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Iran’s Guard Goes Ballistic with Advanced Missile Drill amid Tensions

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces on Friday held a military exercise involving ballistic missiles and drones in the country’s central desert, state TV reported, amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a U.S. pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic.

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Germany Hands over 14 Nazi-Looted Artworks from Gurlitt Trove

BERLIN — German authorities have now handed over all 14 works from the art trove accumulated by late collector Cornelius Gurlitt that so far were proven to have been looted under Nazi rule, the government said Wednesday.

The Federal Government's Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Gruetters (R) shakes hands with heir Maria de las Mercedes Estrada (L) as heir Wolfgang Kleinertz (C) looks on during the restitution of a painting titled 'Portrait of a seated woman' by artist Thomas Couture, on January 8, 2019 in …

USS Nimitz to Remain in Middle East to Counter Iran Threats

The Defense Department said late Sunday that the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its strike group are to remain in the Middle East to counter Iranian threats days after it was ordered to return home following a 10-month deployment.

This US Navy handout photo shows an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the "Tomcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 as it launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct flight operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve June 6, …

Pictures: Coronavirus Dampens Christmas Cheer in Bethlehem, Rome, Sydney and Beyond

Bethlehem on Thursday ushered in Christmas Eve with a stream of joyous marching bands and the triumphant arrival of the top Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land, but few people were there to greet them as the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown dampened celebrations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa (C), leads Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity, the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born, in the biblical city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, on December 25, 2020. (Photo by Abed AL HASHLAMOUN / POOL …

Explosion Rocks Singapore-Flagged Tanker Off Saudi Port

Riyadh — An explosion rocked a Singapore-flagged oil tanker off the Saudi port city of Jeddah Monday, the vessel’s owner said, in the latest apparent strike on energy sector targets in the kingdom.

An oil tanker is pictured off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, which is the main base of the Islamic republic's navy and has a strategic position on the Strait of Hormuzon April 30, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany Commemorates 75th Anniversary of Landmark Nuremberg Trials

BERLIN — Seventy-five years ago, the dock of Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice was packed with some of the most nefarious figures of the 20th Century: Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop and 18 other high-ranking Nazis.

Nazi leader Hermann Goering (1893 - 1946) at the Nuremberg War Crime Trials, where he was sentenced to death. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4200 - Nuremberg Trials - pub. 1946 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Getty Images)

Turkey Hurt, Offended by Pompeo’s Plan to Discuss Religious Freedom

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey took offense at a U.S. statement that said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would promote religious freedom during an upcoming visit to Istanbul and called Wednesday on Washington to focus on racism and hate crimes in the United States instead.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)

France Sends Frigate to Patrol Tense East Mediterranean

Aboard a French frigate in the eastern Mediterranean — Deep in the bowels of a French frigate cruising the tense eastern Mediterranean waters, a dozen men and women scan radar screens through the dark.

Units of the French Naval Force frigate La Fayette and the Cypriot search and rescue (SAR) take part in a joint execrcise simulating marine accidents off the coast of the Cypriot city of Larnaca on November 19, 2015. The main objective of the aeronautical excercise is to promote units capable …

Fresh Push to Save Vienna’s Jewish Cemetery ‘Jewel’

Vienna — “It might sound strange but when I came here for the first time… I fell in love with this place,” says Jennifer Kickert, spokeswoman for an association striving to clean up a long-neglected Jewish cemetery in Vienna’s north-eastern suburbs.

Gravestones are seen at the old Waehring Jewish cemetery in Vienna on October 18, 2020. - The Waehring cemetery has suffered from decades of neglect and vandalism -- including desecration under the Nazis -- but in recent weeks there has been fresh official support for painstaking restoration efforts undertaken here …

Muslim World Rises Against French Crackdown on Radical Islam

Paris — France’s largest employers’ federation on Monday urged companies to “resist the blackmail” over a product boycott by Arab countries as a backlash widens over Paris’s hardened stance against radical Islam.

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