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Ireland Backs Gay Marriage in Landslide Vote

Ireland's referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters say "yes" to changing the nation's constitution to define marriage as a union between two people regardless of their sex. With the move, Ireland became the first country in the world to approve gay marriage in a popular national vote. Nineteen other countries, including most U.S. states, have legalized the practice through their legislatures and courts.

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Russia Deployed Nuclear-Capable Gear, NATO Commander Says

Russia has deployed equipment during the conflict in eastern Ukraine that can be used for nuclear weapons, NATO's top military commander said.

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U.S. Forces 'Closely Monitoring' Iranian Warships Near Yemen

U.S. military forces are "closely monitoring" an Iranian ship bound for Yemen that is said to contain aid for the warring factions in that country, according to multiple Pentagon officials.

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ISIS Now Controls 50 Percent of Syria

After seizing Palmyra on May 20, the Islamic State (ISIS) now controls 50 percent of Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Thousands from Around the World Join ISIS

Between 16,000 and 17,000, according to one independent Western estimate, men and a small number of women from 90 countries or more who have streamed to Syria and Iraq to wage Muslim holy war for the Islamic State.

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Iran's Supreme Leader Rejects Foreign Access to Military Sites, Scientists

Iran's supreme leader vowed Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers.

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Report: Saudis may purchase Pakistani atomic bomb

Saudi Arabia has reached out to its ally Pakistan to acquire "off-the-shelf" atomic weapons as a nuclear arms race begins to shape up with Shiite rival Iran.

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Military intel predicted rise of ISIS in 2012, detailed arms shipments from Benghazi to Syria

Seventeen months before President Obama dismissed the Islamic State as a "JV team," a Defense Intelligence Agency report predicted the rise of the terror group and likely establishment of a caliphate if its momentum was not reversed.

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ISIS takes capital of Iraq's largest province

Islamic State militants have taken the capital of Iraq's largest province, the city of Ramadi, as Iraqi elite special forces soldiers flee.

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Obama 'red line' erased as Assad chemical weapons use goes unchecked by U.S. military

President Obama's infamous "red line" in Syria seems to have been fully erased.

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Russia Says It Can Deploy Nuclear Arms to Crimea

Pro-Russian separatists said Tuesday they sustained big losses in a gun battle Monday for control of this citys international airport as sporadic shooting continued around the airport.
Russia's envoy to the NATO alliance said on Friday that Moscow will bolster military forces in occupied Ukraine, and is not banned from deploying nuclear arms in Crimea.

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Saudis Threatened by Iran, Promises to Start a Nuclear Weapons Program of its Own

When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off a "free-for-all" of proliferation in the Arab world. "It is almost certain that other players in the region would feel it necessary to get their own nuclear weapons," he said in 2012, the New York Times reported.

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Are Earthquakes and Volcano Activity on the Rise?

If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that's because they are. Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet averaged 160.9 earthquakes per year: that is a 38.9% increase of M6+ earthquakes in recent years.

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Iran threatens war if 'aid ship' to Yemen attacked

A starboard beam view of an Iranian Alvand class frigate underway.
Iran threatened to declare war on any country that attacks a ship it says contains humanitarian aid currently making its way to Yemen, accompanied by warships. The warning came amid heightened tensions after the Islamic Republic seized a cargo ship last month.

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Gulf Leaders Meet in Washington to Warn Obama Concerning Iran

Gulf nation leaders joined President Barack Obama at the White House Wednesday to warn of the risks of completing a nuclear deal with Iran. Obama was seeking to convince his counterparts of the potential benefits for the region.

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