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Burning Tehran High-Rise Collapses, Kills 50 Firefighters [VIDEO]


The collapse of a Tehran high-rise building engulfed in flames killed at least 50 firefighters and injured at least 75 more people Thursday, state media reported. The Plasco, considered an iconic building in the center of the Iranian capital, was seen crumbling to the ground on live television after firefighters fought the fire for...
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Turkey Nightclub Attack Suspect Confesses [VIDEO]


The suspected shooter in the New Year’s Eve attack on an upscale nightclub in Istanbul was captured late Monday night and then reportedly confessed to his actions. Abdulkadir Masharipov, reported to be from Uzbekistan, appears in photos posted by Turkish state media with a heavily bruised face. Masharipov, who was detained in the Esenyurt...
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James Mattis, Ben Carson, Mike Pompeo Senate Hearings – WATCH LIVE


President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet hearings continue Thursday with secretary of defense nominee James Mattis, secretary of housing and urban development nominee Ben Carson, and CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo. WATCH LIVE SENATE QUESTIONS TRUMP’S PICKS CIA CHIEF, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE & SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT < ----- While Rep. Pompeo (R-Kan.), a...
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Rex Tillerson Trump’s Secretary Of State Faces Senate Grilling


The second day of Senate confirmation hearings started Wednesday morning with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson facing heavy questioning, especially due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson has downplayed his relationship with Russia, though, and his prepared remarks claim “Russia today poses a...
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4 Dead in Jerusalem Truck Attack [VIDEO]


At least four people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured in a truck attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, Israeli officials said. A spokesperson for Israel’s foreign press described it as a “possible terrorist attack” which hit soldiers as they were getting off of a bus. The perpetrator was then shot....
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ISIS Claims Deadly Istanbul Nightclub Attack [VIDEO]


ISIS claimed responsibility Monday morning for a deadly New Year’s Eve gun attack on Istanbul’s popular Reina nightclub, seeming to confirm the assessment of Turkish and U.S. intelligence officials. Turkish police have reportedly detained eight people in connection with the attack, although the gunman — who killed 39 people including 25 foreigners — is...
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Russia: Syria Regime, Rebels Agree To Ceasefire Deal


On Thursday, Russian state media announced a cease-fire between the Syrian government and Syrian rebel groups. “Reports have just arrived that several hours ago there was a development that we all have looked and worked for for so long,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “Three documents have been signed. A cease-fire between the Syrian...
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Israel Moves Ahead With East Jerusalem Settlement Plan Despite UN Vote


Following the U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the building of settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said Tuesday the country is limiting its “work contacts” with 10 countries that voted in its favor. A spokesman explained Israel would curtail “travels of officials from Israel” to Britain, Russia, France,...
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Israel Censures Ambassadors For UN Vote [VIDEO]


Israel has summoned ambassa-dors from countries that voted against for a United Nations resolution this week against settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The measure passed after the United States did not vote instead of vetoing the measure. “From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration...
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US Abstains As UN Votes To End Israeli Settlements


The United Nations Security Council on Friday voted in favor of a resolution calling for the end of Israeli settlements. Fourteen of the body’s 15 member states voted in favor of the measure, while the United States abstained. In advance of the vote, Democratic and Republican lawmakers called on the Obama administration to block...
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Italian Police Kill Berlin Market Attack Suspect Anis Amri In Milan


Police in Milan have shot and killed Anis Amri, the Tunisian man believed to have carried out the deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said Friday morning. “The person who was killed, there is no doubt that he is Anis Amri,” Minniti said, confirming...
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Trump Urges Obama To Veto U.N. Resolution On Israeli Settlements


President-elect Donald J. Trump publicly pressured President Obama on Thursday to veto a United Nations resolution critical of Israel, the newly elected leaders most direct intervention in foreign policy during his transition to power. Mr. Trump called on the president to use the United States veto in the United Nations Security Council to block...
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Berlin’s Most Wanted: Germany Search For Tunisian Suspect


German investigators are searching for a Tunisian man whose identity document was found in the cab of the 18-wheeler that crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, German media reported Wednesday. According to Der Spiegel, the temporary residency permit points to a man in his early 20s who goes by the name...
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Report: Russia Tested Anti-Satellite Weapon


Russia is believed to have tested an anti-satellite weapon, sources told CNN early Wednesday. U.S. officials, who tracked it, said they believe it did not destroy anything because it did not create debris. They also believe Russia sent kamikaze satellites, known in Russia as “Kosmos 2499,” which have the power to cripple or destroy...
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Trump Picked Rigth Wing Hard-Liner David Friedman As AMB To Israel


President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday named far-right Israel supporter David Friedman as his pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel, a move that angered liberal U.S. Jewish groups. In a statement announcing his decision, Trump said he was confident Friedman would “maintain the special relationship between our two countries.” Friedman, a Long Island bankruptcy lawyer...
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UN: Aleppo Civilians ‘Shot on the Spot’ [VIDEO]


