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U.S. State Department to Ban Americans From Traveling to North Korea

The U.S. government on Friday said it will bar Americans from traveling to North Korea due to the risk of "long-term detention" in the country, where a U.S. student was jailed while on a tour last year and later died. (more…)

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Trump Warns Iran of ‘Consequences’ Unless Detained Americans Are Released

U.S. President Donald Trump warned that Iran would face "new and serious consequences" unless all unjustly detained American citizens were released and returned, the White House said in a statement on Friday. (more…)

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Lyft to Develop Its Own Self-driving Car Technology

Lyft Inc has formed a self-driving car division, company executives said, a bold investment for the second-largest U.S. ride-services firm as it jockeys for position in the highly competitive autonomous vehicle race. (more…)

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3 Palestinians Killed in Clashes With Israeli Troops Near Jerusalem Holy Site

An escalating dispute over metal detectors at a contested Jerusalem shrine turned violent on Friday, setting off widespread clashes between Palestinian stone-throwers and Israeli troops. Three Palestinians were killed and several dozen injured by live rounds, rubber bullets and beatings, medics said. (more…)

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Scores Found Guilty in Thailand of Organizing Human Trafficking Ring

A court in Thailand on Wednesday convicted scores of defendants accused of organizing a human-trafficking ring that enslaved hundreds of people, dozens of whom were found buried in a mass grave near a secret jungle camp in which they had been imprisoned, tortured and held for ransom. (more…)

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Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo credit: REUTERS)

On Open Mic, Netanyahu Heard Bashing EU and Obama Administration; Admits to a ‘Dozen Strikes’ Against Iran in Syria

Recordings of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacking the European Union, bashing former US President Barack Obama and admitting to previous Israeli strikes against Iranian-backed groups in the region were leaked Wednesday to the shock of the public and to the dismay of the premier. (more…)

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Trump Nominates Jon Huntsman to be U.S. Ambassador to Russia

The White House announced Tuesday night that President Trump intends to nominate former Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah to be U.S. ambassador to Russia. (more…)

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Venezuelan Opposition Calls For Strike, US Threatens Action Against Maduro if Referendum is Ignored

Venezuela's opposition called Monday for a 24-hour nationwide strike to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to drop plans to rewrite the constitution while the United States threatened "strong and swift economic actions" against his socialist administration if it ignores the will of voters in a referendum. (more…)

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Netflix Sees Subscriber Growth With Original Shows

Twenty years after Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix Inc (NFLX.O), and a decade after the company introduced video streaming, it hit another milestone - one that is key to its ability to sustain its scorching pace of growth. (more…)

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Trump Administration Says Iran is Complying With Nuclear Deal But Still Remains a ‘Dangerous Threat’

President Donald Trump's administration on Monday declared that Iran was complying with its nuclear agreement with world powers, but warned that Tehran was in default of the spirit of the accord and that Washington would look for ways to strengthen it. (more…)

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Philippine President Asks Congress to Extend Martial Law on Island of Mindanao Until End of the Year

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of the year, to grant him time to crush a rebel movement inspired by the c group. (more…)

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Trump Threatens Sanctions on Venezuela if President Maduro Creates Constituent Assembly

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to take "strong and swift economic actions" if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro goes ahead with plans to create a super-legislature known as a Constituent Assembly in a July 30 vote. (more…)

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President Trump is greeted by the Rev. Robert Jeffress during a Celebrate Freedom Rally at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on July 1. (Olivier Douliery/European Pressphoto Agency)

Washington Post Suggests Trump is Changing Evangelicals and Evangelicals Are Not Changing Trump. Is That True?

by John Fea If you want to understand white evangelicalism in the age of Trump, you need to know Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. (more…)

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New Study Shows Chemicals Known to Alter Male Hormones Are Prevalent in Boxed Mac and Cheese Products

  Potentially harmful chemicals that were banned from children’s teething rings and rubber duck toys a decade ago may still be present in high concentrations in your child’s favorite meal: macaroni and cheese mixes made with powdered cheese. (more…)

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U.S. Think Tank Says North Korea May Have More Plutonium Than Previously Thought

Thermal images of North Korea's main nuclear site show Pyongyang may have reprocessed more plutonium than previously thought that can be used to enlarge its nuclear weapons stockpile, a U.S. think tank said on Friday. (more…)

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