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Israeli missiles target Syrian military facility near Damascus: Syrian state media

Syrian state media on Monday said Israel had fired missiles at a Syrian military facility in the Damascus countryside, adding that Syrian air defense systems had intercepted three of the missiles. "Our air defenses are confronting an Israeli missile attack on one of our sites in the Damascus suburbs and three of the targets were downed," state news agency SANA said, adding the attacks happened at 11:30 p.m. Monday. A witness told Reuters late on Monday three strong explosions were heard from the direction of Jamraya, west of Damascus.

Qatari, Saudi ministers at summit talks despite Gulf spat
Qatari, Saudi ministers at summit talks despite Gulf spat

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar attended round-table talks Monday ahead of a regional Gulf summit, in their first such encounter since Riyadh cut all ties with Doha. The meeting was also attended by UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash and Bahrain's assistant foreign minister, Abdullah al-Dossari.

How to Stop North Korea: Use the 'Python' Strategy
How to Stop North Korea: Use the 'Python' Strategy

On November 28, North Korea once again defied the international community. In violation of UN resolutions, it launched an ICBM-its third successful ICBM test of the year. This missile flew far higher than Pyongyang's previous missiles.

Moving assets abroad is act of treason: Turkish president
Moving assets abroad is act of treason: Turkish president

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Sunday that businessmen who move assets abroad are committing "treason", adding that his government should put an end to the practice. "I am aware that some businessmen are attempting to place their assets overseas. The Turkish president did not name names, but his comments came two days after Turkish prosecutors ordered the seizure of assets of a gold trader testifying in a New York trial against a Turkish banker accused of violating US sanctions against Iran.

UN court to probe Bosnian Croat war criminal
UN court to probe Bosnian Croat war criminal's death

A UN tribunal said Friday it will launch an inquiry into the death of a Bosnian Croat war criminal, after he appeared to drink poison in front of judges as they upheld his sentence. The internal probe will seek to shed light on how he managed to bypass tight security to smuggle toxic liquid into the courtroom and commit suicide on Wednesday. The probe, which will open next week, will complement the ongoing Dutch investigation into the suicide of Slobodan Praljak at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the court said.

President Trump Says, Wrongly, That He Won
President Trump Says, Wrongly, That He Won't Benefit From the Republican Tax Bill

President Trump again claimed, wrongly, that he will not benefit from the Republican tax plan being considered in Congress, which contains multiple provisions that would help him and his family.

Ex-Obama Photographer Trolls Trump With Past Time Covers Of Obama
Ex-Obama Photographer Trolls Trump With Past Time Covers Of Obama

If there's one thing Barack Obama's got covered, it's Time magazine.

Grand coalition 'best option' for Germany, says CSU chief
Grand coalition 'best option' for Germany, says CSU chief

Hopes were raised for an end to Germany's political impasse on Sunday, as Horst Seehofer, leader of Angela Merkel's sister CSU party, said a renewed grand coalition is "the best option" for the country. In a difficult week, chancellor Angela Merkel fought to save her political career and avoid snap elections, after negotiations between her Christian Democrats (CDU) and smaller parties broke down more than four weeks after they began, following Germany's federal election. The Social Democrats (SPD) had previously ruled out entering into another "grand coalition" with Mrs Merkel, after it suffered its worst ever result in the elections in September. However Martin Schulz, leader...

Sparring escalates over interim leader of U.S. consumer finance agency
Sparring escalates over interim leader of U.S. consumer finance agency

The White House's plan to appoint an interim leader for the top U.S. regulator for consumer finance came under further scrutiny on Sunday as a senior Democratic senator said the move would violate the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. Richard Cordray, a Democrat, stepped down on Friday as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created after the financial crisis to protect consumers from abusive lending practices. President Donald Trump then named White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, one of the CFPB's fiercest critics, to the position.

Syria: At least 23 civilians killed ahead of UN talks
Syria: At least 23 civilians killed ahead of UN talks

BEIRUT (AP) - Government airstrikes and shelling outside the Syrian capital killed at least 23 civilians, activists reported Sunday, as fighting in the area showed no signs of letting up ahead of the resumption of U.N. peace talks in Geneva.

After marijuana, are magic mushrooms next to be decriminalised in California?
After marijuana, are magic mushrooms next to be decriminalised in California?

'I'm at a loss at what to do politically, but the only thing I feel like we could do is get psilocybin into more people's hands,' says Kevin Saunders. As California prepares for the legalisation of recreational marijuana in 2018, one man is pushing for the state to become the first to decriminalise magic mushrooms. Kevin Saunders, a mayoral candidate for the city of Marina, just south of the San Francisco Bay, has filed a proposal that would exempt adults over the age of 21 from any penalties over possessing, growing, selling or transporting psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms.

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