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EU leaders agree to extend economic sanctions on Russia
European Union leaders agreed on Friday to extend their economic sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea from Kiev and backing rebels fighting government troops in east Ukraine, an EU official said.
Syrian army makes advances in southwest offensive
The Syrian army battled rebels in an important town in southwest Syria on Thursday, a media unit run by its ally Hezbollah and a war monitor said, as intensifying air strikes killed dozens of people in the area.
EU leaders agree on migration after late-night summit
European Union leaders reached an agreement on migration after almost 10 hours of chaotic talks in Brussels over the sensitive issue threatening their union and zone of free travel, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.
Pence tells Central American leaders to end migrant 'exodus'
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador on Thursday to end an 'exodus' of illegal immigrants to the United States, urging them to dissuade people from even considering entering the country unlawfully.
Deutsche Bank fails Federal Reserve stress test
U.S. operations of Deutsche Bank failed an annual regulatory stress test by the Federal Reserve, according to results released Thursday.
House panel unanimously advances federal anti-BDS legislation
The House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed controversial legislation on Thursday to target boycott efforts against Israel and Israeli businesses, advancing the measure to now be considered by the entire House chamber.
Israeli envoy: We should delay UNESCO exit
Israel should delay its planned December exit from UNESCO given the positive steps the organization has taken to reform its anti-Israel bias, Ambassador Carmel Shama Hacohen told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
IDF chief in Washington to meet senior US defense officials
IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot landed in the United States for a work visit in the American capital on Thursday night, the army said.
Inside the United States
'Even a blind person' can see Mueller using Manafort to 'target' Trump: judge
A federal judge says 'even a blind person' can see that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is prosecuting Paul Manafort as a way to acquire evidence against his 'true target,' President Trump.
Long-term justice: Younger Supreme Court candidates on Trump's list favored
Youth is a factor as President Trump searches for his pivotal nominee to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court, a task that the president said Thursday is already in high gear.
At least 5 killed in 'targeted attack' on Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis
A man with a shotgun and a beef against his local newspaper stalked into the offices of the Annapolis Capital Gazette on Thursday and opened fire on the newsroom, killing five people and wounding two others, police said.
Sessions' reversals on four Obama positions validated by Supreme Court
The Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed positions of the Obama administration in four cases decided by the Supreme Court this year -- and won all four of them.
Judge temporarily blocks abortion reporting rule in Indiana
A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a new Indiana law’s requirement that medical providers report detailed patient information to the state if they treat women for complications arising from abortions.
Rod Rosenstein clashes with House Republicans amid documents dispute
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein fended off feisty House Republicans at a Thursday committee hearing, amid the passage of a resolution that puts on the record a demand for a handful of Justice Department documents.
Half of Churchgoers, 36 Percent of Pro-Lifers, Hold Favorable View of Planned Parenthood: Gallup
About half of American churchgoers and over a third of self-identified pro-life individuals hold a positive opinion of Planned Parenthood, according to a recent Gallup poll.