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Pompeo casts doubt on Saudi prince's role in Khashoggi murder as CIA Director briefs House, Senate prepares to vote

(NEW YORK) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo again cast doubt on the reported CIA assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, saying the U.S. was still "developing" a "set of facts" and media reports about the…... Read More

Alone at UN, Pompeo blasts Iran nuclear deal, but searches for common ground on missile threat

(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. was alone at the United Nations Security Council in blasting the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, as the U.N., European Union, and several European allies praised the agreement for preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and expressed disappointment in the U.S. decision to withdraw, one…... Read More

Manhunt continues for shooter in suspected terrorist attack in France

(STRASBOURG, France) -- A major manhunt is underway in France for a suspect who opened fire in a Christmas market in Strasbourg on Tuesday night, killing two people and injuring 14 others in what authorities are investigating as a terrorist attack.French prosecutor Rémy Heitz said during a press conference on…... Read More

DOJ 'not a tool of trade' in Chinese exec dispute, official vows, after Trump suggests he might intervene

(WASHINGTON) -- As critics blast President Donald Trump for suggesting he might “intervene” in the Justice Department’s pending prosecution of a prominent Chinese executive so his administration can resolve a growing trade dispute with China, the Justice Department’s top national security official on Wednesday insisted his prosecutors will not be…... Read More

Five Marines killed in midair collision identified

(WASHINGTON) -- The Marine Corps has identified the five Marines killed aboard a KC-130 refueling tanker when it collided with a F/A-18 fighter jet off the coast of Japan last week. They were identified as Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38, of New Bern, North Carolina; Maj. James M. Brophy,…... Read More

Church of England issues new guidelines on welcoming trans people into the faith

(LONDON) -- The Church of England has issued new guidance saying that it "welcomes and encourages the unconditional affirmation of trans people" and offers clergy ways to help them celebrate the sacrament of baptism in a meaningful, inclusive way. The pastoral guidance will be incorporated into a revised edition of…... Read More

Russia buries legendary human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva

(MOSCOW) -- Russia on Tuesday buried the legendary human rights activist, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, whose fearless efforts to force the Soviet Union and later Russia's government to observe its citizens’ rights made her a national celebrity.Alexeyeva died on Saturday at the age of 91.One of the last well-known Soviet-era dissidents, Alexeyeva…... Read More

Police arrest man outside British Parliament for trespassing

(LONDON) -- A man was arrested by British armed police on Tuesday for entering the grounds of the British Houses of Parliament.Police have yet to rule out whether the incident is terror-related.“A man was detained and arrested by Carriage Gates inside the Palace of Westminster on suspicion of trespassing at…... Read More

Five Marines missing off coast of Japan declared dead

(WASHINGTON) -- The five Marines missing off the coast of Japan for nearly a week following an aviation mishap have been declared dead by the U.S. Marine Corps.The Marines were aboard a KC-130 refueling aircraft that may have been attempting to refuel in midair a F/A-18 fighter jet last Wednesday."The…... Read More

Russia sends bombers to Venezuela amid country's economic, humanitarian crisis

(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Two Russian bombers landed in Caracas, Venezuela Monday amidst an economic crisis there that has left three million refugees in its wake and caused shortages of food and medical supplies.The Russian Ministry of Defense said the Tu-160 bombers and two support aircraft landed at the Simon Bolivar…... Read More

Meghan Markle makes surprise appearance at British Fashion Awards

(LONDON) -- A glowing, pregnant Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance Monday night at the British Fashion Awards to honor the designer of her wedding gown during the British fashion industry's big night.The Duchess of Sussex presented the British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award to Clare Waight Keller, the…... Read More

Australian woman, 102, becomes oldest skydiver in the world

(ATHELSTONE, Australia) -- A 102-year-old Australian woman has become the oldest skydiver in the world while also raising awareness for the disease that killed her daughter.Athelstone, Australia, resident Irene O'Shea celebrated her 100th birthday by skydiving for the first time, and has taken the extreme leap of faith every year…... Read More

Legendary Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva dies at 91

(MOSCOW) -- Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the doyenne of Russia's human rights movement and one of the country's most revered activists, has died.Alexeyeva, who for decades exposed oppression under the Soviet Union and then post-Communist Russia, was so respected that even President Vladimir Putin found it necessary to show her deference.A veteran…... Read More

Eight people investigated for Italian disco stampede deaths, prosecutors say

(ROME) -- A teenage boy was being held in connection with the stampede at a disco in Italy that killed six people, including five children, prosecutors for the regional and minors said Monday.Seven other people -- three managers of the disco and four owners of the building -- were also…... Read More