The Brief

Iraqi Chief of Staff General Othman al-Ghanimi welcomes U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at Ministry of Defence in Baghdad
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Mattis Holds Talks on ISIS

Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Iraqi officials Monday to discuss the fight against ISIS, as Iraqi forces advanced into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive the militants from the city's western half

Donald Trump,H.R. McMaster

Trump Taps H.R. McMaster For National Security Adviser

President Donald Trump has named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his National Security Adviser, ending a week of upheaval at the highest tier of the nation's foreign policy decision-making apparatus. McMaster was named to TIME's list of the 100 most influential people in 2014

Mike Pence in Brussels

Pence Tries to Reassure a Nervous E.U.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support, after Trump's benevolence toward Russia, and campaign rhetoric that included branding NATO obsolete, sparked considerable anxiety in Europe

US President Trump returns to Washington after weekend in Florida

Russia Is ‘Compiling a Psychological Dossier on Trump’

A team of retired diplomats and Putin staffers are reportedly compiling a portrait of Trump’s mental state to present to Vladimir Putin before their first meeting. The paper is said to so far conclude that Trump is a risk-taker prone to naivety

Presidents Day Protests Los Angeles

For Thousands Across the U.S., It Was 'Not My President's Day'

Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents' Day protest dubbed Not My President's Day. In Washington, D.C., dozens gathered in Dupont Circle chanting "Dump Trump" and "Love, not hate: That's what makes America great"

Australia Plane Crash

Five Dead After Light Planes Crashes Into Australian Mall

Four American tourists and an Australian pilot have died after their light plane crashed into a shopping mall in the Australian city of Melbourne. Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said the plane experienced "catastrophic engine failure" shortly after takeoff

Star of David on cemetery gate in Prague ,  Czechoslovakia

Vandals Have Attacked a Jewish Cemetery in Missouri

More than 100 headstones have been toppled or damaged at a historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis suburb in what reports say was likely an act of vandalism carried out by an organized group. The incident follows another string of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers across the U.S.

Suicide attack in Pakistan's Charsadda

Bomb Attack Outside Pakistani Court Kills Five

Suicide bombers struck outside a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing five people in an attack claimed by a Taliban splinter group. Over 100 people have been killed in a spate of attacks in the country since last week

Orlando Continues To Mourn The Mass Shooting At Gay Club That Killed 49

Milo Yiannopoulos' Book Deal Canceled

Milo Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous will no longer be published by Simon & Schuster. The Breitbart News editor’s book deal was canceled after comments Yiannopolous appeared to make about pedophilia surfaced online