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White House: 'We are putting Iran on notice'

Mike FlynnPresident Trump's national security adviser announced Wednesday that the White House has officially put Iran "on notice" following reports that Iran has tested several ballistic missiles since reaching an agreement with the previous administration in 2015.

"We are official putting Iran on notice," Mike Flynn told reporters at the daily White House briefing.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer later added that the administration "wanted to make very clear that we felt that [Iran's] actions are both provocative and in violation [of the nuclear deal] and make sure they knew that were not going to sit by and do nothing."


Edmonia Lewis: Why Google celebrates her today

Edmonia LewisMary Edmonia Lewis was a trailblazer who shattered racial barriers as the first professional African American sculptor in the mid-1800s, becoming famous for her 1,408kg marble sculpture, The Death of Cleopatra.

In honouring Lewis on Wednesday, Google paid tribute to her artistic legacy and her effort to forge a path "for women and artists of colour".

"Today, we celebrate her and what she stands for - self-expression through art, even in the face of [adversity]," the Google citation reads.


Forget Atlantis: 'Lost continent' found under Indian Ocean

Lost continent under IndiaForget Atlantis. Scientists have uncovered evidence of an ancient “lost continent” under the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, according to a new study.

The continent, which geologists call "Mauritia," formed part of present-day Madagascar and India. The rest of the continent probably sank beneath the sea 84 million years ago.


'Sopranos' actor Frank Pellegrino dies at 72

Frank PellegrinoActor Frank Pellegrino, recognizable to mob-drama fans from Goodfellas and The Sopranos, has died at 72 after battling lung cancer, Variety and People report.

He played FBI New Jersey bureau chief Frank Cubitoso, the boss of Tony Soprano's nemesis, Agent Harris (Matt Servitto). Cubitoso and his team tried to turn Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) after learning his own mother tried to have him killed. Their pitch failed but they later had more luck with Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo), the girlfriend of Tony's nephew.

Pellegrino's other roles include TV's Law & Order and New York Undercover and the films Cop Land and It Could Happen to You.


Iran confirms new missile test, says it does not violate nuclear deal

Iran missile testIran's defense minister said on Wednesday it had tested a new missile but this did not breach the Islamic Republic's nuclear accord with world powers or a U.N. Security Council resolution endorsing the pact.

Iran has test-fired several ballistic missiles since the nuclear deal in 2015, but the latest test was the first during U.S. President Donald Trump's administration. Trump said in his election campaign that he would stop Iran's missile program.


GOP pushes through Sessions, Mnuchin, Price Cabinet nominations

GOP pushes through nominationsRepublican Senate committees on Wednesday approved three of President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees -- two of whom were confirmed despite a boycott by Democrats.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 14-9 along party lines to confirm the nomination of Jeff Sessions as attorney general. A full Senate vote on Sessions could occur as early as next week.

Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee approved the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to become Secretary of the Treasury and Georgia Rep. Tom Price to become secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The committee's actions will send the process to the Senate, which will vote in full on whether to confirm the nominees.


Journalist says he was wrongly detained under travel ban

Journalist detained wronglydA CNN editor and producer from Iraq says he was wrongly detained at Atlanta's airport because of the president's ban on entry for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Mohammed Abdullah Tawfeeq, who has a green card, says in a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Atlanta that he was improperly detained and subjected to additional screening when he arrived Sunday from Iraq.

The lawsuit was filed against the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and the State Department.


Vatican expands criticism of Trump's travel ban

Vatican crticizes travel banThe Vatican is criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy, with a senior official voicing concern and the Vatican newspaper saying Trump's recourse to walls and travel bans is counterproductive to America's economic interest.

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, a top official in the Vatican's secretariat of state, was asked Wednesday about Trump's immigration policy.


Israel evacuates settlers from illegal Amona outpost

Israel evacuates settlersIsrael evacuates settlers from illegal Amona outpost
Israeli police move to clear West Bank settlement as construction of 3,000 new settler homes announced elsewhere.

Hundreds of Israeli border police have entered a hardline Jewish settlement outpost in the West Bank Wednesday to evict its residents after a court ruled the homes were built on private Palestinian land.


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