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Russia Accuses U.S. of Bombing Syrian Civilians

Facing accusations that their own brutal air campaign has inflicted heavy civilian casualties around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, creating a new stream of refugees en route to Turkey and Europe, the Russians blamed American warplanes for bombing civilian areas in Aleppo on Wednesday.

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Marco Rubio Is Now For and Against Women in Combat

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA — Sen. Marco Rubio co-sponsored legislation this week that would move power to the Congress in determining whether women should be eligible for the military draft, in an apparent contrast of views he expressed just last week.

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CUFI Declares War on Anti-Semitism

One year after their 2006 debut, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) consisted of less than 8900 members. As they celebrate their tenth anniversary, CUFI proudly proclaims itself the largest Israel advocacy organization in the world, with a membership of nearly 2.8 million.

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Venezuela Declares Another Emergency: It Has Run Out of Food

Venezuela’s opposition legislature has declared a “nutritional emergency,” proclaiming that the country simply does not have enough food to feed its population. The move comes after years of socialist rationing and shortages that forced millions to wait on lines lasting as long as six hours for a pint of milk, a bag of flour, or carton of cooking oil.

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Ed Royce Grills Iran Deal Monitors

On Thursday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) questioned two leading figures involved with monitoring Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran deal.

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In Meeting Pope Francis, Patriarch Asserts Russia’s Role

MOSCOW (AP) — When Patriarch Kirill meets Pope Francis this week, the historic event will allow the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to assert Russia’s leading role in the Eastern Christian world. It may also allow Kirill, a skillful political player with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, to open a new avenue of communication for the Kremlin as it tries to escape Western isolation.