National Security

Watch: Chinese Pesticide Plant Explosion Kills 47, President Xi Orders Investigation

A massive explosion at a pesticide plant in Yangcheng, China killed 47 people and injured 640 others on Thursday, with more fatalities expected as rescue workers comb through the rubble. Sensitive to growing public outrage over a series of industrial accidents, Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered an investigation of the accident on Friday. Several employees of the plant were immediately detained by police.

This photo taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province. - The death toll from a huge explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China surged to 47 on Friday, making it one of the country's worst …

Russia Irked as Trump Deploys Nuclear-Capable B-52 Bombers to Europe

The U.S. Air Force, in a likely response to Russian aggression, announced that it deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe last week for “theater integration and flying training” exercises with NATO allies and partners, a move that has irked the Kremlin.

In this Jan. 10, 2016, file photo, a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The Air Force says the venerable B-52 bomber, which gained lasting fame in Vietnam as an aerial terror, is now likely to outlive its younger, far snazzier brother …

Netanyahu: Trump’s Golan Heights Statement ‘A Purim Miracle’

Israel’s leaders on Thursday welcomed US President Donald Trump’s announcement that the time had come for the United States to “fully recognize” Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, while the Palestinians warned the move would further destabilize the region and lead to bloodshed.

A picture taken on July 24, 2018 at the Tal Saki hill in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows Israelis looking across the border onto Syria during air strikes backing a Syrian-government-led offensive in the southwestern province of Daraa. (Photo by JALAA MAREY / AFP) (Photo credit should read JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty …

Report: Final Islamic State Stronghold in Syria Falls

Fox News reported on Thursday that the final Islamic State stronghold in Syria, the village of Baghouz, has been liberated by the Kurdish-led, U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces. The report has not been officially confirmed as of Thursday evening, but if Fox’s information is solid, the ISIS “caliphate” has been destroyed.

US-backed forces press offensive against IS Syria enclave

Democrat 2020 Candidates Skip AIPAC Policy Conference

None of the declared candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for president will attend the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) this year.

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U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Criticizes U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela

The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner and former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, has expressed concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in Venezuela, yet also criticized U.S. sanctions against the Maduro regime designed to cripple their access to financial resources. 

UN rights chief steps up criticism of Trump's Venezuela sanctions

John McCain Aide Tried to Keep Paper from Naming Christopher Steele as Dossier Author

TEL AVIV — David Kramer, a long-time advisor to late Senator John McCain, revealed that he spent “a good hour or two” talking to two Wall Street Journal editors in a failed attempt to convince them not to publish the name of Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the infamous, largely-discredited anti-Trump dossier.

(INSET: John McCain) WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 19: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Brazilian President Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the White House March 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is hosting President Bolsonaro for a visit and bilateral talks at the White House today. …

Saudi Women on Trial After Contact with Foreign Media

Beirut — Saudi women held in detention for nearly a year have been charged following contact with foreign media and activists, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, after they went on trial for undermining national security.

Saudi activist and campaigner Aziza al-Yousef checks her mobile phone during an interview in the capital Riyadh, on September 27, 2016. Thousands of Saudis have signed a petition urging an end to the guardianship system giving men control over the work, study, marriage and travel of female relatives, activists said. …