analysis Monday.
Three CNN Journalists Resign Over Retracted Story Targeting Trump Ally
Three CNN journalists, including the executive editor in charge of the network's new investigative unit, resigned on Monday after CNN retracted a story last week.
Sanders Ignores Fox News Questions About FBI Investigation, Starts Talking About Health Care
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Monday dodged questions from a Fox News producer regarding the FBI investigation into his wife, Jane, opting to talk about health care instead.