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Islamic State Group Leader Urges Attacks in Europe and US
An Islamic State group spokesman has urged sympathizers in Europe and the U.S. to launch attacks on civilians there if they are unable to travel to the group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq. [ 1 Comment ]

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NATO finalizes military build-up to counter Russia
NATO foreign ministers were on Thursday finalizing the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia. [ 1 Comment ]

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China says it's ready if US ‘stirs up any conflict’ in South China Sea
China's attempts to claim a nearly 1.4-million-square-mile swathe of open ocean are without precedent and probably without legal merit, but Beijing continues to assert its right to the economically critical zone — and increasingly puts its claims in military terms. [ Comments Off on China says it's ready if US ‘stirs up any conflict’ in South China Sea ]

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In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human
A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal. [ 8 Comments ]

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ISIS, Syrian Conflict 'Not Containable' in Middle East
Threats emanating from the Middle East, including those caused by ISIS and the Syrian civil war, cannot be contained and therefore require the United States to significantly ramp up its military commitments in the region, according to a new report. [ 1 Comment ]

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Due to mounting abuses of religious minorities, especially by ISIS, the European Commission created a new position to promote freedom of religion.

The State Department admitted Monday that the cease-fire in Syria brokered by the U.S. and Russia is at risk of falling apart, given the absence of any sign that Russia is working with Syria's government to stop the violence.

After decades of officially-imposed detachment from the 'Great Satan,' Iranians are this time transfixed by the wild U.S. presidential campaign, mindful that the next White House occupant could have direct impact on their lives.

In a frozen corner of Siberia, far north of where most humans care to live, there is a wildlife refuge where scientists are trying to rebuild an ancient ecosystem that could help slow global warming.

Austrian far-right hopes of winning a presidential runoff remained on hold Sunday as the candidates were neck-and-neck in a battle closely watched by the EU, which is struggling to contain a surge of anti-immigrant parties.

Three weeks after The New York Times Magazine published its profile of deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, in which he describes creating an 'echo chamber' of nongovernmental organizations, nuclear proliferation experts and journalists to sell the Iran nuclear deal, it was revealed a group he cited as disseminating the administration's narrative had donated to news outlets to report on the accord, as well as other advocacy groups supporting it.

A group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave liberal Jewish lobbying organization J street $576,500 to advocate for the deal.

The US and Europe have sought to clarify support for doing business with Iran. A host of US non-nuclear related sanctions have made European firms hesitant to enter the Iranian market following a landmark nuclear deal.

Foreign banks and businesses should not hold back from conducting legal business with Iran, Western powers said Friday.

U.S. Special Forces and surveillance flights are operating on the ground and over Libya as the West moves to boost security operations in the country to bolster Libya's increasingly desperate fight against ISIS.

A pair of Chinese fighter jets buzzed a U.S. military reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea Tuesday, military officials said.

Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now, a hugely influential report says.

Major power foreign ministers failed to agree a new date to resume Syrian peace talks at a meeting on Tuesday, and the opposition said it would not come back to Geneva negotiations unless conditions improved on the ground.

The National Security Agency carried out electronic espionage against a senior Russian crime boss in a search for ties between organized crime groups and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Islamic State group has continued losing control over territory across Iraq and Syria, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday, including almost half of what it had once held in Iraq.

U.S. forces are reportedly on the ground in Libya, conducting patrols and advising local militias fighting to oust Islamic State fighters from the country.

A senior Iranian military commander claimed that U.S. officials are quietly encouraging the Islamic Republic to keep its illicit ballistic missile tests a secret so as not to raise concerns in the region, according to Persian language comments.

Iranian police recently arrested eight people in a new crackdown targeting 'un-Islamic acts' online such as female models posting images of themselves without the hijab, state media reported on May 16.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked Saudi Arabia's leaders Sunday for support in building 'cessation of hostilities' between Syria's government forces and rebels ahead of talks with other countries this week.

The latest issue of Al Qaeda's online magazine Inspire released Saturday calls on would-be jihadis to undermine the American economy by targeting business leaders and entrepreneurs, according to analysts who monitor web chatter from the jihadist organization.

The Obama administration is moving to improve relations with Iran, but the nation may not have helped those efforts by hosting a Holocaust cartoon contest.

One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest.

Facebook relies on editorial news judgment along with algorithms to determine the day's biggest news stories in an approach that has made the social networking site the world's largest news distributor.

Iran's military recently publicized a third underground missile facility and showed the launch of a new ballistic missile through the top of a mountain.

Saudi Arabia is confident nothing in a secret 28-page section of a US congressional report on the September 11 attacks implicates its leaders.

Secretary of State John Kerry, following up on the deal he negotiated with Iran that is lifting sanctions on the rogue Islamic regime and turning over billions of dollars frozen because of its pursuit of nuclear weapons, now is lobbying for more business for the Middle East nation.

International powers will convene in Vienna next week to discuss ways of salvaging dilapidated peace talks regarding Syria's civil war, the US State Department confirmed on Tuesday.

Syria's military says it is extending a cease-fire in the city of Aleppo and its rural areas for 48 hours starting after midnight Tuesday.

A man attacked passengers with a knife at a train station in the Munich area in southern Germany early on Tuesday, leaving four people with life-threatening injuries, Bavarian radio reported.

Iran successfully tested a medium-range ballistic missile two weeks ago, a senior military planning official was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency on Monday.