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Summer Camp for Junior Jihadis?
Tailor-made for the children of the Gaza Strip, a summer camp in Rafah tries to transform would-be warriors into tomorrow's terrorists, according to the UK's Mail.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Stuxnet was out of control, we had to reveal it - Israel Hayom
In an exclusive interview, Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of one of the largest digital security firms in the world, lifts the veil on a shadowy world of internet espionage and sabotage: and it's not a pretty sight -- prepare for cyber Armageddon.
Report: Israel, US, Jordan coordinating against Syrian WMD - Israel Hayom
According to Time magazine, Israeli intelligence officials say Assad's potential departure would initiate plans to hit 18 WMD sites in Syria with airstrikes and possibly ground troops.
Solar Activity Cycle Peaks In 2013: More Solar Flares Expected Later This Year - International Business Times
A powerful solar flare that arose on Friday is the latest reminder that our sun can be a temperamental force of nature. And we are still not quite sure how bad the consequences would be if it threw an especially violent tantrum.
Jordan's army ready for any threat from Syria: king - Reuters
King Abdullah said on Sunday Jordan's armed forces were ready to protect the country against any threat from the escalating civil war in neighboring Syria.
After Firebombing of Third Montreal Jewish Business, Community Group Demands Answers from Police - Algemeiner
Following the latest in a string of firebombing attacks on Jewish targets in Montreal, Canada, a Jewish community group is demanding answers from the police.
Egyptian president cuts all diplomatic ties with Syria - Times of Israel
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Saturday announced that Egypt was cutting all ties with Syria, and ordered the Syrian embassy in Cairo closed.
Russia: US no-fly zone over Syria would be illegal - Times of Israel
Any efforts to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria using air defense systems deployed in Jordan would be in violation of international law, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.
Syrian jets pound rebel-held areas of Damascus - Jerusalem Post
Syrian artillery and warplanes pounded rebel areas in Damascus on Saturday as President Bashar Assad's foes pleaded for advanced weapons from the United States, which has promised them unspecified military aid.
Assad congratulates new Iranian leader, calls for closer ties - Times of Israel
Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday congratulated Hasan Rowhani on his victory in Friday's Iranian presidential election, calling on his new counterpart to upgrade ties between the already close countries.
US president to seek help from Putin on Syria - Jerusalem Post
US President Barack Obama will seek the help on Monday of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Syria's most powerful ally, to bring Bashar Assad to the negotiating table and end a two-year civil war.
Iran to send 4,000 troops to aid President Assad forces in Syria - UK Independent
Washington's decision to arm Syria's Sunni Muslim rebels has plunged America into the great Sunni-Shia conflict of the Islamic Middle East, entering a struggle that now dwarfs the Arab revolutions which overthrew dictatorships across the region.
GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians' communications at G20 summits - UK Guardian
Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.
Israel warns Iran close to bomb despite election of Hassan Rowhani - UK Telegraph
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister has demanded that worldwide pressure on Iran to curb its nuclear programme holds firm despite the election of a new president widely seen as a moderate capable of re-opening negotiations.
Assad Plans to Unify Syria by Opening War with Israel - Times of Israel
According to a Lebanese report on Friday, embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad plans to open a "resistance" front on the Golan Heights and thinks such a move could unify the various factions in Syria.
Hamas establishes special force to hinder rocket fire - Times of Israel
Hamas has fielded a 600-strong military force in the Gaza Strip that operates 24 hours a day in order to prevent rocket fire at Israel, a senior Arab source told The Times of Israel on Monday.
PM: Don't be fooled by new Iranian president - Jerusalem Post
Swimming against the tide of "cautious optimism" that characterized reactions in key capitals to Iran's election of Hassan Rohani as president, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday Israel was not "deluding" itself and advised the world not to get carried away by "wishful thinking."
Inside the United States
'Obamacare' benefits mandate could further phase out full-time work - Washington Times
President Obama's health care reform is prompting employers to hire more part-time and temporary workers to escape paying benefits under a mandate that goes into effect next year, amplifying a trend toward transient employment that took hold during the recession, according to a growing number of economic indicators.
School Recites Pledge in Arabic, One Nation Under Allah? - Fox News
A Colorado high school principal is defending his decision to allow students from a cultural club to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic -- and denied that it was attempt to push an Islamic agenda.
Secret Court Ruling Put Tech Companies in Data Bind - NY Times
In a secret court in Washington, Yahoo's top lawyers made their case. The government had sought help in spying on certain foreign users, without a warrant, and Yahoo had refused, saying the broad requests were unconstitutional.
New ID rules would threaten citizens' rights - CNN
Buried in the comprehensive immigration reform legislation before the Senate are obscure provisions that impose on Americans expansive national identification systems, tied to electronic verification schemes. Under the guise of "reform," these trample fundamental rights and freedoms.
Obama 'Strongly Objects' to Religious Liberty Amendment - Fox News
The Obama Administration "strongly objects" to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers -- including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion.
Supreme Court decision on DOMA, gay marriage could be announced soon - RNN
The highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 may come by the end of the week, at the earliest.
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