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Khamenei: Iran doesn’t want nuclear bomb, but US couldn’t stop us if we did
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneni said Thursday that while Tehran doesn’t want an atomic bomb, 'America could not do anything' to stop it if it did, just days after the UN’s nuclear watchdog did not explicitly report that Iran was implementing its nuclear-related commitments and said that its rate of uranium enrichment was increasing.
Saudi Arabia says Iran behind Houthi missile attack on airport
Saudi Arabia has said it will carry out urgent reprisals as it accused Iran of being behind a late-night cruise missile attack by Houthi rebel fighters on a Saudi international airport that injured 26 people.
US says Iran removed unexploded mine from oil tanker
The U.S. military's Central Command has released a video is says shows Iranian forces removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the two ships suspected to have been attacked near the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran responsible for 'blatant assault' on oil tankers in Gulf of Oman, Mike Pompeo says
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for the 'blatant assault' on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier Thursday.
Saudi forces intercept 5 Houthi drones in fresh airport attack
Saudi forces on Friday intercepted five Yemeni rebel drones in the second aerial attack on an airport in the kingdom’s southwest in two days, a Riyadh-led military coalition fighting the rebels said.
Oil tankers hit in fresh 'attack' in Gulf of Oman amid Iran tensions
The US Navy said it is helping the crew of two oil tankers after a 'reported attack' in the Gulf of Oman, just weeks after the US accused Iran of attacking other oil vessels in the same area.
Arab League: Israel-Palestinian peace must have 2 states
The head of the Arab League is warning against any peace plan that ignores a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israeli planes hit several Gaza sites after Sderot rocket attack
Israel planes carried out multiple airstrikes in the Gaza Strip early Friday, hours after a rocket hit a religious school in southern Israel.
With glitz and glamor, Tel Aviv set for Mideast’s largest Pride parade Friday
Hundreds of thousands of people were set to take to Tel Aviv’s streets Friday, as the famously gay-friendly city puts on one of the world’s larger Pride parades.
Sderot rocket strike prompts calls for major military operation in Gaza
Israeli politicians on the right and center called for serious military action against Gaza Thursday, after a religious school in southern Israel was hit by a rocket launched from the Palestinian territory.
Witnesses describe ‘miracle’ as Gaza missile barely misses Sderot students
Most students had already left for the weekend, but several people at a religious school in Sderot had stuck around Thursday night. Three of them were just sitting down to study Biblical psalms when a rocket alarm rang out just before 9 p.m.
Inside the United States
U.S. House committee rejects low-yield nukes in defense bill
The House Armed Services Committee rejected two Republican amendments to the defense appropriations bill for additional funding and deployment of low-yield nuclear warheads.
Pelosi: No debt increase until spending limits are raised
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the Democratic-controlled House won’t pass must-do legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic programs.
The Pentagon is battling the clock to fix serious, unreported F-35 problems
Over the past several years, U.S. Defense Department leaders have gone from citing technical problems as their biggest concern for the F-35 program to bemoaning the expense of buying and sustaining the aircraft.
Trump announces surprise exit of spokeswoman Sarah Sanders
US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the surprise departure of his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, after a combative tenure that saw her all-but-kill off traditional White House briefings to journalists.
Islamic Radical Ideology Sweeps Across Burkina Faso, Targeting Christians
The entire Christian population of a town in Burkina Faso was forced to flee following two attacks by radicals as the shadow of Islamism creeps across the Western African nation.