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  • Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaks at a ceremony commemorating a slain Hezbollah senior commander, June 19, 2024. (Screenshot)

    The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group said Wednesday that nowhere in Israel would be safe if a full-fledged war breaks out between the two foes, while also threatening Cyprus and other parts of the Mediterranean.

    Speaking at a ceremony commemorating slain Hezbollah senior commander Taleb Abdullah, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike in southern Lebanon last week alongside three other operatives, Nasrallah commented on the escalating conflict with the Jewish state, and said the Shiite terror group does not want “total war” but is only acting in support of Hamas.

    Hezbollah has been attacking northern Israel since October 8, leading to Israeli reprisals and an escalating conflict Israel has increasingly warned could spark open war.

  • President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Oct. 18, 2023. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO.

    The White House is holding up delivery of a fleet of F-15 jet fighters to Israel.

    The $18 billion sale of 50 fighter planes is “one of the largest arms deals with Israel in recent years,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

    The sale had been delayed by two of four congressional leaders needed to sign off on major arms deals, but they removed their objections on May 22.

  • Commuters wait on the platform as a Metro-North train arrives in Bridgeport, Conn. (photo: Craig Ruttle, AP)

    The threat of a major terror event taking place on U.S. soil is at a dangerously high level with big cities like New York City and Washington, D.C. most vulnerable to an attack, terror experts are warning.

    It's been over 23 years since nearly 3,000 people perished on 9/11, but even though surveillance and airport security has been beefed up, the world has changed considerably since then.

    Technology has become cheaper and more advanced, the internet is lightning fast and America’s open border means millions of unvetted people from all over the world are now living among the general population and continue to pour in at record rates.

  • Russia and North Korea signed a new treaty that provides mutual defense assistance, formalizing the two countries' heightened level of military and diplomatic cooperation.

    President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed the comprehensive strategic partnership treaty after their summit in Pyongyang on Wednesday.

    In a press conference following the meeting, Putin said the agreement "includes the provision of mutual assistance in case of an aggression against one of the signatories."

    North Korea previously had an alliance treaty with the Soviet Union that stipulated automatic involvement in case of an attack on either of the countries. After the fall of the Soviet Union, it was succeeded in 2000 by a lower-level treaty with Russia.

  • A still image of Haifa Bay from footage of northern Israel claimed by Hezbollah to have been captured with a drone on an unspecified date and published on June 18, 2024.

    The Hezbollah terror group published footage on Tuesday from what it said was one of its reconnaissance drones flying over northern Israel, including the Haifa port, as Israel said it struck down more suspected drones over the Western Galilee.

    It was unclear when the roughly 10 minutes of footage released by Hezbollah were captured, and the Israel Defense Forces did not immediately comment on the video.

    In November, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah claimed that the terror group had been sending surveillance drones over Haifa. In recent months, the group has increasingly launched drones, including explosive-laden ones, at northern Israel.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, June 10, 2024. Credit: Chuck Kennedy/U.S. State Department.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a recent visit to the Jewish state that it is “inconceivable” for the administration to withhold weapons and ammunition during its war with Hamas in Gaza.

    “When Secretary Blinken was recently here in Israel, we had a candid conversation. I said I deeply appreciated the support the U.S. has given Israel from the beginning of the war. But I also said something else. I said it’s inconceivable that in the past few months, the administration has been withholding weapons and ammunitions to Israel,” the premier said in a video message on Tuesday.

    “Israel, America’s closest ally, fighting for its life, fighting against Iran and our other common enemies,” Netanyahu continued. “Secretary Blinken assured me that the administration is working day and night to remove these bottlenecks. I certainly hope that’s the case. It should be the case.

  • Technicians work inside a uranium conversion facility in Iran. (photo: Getty Images)

    Iran is 'building the assembly line' for a nuclear weapon.

    U.S. and Israeli officials will hold a meeting at the White House on Thursday to discuss Iran's nuclear program after intelligence agencies discovered concerning information about Iran's capabilities, Axios reported Tuesday.

    U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies reportedly uncovered information about a computer modeling program Iran has acquired that could be used to assist in developing nuclear weapons. The purpose of the program remains unclear, with officials reportedly split on whether it is innocuous or it represents further nuclear ambition in Iran.

