Around the World
Bali volcano has 'quite big' chance of eruption; 120,000 flee
Indonesian officials said more than 120,000 people have evacuated Bali as authorities warned a volcano could erupt in a matter of hours.
Head of UN Watchdog Highlights Serious Gap in Iran Nuclear Deal Verification
As US President Donald Trump deliberates over whether to re-certify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in two weeks time, new concerns about verification expressed by the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog may yet tip the balance against his administration doing so.
Militants attack Kabul airport during Mattis visit, U.S. strike kills civilians
Suicide bombers and militants firing mortars attacked Kabul’s airport during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday, prompting a U.S. air strike that accidentally killed civilians, officials said.
Interpol approves Palestinian membership, angering Israel
International police agency Interpol voted Wednesday to include Palestine as a member state, in a new boost to Palestinian efforts for international recognition and influence amid long-stalled negotiations with Israel for full statehood.
Survey: 60% of Arab Israelis have positive view of state
A survey of Arab citizens of Israel has found more positive attitudes to the state and its institutions than was previously thought.
2 IS-backing Arab Israelis charged with plotting another Temple Mount shooting
Two residents of the Arab Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm were charged on Thursday with planning to carry out a shooting attack on the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem, similar to the one that took place in July.
Inside the United States
Federal court strikes down abortion ultrasound law in Kentucky
A federal court struck down a law in Kentucky on Wednesday that requires women seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound and hear a description of the embryo or fetus.
Trump vows another healthcare vote next year, eyes executive order
President Donald Trump, faced with the latest Republican failure to undo Obamacare, pledged on Wednesday to tackle it again next year, suggesting without evidence that he had the votes to pass reform and promising to work with Democrats in the meantime.
Trump border wall construction begins
Homeland Security said it began construction Tuesday on the prototypes for President Trump’s new border wall.
What every American needs to know about Puerto Rico’s hurricane disaster
Early on Wednesday, September 20, Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds, made direct landfall on Puerto Rico, bisecting the entire island and drenching it with feet of rain. What’s happened since has been catastrophic for Puerto Rico.
Moore’s runoff victory in Alabama inspires anti-establishment Republicans
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was left licking his wounds following one of the roughest days of his lengthy political career Tuesday, having failed on a third Obamacare repeal push and then watching his chosen candidate lose a GOP primary runoff in Alabama.
America's STD Epidemic: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea & Syphilis Cases on the Rise
In Americans, cases of three common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) — chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis — have together reached an all-time high, according to a new report.