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Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills Pastor, Destroys Four Churches
Suspected members of Boko Haram attacked four settlements in Nigeria's Borno State, killing a pastor and torching four churches, according to AllAfrica Global Media.
Eritrea: "a Giant Prison"
Human Rights Watch described it as "a giant prison" and Reporters without Borders called it "the most repressive nation on earth".
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Protesters flood Brazilian cities over World Cup spending - UK Telegraph
Protests by a quarter of a million people have swept Brazil as demonstrators express their anger over the amount of money being invested in the World Cup and an increase in bus fares.
Russia: Preconditions for Assad's exit not an option - Jerusalem Post
The Syrian opposition must not be allowed to set conditions for attending a peace conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments published on Tuesday.
Russia says Iran ready to stop 20-percent enrichment - Times of Israel
Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday that Iran was willing to halt its 20-percent enrichment of uranium, which has been a key concession sought in international negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.
US war games in Jordan send warning message to Assad - Times of Israel
Under the watchful eye of stern-faced American advisers, hundreds of U.S.-trained Jordanian commandos fanned across this dusty desert plain, holding war games that could eventually form the basis of an assault in Syria.
World Bank warns of shock to debt-laden emerging economies as global liquidity is withdrawn - Financial Post
Emerging markets risk an interest rate shock once the U.S. Federal Reserve and other Western authorities start to withdraw global liquidity, the World Bank has warned.
G8 Summit: Global tax evasion deal agreed by world leaders - Daily Record
It now means tax information will be shared across the world to stop multinational companies shifting profits across borders to avoid paying their fair share.
Syrian warplanes hit rebels near base in north - AP
Syrian warplanes bombed rebel positions near a contested military air base in the north on Tuesday, activists said, while President Bashar Assad's forces nearby pressed ahead with an offensive against opposition fighters in the country's largest city Aleppo.
Middle East state reportedly sends rebels antitank missiles - Times of Israel
An unnamed Middle Eastern state has supplied Syrian rebels with 250 sophisticated Soviet-made anti-tank missiles, most of which were given to radical Islamist militias fighting President Bashar Assad, according to a report published in London-based Arabic daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat on Tuesday.
Israel seeks $5b US loan guarantees for advanced weaponry - Globes
Israel's Defense Ministry will ask the US to guarantee $5 billion in bridge loans that Israel plans taking from US commercial banks to finance procurement of advanced weapons systems that the Obama administration is offering Israel including the Osprey aircraft-helicopter and smart munitions.
I will seek a demilitarized Palestinian state, says Netanyahu - Israel Hayom
One day after Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett declared that the notion of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had reached a "dead end", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a response to the controversial statement on Monday, saying, "Foreign policy is shaped by the prime minister, and my view is clear."
Netanyahu: Israel won't accept less than total halt of Iran's nuclear enrichment - Ha'aretz
Israeli PM warns against new Iranian President Hasan Rowhani, saying his strategy is to calm the international community while quietly advancing the nuclear program.
Inside the United States
US spy chief: Secret surveillance helped foil 50 terror plots - Times of Israel
The US foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange because of the sweeping surveillance programs at the heart of a debate over national security and personal privacy, officials said Tuesday at a rare open hearing on intelligence led by lawmakers sympathetic to the spying.
Majority of Americans Don't Trust Newspapers and Television News - US News & World Report
Continuing a decades-long downward trend, fewer than one-fourth of Americans have confidence in newspapers and television news, according to a recent Gallup poll.
White House threatens veto of anti-abortion bill - AP
The Obama administration is threatening to veto a measure being considered by House Republicans that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks.
Senate rejects border fence - Washington Times
Senators on Tuesday rejected building the 700 miles of double-tier border fencing Congress authorized just seven years ago, with a majority of the Senate saying they didn't want to delay granting illegal immigrants legal status while the fence was being built.
Obama stumbles defending security programs - Washington Times
President Obama has had difficulty finding his footing and has been late to the game in defending federal intelligence surveillance programs as a valuable weapon for thwarting terrorist plots, national security analysts say.
Above the law: America's worst charities - CNN
The 50 worst charities in America devote less than 4% of donations raised to direct cash aid. Some charities gave even less. Over a decade, one diabetes charity raised nearly $14 million and gave about $10,000 to patients. Six spent no cash at all on their cause.
State photo-ID databases become troves for police - Washington Post
The faces of more than 120 million people are in searchable photo databases that state officials assembled to prevent driver's-license fraud but that increasingly are used by police to identify suspects, accomplices and even innocent bystanders in a wide range of criminal investigations.
Obama considers sweeping climate plan - LA Times
The Obama administration is considering a sweeping initiative to address climate change, including the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide from power plants, the country's biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Marriage rate at Historic Lows - USA Today
The marriage rate is at its lowest point in more than a century, and the number of marriages across the USA fell more than 5% during the recession.
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