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Hezbollah Growing in Power after Low Turnout in Lebanon vote
Hezbollah was poised to seal its dominance of Lebanon Monday with results for the decade's first general election expected to confirm the Iran-backed party as the main winner.
Turkey 'will absolutely retaliate' if US weapons sales are threatened
A move by House lawmakers to try to block the sales of U.S. arms to Turkey could lead to retaliation by the country, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned on Sunday.
Russia Starts Advanced Construction on New Iranian Nuke Plant
Russia has begun advanced construction on a new Iranian nuclear plant that could provide Tehran with a second, plutonium-based pathway to a nuclear weapon, according to regional reports that have rattled U.S. officials in the wake of a major disclosure showing Iran lied about its past efforts to construct nuclear warheads.
Pentagon: ‘NYT Story Is False,’ Trump Has Not Asked for Plan to Reduce Troop Numbers in South Korea
The Pentagon released a statement on Friday that called a New York Times story, which reported President Donald Trump is considering reducing the number of U.S. forces in South Korea, false.
John Kerry under fire for reported 'shadow diplomacy' to save Iran deal
Former Secretary of State John Kerry is under fire over a report claiming that he has been engaged in 'shadow diplomacy' with officials from Iran and Europe as part of a final attempt to save the seemingly doomed 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Facebook accused of introducing extremists to one another through 'suggested friends' feature
Facebook has helped introduce thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) extremists to one another, via its 'suggested friends' feature, it can be revealed.
Russia eyes closer Iran ties, more trade if Trump nixes nuclear deal
A top Russian official said bilateral relations and trade with Iran could actually be enhanced if President Trump follows through on a threat to take the United States out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran next week.
Israel fears ‘explosion of violence’ as US prepares to open embassy in Jerusalem
Police in Israel has started patrols and security sweeps of a southern Jerusalem neighborhood, anxiously preparing for a US embassy inauguration that Israelis and Palestinians fear may launch a week of violence.
Defense officials warn of impending Iranian missile strike on northern Israel
Iran is planning to retaliate for recent deadly airstrikes in Syria attributed to the Jewish state by having its proxies fire missiles at military targets in northern Israel sometime in the near future, defense officials warned on Sunday.
Netanyahu Says Better to Face Iran Sooner Rather Than Later
Israel will do what’s needed to block Iranian aggression, sooner rather than later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
'U.S. Embassy' Road Sign Goes Up in Jerusalem
At least three 'US Embassy' road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday ahead of next week's opening of the mission in the city, eyewitnesses said.
Inside the United States
Hawaii Residents on Big Island Face Triple Threat: Lava, Earthquakes and ‘Lethal’ Gas
Hawaii officials are evacuating areas of the Big Island following a series of earthquakes and volcanic activity that have put thousands of lives in danger and are damaging homes and infrastructure.
Federal judge accuses Mueller's team of lying, trying to target Trump: 'C'mon man!' (Court Transcripts)
A federal judge on Friday harshly rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team during a hearing for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort – suggesting they lied about the scope of the investigation, are seeking 'unfettered power' and are more interested in bringing down the president.
U.S. job growth picks up, unemployment rate falls to 3.9 percent
U.S. job growth increased less than expected in April and the unemployment rate dropped to near a 17-1/2-year low of 3.9 percent as some out-of-work Americans left the labor force.
Rare Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Louisiana Near New Orleans
A rare magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck in the Gulf of Mexico about 160 miles southeast of New Orleans.
Judge rejects Mueller's request for delay in Russian troll farm case
A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Spy agency NSA triples collection of U.S. phone records: official report
The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said.
South Carolina Senate Approves Bill Banning 97 Percent of Abortions
The South Carolina Senate approved a measure this week that would ban about 97 percent of abortions in the state.
Navy to resurrect fleet to protect the East Coast and North Atlantic from Russia
The U.S. Navy has reactivated a fleet responsible for overseeing the East Coast and North Atlantic - an escalation of the Pentagon's focus on a resurgent Russia and its expanding military presence.
Disney World Cancels Annual Christian Concert 'Night of Joy' After 34 Years
Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida has officially confirmed that the popular family tourist attraction has canceled its annual Christian concert event, Night of Joy, after 34 years.