Syrian government troops in Aleppo have been reportedly going door-to-door killing civilians Tuesday in the holdout city’s sole remaining rebel-held enclave—a development the United Nations human-rights office termed “a complete meltdown of humanity.” The UN office said it had reliable evidence that at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children, have been...
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U.S. To Send 200 More Troops To Syria


U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said about 200 more U.S. troops are being sent to Syria to help battle Islamic State fighters. The troops, to help Kurdish and Arab fighters retake the ISIL stronghold of Raqqa, will include special operations forces, Carter said Saturday. “These uniquely skilled operators will join the 300 U.S. special...
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Russia, Syria Halt Aleppo Airstrikes Ahead of ‘Truce’ [VIDEO]


Russia and Syria on Tuesday claimed they would halt their airstrikes on the besieged city of Aleppo to prepare for a “humanitarian pause” on Thursday. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the strikes were suspended at 10 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for the temporary truce from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday—a cease-fire that...
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Howard Stern: Trump Supported Iraq War in 2002


Radio shock-jock Howard Stern this week addressed for the first time his 2002 interview with Donald Trump, during which the current GOP nominee expressed his support for the impending Iraq War. “I was up late watching the debate,” Stern said of Monday evening’s presidential debate, during which the controversial interview was cited. “I hung...
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NYC Bomb Suspect Charged in Cop Shootout


The New York City bombing suspect has been charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law-enforcement officer. Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was apprehended Monday morning following a shootout with cops in Linden, New Jersey, in which is accused of injuring two officers. Rahami is believed to be responsible for explosive devices planted...
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Obama To Veto Bill Allowing 9/11 Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia


President Obama will veto the bill that would allow 9/11 victims and their families to sue countries like Saudi Arabia for any role they may have played in the deadly terror attacks. The president has previously expressed skepticism about the legislation, saying it would unnecessarily harm relations with the Saudis, but the bill passed...
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Syrian US-Russia Deal Cease-Fire Will Begin at Sunset


The new Syrian cease-fire, brokered by Russia and the United States, is expected to begin Monday evening. It’s still unclear if rebel factions, who have expressed reservations about the agreement, will abide by the deal. In a rare public appearance, President Bashar al-Assad attended prayers at a mosque Monday in a newly surrendered Damascus...
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Al-Qaeda Leader Threatens U.S. Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary [VIDEO]


Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appears in a new video released ahead of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, calling the attacks “blessed” and promising more such attacks to come. “We mark in these days the passage of nearly 15 years since the blessed invasions in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania,” Zawahiri says, according to a...
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Report: Trump Took Saudi Arabia Cash


Donald Trump reportedly sold the 45th floor of Trump World Tower to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for $4.5 million in June 2001 and the apartments later became part of the Saudi Mission to the United Nations. This comes after Trump has repeatedly hammered Hillary Clinton for accepting money from the country through the...
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ISIS Second In Command Killed In Syria


Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani has been killed, ISIS announced Tuesday through its Amaq News Agency. The outlet cited a military source saying Adnani “was martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo.” But Adnani was far more than a mere mouthpiece for the group and had a $5...
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American University In Kabul Under Attack


Explosions and gunfire rang out at American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday in what a police commander described as “a complex attack.” Gunmen stormed the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to eyewitnesses. Dozens of students and Associated Press photographer Massoud Hossaini were trapped inside the building, witnesses said. Several wounded...
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Turkish Wedding Suicide Bomber ‘Was a Child’ [VIDEO]


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the suicide bomber who killed 51 people at a wedding in Gaziantep on Saturday was a child working for Islamic State terror group. In one of the worst attacks in Turkey this year, the bomber detonated at an outdoor wedding in a Kurdish neighborhood near the Syrian border,...
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Iran Cash Deal Was Contingent on Prisoner Release [VIDEO]


According to the U.S. State Department, the $400 million cash payment sent to Iran’s government earlier this year was contingent upon the release of four American prisoners detained in the country. After the transfer was initially reported earlier this month, President Obama said there was “no ransom” paid for the release of the detainees,...
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UN Syria Envoy Suspends Humanitarian Effort


A humanitarian task force with the United Nations in Syria has on Thursday suspended its efforts amid continued violence in the country, which has been ravaged by more than five years of civil war. A day before, Syrian opposition activists released images of a 5-year-old child who was pulled from the devastation of an...
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15 Guantanamo Inmates Sent To UAE [VIDEO]


The Pentagon announced Monday that 15 detainees at the prison at Guantanamo Bay have been sent to the United Arab Emirates as part of the Obama administration’s plans to close the facility. Twelve of the prisoners transferred out are from Yemen, and three are from Afghanistan, an official told the Associated Press. “The United...
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