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China, Russia Concerns Top Pompeo Agenda in Central Europe
U.S. fears about China and Russia's growing influence in Central Europe will top Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's agenda as he heads to the region this week, Trump administration officials say.
US-backed fighters close in on last IS-held village in Syria
A spokesman for U.S.-backed Syrian forces says they have captured 41 positions held by Islamic State group militants and destroyed their fortifications in the last tiny pocket they hold in eastern Syria.
US and Russia push rival UN resolutions on Venezuela
The United States is seeking a United Nations Security Council resolution calling on Venezuela to conduct free, fair and credible presidential elections with international observers.
Egypt's el-Sisi elected new chairman of African Union
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been elected chairman of the African Union at the continental body's summit in Ethiopia.
Russian diplomat warns of Israel-Lebanon conflict, slams U.S. for 'incitement'
Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin warned of a possible conflict between Israel and Lebanon and accused the US of inciting 'new conflicts' in the Middle East during an interview in the Russian news agency Sputnik on Saturday.
Netanyahu to meet Pence, Pompeo at Polish Middle East summit
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet US Vice President Mike Pence and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a Middle East conference in Warsaw later this week.
Declassified report on UNRWA accuses State Department of misleading Congress on Palestinian textbooks
A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office accuses the U.S. State Department of misleading Congress over recent couple years regarding actions by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, over the distribution of textbooks that promote Palestinian violence against Israel, evidence that has long been documented.
Inside the United States
Supreme Court Disappoints Pro-Lifers, Halts Louisiana Abortion Law
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Supreme Court's liberal wing on Thursday in temporarily blocking a Louisiana law that would have placed restrictions on abortion clinics, in the high court's first major ruling on abortion since the confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
White House won't rule out another government shutdown
The White House said Sunday it cannot rule out another government shutdown as it gets mixed signals from Democrats and Republicans facing a Friday deadline to fund President Trump’s border-wall demands and keep federal operations humming.
Florida Bill Would Ban Abortions After Unborn Baby’s Heart Begins Beating
A Florida state senator recently filed a bill to ban abortions after an unborn child’s heartbeat is detected.
Trump signals national emergency is on his mind as budget talks stall
President Trump signaled Sunday that declaring a national emergency to circumvent Congress and build a southern border wall remains an option for him after bipartisan budget negotiations to reach a border security deal came to a halt.
Sentence Issued Against Policeman Who Murdered 2 Christians
A criminal court in Upper Egypt’s Minya Governorate has issued a death sentence against policeman Rabie Mustafa Khalifa. This past December, he had approached two Coptic Christians and shot them at close range.