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Iranian parliament recognizes Jerusalem as 'capital of Palestine'

(Worthy News) – The Iranian parliament voted to approve a plan on Wednesday that would require the government of Iran to recognize Jerusalem as the permanent capital of the Palestinian people, Iranian news agency Fars reported. The vote yielded 207 supporters and met with no opposition. On December 6, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem…

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Russia Plans National Biometric Database Starting Next Year

(Worthy News) – Russia will get a country-wide biometric database for financial services starting next summer, the central bank said. The system will expand access to banking by letting people open accounts without having to visit a branch and is a key milestone in digitizing financial services, the Bank of Russia said in a statement.…

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Russia establishing permanent presence at two Syrian bases

(Worthy News) – Russia has begun forming a “permanent presence” at two military bases in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. During a conference call on Tuesday, Shoigu said Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the structure and personnel strength at Russia’s main bases in Syria’s Tartus and Hmeymim bases, Russia’s state-run Tass news agency…

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North Korea declares new UN sanctions 'an act of war'

(Worthy News) – North Korea on Sunday called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country “an act of war” that violates its sovereignty, and said it is a “pipe dream” for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North…

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Nikki Haley announces $285 million cut to United Nations budget

(Worthy News) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Sunday that the United States had slashed the U.N.’s budget by more than $285 million for fiscal 2018. The international body’s budget for fiscal 2016 was $5.4 billion. Haley called the cuts a “historic reduction” that will help with the organization’s “bloated management.”…

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Catalan separatists win election in rebuke to Spain and EU

(Worthy News) – Catalonia’s separatists look set to regain power in the wealthy Spanish region after local elections on Thursday, deepening the nation’s political crisis in a sharp rebuke to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and European Union leaders who backed him. With nearly all votes counted, separatist parties won a slim majority in Catalan parliament,…

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After ISIS campaign, Iran-backed fighters in Iraq vow to drive out US troops

(Worthy News) – Now that they’ve helped vanquish the Islamic State from much of Iraq, a battle-hardened militia with close ties to Iran may be training its sights on the remaining U.S.-led coalition troops scattered across the country. At least that’s the thinking among some in the ranks of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a…

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Saudis intercept another missile fired by Yemen rebels

(Worthy News) – The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels said it intercepted a missile fired over southern Riyadh on Tuesday, which the rebels said was targeting the royal palace in the kingdom’s capital. It was the second time in as many months that a rebel projectile had reached as far inside the kingdom as…

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Haley: New UN resolution punishing Iran could be in the works

(Worthy News) – Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, said that based on a new report by the U.N. Secretary-General, new pressure on Iran’s continued behavior could lead to a new resolution against the Tehran regime or the strengthening present ones. Haley was speaking Tuesday at a briefing on the Security Council…

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