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In this image released on Friday, June 23, 2017, long-range Kalibr cruise missiles are launched by a Russian navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean. Russia's Defense Ministry said it fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on positions of the Islamic State in Syria. <br>Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

As Russia launches missiles into Syria, US faces strategic dilemma

Russia launched a flurry of cruise missiles into Syria Friday, targeting Islamic State fighters with a strike that also demonstrates Moscow’s ability to use its muscle to advance the interests of a Syrian government hostile to U.S.-backed militias.


Austria: Dispute over who owns house where Hitler was born

A lawyer for the owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born is disputing the government's right to take possession of the property in Austria's highest court, saying authorities are using the measure "like a club" because his client refused purchase offers from authorities that were too low.


German parliament votes to annul gay men's convictions

German lawmakers on Thursday approved a plan to annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enforced enthusiastically in post-World War II West Germany.


France presents new security bill amid extremist threats

French President Emmanuel Macron's new government presented a security bill Thursday to beef up police powers amid extremist threats to Europe.

London fire: Tests show other high-rises have suspect panels

Tests so far have found that at least seven high-rise apartment buildings in England have combustible external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a June 14 fire that killed 79 people in London. Prime Minister Theresa May's office said 600 buildings in the country have "similar cladding."


Trump publicly doubting that Russia meddled in election

President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn't try to stop it.


Russia cancels diplomatic meeting in wake of US sanctions

The Kremlin voiced displeasure Wednesday about new United States sanctions against Russia and called off much-anticipated talks with a senior U.S administration official in response.


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