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Congress skips chance to kill Iran deal, leaves decision to Trump

(WASHINGTON) -- When President Donald Trump announced two months ago that he would not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal, he automatically triggered a 60-day review period during which Congress could decide to snap tough economic ... Read More

Tillerson tries to quell anxieties at State Department amid questions about his future

(WASHINGTON) -- Ten months after taking office and seven months after beginning a “redesign” of the department that critics say has hollowed it out, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is making a push to be more transparent and to boost sag... Read More

Marine Corps apologizes after aircraft part falls on Japanese school again

(OKINAWA, Japan) -- For the second time in less than a week, a part from a U.S. military aircraft has fallen on a school in Okinawa, Japan.

A Marine CH-53E helicopter window fell onto the sports field of Daini Futenma Elementary School nea... Read More

Meghan Markle to join Prince Harry, royal family for Christmas Day service

(LONDON) -- Meghan Markle will join Prince Harry and other members of the royal family at Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth's estate, on Christmas Day, Kensington Palace said Wednesday.

"You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -... Read More

Landmarks across the globe lit blue and white for Hanukkah's first night

(NEW YORK) -- Buildings and bridges across the world were bathed in blue and white light Tuesday night in honor of the first night of Hanukkah.

From New York City to Winnipeg, Manitoba to Tel Aviv, the eight-day Jewish "festival of lights"... Read More

Tillerson to North Korea: ‘We're ready’ to meet ‘without precondition’

(WASHINGTON) --  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is "ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk ... without precondition," in a surprising change for a member of the Trump administration.  The offer to North Korea ... Read More

Russia will allow its Olympic athletes to compete as neutral after ban

(MOSCOW) -- Russia’s Olympic Committee has voted to back a plan for its athletes to compete at 2018 Winter Olympics under a neutral flag. The move means that there will now likely be a sizeable Russian contingent competing when the Olympics tak... Read More

Imprisoned Paralympian Oscar Pistorius 'bruised' from inmate fight over phone use, officials say

(JOHANNESBERG) -- Paralympic athlete and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was apparently bruised in a prison fight over a telephone, South African prison authorities said today.

No serious injuries resulted from his altercation with ano... Read More

Saudi Arabia to reopen cinemas that have been banned since the 1980s, says crown prince

(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) -- Cinemas are set to open in Saudi Arabia in March 2018 for the first time since they were banned in in the early 1980s, according to the Saudi minister of culture.

"It's a beautiful day in Saudi Arabia!" tweeted H... Read More

Palestinian president will not meet Pence in upcoming trip: foreign minister

(WASHINGTON) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his upcoming trip to the Middle East because of the Trump administration's decision to name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to ... Read More

Iraq declares victory over ISIS

(BAGHDAD) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared victory against ISIS after three years of war.

In an announcement in Baghdad on Saturday, the prime minister said Iraqi forces were in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border.<... Read More

Trump administration has yet to fill many US ambassador posts in Europe

(WASHINGTON) -- When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived at the Vienna airport this week, he was greeted on the tarmac by three deputy chiefs of mission from the U.S. embassies in Austria.

Of the three U.S. missions in Austria –... Read More

Elaborate sand sculptures depict the birth of Jesus

(MADRID) -- The world's best sand sculptors come out each December to help build a giant nativity scene on the Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

The tradition was started by Canarian artist Etual Ojeda in the early 1... Read More

Tillerson ends Europe trip after wave of rebukes on Trump positions

(WASHINGTON) -- During his week in Europe, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to shoot down any perceptions of distance between him and Trump while answering questions from allies at every turn about the president’s most controversial deci... Read More