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Iran on the brink of ‘full-scale confrontation with the enemy,’ IRGC chief warns
The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps on Wednesday warned Tehran was on the brink of full-on conflict with its enemy, a day after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there would not be a war with the United States amid escalating tensions.
Trump Promises Escalating Trade War with China ‘A Little Squabble,’ Will Result in ‘Great Deal’ for the U.S.
President Trump promised a deal with China will come “when the time is right” Tuesday, calling the current atmosphere of mistrust between the two countries, which has produced an increase in tariffs on both nations’ goods, “a little squabble.”
Russia's Putin Says He May Meet Trump Next Month At G20 In Japan
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he may meet U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of a Group of 20 (G20) summit next month in Japan.
US orders embassy staff from Iraq over ‘imminent’ Iran threat
The United States Wednesday ordered non-emergency staff evacuated from its Baghdad embassy due to an 'imminent' threat from Iranian-linked Iraqi militias, but President Donald Trump predicted Iran would 'soon' want to start talks.
Iran’s defense minister: ‘We will defeat the American-Zionist front’
Iran’s defense minister said Wednesday his country would defeat the US-Israel alliance in the region, amid rising tensions and fears of a potential war between Iran and the US.
Yemeni Armed Drones Attack Saudi Oil Pipeline
A major oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia was struck by armed drones and temporarily shut down, the kingdom's energy minister said Tuesday, calling the move an 'act of terrorism and sabotage' that marks the second attack on the Saudi oil infrastructure in as many days.
No easy options for China as trade war, U.S. pressure bite
China is running out of options to hit back at the United States without hurting its own interests, as Washington intensifies pressure on Beijing to correct trade imbalances in a challenge to China’s state-led economic model.
Nearly 50 Palestinians Reportedly Injured in ‘Nakba Day’ Riots on Gaza Border
Nearly 50 Palestinian rioters were reportedly wounded in 'Nakba Day' demonstrations on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Wednesday.
Israeli military readies for potential violence during Nakba Day and Eurovision
Israeli security forces and communities near the Gaza border prepared for thousands of Palestinians to take part in Nakba Day demonstrations along the security fence surrounding the coastal enclave on Wednesday, though these were expected to be tamer than last year’s Nakba Day clashes in which protesters attempted to breach the security fence, threw explosives at Israeli troops and, in one case, shot at soldiers.
EU to probe Palestinian textbooks for incitement to hatred, violence
The European Union will conduct an examination of new Palestinian school textbooks following a study that found them to be more radical than in the past and containing incitement and rejection of peace with Israel.
Saudi Paper Urges Palestinians to Consider Trump Peace Plan
The editor-in-chief of a Saudi newspaper is urging Palestinians to keep an open mind toward a Mideast plan being devised by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.
Inside the United States
Trump’s Iran moves trigger warnings, demands from Congress
Lawmakers from both parties in Congress demanded more information on the White House’s claims of rising threats in the Middle East, warning US President Donald Trump of a dangerous escalation with Iran.
Alabama passes nation's strictest abortion ban, would send doctors to prison for procedure
Alabama lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday that would put doctors in prison for 10 to 99 years if they provide abortions.
Birth rate in U.S. falls to lowest level in 32 years, CDC says
The number of babies born in the U.S. in 2018 fell to the lowest level in 32 years, according to a government report released Wednesday.
Trump issues executive order to protect US networks amid China spying concerns
President Trump on Wednesday declared a national emergency, signing an executive order that bans U.S. companies from using foreign telecom services that could pose a national security threat.
India's evangelicals fear more persecution if Modi is re-elected
Hundreds of millions of Indians are casting their votes in the world's biggest democratic elections, but the country's evangelicals fear that another term under Narendra Modi will not be good news for Christians.