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U.S. Officials: Iran Planning Gulf 'Swarm' Drill Involving 100 Gunboats

U.S. Officials: Iran Planning Gulf 'Swarm' Drill Involving 100 Gunboats

United States officials told media Wednesday that the naval fleet of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is planning to place 100 gunboats in the Persian Gulf within the next 48 hours to practice "swarm" tactics, an exercise that is usually reserved for the fall.

Turkish Currency Falls Following U.S. Religious Freedom Sanctions

Turkish Currency Falls Following U.S. Religious Freedom Sanctions

Turkey's currency, the lira, plunged to a record low on Wednesday and continued to fall Thursday following the imposition of sanctions by the United States on two Turkish officials for their roles in the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Thrills San Francisco 'Progressives'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Thrills San Francisco 'Progressives'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old "democratic socialist" who defeated a 10-term Democratic incumbent in New York's June primary, made waves with her fellow progressives in San Francisco's Mission District Tuesday night as she described her plans to provide free Medicare and college for all.

Israel Confirms Trump Helped with Turkish Detainee's Release to Free Pastor Brunson

Israel Confirms Trump Helped with Turkish Detainee's Release to Free Pastor Brunson

Israel on Friday confirmed U.S. media reports that President Donald Trump asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a July 14 phone call torelease Ebru Özkan, a Turkish woman accused of Hamas ties, in exchange for Turkey's release of imprisoned American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been detained on terror and espionage charge.

Saudi Feminist Faces 20 Years in Prison

Saudi Feminist Faces 20 Years in Prison

Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, 28, faces 20 years in prison after Saudi Arabian authorities revealed on Wednesday that she allegedly confessed to conspiring with the kingdom's "enemies.

Dana Rohrabacher's Opponents Attack Him over Russia Policy

Dana Rohrabacher's Opponents Attack Him over Russia Policy

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who is in a tough re-election fight for his Orange County congressional seat, is facing criticism from his Democratic opponent for defending President Donald Trump's diplomatic efforts with Russia, and for calling the indictment of an accused Russian spy with whom he met in St.

'We Want Water': Renewed Water Protests Sweep Iran

'We Want Water': Renewed Water Protests Sweep Iran

Renewed water protests continued in Iran on Sunday ahead of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on Sunday, with calls for authorities to address the water issues and chants to replace the current government.

After Cox Calls Him Out, Gavin Newsom Says He Was Wrong for Reporting Illegal Aliens to ICE as SF Mayor

After Cox Calls Him Out, Gavin Newsom Says He Was Wrong for Reporting Illegal Aliens to ICE as SF Mayor

California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D), who is competing against Republican John Cox to become California's next governor, reportedly said he regrets implementing a policy while he was mayor of San Francisco that required law enforcement officers to report juvenile illegal aliens who were charged with committing violent crimes to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Abolish ICE Activists Execute 'Donald Trump' with Guillotine

Abolish ICE Activists Execute 'Donald Trump' with Guillotine

"Abolish ICE PDX," an anarchist group based in Oregon, publicly executed an effigy of President Donald Trump in Portland on Tuesday using a mock guillotine and replicating one of those most familiar scenes from the French Revolution.

Tom Steyer Says President Trump Has Committed 'Treason'

Tom Steyer Says President Trump Has Committed 'Treason'

Billionaire environmental activist and "Need to Impeach" founder Tom Steyer said Monday that President Donald Trump had committed "treason" for trusting Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials about interfering in U.S.

Iran: Prosecutor Says Protesters in Grand Bazaar May Face Execution

Iran: Prosecutor Says Protesters in Grand Bazaar May Face Execution

On the same day Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneidemandedjudicial punishment for anyone who "disrupt[s]" Iran's "economic security" by protesting, Iran's judiciary head, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, said protesters arrested during these events could be punished "by execution.

'Enough Moping': Obama Tells Democrats to Forget Trump, Find a Message

'Enough Moping': Obama Tells Democrats to Forget Trump, Find a Message

Former President Barack Obama told donors at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Beverly Hills on Thursday that he has had enough with their "moping" over President Donald Trump's victory -- and he wants them to focus on winning Congress back from the Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections.

'Death to Khamenei' Protests Enter Fourth Day in Iran

'Death to Khamenei' Protests Enter Fourth Day in Iran

Iranians enteredthe fourth day of protests on Wednesday after the rial hit a record low of 90,000 rials to one U.S. dollar on Sunday. Chants calling for the death of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly filled Tehran's Grand Bazaar, the center of commerce in the bustling city, throughout the week.

