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Pompeo: Russian delivery of S-300 to Syria a 'serious escalation'
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the Russian delivery of the S-300 air defense system to Syria was 'a serious escalation.'
U.S. quietly makes progress toward 'Arab NATO'
A Trump administration plan to organize friendly Middle East regimes into an 'Arab NATO' is gathering unexpected steam, with the State Department on Wednesday confirming that Saudi Arabia and eight other allies plan a meeting soon to start putting the idea into practice.
Indonesia Volcano Erupts on Same Island Struck by Devastating Tsunami
A volcano erupted in Indonesia Wednesday on the same island hit by an earthquake and tsunami just days before.
U.S. withdraws from international accords, says U.N. world court 'politicized'
The Trump administration on Wednesday pulled out of two international agreements after Iran and the Palestinians complained to the International Court of Justice about U.S. policies, the latest withdrawal by Washington from multilateral accords.
Eurozone economy appears to lose momentum as exports stall
The 19-country eurozone economy lost momentum in September despite a resilient performance by the services sector in Italy, according to a closely watched survey released Wednesday.
Israel can beat Russian-supplied S-300 air shield in Syria: minister
An Israeli official played down on Wednesday the Russian upgrading of Syria’s air defenses, saying the newly supplied S-300 missile system could be defeated by Israel’s stealth fighters and possibly destroyed on the ground.
Bolton Sets Reporter Straight on ‘Palestine’: ‘It’s Not a State’
A White House reporter took issue Wednesday with John Bolton for referring to the 'so-called State of Palestine,' prompting the National Security Advisor to explain that it is, in fact, 'not a state.'
Inside the United States
Mitch McConnell sets up final Kavanaugh vote for Saturday
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took steps Wednesday that will set up a Saturday afternoon vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Prayer Banned at Graduations, School Events After Nation's Largest Atheist Group Complains
A school district in Massachusetts will no longer allow prayer at its school-sponsored events in order to appease one of the nation's leading atheist groups.
Evangelical Belief in Reincarnation and Astrology Shockingly High, Survey Finds
Roughly half of self-identified evangelicals affirm at least one New Age belief, including a third who believe in psychics and one in five who believe in reincarnation or astrology, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.