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Iran nuclear chief announces completion of new facility to produce centrifuges
Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday announced to state media that the Islamic Republic had completed construction of a facility capable of producing advanced centrifuges at its nuclear plant Natanz, fulfilling threats that it would continue nuclear production in the event that the US withdraw from the 2014 nuclear deal and slap heavy sanctions on the country.
Syria's Assad approves gas attack in Idlib despite warning, report says
President Bashar al-Assad has approved a gas attack in the Idlib province, which is the country’s last rebel stronghold, a report on Sunday said.
Trump administration to take tough stance against International Criminal Court
The United States on Monday will adopt an aggressive posture against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, threatening sanctions against its judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan.
Bloodbath Expected as Russia, Iran, Syria, Turkey Unite for Final Showdown in Idlib
The United Nations is warning of catastrophic consequences facing civilians trapped in Syria's Idlib province.
Knife-wielding attacker wounds 7 in Paris
At least seven people were injured in an attack by a knife-wielding man in Paris on Sunday, officials said.
US ambassador sees Golan remaining in Israeli hands 'forever'
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman expects the annexed Golan Heights to remain under Israeli control 'forever', according to an excerpt released Thursday of an interview he gave to an Israeli newspaper.
Envoy: US won't present peace plan that fails to meet Israel's security needs
'We will not put forth a plan or endorse a plan that doesn't meet all of Israel's security issues because they are of extreme importance to us,' U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt said in an interview to the Land of Israel Network over the weekend.
IDF to investigate death of 2 Palestinian teens in Gaza border riot
The military on Saturday said it would launch an inquest into claims of a fatal shooting of two Palestinian teens by Israeli forces during a Gaza border riot on Friday.
Inside the United States
Congress ready to call Trump’s bluff on shutdown threat
President Trump this week threatened to partially shut down the federal government unless it approves funding for his border wall, but lawmakers from both parties say that isn't going to happen.
Strengthening Hurricane Florence Takes Aim at US Southeast
A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence churned across the Atlantic on Sunday toward a possible direct hit on the U.S. Southeast late this week, triggering warnings to people up and down the coast to get their emergency kits ready, map out escape routes and fill sandbags.
Senate comes together to fight opioid crisis
The Senate will vote this week on a massive bipartisan bill that combines 70 different measures aimed at reducing addiction and drug overdose deaths from opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers.
Kavanaugh Says Gov't Can't Force Christian Groups to Pay for Abortion Drugs
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has stated that the federal government cannot compel Christian organizations to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.
Chinese Authorities Tear Down Crosses and Close Down Churches in Henan
According to ChinaAid, Henan authorities have continued to tear down crosses across China.
Trump Admin. Reopens Asylum Cases of Indonesian Christians Facing Deportation
The Trump administration has reopened the asylum cases of nearly three dozen Indonesian Christian immigrants who face the possibility of deportation back to a country where they could be persecuted.