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US intelligence intercepted communications between Syrian military and chemical experts

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US military and intelligence community has intercepted communications featuring Syrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the sarin attack in Idlib last week, a senior US official tells CNN.<p>The intercepts were part of an immediate review of all intelligence in …

Middle East

Official: Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week, but …

Middle East

Tomahawk missiles: Explaining the weapons the US used to strike Syria

<b>(CNN) —</b> US President Donald Trump ordered military strikes against Syria on Thursday in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, including children.<p>Two US warships in the eastern Mediterranean launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase, US …

Military

Radical drug could cut cholesterol by half

A radical drug could cut cholesterol by half, an “exciting” major study has found.<p>An international trial of 27,000 patients found that those who took the drug evolocumab saw their bad cholesterol levels fall by around 60 per cent on average.<p>Scientists say the new drug can prevent heart attacks and …

What is the FISA court, and why is it so secretive?

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's a highly fortified courtroom where some of the most secretive government decisions get made. And you've probably never heard of it.<p>But in the coming days, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court -- known as the FISA court or FISC -- will get more attention after President Donald …

Surveillance

Trump Travel Ban Highlights Divide in Michigan's Immigrant Communities

DEARBORN, Mich. — A blue collar community with a substantial Muslim population is at odds over President Donald Trump's travel ban, which the White House has promised to retool after setbacks in court.<p>“It was them, man. It was their people,” said Bobby Gonzales, a resident of Sterling Heights, …

The White House released a list of ‘under covered’ terror attacks it would like you to look at

By Philip Bump<p>National correspondent<p>After President Trump made the baffling claim in a speech on Monday that the media was not reporting on terror attacks (“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They …

The White House

Trump signs order to keep out some refugees, prioritize Syrian Christians

WASHINGTON/CAIRO (Reuters) - Five Iraqi passengers and one Yemeni were barred from boarding an EgyptAir flight from Cairo to New York on Saturday after President Donald Trump halted the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, sources at Cairo airport said.<p>The passengers, arriving in …

Immigration

Trump signs executive action to keep out 'radical Islamic terrorists'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that indefinitely suspends admissions for Syrian refugees and limits the flow of other refugees into the United States by instituting what the President has called "extreme vetting" of immigrants.<p>Titled "Protection Of The …

Immigration

US quietly sent $221M to Palestinians in Obama's last hours

Officials said Monday that the Obama administration-- in its waning hours-- defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.<p>A State Department official and several congressional aides told The Associated …

US sent $221 million to Palestinians in Obama's last hours

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the …

Palestinian Authority

Erdogan accuses US of backing 'IS'

The Turkish President's comments have come amid the military's fierce offensive against Islamist jihadists in the fight for the Syrian town of …

With Christmas Eve Mass, Iraqi Assyrians reclaim church from Islamic State

Ten white buses sped west from the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Saturday morning, packed with displaced Assyrians intent on spending Christmas Eve in their mostly Christian hamlet, recaptured in October from<p>Islamic State.<p>"I miss my church and my town," said one of the drivers, Ibrahim Behnam, 50.<p>…

FBI warns Islamic State targeting US churches and holiday gatherings

The FBI issued a warning on Friday that Islamic State sympathisers are calling for attacks on churches and other holiday gathering sites in the United States.<p>The warning was issued after a publicly available list of US churches was posted on a social media site used by the jihadist group's …

Michael Flynn once claimed Arabic signs on southern border guide 'radicalized Muslims' into US

<b>(CNN) —</b> Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's pick to be his national security adviser, claimed in an August radio interview that Arabic signs were present along the United States border with Mexico to guide potential state-sponsored terrorists and "radicalized Muslims" into the United …

Trump's Populism Is Transforming GOP's Economics, Adviser Says

Stephen Moore, a senior economic adviser to Donald Trump, was once a doctrinaire libertarian and free-trader. Now, Moore says: "Donald Trump's victory has changed the [Republican] Party into a more populist working-class party in some ways that conservatives like myself will like and some that …

Dutch parliament approves partial face veil ban

The Dutch parliament has overwhelmingly voted to ban face veils in some public places, a law the government said was essential for security, but which opponents said pandered to anti-Muslim sentiment.<p>The law, passed by the lower house but still requiring the senate's approval, bans veils and other …

Trump’s security picks deepen Muslim worries about an anti-Islamic White House

By Joby Warrick<p>, Reporter<p>Abigail Hauslohner<p>, Reporter<p>News of President-elect Donald Trump’s national security picks set off fresh tremors across the Islamic world on Friday as Middle Eastern allies and Muslim American groups prepared to face advisers and potential Cabinet members noted for harshly …

Donald Trump

Ted Cruz praises Trump's 'amazing victory'

Ted Cruz hailed the election of Donald Trump as an "amazing victory for the American worker," saying early Wednesday that the victory represents a wholesale rejection of the Obama administration's progressive agenda.<p>Cruz in a congratulatory Facebook post encouraged Trump to immediately begin …

Jeb and George H.W. Bush Congratulate Donald Trump, Offer Prayers

Former Republican president George H.W. Bush and his son Jeb—once the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican nomination—congratulated president elect …

Here Is What Donald Trump Wants To Do In His First 100 Days

At the end of October, Donald Trump spoke in Gettysburg, Pa., and released a plan for his first 100 days in office.<p>The plan (below) outlines three main areas of focus: cleaning up Washington, including by imposing term limits on Congress; protecting American workers; and restoring rule of law. He …

Donald Trump

Vatican bans Catholics from keeping ashes of loved ones at home

Cremation guidelines state remains cannot be scattered or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place<p>Catholics are forbidden from keeping the ashes of cremated loved ones at home, scattering them, dividing them between family members or turning them into mementoes, the Vatican …

9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana

Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana.<p>Collectively, the ballot measures amount to the closest the U.S. has come to a national referendum on the drug.<p>Five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — will consider legalizing …

Congress wants to hold 20 Guantanamo detainees in prison by not paying for their release

As President Barack Obama continues to whittle down the number of detainees at Guantanamo Bay before he leaves office, Congress is once again throwing up a familiar roadblock — one the White House has said it will circumvent.<p>Twenty detainees at Guantanamo have been cleared for release, but …

Guantanamo Bay

Syria deploys warplanes over Hasakah despite US warning over strikes on Kurds

Syrian regime jets risked an aerial confrontation with US warplanes on Saturday after flying over a battleground city in northern Syria despite warnings that bombing there could lead to American forces opening fire.<p>The US scrambled its own jets on Thursday after Assad regime aircraft dropped bombs …

Feds can't spend money to prosecute people who comply with state medical pot laws, court rules

A U.S. appeals court decided unanimously Tuesday that the federal government may not prosecute people who grow and distribute medical marijuana if they are complying with state laws.<p>Congress in the last two years has banned the federal government from spending money in ways that would thwart state …

ISIS Orders Its Franchises to Kill Christians

The coup that replaced Boko Haram's leader puts the ISIS subsidiary's focus on killing Christians in hopes it can unite, expand, and endure.<p>WARRI, …

Hezbollah leader supports Trump's claim that U.S. created Islamic State

In television interviews and on the stump, Donald Trump has begun warning of a “rigged” November election that would benefit Hillary Clinton.<p>The Republican nominee’s newfound solution? Election observers.<p>Trump is seeking volunteers for polling places on election day, asking, “Help me stop ‘Crooked …