U.S. to convert existing Jerusalem facility into embassy for 2019 opening

By Michael Wilner Announcing the controversial move last month, US President Donald Trump said he planned on setting forth architects and planners to design a new facility. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to retrofit...

Turkish ministers shrug off US sanctions targeting them

The two Turkish ministers who were targeted by United States sanctions over Turkey’s imprisonment of Pastor Andrew Brunson have shrugged off the threat. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Aug. 1 the sanctions by the U.S. Department of Treasury...

Mystery man in Iraq wins $6.4 million Oregon Lottery jackpot

Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. –  An Oregon Lottery winner took more than three months to claim his $6.4 million Megabucks jackpot. But the lucky man had good reason for being late — he lives in Iraq. The...

South Korea fires warning shots at suspected North’s drone: Military

South Korea says it has fired warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone that Seoul says crossed the tense border between the two neighbors. The unidentified aerial vehicle was flying on Wednesday close to...

Russian parliamentary elections to take place under new rules

Russia’s parliamentary elections are due to take place shortly after the summer break, under a changed election system. Still, they’re unlikely to increase in significance. So what are the Kremlin’s motives? Russia will elect a...

Pentagon spent $150 million on luxury villas for employees in Afghanistan

The Pentagon is under fire again for excessive spending in Afghanistan. Following reports of the $43 million gas station, a government watchdog says nearly $150 million was spent on villas, meals, and security guards...

State Dept Says Dozens May Have Been Killed in Syrian Douma by Chemical Weapons

The US State Department told Sputnik on Saturday that Washington is concerned about reports of chemical weapons used in the Syrian city of Douma, and suggested that Russia was responsible "for the brutal targeting...

Syrian prime minister urges refugees to return home

 Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has called on the Syrians forced to flee to neighboring countries due to the ongoing conflict in the Arab country to return home. Chairing a weekly cabinet meeting of Syrian...

Ebola in New York: How Worried Should the City Be?

Alice [email protected] A doctor diagnosed in New York City raises public health questions in one of the world's most densely populated urban areas Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, of New York was diagnosed with Ebola Thursday night...

Truth of ‘Shakespeare’s skull’ to remain a mystery

Like to size up the cranium that once held the brain behind Macbeth, Hamlet, and roughly 1,500 words we still use today? Well, it's bad news for you—and anyone who believes William Shakespeare's skull...

China hosts world leaders at Belt and Road summit in Beijing in blow to...

World leaders have gathered in the Chinese capital to participate in a trillion-dollar investment summit that is aimed at countering US unilateralism and protectionist trade policies that are leaving their mark on the world...

UN blames Israel for dozens of Gaza school deaths

A UN inquiry has found that dozens of Palestinians were killed while seeking refuge at UN facilities during last year's Gaza conflict. The majority of the more than 2,200 people killed in the fighting...

Presidential candidate Demirtaş’s lawyers apply to Constitutional Court for release

Lawyers for Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed presidential candidate from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), on Tuesday applied to Turkey’s Constitutional Court for his release, the news website T24 reported. After the Supreme Election Board’s official...

UK House of Lords holds debate on Armenian Genocide recognition

On June 16 the UK House of Lords held a debate on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. “Her Majesty’s Government recognizes the terrible suffering inflicted on the Armenian people and other groups living in...

‘The biggest sham’: Sheriffs fume at mass release of 6,000 federal inmates

By Adam Shaw Local sheriffs across America are voicing concern for the safety of the citizens they've sworn to protect after the biggest one-time release of federal inmates in U.S. history -- though advocates of...

Syrian, Iranian backed forces advance in border area near Israel

Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian army forces backed by Iranian-backed militias pushed deeper into the last rebel-held enclave near a strategic border area with Israel and Lebanon in a new expansion of Tehran’s influence...

US warns France against business with Iran after trade trip to Tehran

   The US has warned France against doing business with Iran after a large trade delegation representing more than 100 French companies travelled to Tehran this week.The US secretary of state, John Kerry, called the...

Trump protesters facing 10 years in prison, heavy fine

Most of protesters who have been arrested for marching against US President Donald Trump after his January 20 inauguration are facing 10-year prison sentences, federal prosecutors say. A $25,000 fine is also awaiting the majority...

UK PM Cameron pledges not to arm ‘bad guys’ in Syria

  Britain will not be supplying the Syrian opposition forces with arms amid fears it could fall into the hands “bad guys’, PM David Cameron has signaled, despite London having pushed for the lifting of...

US state of Ohio delays all executions until 2017

The midwestern state has put off all scheduled executions until 2017 because of difficulty obtaining approved drugs to carry out lethal injections. The shortage has been caused by a European drugs embargo. The state's corrections...