  • U.S. presidential envoy Amos Hochstein meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, June 17, 2024. (photo: Amos Ben-Gershom, Israel GPO)

    Amos Hochstein, deputy assistant to the U.S. president and senior adviser for energy and investment, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem on Monday as the Biden administration attempts to prevent a wider war with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    A White House official told Reuters that Hochstein was expected to discuss averting further escalation at the Blue Line, the temporary border demarcated by the U.N. in 2000, after the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.

    Joining Hochstein and Netanyahu for the meeting were Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer, the prime minister’s chief of staff Tzachi Braverman, military secretary Maj.-Gen. Roman Gofman and foreign policy adviser Dr. Ophir Falk, and deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Israel Stephanie Hallett.

    Hochstein also met with President Isaac Herzog on Monday...

  • US federal courthouse in Covington, Kentucky. (photo: Wikipedia)

    A U.S. district court in Kentucky on Monday ordered the implementation of the Biden administration’s new Title IX protections halted after a West Virginia girl and a Christian Educators Association International sued after a transgender teen competed on a middle school team.

    The new injunction applies to Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia and West Virginia.

    "Nonetheless, despite society’s enduring recognition of biological differences between the sexes, as well as an individual’s basic right to bodily privacy, the Final Rule mandates that schools permit biological men into women’s intimate spaces, and women into men’s, within the educational environment based entirely on a person’s subjective gender identity," the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky said in its ruling. 

    "This result is not only impossible to square with Title IX but with the broader guarantee of education protection for all students."

  • The state of Kansas has filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Inc. for alleged consumer protection violations related to the company's manufacturing of the COVID-19 vaccine, saying the company marketed the shot as "safe" even though it "knew" the vaccine was connected to "serious adverse events." 

    "Pfizer misled the public that it had a ‘safe and effective’ COVID-19 vaccine," the 69-page lawsuit filed Monday in the District Court of Thomas County alleges.

    "Pfizer said its COVID-19 vaccine was safe even though it knew its COVID-19 vaccine was connected to serious adverse events, including myocarditis and pericarditis, failed pregnancies, and deaths. Pfizer concealed this critical safety information from the public," the suit alleges. 

    "Pfizer said its COVID-19 vaccine was effective even though it knew its COVID-19 vaccine waned over time and did not protect against COVID-19 variants. Pfizer concealed this critical effectiveness information from the public," it says. 

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convenes his cabinet in Jerusalem. (photo: Marc Israel Sellem, The Jerusalem Post)

    The Security Cabinet is set to vote at its next meeting on a series of measures against the Palestinian Authority and countries that unilaterally recognize Palestinian statehood, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Office.

    “The Prime Minister instructed that all of the proposals be submitted to a vote at the next Security Cabinet meeting,” the PMO stated.

    It spoke out after the Security Cabinet met late Sunday night to discuss the measures, which would include “steps to strengthen settlement in Judea and Samaria.”

  • View of a large fire that started from missiles launched by Hezbollah from Lebanon near Kibbutz Kfar Szold, northern Israel, June 14, 2024. (photo: Ayal Margolin, Flash90)

    As tensions between Hezbollah forces and Israel continue to escalate across the Lebanese border, U.S. President Joe Biden will reportedly send senior advisor and Middle East envoy, Amos Hochstein, for another round of talks aimed at preventing the situation from deteriorating into an all-out war. 

    Hochstein is expected to arrive in Israel on Monday, where he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant to discuss de-escalating the growing tit-for-tat cross-border conflict. 

    According to a report in Axios, Hochstein is seeking to prevent a “limited ground invasion” of southern Lebanon by the IDF.

  • U.S. Special Envoy Amos Hochstein meets with Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati [not pictured] in Beirut, Lebanon November 7, 2023. (photo: Mohamed Azakir, Reuters)

    A senior Biden adviser will travel to Israel on Monday for meetings to avoid further escalation between Israel and Lebanon, a White House official said.

    Amos Hochstein will advance efforts to avoid further escalation along the "Blue Line" between Israel and Lebanon, said the official, who did not wish to be identified.

    Amos Hochstein visited Israel in November, also in an effort to contain the cross-border violence with Hezbollah and to contain the conflict with the Houthis in Yemen, who have continued attacking commercial ships along the shipping route in the Red Sea.

  • Chief of the IDF Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman, is seen in southern Gaza's Rafah on June 12, 2024. (photo: Israel Defense Forces)

    Meeting with commanders serving in Rafah on Sunday, IDF Southern Command chief Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman said that fighting in the southernmost city in Gaza would continue until Hamas was defeated there.

