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NASA Satellite Data Confirms Amazon Fires Are Average for this time of year
In the Amazon rainforest, fire season has arrived. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured these images of several fires burning in the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Pará, and Mato Grosso on August 11 and August 13, 2019.
Syrian Forces Take Control of Northern Hama Province for First Time Since 2012
Syrian state media report that government forces now control all of northern Hama province for the first time since 2012 and that they have encircled a Turkish military monitoring post in the town of Morek. Turkish President Erdogan says that he will discuss the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet next week.
French, US officials strike draft compromise on French digital tax
French and US negotiators have reached a compromise agreement on France's digital tax, a levy which prompted US President Donald Trump to threaten a separate tax on French wine imports, a source close to the negotiations said.
Russia's Putin, Turkey's Erdogan To Hold Talks In Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the Moscow regional town of Zhukovsky on August 27 for talks expected to focus on the situation in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib.
Russia to resume S-400 missile deliveries to Turkey this week
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Monday that Russia would resume the delivery of its S-400 missile defense system to Turkey this week.
Netanyahu Expands Israeli Air Campaign Against Iran to Lebanon and Iraq
Israel widened its air campaign against Iran-backed targets across the Middle East over the weekend, pitting itself against Lebanese and Iraqi leaders who have hosted the proxies.
Trump Says Peace Plan To Arrive Before Israeli Elections, Details Shrouded In Mystery
Amidst conflicting reports about its details, President Trump said Monday that his administration's plan for Middle East peace would be presented before new Israeli elections in September.
As war fears skyrocket, Netanyahu orders rare security briefing for rival Gantz
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday ordered his top defense aides to brief chief political rival Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party on security developments, an extremely rare move reflecting threats of war on multiple fronts.
Inside the United States
Texas pastor whose daughter was killed in mass shooting is running for state Senate
A Texas pastor whose teenage daughter was among those killed during a mass shooting in his church in 2017 says he'll run for the state Senate next year.
Christians cannot be forced to make gay wedding videos, rules US appeals court
An appeals court has ruled in favor of Christian filmmakers who had been told by Minnesota officials that they could not refuse to make videos for same-sex weddings on the grounds of religious objections.
Christian group challenges California's donor disclosure for nonprofits
A Christian legal center appealed to the Supreme Court Monday, challenging California’s law that forces nonprofits to disclose donors to the state attorney general’s office.