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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.

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Zika Begins to Hit Brazil’s Tourism Industry, Months Before Olympics

Brazil’s tourism industry is already suffering from the international alarm over the Zika virus outbreak that has infected 1.5 million people, with tour operators and hotel bookers experiencing an increase in the number of cancellations, particularly on the part of pregnant women who were planning to travel.

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Iran Re-Enacts U.S. Navy Kidnapping to Celebrate Anniversary of Revolution

The U.S. Navy has condemned Iran’s new propaganda film, in which a U.S. sailor is shown weeping in captivity, as “outrageous and unacceptable.” Meanwhile, a defiant Iran is re-enacting the capture of the American sailors on January 10 as street theater, during celebrations marking the anniversary of the Iranian revolution.

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More Calls For Using DDT to Control the Zika Epidemic

Zika is primarily a mosquito-borne virus that is very difficult to detect in most human carriers, currently impossible to cure, spreading very rapidly, and believed to increase the risk of birth defects when contracted by pregnant women.

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Saudi Paper Op-Ed to Middle East: Stop Admiring Hitler

The murderous German dictator Adolf Hitler, well known for his atrocities against Jews and other segments of society, is being praised as a strong and resolute leader across the Middle East, writes a frustrated opinion columnist for Saudi Arabia-based Al Arabiya.