    During his meeting in the city, to discuss operational achievements and developments, Finkelman referred to the deadly explosion in Rafah a day earlier in which eight troops were killed inside a Namer armored combat engineering vehicle.

    Despite the heavy losses, he added, “our imperative is to continue moving forward. You are attacking [Hamas’s] Rafah Brigade, and we will continue until we defeat it.”

  • Former CDC Director Robert Redfield speaks at the White House on January 31, 2020. (photo: White House)

    Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield said he predicts a bird flu pandemic will happen — it’s just a matter of when that will be.

    Redfield joined NewsNation on Friday to discuss the growing concern for bird flu, as the virus has been detected in dozens of cattle across the country, and the World Health Organization identified the first human death in Mexico.

    “I really do think it’s very likely that we will, at some time, it’s not a question of if, it’s more of a question of when we will have a bird flu pandemic,” Redfield said.

    He also noted that bird flu has a “significant mortality” when it enters humans compared to COVID-19.

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    France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Saturday condemned Iran’s latest steps to expand its nuclear program. “Iran has taken further steps in hollowing out the JCPOA, by operating dozens of additional advanced centrifuges at the Natanz enrichment site as well as announcing it will install thousands more centrifuges at both its Fordow and Natanz sites,” they said in a statement, an English version of which was posted on the U.K.’s government website.

  • Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi meets with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, November 10, 2023. (photo: The Eqyptian Presidency / Handout via Reuters)

    Qatari and Egyptian mediators plan to engage with Hamas soon to see if there is a way to push ahead with the three-phased Gaza ceasefire proposal unveiled by US President Joe Biden last month, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Saturday.

    “We anticipate a back-and-forth between the mediators and Hamas,” Sullivan said.

    “We’ll see where we stand at that point. We will keep consulting with the Israelis and then hopefully at some point next week we’ll be able to report to you where we think things stand and what we see as being the next step to try to bring this to closure,” he said.

  • House hit by Hezbollah rocket attack in Metula, northern Israel. (photo: Yossi Aloni, Flash90)

    Recent actions by both Israel and Hezbollah have sparked growing concerns among U.S. officials, who fear that the situation could escalate into a full-scale war, according to reports from CBS News.

    The tension has intensified following a series of Israeli airstrikes on Lebanese territory, which some American authorities believe are laying the groundwork for a larger military operation.

    Sources within the US government have expressed worries that such a move could trigger a conflict that might strain Israel's alliance with Washington.

  • Hamas terrorists in Gaza City, Sept. 21, 2022. (photo: Attia Muhammed, Flash90)

    When asked to rate the performance of various Palestinian actors during the war, Hamas took the lead among the respondents with 75% satisfaction, up five percentage points since March.

    The opinion poll recorded a slight drop in support for the Hamas-led Oct. 7 massacre of some 1,200 people in Israel. Two-thirds said the terror group was “correct” in launching the murderous attack, down by four percentage points compared to three months ago.

    However, Palestinians’ belief that Hamas’s terror assault “revived international attention” to their cause and could “lead to increased recognition of Palestinian statehood” rose by six points to 82%.

    Fifty-one percent believe that Hamas terrorists are “the most deserving” of leading the Palestinian people, up from 49% three months ago. Meanwhile, 16% believe the P.A.’s Fatah faction is the most deserving.

  • FBI Director Christopher Wray shown in one his previous testimonies to Congress. (photo: Fox News)

    Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., penned a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday, demanding answers on how eight Tajikistan nationals — who crossed the border illegally and were later arrested in three major American cities over the past several days amid suspicion they have ties to the terror group ISIS — had been released into the U.S. interior in the first place.

  • The recent arrest of eight Tajik nationals believed to have connections to ISIS has heightened concerns among national security officials that a dangerous affiliate of the now-splintered terror group could potentially carry out an attack on US soil, according to multiple US officials who spoke to CNN.

  • FBI Director Christopher Wray traveled to Abuja, Nigeria, this week and met with Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Security Advisor Nuhu Ribadu, and senior law enforcement and security officials to discuss the FBI's partnership with Nigeria to combat terrorism, violent crime, and cybercrime.

