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Russian airstrikes in Syria leave U.S. scrambling for response

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russia's power play in Syria left the Obama administration scrambling Wednesday, with the U.S. sending mixed messages on Moscow's uncoordinated airstrikes in the civil war-torn nation.<p>The White House downplayed Russia's decision to launch the strikes without coordinating with the …

Pope Francis Calls on United Nations to Work for Peace, Justice

Pontiff’s speech ties environmental threats with social issues<p>UNITED NATIONS—During a sweeping address before the United Nations, Pope Francis called on the international community to combat environmental degradation and social injustice, and praised the Iran nuclear deal as “proof of the potential …

Christianity

717 people dead: What caused the Hajj stampede?

<i>For full coverage in Arabic, please visit CNN Arabic</i>.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> A day after a deadly crush killed 717 people during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, a critical question remained Friday: What caused the chaotic stampede?<p>Among the suggested causes: pilgrims rushing to complete the rituals, heat, masses of …

Rare 'super blood moon' eclipse should bring wonder, not apocalypse

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday night and early Monday morning, much of the Earth will witness a glorious heavenly event.<p>The night of September 27-28 will showcase a lunar eclipse coupled with a "supermoon": a full moon that appears larger because it's at perigee, the closest point of its orbit with Earth. The …

GOP leaders in Congress mull plan to avoid shutdown

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House and Senate leaders hatched their plans Thursday to avoid a politically risky shutdown next week, moving to separate an acrimonious battle over abortion from a must-pass bill to keep government agencies open.<p>After Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress, Speaker …

THE SHOT: The Great Migration of 2015

I have been covering the migrant story for three weeks in Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. I wanted to witness, and photograph, the biggest mass migration of people in Europe since WWII. The exodus of people from the Middle East and beyond is testing the European Union and beginning …

Russian fighter jets enter Syria with transponders off

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A U.S. official told CNN Thursday that Russian fighter jets turned off their transponders as they flew into Syria in an apparent attempt to avoid detection. The official said the fighters flew very close to a transport plane that had its transponder on and functioning.<p>U.S. …

Middle East

Kerry: Russian fighter jets in Syria raise serious questions

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Russia's movement of tactical aircraft and surface-to-air missiles to Syria could …

Kentucky clerk appeals her jailing over gay marriage

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Attorneys for the Kentucky clerk who was jailed last week because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples …

LGBTQI

Hamas Tells Israel to Accept Palestinian Demands or Face Long War

CAIRO — Offers made to the Palestinian delegation in Cairo do not meet the aspirations of the people, said Hamas's head of foreign affairs, Osama Hamdan, raising doubts about the chances of reaching a truce with Israel in the Cairo-brokered talks. Hamdan said on his official Facebook page on …

Israel

Gaza Crisis: Netanyahu Warns Hamas Not to Underestimate Israel's Resolve

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday any deal on Gaza's future at truce talks in Cairo must be contingent on Israel's security needs, cautioning Hamas against carrying out its threat of a long war if Palestinian demands are not met. With a five-day ceasefire due to …

Jihadis accused of new massacres in Iraq and Syria

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1101000/1101527_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534331798_785d30ca9695a86c9085472efbb596c0<p><b>Islamic State (IS) militants have been accused of massacring hundreds of people in areas under their control in northern Iraq and eastern Syria.</b><p>At …

Middle East

WHO urges calm as Kenya bans contact with Ebola-affected countries

The World Health Organisation has urged governments not to impose blanket bans on trade and travel on Ebola-affected countries after Kenya joined a growing number of countries and airlines severing links to three west African states.<p>The WHO has already said that the risk of Ebola transmission from …

Israel, Hamas accept Egyptian cease-fire plan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Hamas on Monday accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal meant to halt a bruising monthlong war that has claimed nearly …

Israel declares partial Gaza truce but fighting goes on in Rafah

The Israeli military said it had resumed its attacks on the Gaza Strip on Monday, ending a self-declared unilateral ceasefire that had been in effect for much of the day.<p>Israel had declared a seven-hour “humanitarian window” in Gaza amid international outrage at the third deadly attack on a UN …

Israel raids Gaza missile site as rockets, rhetoric fly in Israeli-Hamas face-off

The language of war leaves something lost in translation.<p>Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Saturday spoke of "achievements" and the destruction of "significant targets" in his country's airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza.<p>But on the ground in Gaza, sources talked with CNN not about …

Dozens of new Ebola cases bring West African death toll to 539

Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths from July 6 to 8, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.<p>This brought the total number of cases in West Africa's first outbreak of the deadly viral disease to …

Obama Deploys Troops to Protect Embassy in Iraq, as American and Iranian Officials Meet

President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 275 military personnel “equipped for combat” into Iraq to protect the U.S. embassy in Baghdad …

Associated Press News

Kerry on Ukraine: Solution is tough, but situation better than yesterday

Foreign ministers from around the world didn't strike a deal over the Ukraine crisis Wednesday, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said they agreed on one key thing: They'd rather talk than fight.<p>"All parties agreed today that it is important to try to resolve these issues through dialogue," …

OBAMA TO PUTIN: WITHDRAW YOUR TROOPS

President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday afternoon, hours after the Russian parliament's approval of military force in the Ukrainian region of Crimea.<p>The White House said that the call lasted for approximately 90 minutes, with Obama calling Russia's …

Associated Press News

How the Russian Constitution Justifies War in Ukraine

While Rus­sia is be­ing heav­ily cri­ti­cized by the West for its in­cur­sion in­to Ukraine, the Rus­si­an con­sti­tu­tion does, in part, al­low for …

Russia

‘Russia is Looking for a Hot War,’ Says Georgia’s Former President

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili knows a thing or two about Russian invasions. He warns that Ukraine may not be able to stop an all-out …