U.S. Denies Entry to Former NATO Chief

U.S. Denies Entry to Former NATO Chief

The United States reportedly denied entry Monday to NATO's former Secretary General Javier Solana -- who played a key role in negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- over a visit he made to Iran in 2013.

Iran: Protesters Chant 'Death to Palestine' in Tehran's Grand Bazaar

Iran: Protesters Chant 'Death to Palestine' in Tehran's Grand Bazaar

Thousands of Iranians reportedly took to Tehran's historic Grand Bazaar on Monday, forcing its shutdown in protest over the Islamic Republic's decision to spend money on Iran's adventurism abroad instead of helping fuel its troubled economy at home, where over 40 percent of its population is unemployed.

Iraq Will Hold Election Recount Amid Voter Fraud Allegations

Iraq Will Hold Election Recount Amid Voter Fraud Allegations

Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled this week that the parliament's decision to manually recount votes cast during last month's election is constitutional, following widespread allegations of fraud at the polling booths.

Kamala Harris Joins Protest Against Trump's Immigration Policy at Border

Kamala Harris Joins Protest Against Trump's Immigration Policy at Border

United States Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) reportedly joined hundreds of protesters along the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California, on Friday to demonstrate against President Donald Trump'simmigration policy, which she said amounted to "human rights abuse.

Report: California Democrats Backing Away from Nancy Pelosi

Report: California Democrats Backing Away from Nancy Pelosi

Several Democratic congressional candidates in California are reportedly backing away from support for House Minority Leader Sen. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and have actually attacked her, in the hopes that it will help their chances of winning in November.

Lebanon Considers Free Border Entry for Iranians

Lebanon Considers Free Border Entry for Iranians

Lebanon'sGeneral Security agency is considering allowing Iranians into the country without stamping their passports, which has politicians concerned that this is reflective ofIran's deepening influence over the nation's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement.

Tom Steyer Releases Ad Targeting Trump for 'Child Internment Camps'

Tom Steyer Releases Ad Targeting Trump for 'Child Internment Camps'

Billionaire left-wing environmental activist and potential presidential candidate Tom Steyer launched a political ad on Wednesday featuring audio of children of illegal immigrants crying for their parents in detention centers titled, "Support the Keep Families Together Act.

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Takes over L.A. Times, Declares War on 'Fake News'

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Takes over L.A. Times, Declares War on 'Fake News'

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire who earned his fortune in the biotech field, will officially take full control of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribuneon Monday when the $500 million sale is completed and Soon-Shiong becomes executive chairman of the California News Group.

Ivanka Trump to Fundraise in California with Kevin McCarthy

Ivanka Trump to Fundraise in California with Kevin McCarthy

First Daughter Ivanka Trump will attend several fundraisers with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in California next week to help protect the House against Democrats who are seeking to regain control of it in November's general election.

Khamenei's Eid Message: 'Great Satan' America Is a Failure

Khamenei's Eid Message: 'Great Satan' America Is a Failure

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the United States is a failure and referred to the nation, as he has for decades, as the "Great Satan" during his annual Eid al-Fitr prayers in Tehran on Friday morning.

Boeing Ends Sales to Iran Following U.S. Sanctions

Boeing Ends Sales to Iran Following U.S. Sanctions

Boeing announced on Wednesday that it will not deliver any of its aircraft to Iran in light of United States sanctions on the Islamic Republic as part of America's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal.

Report: Pentagon May Expand Operations in South China Sea

Report: Pentagon May Expand Operations in South China Sea

Multiple "Western and Asian" officials told Reuters in a report published Sunday that the United States is seeking to expand its Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) in the South China Sea to respond to growing belligerence from China.

Saudis Release Video of Crown Prince After Iran Spreads Rumor He Was Shot

Saudis Release Video of Crown Prince After Iran Spreads Rumor He Was Shot

Saudi Arabiareportedly released a video of the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (known as MBS) Thursday chairing a meeting for the Council of Economic Affairs and Development in Jeddah on Tuesday to quash rumors, broadcast through Iranian state media, that he was injured or dead as a result of a shooting outside the royal palace on April 21.

North Korea: U.S. Military Exercises 'Intolerable Mockery' of Talks

North Korea: U.S. Military Exercises 'Intolerable Mockery' of Talks

North Korea's state newspaperRodong Sinmun, on Wednesday, said joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea occurring while the U.S.and North Korea plan a summit are an "intolerable mockery" of the upcoming historic dialogue.

