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German coalition talks break down, raising prospect of new election
High-stakes talks to form a new German government collapsed Sunday as the pro-business FDP party walked out, plunging Europe’s biggest economy into a political crisis and potentially precipitating the end of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s career.
Earthquakes Expected To Double In Number In 2018 As Earth's Rotation Slows
A team of scientists presented a research paper to the Geological Society of America, revealing some ground shaking information. The paper has warned that there could be a big increase in numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world next year caused by the slowing down of the Earth's rotation.
7.0 earthquake triggers tsunami warnings for New Caledonia and Vanuatu
An undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunami waves towards New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia
An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior Israeli official of such contacts.
IDF fires at Syrian army position in Golan
Israeli tank units in the Golan Heights fired a warning shot at a Syrian army position inside a no-man’s land along the Israeli-Syrian frontier Sunday evening.
Inside the United States
White House puts the cost of the opioid crisis at $504 billion in 2015
The economic cost of the opioid crisis was $504 billion in 2015 -- more than six times the most recently estimated cost of the epidemic, according to a new White House report.
Trump open to dropping healthcare provision in Senate tax bill
U.S. President Donald Trump would not insist on including repeal of an Obama-era health insurance mandate in a bill intended to enact the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s, a senior White House aide said on Sunday.
Ohio Senate Says 'No' to Abortion Based on Down Syndrome Diagnosis
The Ohio Senate passed the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act this week. It prohibits abortion based solely on a doctor's diagnosis of Down Syndrome.
ISIS Militants in Philippines Targeted Christians for Worst Abuse: Report
Dozens of Christian civilians were killed while others in the community bore the brunt of the six-month conflict on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao between the country's military and militants allied to the Islamic State group, which ended last month, according to a detailed report by Amnesty International.
Family’s Home Quickly Burns to the Ground — but the One Item Left Totally Unscathed is Giving Them Hope
A family in Rockhouse, Kentucky, lost absolutely everything during a horrific fire this week — everything aside from one prized possession: a Bible.
Methodist Church in Great Britain welcomes a new first: a transgender minister
The Methodist Church in Great Britain has its first transgender minister.