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Turkey Warns US Against 'Wrong Steps' in Addressing NATO Ally's Purchase of Russian Missile System
Turkey remained firm in its commitment to purchase the Russian S-400 missile defense system Wednesday, saying the US ought to look out if it went ahead with its threatened sanctions against the sole Middle East NATO member.
International Pressure Increases on Iran as IAEA Verifies Breach of 2015 Nuclear Terms
A closed-door meeting of the UN atomic watchdog agency in Vienna Wednesday determined that Iran had indeed breached the 3.76% uranium enrichment limit of the 2015 nuclear deal, confirming reports from Iran Monday that it had ramped up its enrichment to 4.5%.
UK: Iranian vessels tried to block British vessel in Gulf
Britain said Thursday that three Iranian vessels unsuccessfully tried to impede the passage of a British commercial vessel through the Strait of Hormuz, signaling a further escalation of tensions over a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
EU, Israel, Egypt express unease about Turkey's gas drilling off Cyprus
Turkey said on Wednesday it rejected Greek and European Union assertions that Turkish drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus was illegitimate, and said they showed the EU could not be an impartial mediator on the Cyprus problem.
Pompeo assures Christian Zionists that Israel allows conversions to Christianity
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made a point of reminding a conference of Christian Zionists that Israel permits conversions to Christianity, just weeks after his department reported on the difficulties converts face there.
Inside the United States
Support for legal abortion matches its 24-year high: Poll
Sixty percent of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, the most in ABC News/Washington Post polls since 1995. More also say their state should make it easier, rather than harder, for women to have access to abortion, with a plurality favoring no change in the status quo.
US lawmakers look to legalize pot in ‘historic’ marijuana reform hearing
U.S. lawmakers weighed reforming pot laws in what advocates called a 'historic' hearing Wednesday, with numerous members of Congress saying they wanted to loosen federal laws, even legalize marijuana.