  • Smoke rises over the Golan Heights after a Hezbollah rocket attack on Northern Israel. (photo: Getty Images)

    Israeli jets and artillery hit targets in southern Lebanon on Friday after dozens of missiles were launched towards northern Israel, the military said as an escalation in cross-border strikes continued for a third day.

    Warning sirens sounded in border areas in northern Israel in the late morning as about 35 missiles were fired from southern Lebanon into the area around the border town of Kiryat Shmona.

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi at Vienna International Center, in Vienna, Austria March 15, 2024. (photo: Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters / Pool)

    The US State Department said on Thursday that Washington and its allies were prepared to continue to increase pressure on Iran if Tehran does not cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog.

    Iran has rapidly installed extra uranium-enriching centrifuges at its Fordow site and begun setting up others, a UN nuclear watchdog report said earlier in the day.

    The State Department said the report showed that Iran aimed to continue expanding its nuclear program "in ways that have no credible peaceful purpose."

  • Iran's acting foreign minister Ali Bagheri Kani and Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein (not pictured) hold a joint news conference in Baghdad, Iraq June 13, 2024. (photo: Thaier al-Sudani, Reuters)

    Iran’s acting Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani is already making his mark in the region. On his first important foreign trip, he is in Iraq this week where he warned Israel against attacking Lebanon. This comes after an Israeli airstrike killed a senior Hezbollah commander responsible for the “Nasser” sector of southern Lebanon.

    The sector is south of the Litani river and covers the border region with Israel between Bint Jbeil and Mount Hermon.

    Bagheri Kani warned Israel against an attack on Lebanon, as Hezbollah has fired more than 315 rockets in two days between June 12 and 13 at Israel.

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    Approximately 250 rockets were launched on Wednesday towards northern Israel, disrupting the holiday calm with successive alerts. Rockets that exploded in open areas caused fires. In the city of Tiberias, a siren was activated for the first time since October.

    These launches come after the assassination of senior Hezbollah official Sami Taleb Abdullah, whose rank was equivalent to a brigadier general in the IDF. 

    For the past 20 years, Abdullah had led rocket fire toward Kiryat Shmona, the Galilee panhandle, and the Golan Heights. He is the highest-ranking Hezbollah commander to have been killed so far in the war.

  • A large fire near the northern city of Safed, sparked by rockets launched from Lebanon on June 13, 2024. (David Cohen/Flash90)

    Hezbollah launched a barrage of rockets and a swarm of explosive-laden drones at northern Israel on Thursday, setting off sirens in numerous communities, sparking fires and injuring two people, as the terror group continued what it said was a response to the killing of a senior commander in an Israeli airstrike earlier in the week.

    According to the Israel Defense Forces, some 40 rockets crossed the border from Lebanon in the major attack at around 2 p.m., setting off sirens near Safed in the Upper Galilee, and in the Golan Heights town of Katzrin.

    The IDF said many of the rockets were shot down by air defenses, while others impacted several areas in northern Israel.

  • The frigate Admiral Gorshkov, part of the Russian naval detachment visiting Cuba, arrives at Havana's harbor on Wednesday. (photo: Getty Images)

    A fleet of Russian warships entered Cuban waters on Wednesday as they prepare to hold military drills in the Caribbean.

    The deployment is likely a warning to President Biden after he gave approval for Ukrainian forces to strike some targets within Russia using U.S. weaponry, according to Rebekah Koffler, strategic intelligence analyst and author of "Putin's Playbook." Russian President Vladimir Putin is telling Washington, "we can touch you," Koffler said.

    "Putin wants to be close to the U.S. homeland at this time when the Russia-Ukraine crisis is on a highly escalatory trajectory — given Biden’s authorization to Ukraine. If something goes wrong and Ukraine strikes critical targets in Russia close to major cities, the Russian military can enable the Cubans to strike targets inside the U.S. or strike U.S. interests," she said.

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks to reporters in Tel Aviv, June 11, 2024. Photo by Chuck Kennedy/U.S. State Department.

    Hamas’s official response to Israel’s hostages-for-ceasefire proposal included modifications that are not workable, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.

    “Hamas has proposed numerous changes to the proposal that was on the table. … Some of the changes are workable, some are not,” Blinken said in a press conference alongside Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Doha. 

    “A deal was on the table that was virtually identical to the proposal that Hamas made on May 6—a deal that the entire world is behind, a deal Israel has accepted. Hamas could have answered with a single word: ‘Yes,’ the secretary said.

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