Experts: U.S. Exit from JCPOA Could ‘Result in More Protests Against the Regime’

Experts: U.S. Exit from JCPOA Could ‘Result in More Protests Against the Regime’

A series of new protests could occur throughout Iran if millions of citizens feel empowered by President Donald Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran's Central Bank and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday, effectively withdrawing the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal.

Iran Plans Massive Anti-U.S. Protests to Take Place After Friday Prayers

Iran Plans Massive Anti-U.S. Protests to Take Place After Friday Prayers

Mass anti-America protests are set to take place following Friday prayer this week in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran's Central Bank and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's personal empire, effectively withdrawing the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal.

Kamala Harris Cancels as Cal Graduation Speaker over Union Protests

Kamala Harris Cancels as Cal Graduation Speaker over Union Protests

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced Monday she will boycott the UC Berkeley graduationceremony, where she was scheduled to deliver the keynote speech, due to a massive union-backed labor strike that forced the rescheduling of over 12,000 surgeries, cancer treatments, and appointments.

Communist Antifa Members Burn Effigy of President Trump

Communist Antifa Members Burn Effigy of President Trump

Members of the Los Angeles cell of the Red Guards, an "Antifa" group, hung an effigy of President Donald Trump during their May Day celebrations and protests in Boyle Heights last week, and called for a violent revolution against the "capitalist state.

Gavin Newsom Dominates Money Race for California Governor

Gavin Newsom Dominates Money Race for California Governor

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Democrat who is the frontrunner in the race to become California's next governor, continues to lead the crowded field of candidates in fundraising, having raised approximately $4.6 million in this most recent filing period.

Ben Carson Tours Homeless Shelter in Los Angeles

Ben Carson Tours Homeless Shelter in Los Angeles

Dr. Ben Carson, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), toured a homeless women's center on Los Angeles's infamous Skid Row Tuesday as part of a fact-finding mission aimed at tackling homelessness and providing job training for inner-city communities throughout the United States.

Iran Threatens to Withdraw from Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Iran Threatens to Withdraw from Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

A senior Iranian official said on Tuesday that Tehran may withdraw from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) if President Donald Trump scraps the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal.

Armenians Throughout the World Observe 103rd Anniversary of Genocide

Armenians Throughout the World Observe 103rd Anniversary of Genocide

People throughout the world commemorated 103 years since the Armenian genocide on Tuesday. Thousands will march throughout the streets of various cities to honor the 1.5 million lives lost during the 1915 massacre, carried out by Ottoman Turks.

Embattled California #MeToo Leader Made Anti-Asian Comments

Embattled California #MeToo Leader Made Anti-Asian Comments

California State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), one of the female leaders of the "#MeToo" movement in California, reportedly said she wanted to punch an "Asian person" in the face in 2014, according to new allegations.

Tom Steyer Holds Impeachment Town Hall in Oakland

Tom Steyer Holds Impeachment Town Hall in Oakland

Amidst division among his fellow Democrats over his campaign to see President Donald Trump impeached, billionaire left-wing environmentalist Tom Steyer held a rally attended by approximately 400 anti-Trump activists in Oakland Wednesday night to help garner support for his impeachment efforts.

Report: Images Show Russian Ships Leaving Syrian Port After Trump Missile Warning

Report: Images Show Russian Ships Leaving Syrian Port After Trump Missile Warning

Russia reportedly moved 11 of its warships, cargo vessels, and submarines from theSyrian port of Tartus on Wednesday, ahead of President Donald Trump warning about carrying out a potentialstrikeon the civil war-ravaged country in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians on Saturday.

Hezbollah Chief: Dick Cheney Offered Us Money to Stop Terrorism

Hezbollah Chief: Dick Cheney Offered Us Money to Stop Terrorism

Hezbollah chiefSayyed Hassan Nasrallah claimed the United States, under former President George W. Bush, offered the Lebanon-based, Iran-backed Shi'ite terrorist group money to end its resistance movement against Israel.

Tom Steyer Building ‘Political Death Star’ to Run for President

Tom Steyer Building ‘Political Death Star’ to Run for President

Billionaire left-wing environmental activist Tom Steyer has reportedly built what some have described as a "political death star" through his multi-million dollar campaign to have President Donald Trump impeached -- laying the groundwork for a potential presidential run by Steyer himself.

Female #MeToo Leader Apologizes for Homophobic Remark

Female #MeToo Leader Apologizes for Homophobic Remark

California State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), a leader of the "#MeToo" movement who has faced sexual harassment accusations herself, reportedly apologized Monday for a homophobic comment she made five years ago about then-Assembly Speaker John A.

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