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Obama to veto bill letting 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia

on September 13, 2016, 7:14 AM / in International News, National News

President Obama is expected to veto a bill just approved by Congress to let victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia over the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The bill would let courts waive sovereign immunity claims in cases of terrorism on U.S. soil. Saudi Arabia denies any link to the 9/11 attackers, most of who were Saudis, and the White House […]

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Syria’s ceasefire takes effect but sporadic violence reported

Syria’s ceasefire takes effect but sporadic violence reported

on September 13, 2016, 7:10 AM / in International News

A truce negotiated by the U.S. and Russia took effect in Syria at sundown Monday. The country was mostly calm, but residents of the divided city of Aleppo said that a government helicopter dropped bombs on a rebel-held neighborhood a few hours into the ceasefire, and a rebel group said it had killed four government soldiers in the southern province […]

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France arrests teen on suspicion of plotting terror attack

France arrests teen on suspicion of plotting terror attack

on September 12, 2016, 7:27 AM / in International News

French authorities this weekend arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion that he was preparing an “imminent” terror attack in Paris, judicial sources said Sunday. The boy had been under house arrest under a state of emergency declared after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks. Police said his plot was “in response to calls from Syria to attack France.” The arrest came […]

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IRAN HARASSES US SHIPS, AGAIN

IRAN HARASSES US SHIPS, AGAIN

on September 7, 2016, 6:37 AM / in International News, National News

Fast attack boats from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy harassed a U.S. patrol ship over the weekend, the latest in a series of recent “unsafe and unprofessional” incidents in the Persian Gulf. The Hill’s Kristina Wong has the story: The incident occurred Sunday in the central Persian Gulf, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. During the […]

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GOP bill blocks cash payments after $400 million Iran ‘ransom’

on September 7, 2016, 6:23 AM / in International News, National News

Washington Examiner House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce introduced a bill Tuesday that “makes clear” President Obama violated U.S. policy by paying $400 million in cash in exchange for four U.S. citizens held in Iran. The legislation would also “ban cash payments to Iran — period,” and would require “transparency on future settlements” to ensure they are not used […]

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Trump shuts down talk of softening on immigration

Trump shuts down talk of softening on immigration

on September 1, 2016, 6:42 AM / in International News, National News

By Ben Kamisar Donald Trump laid out a 10-point, hard-line immigration plan in Phoenix Wednesday night that quashed any expectations he would pivot from his position or soften his tone. Hours after giving subdued comments in Mexico City at a joint press appearance with Mexico’s president, Trump vowed to build his promised wall on the southern border and warned that […]

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E.U. tells Apple to pay Ireland $14.5 billion in back taxes

E.U. tells Apple to pay Ireland $14.5 billion in back taxes

on August 30, 2016, 8:38 AM / in International News

On Tuesday, the European Commission ordered Apple to pay Ireland $14.5 billion in back taxes. E.U. antitrust regulators believe that Ireland gave the iPhone maker a deal allowing it to route profits through Ireland and skirt E.U. laws in return for creating jobs in the country. Apple shares dropped by 1.6 percent in pre-market trading on the news. The ruling […]

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Putin critic dies in Ukraine of apparent suicide

Putin critic dies in Ukraine of apparent suicide

on August 30, 2016, 8:36 AM / in International News

Well-known Russian journalist Alexander Shchetinin, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, has been found dead in Kiev, Ukraine, with a gunshot wound to the head. His body, seated in a chair with a gun nearby, was discovered by friends arriving at the Novy Region press agency’s apartment for his birthday party. Shchetinin had renounced his Russian citizenship, and reportedly told […]

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Rap-music Ban Called “Racist”

Rap-music Ban Called “Racist”

on August 30, 2016, 7:48 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

Written by  Selwyn Duke “Our intent is to limit student exposure to religious teachings, profanity and violent lyrics,” said a government-schools spokesman recently. The statement speaks volumes, lumping all religious teaching in with “profanity,” whose original meaning pertains to treating sacred things irreverently. The reason for its utterance also speaks volumes. It was a defense of a rap-music ban on […]

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White House conveys displeasure to Pak envoy for tweeting image with first lady

White House conveys displeasure to Pak envoy for tweeting image with first lady

on August 30, 2016, 7:08 AM / in International News, National News

Washington [US], Aug. 30 (ANI): The White House has conveyed its displeasure to Pakistan ambassador to the U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani for tweeting an image of him and his wife with the first lady Michelle Obama. In a strongly-worded letter addressed to Jilani, the White House criticised his actions and accused the ambassador of breaching trust and being undiplomatic in […]

