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Pope Calls for a 'New Global Political Authority'
Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem" before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal encyclical. In a document released by an Italian magazine on Monday, the pontiff will warn that failure to act would have "grave consequences for all of us".
U.S. Allies in Syria Cut ISIS Supply Line
A quick and successful offensive by Kurdish fighters and allied rebels in a northern Syrian town has boosted a U.S.-backed effort to choke off Islamic State's supply routes and offered a template for regaining territory from the extremist group.
Russia to increase nuclear arsenal as U.S. plans more firepower in Europe
Russia announced Tuesday that it will expand its nuclear arsenal, sparking concerns about a renewed arms race as old Cold War rivals Moscow and Washington plan to increase their military capacity amid rising tensions over Ukraine.
North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years
North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition.
NASA Scientist: We're Running Out of Groundwater, Situation 'Critical'
More than half of the world's largest underground water reservoirs are reportedly going dry -- with more water being removed than is being replaced.
World stock markets mostly rise before Fed statement
World stock markets mostly rose Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a Federal Reserve policy statement that could shed new light on when the U.S. central bank will raise interest rates.
Iran nuke talks impeded by disagreement on all main elements
Iran and six powers are still apart on all main elements of a nuclear deal with less than two weeks to go to their June 30 target date and will likely have to extend their negotiations, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.
China says South China Sea island building to finish soon
China will complete land reclamation projects on its disputed South China Sea territorial claims as planned within days, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, in an apparent bid to reassure its neighbors over moves seen as sharpening tensions in the strategically vital region.
Hamas rejects unilateral dissolution of Palestinian unity
Hamas said Wednesday it rejected any unilateral dissolution of the Palestinian unity government after senior officials reported that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced the government would resign.
Sirens in Israel as Syrian rebels launch anti-government offensive
Rebels in southern Syria announced a major offensive on Wednesday to capture remaining positions held by the Syrian military in Quneitra province, near to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The shelling set off sirens on the Israeli side of the border, warning of incoming rockets or shells.
Inscription bearing name from Davidic era found at ancient site
An ancient Canaanite inscription including a name shared with a biblical rival to King David was found by archaeologists on a pot unearthed at a site in the Elah Valley, west of Jerusalem, researchers said Tuesday. One of them described it as a 'once in a lifetime' find.
Israel's new radar system is largest yet
Development of Israel's largest radar system (and one of the world's largest) was recently completed by Israel Aerospace Industries, and details of its design and capabilities have been released.
Inside the United States
Government debt threatens to send U.S. economy into death spiral, CBO warns
Rising federal debt threatens to choke economic growth within a decade, beginning a death spiral that will sap revenue from government programs even as demands grow, forcing the government to borrow even more, Congress' budget watchdog said in a frightening report Tuesday.
Feds can't verify nearly $3B in ObamaCare subsidies, audit shows
The federal government cannot verify nearly $3 billion in subsidies distributed through ObamaCare, putting significant taxpayer funding 'at risk,' according to a new audit report.
Obama Prepares More 'Executive Actions' On Global Warming
President Barack Obama is preparing to unleash a series of "executive actions" aimed at boosting the green energy industry as part of the president's global warming agenda.
Top investigator says federal cybersecurity 'stinks'
The Obama administration's chief human resources officer ignored warnings to shut down the very computer systems that hackers would use to steal the most personal information of millions of federal employees, Congress was told Tuesday in testimony that left lawmakers stunned at the gaps in cybersecurity.