House Dems back panel that could boot Trump from office

At least 25 House Democrats support a bill to create an Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity — a panel that would judge a president’s mental fitness for office. A clause in the 25th Amendment, which lays out the rules for succession in case of presidential disability, lets Congress set up its own panel to review […]

129 deg F ( 54 deg C)was recorded in Iran, one of the Earth’s hottest temperatures ever

The southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz soared to a brutal 129 degrees F ( 54 deg C) Thursday, which is Iran’s highest temperature ever recorded. It’s also one of the world’s hottest reliably measured temperatures and the highest June temperature in Asia on record. The information comes from Etienne Kapikian, a meteorologist with Meteo France, […]

British Queen gets a $105 million raise

Queen Elizabeth II is set to get a raise, with much of the money going toward sprucing up Buckingham Palace, reports the BBC. The annual so-called Sovereign Grant is ballooning to £82 million (or $105 million) up 8 percent from last year. In addition to palace upkeep, it goes toward staff salaries and official travel. […]

Israel strikes targets in Syria for 2nd day

The Israeli military on Sunday said it attacked a series of targets belonging to the Syrian military, after several projectiles from neighboring Syria landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights for a second day. The military said it targeted two Syrian artillery positions and an ammunitions truck. There were no immediate reports of casualties. But as […]

Iran, Qatar send Saudis support after bombing near Mecca

Iran and Qatar have expressed support for Saudi Arabia following a suicide bombing near Islam’s holiest site. A man who was planning to attack Mecca’s Grand Mosque detonated himself after security forces surrounded him. Regional rivals sent Saudi Arabia their support after police foiled a suicide bomber near Islam’s holiest site during Ramadan – an […]

Macron: Assad is the enemy of the Syrian people, but not of France

President Emmanuel Macron said in remarks published on Wednesday that he saw no legitimate successor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and that France no longer considered his departure a pre-condition to resolving the six-year conflict. “The new perspective that I have had on this subject is that I have not stated that Bashar al-Assad’s departure […]

Russia cancels US meeting over Crimea, Ukraine sanctions

Russia has canceled a meeting with senior US diplomats in the wake of Washington’s decision to reinforce sanctions imposed over its interference in Ukraine and occupation of Crimea. US Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon had been due in St Petersburg on Friday to mend diplomatic fences with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. But […]

India’s no-meat, no-lust advice for pregnant women ridiculed

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government is advising pregnant women to avoid all meat, eggs and lusty thoughts. Doctors say the advice is preposterous, and even dangerous, considering India’s already-poor record with maternal health. Women are often the last to eat or receive health care in traditionally patriarchal Indian households. Malnutrition and anemia, or iron […]