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White House defends Obama evading Senate on Paris climate deal

White House defends Obama evading Senate on Paris climate deal

on August 30, 2016, 7:01 AM / in International News, National News

By Valerie Richardson  /  Washington Times The White House on Monday defended President Obama’s decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without Senate ratification but stopped short of confirming a Chinese report that he will do so this week during his trip toChina. Still, it would surprise no one if Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were to […]

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Colombia’s historic ceasefire takes effect

Colombia’s historic ceasefire takes effect

on August 29, 2016, 7:16 AM / in International News

A ceasefire between Colombia’s military and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the country’s largest rebel group, took effect early Monday, potentially marking a permanent end to five-decades of fighting. The two sides last week signed a historic peace deal at the end of talks in Havana. “Never again will parents be burying their sons and daughters killed in the […]

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Car bombing kills dozens of military recruits in Yemen

Car bombing kills dozens of military recruits in Yemen

on August 29, 2016, 7:13 AM / in International News

A suicide car bombing killed at least 40 pro-government recruits in the southern Yemen city of Aden on Monday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. The men who were killed had gathered at a staging area, preparing to travel to Saudi Arabia and fight Houthi rebels in Yemen’s north. Saudi Arabia is trying to train and deploy 5,000 […]

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Pak envoy approaches US to seek support for NSG bid

Pak envoy approaches US to seek support for NSG bid

on August 28, 2016, 6:29 AM / in International News

Islamabad [Pakistan], Aug. 28 (ANI): Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani has approached the White House, the State Department, important Congress leaders and significant think-tanks and opinion makers in the United States to support Pakistan’s bid for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Jilani assured the American leadership that Pakistan shares international concerns against the proliferation […]

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Potentially habitable planet discovered near Earth’s solar system

Potentially habitable planet discovered near Earth’s solar system

on August 25, 2016, 8:43 AM / in International News

Researchers have discovered the closest potentially habitable planet to Earth, according to findings published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The planet orbits the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, about 25 trillion miles — or 4.25 light-years — away from Earth. It is too distant to be visible to the naked eye. Few details are known about the planet, other than […]

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OBAMA PROVIDES IRAN WITH $1.3 BILLION, BUT WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?

OBAMA PROVIDES IRAN WITH $1.3 BILLION, BUT WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?

on August 25, 2016, 7:26 AM / in International News, National News

Why the Obama administration is refusing to say where the funds ended up. By Ari Lieberman  /  FrontPage Mag It appears that when it comes to its dealings with the Islamic Republic, the Obama administration’s miscues are boundless. The latest fiasco involves the recent transfer of $1.3 billion in taxpayer money to Iran’s mullahs. Both the White House and the State […]

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The rise of marriage for one

The rise of marriage for one

on August 25, 2016, 6:40 AM / in International News, Opinion

The women taking the ‘we’ out of wedding are representative of a much bigger social trend By Ariane Sherine As far as the bride was concerned, the wedding was perfect. Her dress was beautiful, the vows were traditional and she changed her name after the ceremony. The clifftop scenery was breathtaking, the seven bridesmaids were encouraging and supportive: move over […]

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“Voices under the rubble” after quake hits Italy; at least 38 dead

“Voices under the rubble” after quake hits Italy; at least 38 dead

on August 24, 2016, 7:12 AM / in International News

ACCUMOLI, Italy, (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns in central Italy on Wednesday, trapping residents under piles of rubble, killing at least 38 people and leaving thousands homeless. The quake struck in the early hours of the morning when most residents were asleep, razing homes and buckling roads in a cluster of communities some 140 […]

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Vermont state lawmakers heading to Cuba for pointers on education, environment

Vermont state lawmakers heading to Cuba for pointers on education, environment

on August 22, 2016, 8:38 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

By Bruce Parker  /   Watchdog.com Vermont state lawmakers are heading to Cuba to glean insights from the communist country’s approaches to education, health care and the environment. “I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba,” said state Rep. Mary Sullivan, D-Burlington. “It would be interesting to see the place and look at their educational system, agriculture and health care.” Sullivan, the lawmaker organizing the delegation, […]

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Wedding bomber who killed 50 in Turkey was a child

Wedding bomber who killed 50 in Turkey was a child

on August 22, 2016, 8:11 AM / in International News

Turkish officials are waiting for the results of DNA tests on Monday to determine the identity of the suicide bomber who killed at least 50 people at a wedding in Gaziantep, Turkey, on Saturday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that the bomber appeared to have been a child between the ages of 12 and 14. Most of the victims […]

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