Around the World
Trump praises Kim Jong-un's 'solid response' to letter, progress toward 'expected summit'
President Trump’s team ramped up preparations Tuesday for a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, providing the most promising signals yet that the on-again, off-again meeting is back on, and fueling new optimism that a denuclearization deal is in the works.
Rocket Strike Kills 50 Afghan Taliban Leaders, U.S. Military Says
More than 50 senior Taliban commanders were killed in an artillery strike on a meeting in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand, a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday, as fighting continues across the country.
Iran Plotting With U.S. Allies to Skirt Trump’s New Sanctions
Iranian officials are plotting with U.S. allies across the globe to develop a series of measures meant to counter new sanctions by the Trump administration following its abandonment of the landmark nuclear deal, setting up a global economic showdown between America and its allies over their future business dealings with the Islamic Republic.
Scientists Create Half Chicken, Half Human Embryos
For the first time, researchers have watched human ‘organizer’ cells direct the formation of an embryo’s top, bottom, front and back. They did so by developing a technique that sidesteps restrictions on research with human embryos by grafting human cells onto chicken embryos. The method, published on 23 May in Nature1, could supplant the use of human embryos in some laboratory experiments.
U.S. Navy: Chinese warships maneuvered in 'unprofessional' manner
The Navy considers the actions of Chinese warships that warned two U.S. Navy ships away from the Paracel Islands over the weekend to have maneuvered in a 'safe but unprofessional' manner. That assessment means the ships maneuvered erratically but not in a way that posed a risk of collision, CBS News' national security correspondent David Martin reports.
Turkey says to go elsewhere if U.S. won't sell it F-35 jets
Turkey will meet its needs elsewhere if the United States does not allow it to procure Lockheed Martin's F-35 jets, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by broadcaster CNN Turk on Wednesday.
Dozens of rockets and shells fired into Israel overnight, house hit
Thousands of Israelis spent the night in bomb shelters as terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired some 40 rockets and mortar shells at communities near the coastal enclave early Wednesday, with several of the projectiles being intercepted by Iron Dome. There were no reports of injuries.
IAF hits 2 dozen Hamas sites in second wave of strikes as Gaza fire continues
Israeli warplanes hit some 25 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip late Tuesday and early Wednesday in a second wave of retaliatory strikes, the army said, as Palestinian terror groups continued to fire mortars and rockets into Israel.
Gaza terror rocket hits Strip’s own power lines, leaves Palestinians in dark
One of the rockets fired by terrorist groups from Gaza at southern Israel Tuesday struck equipment that provides electricity to the southern Gaza Strip, knocking out power to thousands, a spokesperson for Israel’s Electric Company said.
After failures in 2014 war, Iron Dome shows it can now down mortar fire too
The Iron Dome missile defense system succeeded on Tuesday where it had been entirely ineffective during the 2014 Gaza war: in shooting down incoming mortar shells that are in the air for just 15 seconds.
In rare face-off, Russian jets reportedly intercept Israeli planes over Lebanon
In a rare incident, Israeli warplanes were reportedly intercepted by Russian fighter jets over Lebanon early Monday morning, despite an understanding in place between Moscow and Jerusalem to avoid conflict between the two countries.
Inside the United States
Supreme Court Rejects Planned Parenthood Over Arkansas Law
The U.S. Supreme Court let Arkansas start enforcing a law that effectively bars pill-induced abortions, turning away an appeal by two Planned Parenthood clinics and at least temporarily leaving the state with only one abortion provider.
Trump administration will fingerprint child migrants' parents
The Trump administration will soon begin fingerprinting parents claiming custody of children who entered the United States illegally without an adult relative, officials said on Tuesday, prompting criticism that children may be abandoned by those who fear being identified and deported.
Hawaii Volcano Eruption: Dangerous Volcanic Smog Blankets Sky in Marshall Islands
The eruption of the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is spewing more than molten lava and ash. It is also putting out 15,000 tons of 'vog,' or volcanic fog, every day.
Millions of U.S. Homeowners Still Under Water on Mortgages
A staggering number of American homeowners remain under water on their mortgages a decade after the housing bubble burst.
Franklin Graham Takes Fight to 'Godless' Progressives in California With New Tour
The Reverend Franklin Graham has revived his Decision America Tour, focusing on the state of California ahead of this year's midterm elections.
State Department Religious Freedom Report Spotlights ‘Horrific’ Situation in Iran
Iran and Saudi Arabia were among the Middle Eastern countries whose records on religious freedom were severely criticized on Tuesday, with the publication of the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2017.
European 'Christians' no longer align with Christian faith
A new poll by Pew Research Center indicates European Christians, once the driving force behind the faith’s expansion worldwide, no longer are.