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China Accuses Gene-Editing Scientist of Using Fake Blood Samples to Evade Oversight

The case pressed by the Chinese government against He Jiankui, the scientist who stunned biologists and alarmed the medical community by claiming he modified the DNA of unborn children, came into sharper focus on Tuesday with allegations He used fake blood samples to slip his project past review boards.

Taliban fighters gather in Surkhroad district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 16, 2018. A suicide bomber blew himself up in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday as mostly Taliban fighters gathered to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, killing 21 people and …

China Demands Taliban ‘Play a Legitimate Role’ in Afghan Politics

Beijing believes the Taliban is a “political force” that must be allowed to “play a legitimate role” in a negotiated “political settlement” to end the war plaguing Afghanistan for more than 17 years, the Chinese ambassador in Islamabad declared this week.

Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido declares himself the country's "acting president" during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro, on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew military dictatorship in Caracas on January 23, 2019. - Moments earlier, the loyalist-dominated Supreme Court ordered a criminal investigation of …

Venezuela Swears In Opposition Leader as President

Juan Guaidó, the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, took an oath of office on Wednesday and was sworn in as the legitimate interim president of the country, replacing dictator Nicolás Maduro.

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 29, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory

Report: Kim Jong-Un Gives South Korean Luxury Cosmetics to Favorite Party Officials

Trusted high-ranking officials in North Korea’s communist Workers’ Party received gifts this month of luxury cosmetics from South Korea, a sign of gratitude from dictator Kim Jong-un that defies government propaganda’s incessant demands that North Korean civilians eschew the comforts of capitalism, a report revealed Wednesday.

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno speaks during an interview with local press at Carondelet Palace in Quito on December 6, 2018, after Ecuadorean Vice-President Maria Alejandra Vicuna resigned. - Moreno said conditions met for Assange to leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London. (Photo by RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP) (Photo credit should …

Maduro Accuses Ecuador of ‘Nazi Persecution’ Against Venezuelans

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro accused Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno of using “Nazi persecution” tactics to vet Venezuelan refugees in his country following the gruesome murder of a pregnant Ecuadorian woman and her child by her estranged Venezuelan boyfriend.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) signs an MOU and statement of intent with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the Deputy Prime Minister and Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the Sheraton Grand in the Qatari capital Doha on January 13, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / …

Pompeo: Peace Plan to Come ‘Immediately Following’ Israeli Elections

TEL AVIV – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the rollout of the Trump administration’s much-anticipated peace plan will begin “immediately following” Israeli elections on April 9 and that certain aspects of the proposal have already been discussed with regional partners. 

Netanyahu defends Qatari cash infusion to Gaza

Netanyahu Stops Qatari Cash Transfer to Hamas After Gaza Violence

TEL AVIV – Amid another flare-up along the Gaza border during which a Palestinian sniper opened fire on a group of IDF soldiers and explosions were reportedly heard in the northern Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped the transfer of Qatari funds to the Hamas-run enclave. 

This image made from an AP video posted on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 shows shows Syrians in protective suits and gas masks conducting a drill on how to treat casualties of a chemical weapons attack in Aleppo, Syria. The Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting …

Report: Islamic State Chemical Weapons Threat ‘Has Not Been Entirely Erased’

An Iraqi scientist currently on death row for helping the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) develop chemical weapons confirmed that the jihadi group successfully made a new form of the lethal toxin sulfur mustard gas that killed and maimed thousands during World War I, the Washington Post (WaPo) reported this week, noting that the terrorist group likely hid some of those chemicals.

Trump, Transgenders, Military

Supreme Court Allows Military Transgender Ban to Continue—for Now

WASHINGTON, DC – The Supreme Court voted 5-4 on Tuesday to block lower court orders that had prevented President Donald Trump’s policy on transgender military troops from taking effect. The matter is now expected to go back before the justices for final judgment in the next year.

An Afghan military vehicle is seen near the attack site after a car bomb detonated on a military base in Maidan Sharar in Wardak province on January 21, 2019. - There was ongoing confusion January 22 over the death toll after a Taliban attack on an Afghan intelligence base south …

Taliban Resumes Peace Talks with U.S. ‘Hours’ After Killing at Least 45

Afghan Taliban narco-jihadis issued a statement saying they had restarted peace negotiations with U.S. officials “hours” after they carried out a brazen attack on Monday that left at least 45 members of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency dead at a military base near Kabul.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands prior to their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

Vladimir Putin, Shinzo Abe Hold Summit Seeking to Finally End WWII

Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a summit on Tuesday where they both affirmed their commitment to signing a peace treaty over their decades-long territorial dispute over the Russian-controlled Kuril Islands.

Pompeo hails 'disruption' in global politics

Pompeo Celebrates Death of Globalism at Davos Speech: ‘Nations Matter’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday that the defeat of entrenched political interests in top offices around the world – from America to Italy to Brazil – was a “positive development” for the world and a return to the worldview that “nations matter.”

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar speaks in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday. A prominent figure for decades in Afghanistan's war, Hekmatyar, 69, was known as the "Butcher of Kabul" when his forces rocketed the city in the 1990s. He made peace with the government and President Ashraf Ghani welcomed him back to …

Warlord Known as ‘Butcher of Kabul’ Launches Afghan Presidential Campaign Vowing Peace

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former Afghan warlord nicknamed the “Butcher of Kabul” over historic war crimes allegedly committed during Afghanistan’s bloody civil war in the 1990s, officially entered the country’s presidential race over the weekend as one of at least 14 candidates expected to vie for the post during the July 20 elections.