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Khamenei sets terms for Tehran to remain in nuclear deal
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday set conditions for Europe for Tehran to remain in the 2015 nuclear accord, following the US withdrawal from the deal earlier this month.
Tehran rejects Pompeo demands, vows to push ahead with weapons development
Iranian officials on Wednesday dismissed a series of demands from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying the US was afraid to face Iran in battle and vowed to push ahead with its military programs.
Oman, Yemen prepare for hurricane-strength Cyclone Mekunu
Cyclone Mekunu is intensifying to hurricane-level strength in the Arabian Sea and is expected to hit Oman and Yemen later this week, forecasters said Wednesday.
Report: Strong Evidence of Iran Developing Long-Range Missile Technology at Secret Facility
A team of California-based weapons researchers has uncovered evidence suggesting Iran is developing long-range missile technology at a secret facility in the Iranian desert.
Trump to cut aid to countries refusing to cooperate on immigration
President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is working on plans to reduce U.S. aid to countries that refuse to cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities.
Mike Pompeo focused on North Korea denuclearization
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said North Korean denuclearization is the 'top national security priority,' but the Trump administration is also focused on 'appropriate countermeasures' to anticipated Russian meddling in the 2018 midterms, knuckling down against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s power grab in Caracas and much, much more.
Google, Facebook's new policy benefits pro-abortion side ahead of Irish vote, critics say
A move by Facebook and Google to restrict political advertising ahead of Ireland’s fiercely contested abortion referendum Friday has outraged critics, who call it the latest example of the social media giants’ power to put a heavy digital thumb on the electoral scales -- even when they strive not to get involved.
Israeli minister says U.S. may soon recognize Israel's hold on Golan
Israel is pressing the Trump administration to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Wednesday, predicting US assent could come within months.
Jewish-Christian Bible Bloc party approved by registrar
There will be a joint Jewish-Christian list that will run in the next general election, after the party registrar’s office recently approved the candidacy of a new party called The Bible Bloc Party (Gush Hatanachi in Hebrew.)
White House mulling possible move against Palestinian mission over ICC push
The White House is considering action against Palestinian diplomats in Washington after Ramallah asked the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to investigate alleged Israeli crimes, The Times of Israel has learned.
Inside the United States
House Republicans refuse Democrats' job training, child care plans to keep welfare reform on track
Republicans rejected Democrats’ efforts Wednesday to increase money for job training or child care for those on welfare, keeping their massive reform bill on track for approval in a key committee
Federal judge rules Trump cannot block people on Twitter
A federal judge in Manhattan ruled Wednesday it is a violation of the First Amendment for President Trump to block critics from viewing his Twitter account.
Pence Celebrates Trump ‘Winning’ After NFL Makes Rule Against Anthem Protests
Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday credited the Trump administration with pushing the NFL to require players to stand for the national anthem.
Giuliani reverses: Trump should interview with Mueller
President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani in a reversal on Wednesday said that he now believes that Trump should interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.