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Trump administration plans to divert $40 million in aid to Venezuela's opposition
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration plans to divert more than $40 million in humanitarian aid for Central America to support the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, according to an internal document obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.
Britain Plans Additional Warship Presence in Gulf
Britain will send a third warship to the Persian Gulf, though the move is not related to the current Iran crisis, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on Tuesday.
US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker that vanished in Persian Gulf
A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker two days ago, leading the US to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened tensions in the region, an American defense official said Tuesday.
North Korea suggests it may resume nuclear, missile tests
North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime US-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion.
At summit with Russia, Israel and US demanded Iran leave Lebanon, Iraq
During a trilateral meeting between the national security advisers of Israel, the US and Russia in late June, Jerusalem, and Washington demanded that Moscow ensure the withdrawal of Iran’s forces from Lebanon and Iraq, as well as from Syria, Channel 13 News reported Tuesday.
Poll: Kingmaker Liberman surges to 10 seats, left and right mergers ineffective
Exactly two months ahead of the September 17 elections, a poll published Tuesday showed Avigdor Liberman still holding the deciding say in coalition negotiations as his Yisrael Beytenu party surged to 10 seats after winning just five in April. The survey also revealed that mergers between smaller parties on the left and right would not increase the sizes of their respective blocs.
Inside the United States
Opioid Shipments Increased by Over 50% as Addiction Crisis Grew, Federal Data Shows
Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation’s addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012.
Federal judge blocks Trump from placing citizenship question on 2020 census
A federal judge in New York has blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Franklin Graham warns Equality Act would be ‘catastrophic’ for Christians if it becomes law
The Equality Act, a bill that would add 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' as protected classes under federal civil rights law, would be 'catastrophic' for Christians and churches if it becomes law, evangelist Franklin Graham warned.
House Passes Text Condemning Trump’s 'Racist Comments'; Democrat Pushes For Impeachment
The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, joined by four Republicans and an independent, voted Tuesday to condemn President Trump for comments about Democratic congresswomen which the resolution described as 'racist.'