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Iran to boost uranium enrichment if nuclear deal fails

Iran says it has begun work on increasing its uranium enrichment capacity, in case its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers collapses.The head of Iran’s atomic agency told reporters that it was developing infrastructure to build advanced centrifuges at the Natanz facility.The agency has informed the United Nations of the move, but said it would […]

‘You have made history’: Netanyahu hails Trump at Jerusalem embassy opening

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday praised Donald Trump for “making history by recognizing history” at a ceremony dedicating the new US embassy in Jerusalem, while President Reuven Rivlin thanked the US president for “keeping his promise.”“What a glorious day,” Netanyahu told the crowd at the new embassy building in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona. […]

Putin sworn in for another six years as president

Vladimir Putin vowed to pursue economic changes to help boost living standards as he was sworn in to his fourth term as Russian president on Monday.“Now, we must use all existing possibilities, first of all for resolving internal urgent tasks of development, for economic and technological breakthroughs, for raising competitiveness in those spheres that determine […]

Trump cancels trip to South America to oversee ‘response to Syria’

President Trump is scrapping plans to travel this week to a summit in South America because of the situation in Syria, the White House said Tuesday.Trump had been scheduled to depart Friday for Peru before traveling to Colombia.“President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, […]

Putin Easily Wins Another Six-Year Term in the Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.Putin’s thumping victory will extend his total time in office to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, […]

U.S., European powers to continue Iran talks this week

WASHINGTON – US officials will pick up discussions with their British, French and German counterparts on Thursday over the fate of the Iran nuclear deal, weeks ahead of a deadline set by US President Donald Trump threatening to pull out of the accord.Trump administration officials say the talks are at an “advanced” stage entering their […]

Mideast braces for war: Israel vs. Iran-backed Hezbollah

US Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Feb. 27 after a trip to the Middle East that Israel was preparing for war. Hezbollah appears to be ready for the possibility. It is honing its skills and playing a multifaceted role in Syria, where it has also realized several important goals, according to one of its militants and sources close […]

Israel successfully tests Arrow-3 missile defense system

Israel successfully tested its new Arrow missile defense system Monday, the Defense Ministry announced in a tweet, the accomplishment capping a program that’s seen a series of delays and cancellations.   The test was carried out in cooperation with the United States’ Missile Defense Agency.   “A short while ago, the Defense Ministry and American […]

Russian Military Used Syria War to Train Forces and Learn U.S. Combat Moves, Says General

Russian has used the war in Syria to train scores of its servicemen and to pick up valuable glimpses of the United States’ own tricks and tactics on the battlefield, a top Air Force intelligence general said.Moscow launched an aerial campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, and though the operation’s targets overlapped with […]

The Swedish Church makes Jesus Christ gender-neutral

Hen is a gender-neutral personal pronoun in Swedish, intended as an alternative to the gender-specific hon (she) and han (he).Ahead of Christmas Eve, the Swedish Church in Västerås put an advertisement in one of the local newspapers to invite to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, son of God.But in the ad, Jesus […]