Apr. 12, 2018

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President Donald Trump said an attack on Syria could come "very soon, or not so soon at all," as Russian leaders urged calm and reined in their own war rhetoric.

Paul Ryan's retirement may jeopardize Republican hopes of saving their House majority in the November congressional elections by disrupting fundraising and exacerbating divisions inside an already fractious conference.

The number of Americans claiming new unemployment benefits has never been so low for so long. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., decreased by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 233,000 in the week ended April 7. This means claims have now held below 300,000 for 162 consecutive weeks, cementing the longest streak for weekly records dating back to 1967.

A U.S. congressman called on the Treasury Department to investigate whether Kalashnikov USA, which makes AK-47-style guns in Florida, violated sanctions on Russian arms makers, after a Bloomberg report revealed its executives had ties to a Russian manufacturer.

Saudi Arabia said it intercepted ballistic missiles and shot down drones sent from Yemen, in the latest attack by pro-Iranian rebels that showed improved military capabilities more than three years into the conflict.

Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and Nomura Holdings are among 15 financial institutions that have filed an application to intervene in the case of a woman -- named in court documents as QT -- who sued after the government rejected her application to reside in Hong Kong as a dependent of her same-sex partner.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was full of praise for Beijing and even declared his love for Chinese President Xi Jinping as he embarked on his third visit to China this week to foster warmer ties strained by a territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing, handing a win to conservatives who've long sought ways to curb the safety net program.

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New unverified video shows a canister of the chemical weapon that killed dozens of civilians in the rubble of a home bombed by Syrian aircraft.

The Rev. Bill Hybels, an evangelical pastor who founded Willow Creek Community Church 42 years ago is stepping down from the leadership of one of America's largest megachurches after allegations emerged that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with female members of his congregation.

Two U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in California attempted to force a visibly injured and disoriented man to cross the border into Mexico after deciding he looked Mexican.

The U.S. is working with France and Britain on options for a military operation in Syria after a suspected chemical attack on civilians. ABC News' Molly Hunter reports.

Pope Francis acknowledged on Wednesday that he had made "grave mistakes" in the handling of a sexual abuse crisis in Chile, saying he felt shame and inviting victims he had once doubted to Rome to seek their forgiveness personally.

Trans model Leyna Bloom posted on Twitter over the weekend to pursue her latest goal: She's trying to be the first trans model of color ― or of any race ― to appear in a Victoria's Secret fashion show.

The United Nations refugee agency is set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh laying out a framework for the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, an agency spokesman said on Wednesday.

John Boehner, who served as Speaker of the House until 2015, who for many years was "unalterably opposed" to the legalization of cannabis, is to join the advisory board of a marijuana company.

As the threat of Western military action against the Syrian regime looms, Russia has already deployed thousands of troops in the war-torn country to back President Bashar al-Assad.

The Taliban stormed a government compound in central Afghanistan early Thursday, triggering an hours-long gunbattle that killed 15, including three top local officials, police and government officials said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned Iran not to test Israel's resolve, in a speech marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Ocean heatwaves which can have "devastating and long-term impacts" on ecosystems have become longer and more frequent over the past century.

The Vietnamese government has weighed in on a $658 million alleged cryptocurrency scam in the country, with Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue urging six ministries to "quickly consider and tackle" the issue.

BBC

France's President Emmanuel Macron says he has "proof" that the Syrian government attacked the town of Douma with chemical weapons last weekend.

A woman who had an affair with Missouri governor Eric Greitens says he "coerced" her into sex, according to a state committee report.

The UN says protesters who placed corpses in front of their headquarters in the Central African Republic (CAR) were using the bodies for "propaganda".

WND

SC State Rep. Leon Howard, D-Richland, proposed legislation that would make it illegal to sell or give an energy drink to anyone under 18 years old. Knowingly violating the law would result in a misdemeanor charge and, upon conviction, a fine of least $50 for each violation.

Human sperm has been sent to the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time, as NASA tries to find out if humans could ever conceive in space.

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