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Hong Kong extradition bill finally withdrawn, but protestors say it is only one of five demands
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has finally withdrawn the controversial extradition bill that has riven the former British colony with protests since June.
Secretary of State Pompeo Declines to Sign Risky Afghan Peace Deal
The U.S. is closing in on a deal with the Taliban that is designed to wind down America’s 18-year war in Afghanistan, but the best indication of how risky the pact maybe is this: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is declining to sign it, according to senior U.S., Afghan and European officials.
Hong Kong leader pulls extradition bill, but too little too late, say some
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday withdrew an extradition bill that triggered months of often violent protests so the Chinese-ruled city can move forward from a 'highly vulnerable and dangerous' place and find solutions.
US adds new sanctions and reward to further pressure Iran
The Trump administration stepped up pressure on Iran on Wednesday, imposing sanctions on an oil shipping network with ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and offering a reward of up to $15 million for anyone with information that could disrupt its faltering economy even further.
Israel said again mulling raid on Iran; thinks Trump, unlike Obama, won’t oppose
Israeli officials are currently considering the possibility of conducting a military strike on Iran, with or without the approval of the United States, The New York Times reported Wednesday. They believe US President Donald Trump could decide not to stand in the way of such an attack, unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, the paper reported Wednesday in an exposé that detailed the lows and highs of the Israel-US relationship in the face-off against the Islamic Republic over the past decade.
Israel makes public satellite images of more Iranian activity in Syria and Lebanon
The Israeli military has uncovered further evidence of Iranian entrenchment in Syria and Lebanon.
Times report says Israel came extremely close to striking Iran in 2012
A New York Times report Wednesday revealed how close Israel had actually come to striking Iran in 2012.
IDF said still on high alert in north amid prospect of further Hezbollah attack
The Israeli military remained on high alert along the northern border Wednesday, bracing for further Hezbollah attacks, according to a television report.
Inside the United States
U.S. trade deficit shrinks, gap with China remains elevated
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed slightly in July, but the gap with China, a focus of the Trump administration’s 'America First' agenda, surged to a six-month high.
Dorian creeps up US coast; near-record storm surge feared
A weakened but still deadly Hurricane Dorian crept up the Southeastern seaboard Wednesday, and millions were ordered to evacuate as forecasters said near-record levels of seawater and rain could swamp the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas.
Trump Admin Is Considering Using Amazon Echo And Apple Watch To Determine If Citizens Should Own A Gun
The Trump administration is considering a proposal that would use Google, Amazon and Apple to collect data on users who exhibit characteristics of mental illness that could lead to violent behavior, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
Syrian civil war has damaged more than 120 churches, report finds
As many as 124 churches have been damaged or targeted by military forces on all sides of Syria's civil war, which has stretched on for more than eight years, according to a new report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).
Mosaic near Sea of Galilee may mark new site for Jesus loaves and fishes miracle
A mosaic depicting fish, birds and baskets of what may be bread, newly uncovered near the Sea of Galilee, may commemorate the historic location of the miracle recorded in the New Testament in which Jesus miraculously feeds a multitude, according to the lead archaeologist at the site, Haifa University’s Dr. Michael Eisenberg.