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Russia covered up explosion of Skyfall nuclear superweapon
Russia covered up the deadly nuclear reactor explosion in August during the salvage at sea of one of Vladimir Putin’s new superweapons, a nuclear-powered cruise missile called Skyfall, a senior State Department official disclosed.
EU will delay Brexit until February if Johnson fails to ratify deal this week
The Sunday Times has reported bit.ly/2p1UfbJ that the European Union will delay Brexit until February 2020 if Prime Minister Boris Johnson is unable to get his deal past parliament this week.
Erdogan to discuss Syrian deployment in 'safe zone' with Putin next week
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he would discuss the deployment of Syrian government forces in a planned 'safe zone' in northern Syria during talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin next week, but warned Ankara would 'implement its own plans' if a solution was not reached.
Hong Kong Protest Leaders Urge Turnout for March, Despite Risk of Arrest
Pro-democracy leaders called on Hong Kong's citizens to join a Sunday anti-government march in spite of the risk of arrest, after police banned the rally which is seen as a test of the protest movement's strength following months of unrest.
U.S. troops cross into Iraq from Syria
United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk, Reuters witnesses said on Monday.
India, Pakistan trade fire over Kashmir
India and Pakistan exchanged fire across the de facto border of the disputed Kashmir region while blaming the other for instigating the shelling that killed at least nine people.
Kurdish military leader says his fighters still want to work with US, accuses Turkey of 'violating' cease-fire, 'ethnic cleansing'
The Kurdish military leader who serves as commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces revealed to Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin in a telephone interview Sunday from his base inside Syria that Turkey’s military has 'violated' the planned cease-fire and was continuing to commit 'ethnic cleansing.'
British PM pushes for Brexit deal vote after being forced to seek delay
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will again try to put his Brexit deal to a vote in parliament on Monday after he was forced by his opponents to send a letter seeking a delay from the European Union.
Syria critic Lindsey Graham reverses stance, says Trump's policy could succeed
Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump’s decision to move U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria, said on Sunday he now believed 'historic solutions' were possible.
Iran rejects Turkey's establishing of military posts in Syria
Iran rejects Turkey's establishing of military posts inside Syria, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday, adding that the integrity of Tehran's key regional ally should be respected.
Lebanon shaken by third day of protests with some denouncing Hezbollah
Protests continued to rage throughout Lebanon on Saturday as politicians attempt to find a way to end a crisis that has many calling for the current government to step down.
Hosting Pompeo amid concerns about policy in Syria, PM hails US-Israel alliance
Hosting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday as President Donald Trump’s policy changes on Syria spark concern among Israelis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Pompeo and Trump for their 'consistent support for Israel' and hailed the strength of US-Israel ties. Commenting on the US-arranged ceasefire in Turkey’s offensive in Syria against Kurdish fighters, the prime minister said mildly that he hoped it would 'turn out for the best.'
On an ancient road to the Temple, archaeological innovation, mystery and dispute
Archaeologists and historians call the subterranean road the 'Stepped Street.' Those who prefer to link Jerusalem’s Jewish past to its present tend to call it the 'Pilgrims’ Path' or the 'Pilgrimage Road.' It was built starting in 20 CE by the Romans, said Levy, and completed under the governance of Pontius Pilate in about 30 CE. A recent study of coins collected at the site appears to confirm this dating.
Liberman to Netanyahu: You have failed three times
Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Liberman on Sunday blasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, after the Prime Minister circulated a video on social media, entitled "Gantz, Lapid and Liberman's Secret Plan." In the video, the Prime Minister warned that Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz could form a narrow left-wing government that relies on external support of the Joint List.
Inside the United States
Bipartisan Shrug as US Budget Deficit Nears $1 Trillion
Washington is drowning in red ink again, yet the mounting fiscal problem is prompting collective yawns from the Trump Administration and Democrats alike.
A Nation Sharply Divided Over Trump Impeachment Inquiry
Voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire are accustomed to taking the lead on important political decisions. With a critical 2020 presidential election looming, these voters are increasingly occupied with the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. And their opinions are as divided as those in the rest of the nation.
'God knows why': Long wait for DOJ inspector general report on alleged FISA abuses vexes Trump allies
Conflicting signals surround the classification review for the Justice Department inspector general's report on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses.
38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe
A State Department investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server found hundreds of security violations and determined that at least 38 people were 'culpable,' according to a report released Friday.
U.S. Takes Steps to Require Asylum-Seekers' DNA
The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals, a Justice Department official said.
Study: Christianity in U.S. Continues Decline but Evangelicalism Is More Stable
The percentage of Americans who identify as Christian continued to decline in a new study, although those who consider themselves to be evangelicals fell only slightly.
Pastors of larger churches more likely to prioritize counseling and discipleship, new study says
While a majority of Protestant pastors prioritize counseling and discipleship among their ministry meetings, pastors of larger churches are more likely to invest in these meetings, according to the results of a new study by LifeWay Research.