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Trump Administration Quietly Releases Over $100 Million in Lebanon Military Aid
The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay that led some lawmakers to compare it to the aid for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry.
Trump administration proposes slapping new tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of French goods to retaliate against big tech tax
The United States proposed retaliatory tariffs against France on Monday for its new digital services tax, which has targeted American technology giants like Amazon and Facebook.
US looks to support democratic protests in South America while disclaiming socialist elements
The US has pledged its support to democratic revolutions in South America, while warning against Russian interference.
Islamic State takes credit for new London Bridge stabbing
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the London Bridge attack last week that has temporarily suspended campaigning for the British election.
Trump and Netanyahu discuss Iran, other issues
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on Sunday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran and other issues, the White House said in a brief statement.
Netanyahu has 30 days to receive immunity from Knesset
Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit published a list of 333 prosecution witnesses on Monday in the public corruption indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, including highly prominent names like Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer and former Mossad director Tamir Pardo.
Netanyahu reportedly offers Gantz majority of shared premiership
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly offered rival Benny Gantz the lion's share of a rotating premiership.
Inside the United States
New York State Ranks No. 1 in Abortion Rate; But Abortions Down 24% in U.S. in Last 10 Years on Record
Of the 47 states that reported their annual abortion numbers to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York had the highest rate, ratio and overall number of abortions, according to a newly released CDC report.
Virginia Democrats Ready to Pass New Gun Restrictions
A bill being pushed by Democrats in the Virginia legislature would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor to carry, buy, sell, import or transfer firearm magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. House Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Va.) is the primary sponsor of the legislation, and she also supports a ban on semi-automatic rifles, such as the AR-15.
House GOP report says no evidence for Trump impeachment, warns of ‘dangerous precedent’
House Republicans delivered a point-by-point rebuttal Monday to Democrats’ impeachment efforts, claiming in their own report that the evidence collected in the inquiry to date does not support the accusations leveled against President Trump -- or rise to the level of removal from office.
US corporate debt nears $10 trillion, now at record 47% of economy
US corporations are sitting on nearly $10 trillion in debt. That's equivalent to roughly 47% of the overall economy, which is a record, according to date first cited by the Washington Post.
Why Holy Land Christians are leaving Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus
'At Christmas, there's no more significant spot than this place,' said Fox News host Pete Hegseth, standing at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. 'Today, this site... is controlled by the Palestinian Authority. The number of Christians here is dwindling.'
Member of persecuted Chinese church receives prison sentence
An elder from the church of persecuted Chinese pastor Wang Yi was sentenced to four years in prison this week for possessing the church library, as the Chinese government continues to bear down on members of Early Rain Covenant Church.
Christians in Sri Lanka fear election of new Buddhist leader could mean more persecution
Christians in Sri Lanka are expecting persecution to intensify under a new Buddhist leader whose brother once gave the green light for monks to harass churches.