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Supporters of Saad Hariri hold up placards demanding his return from Saudi Arabia at the starting line of Beirut's annual marathon on Sunday. Rumors have swirled that he is being held in Saudi Arabia against his will.

After Lebanese Leader's TV Appearance, Doubts Grow About His Future — And Lebanon's

The story of the fate of Lebanon's erstwhile prime minister is unfolding like a real-life television drama.

Last week, Saad Hariri announced his resignation in a televised address from Saudi Arabia. The sudden move left Lebanon in shock and fueled heavy speculation that the Saudi royal family had forced him to step down. Lebanese President Michel Aoun even said he believes that Hariri — who also holds Saudi citizenship — is being held in Saudi Arabia against his will.

Priest Responds To Gang Members' 'Lethal Absence Of Hope' With Jobs, And Love

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Apple's Philip Schiller unveiled the Face ID feature in September. Less than a week after the iPhone X was released, a Vietnamese security firm said it had cracked Face ID using a specially made mask.

Security Firm Says Extremely Creepy Mask Cracks iPhone X's Face ID

Less than a week after the iPhone X release, a Vietnamese security firm says it has done what others couldn't — trick the phone's facial recognition software. How? One very creepy mask.

In a video released by the company Bkav, an employee unshrouds the mask, to which the phone apparently responds to by unlocking. "Face ID on this iPhone X is not as secure as Apple has announced," the employee says. The employee then unlocks the phone again with his own face.

Japanese Wagyu beef has a sweet, coconut-like aroma. Scientists found 16 compounds associated with the smell, 10 of which are newly associated with the meat.

What Makes Wagyu Beef Smell So Good? Science Explains

For about $150 per pound, dedicated carnivores and food connoisseurs alike can get their forks on a luxury: Wagyu beef. Its trademark marbled flesh and soft texture have launched the meat into caviar-like status. And because its fat has a melting point lower than the average human body temperature, it melts in your mouth.

Asian leaders and President Trump pose for a photo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Manila on Monday.

Trump In Asia: A 'Rebalance' Toward Trade

As President Trump nears the end of his five-country and multiple-summits Asia trip — the most expansive visit to Asia in 25 years by a sitting U.S. president — one might well ask, as Monty Python does in The Meaning of Life, "What's it all about?"

The trip has provided a bewildering message of impulses, priorities, pronouncements and tweets, but one theme stands out: The Trump administration intends to push for fair and reciprocal trade and economic practices from allies and nonallies alike.

Fifth Woman Comes Forward With Charges Against Roy Moore, Republicans Threaten Expulsion

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

Another woman has charged Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her.

In an emotional news conference, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore groped her and tried to force her head onto his crotch in his car behind the restaurant where the then 16 year old worked.

Nelson, appearing alongside attorney Gloria Allred, said the incident occurred in 1977.

The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's headquarters.

Hate Crimes Up In 2016, FBI Statistics Show

The number of hate crimes reported last year rose by 4.6 percent compared to the previous year, according to data released Monday by the FBI.

The total tally of hate crimes in 2016 was 6,121, compared to 5,850 in 2015. More than half of those incidents were motivated by the victim's race.

The FBI statistics are based on voluntary reporting by nearly 16,000 local law-enforcement agencies. Civil-rights groups, however, say the figures are deeply flawed because of what they say is systemic under-reporting.

After California passed the Reproductive FACT Act in 2015, a number of anti-abortion pregnancy clinics filed lawsuits. The Supreme Court says it will consider the law in its upcoming session. One of the clinics was the East County Pregnancy Care Clinic in El Cajon, Calif., seen here in a file photo.

Supreme Court Takes On Case About Free Speech And Abortion

Does a California law violate the Constitution by requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to inform clients about free or low-cost abortion and contraception services? That's the question the Supreme Court is taking on, in a new case it accepted on Monday.

Alex Azar, who was deputy secretary for Health and Human Services in the George W. Bush administration, is President Trump's pick to replace Dr. Tom Price as head of the department.

Trump Picks Alex Azar To Lead Health And Human Services

Updated at 1:48 p.m. ET

President Trump is nominating a former pharmaceutical executive to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that, among other things, regulates prescription drugs.

The nomination comes at a time when rising drug prices have become a hot political issue.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin fell to his knees in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants on Sunday. He later revealed that he and his wife had endured a personal tragedy.

Marquise Goodwin Plays In 49ers' Win; Afterward He Says, 'We Lost Our Baby Boy'

It wasn't until after the San Francisco 49ers won their first game of the season Sunday that wide receiver Marquise Goodwin told fans he and his wife, Morgan Goodwin-Snow, had lost their baby son hours earlier, due to premature labor.