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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.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Report: US military rejected Kerry's plan to attack in Syria - Ynet News
US Secretary of State John Kerry last week called for immediate US airstrikes against airfields under the control of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime - specifically, those fields it has used to launch chemical weapons raids against rebel forces, Bloomberg's Jeffrey Goldberg reported.
Quartet's Tony Blair: Nuclear Iran Worse Than Military Option - Arutz Sheva
Quartet envoy Tony Blair told Presidential Conference participants Wednesday that facing the prospect of a military confrontation with Tehran is a better option than having to grapple with a nuclear Iran.
Police arrest dozens in raids across Turkey after protests - Reuters
Police raided addresses across Turkey on Tuesday and detained dozens of people after nearly three weeks of anti-government protests, local media reported.
New Middle East virus spread in hospitals - NBC News
The new MERS virus, which has infected 64 people and killed 38 of them, is mostly spread in hospitals and it will take special care to prevent bigger outbreaks, experts reported on Wednesday.
'Modern-day slavery': State Dept. says millions of human trafficking victims go unidentified - NBC
Only about 40,000 victims of human trafficking have been identified in the past year, a State Department report said, based on information obtained from governments around the world. The estimated number of men, women, and children who are trafficked at any one time worldwide may reach as high as 27 million, according to the report.
Obama Has Plans to Cut U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, if Russia Reciprocates - NY Times
President Obama plans to use a speech in Berlin on Wednesday to outline plans for further reductions in the American nuclear arsenal if Russia agrees to pare back its weapons at the same time, administration officials said Tuesday.
Senators pressure Obama on no fly zone in Syria - Jerusalem Post
Less than a week after the White House announced findings of chemical weapons use in Syria and the initiation of a policy that would allow the CIA to provide Syrian rebels with light weaponry and ammunition, President Barack Obama is answering critics who say that small arms are no longer enough to turn the direction of the war.
Running out of time on Iran, and all out of options - Times of Israel
The Iranians will complete their nuclear program unless somebody stops them, says Richard Clarke, former White House counterterror chief. But military intervention could have 'apocalyptic' consequences.
Hamas: 100,000 children to enroll in summer camps - Ynet News
As has become customary in recent years, this summer will see hundreds of thousands of small children in Gaza enroll in summer camps organized by terrorist groups. Social activities, religious studies and sport competitions aside, the children will engage in what is the undisputed crowning centerpiece of those camps: the semi-military training that includes use of live ammunition and simulated kidnappings of IDF soldiers.
Israel will be first country to receive F-35 stealth jet fighter - Israel Hayom
Israel's Air Force can start preparing the runways after the vice president of Lockheed Martin, Steve O'Bryan, announced on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show that Israel will be the first country to receive the F-35 American-made stealth fighter jet.
Syrian mortar strikes Golan, as worries over spillover rise - Times of Israel
A mortar shell fired from Syria landed on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights early Thursday morning, the latest cross border incident after several weeks of calm.
Ya'alon: Force Iran to pick survival or the bomb - Times of Israel
Leveling the latest veiled threat in the war of words between Israel and Iran, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Wednesday that the international community needs to up sanctions to force Tehran to choose between "survival or the bomb."
Abbas: Palestinians want Kerry to succeed - Jerusalem Post
Kerry is expected to return to the region next week as part of his efforts to revive stalled peace talks, the Palestinian Authority and Israeli officials said Tuesday.
Fatah warns US not to pressure PA to resume talks - Jerusalem Post
The Fatah leadership warned the US administration on Wednesday against exerting pressure on the Palestinian Authority to resume peace talks unconditionally with Israel.
Inside the United States
Study: 70 Percent Of Americans On Prescription Drugs - CBS News
Researchers find that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions.
US seizure of journalist records called 'chilling' - AFP
The US government's secret seizure of Associated Press phone records had a "chilling effect" on newsgathering by the agency and other news organizations, AP's top executive said Wednesday.
Limbaugh: Abortion at Root of Much of America's Ills Read - NewsMax
Much of the cultural and economic decay facing America can be traced to the more than 50 million abortions performed since the 1972 Roe v. Wade decision, Rush Limbaugh says.
Google challenges DOJ's surveillance gag order - CNet
Google has asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to lift a gag order, saying it has the constitutional right to clear its name by discussing government data requests.
House approves bill banning most abortions after 20-week mark - Fox News
The Republican-led House on Tuesday passed a far-reaching anti-abortion bill that conservatives saw as a milestone in their 40-year campaign against legalized abortion and Democrats condemned as yet another example of the GOP war on women.
Protesters Demand an Audit of the IRS - Washington Free Beacon
Congressional leaders, tea party activists, and Glenn Beck gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol to reiterate their concern over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, call for more investigations, and advocate for the abolishment of the agency on Wednesday.
Tea partyers rally at Capitol, blame White House for IRS mess - Washington Times
Thousands of activists rallied outside the Capitol on Wednesday to protest the IRS targeting of conservative and tea party groups, with many of the event's speakers laying the blame for the fiasco squarely at the White House.
What brought down TWA Flight 800? Group wants investigation reopened - LA Times
Federal officials are weighing a request to reopen the investigation of the 1996 explosion and crash of TWA Flight 800 that went down off the coast of Long Island, killing all 230 people aboard.
'Dead Zones' Predicted for Gulf, Chesapeake Bay - AP
Scientists in Michigan and Louisiana are predicting a big summer "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico unless a tropical storm hits the area shortly before or during the annual measurement. In the Chesapeake Bay, scientists expect a smaller-than-average area where there's too little oxygen to support fish, shellfish and other aquatic life.
No Taper Tipoff: Fed Keeps the Easing Going - CNBC
The Federal Reserve will keep its version of the monetary printing press running a while longer, and provided few hints Wednesday that the days of extreme easing are coming to a close.
FBI director admits domestic use of drones - RT
Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles and has used drones for domestic surveillance, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft.
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