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Officials charge Ethiopian Evangelist with Terrorism, Treason
Ethiopian officials have arbitrarily detained and arrested a Christian evangelist for terrorism and treason, according to International Christian Concern.
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Around the World
Anti-U.S. Anger Rises in Egypt - Wall Street Journal
As Egyptians prepare for massive protests against President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday, a large piece of opposition activists' anger is being directed at the U.S. and its perceived support for Egypt's ruling Islamists.
Egypt's President Morsi warns unrest risks paralysis - BBC
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has warned that continuing unrest is "threatening to paralyse the country".
Europe strikes deal to push cost of bank failure on investors - Reuters
The European Union agreed on Thursday to force investors and wealthy savers to share the costs of future bank failures, moving closer to drawing a line under years of taxpayer-funded bailouts that have prompted public outrage.
Obama on Snowden: 'I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker' - Washington Times
President Obama said Thursday he hasn't spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about extraditing confessed NSA leaker Edward Snowden, even though he's concerned that the fugitive might reveal more top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs.
Secret Believers Share Faith under Fire - CBN News
One-hundred-thousand Christians are murdered because of their faith each year. In many cases, governments are to blame because they pass laws that restrict religious freedom.
Mouse cloned from just a drop of blood - MSN
A team of Japanese scientists developed a method of cloning a mouse capable of reproduction from a single drop of blood.
Russia subs military with civilians at Syrian base - AP
Russia has withdrawn all military personnel from its naval base in Syria and replaced them with civilian workers, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Gay rights clash: Obama, African host are at odds - Yahoo
Laying bare a clash of cultures, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged African leaders to extend equal rights to gays and lesbians but was bluntly rebuked by Senegal's president, who said his country "still isn't ready" to decriminalize homosexuality.
UN Security Council renews Golan peacekeeping mission - Ynet News
The UN Security Council renewed for six months on Thursday a peacekeeping mission in the Israeli Golan Heights monitoring a decades-old truce between Israel and Syria that has been shaken by a spillover of violence from Syria's civil war.
Israel's biometric database to begin operating in two weeks - Ha'aretz
Israel's pilot biometric database will begin operations in two weeks, Deputy Interior Minister Fania Kirshenbaum announced Monday.
Peres, Netanyahu reject idea of bi-national state - Ynet News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres on Thursday rejected the idea of a bi-national state during a memorial for Theodore Herzl in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu: Without security, any peace we have will unravel - Israel Hayom
In a continuation of his efforts to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in Israel on Thursday and meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu, Kerry meet in Jerusalem - Ynet News
US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem Thursday, in an attempt to discuss a renewal of the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians.
Inside the United States
Texas governor mounts new bid for abortion restrictions - Reuters
Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday launched another battle to pass sweeping abortion restrictions after a marathon speech by a Democrat lawmaker briefly halted a bill critics say could shut most abortion clinics in one of the nation's biggest states.
Polygamists hope Supreme Court rulings will pave way to decriminalization - Washington Times
Polygamists nationwide are cheering the Supreme Court's rulings on Wednesday, which paved the way for gay marriage in California and federal recognition for married same-sex couples.
Senate passes sweeping rewrite of immigration laws - USA Today
The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill Thursday that would allow the nation's 11 million unauthorized immigrants to become U.S. citizens, overhaul the country's immigration system and spend billions to secure the southwest border with Mexico.
Gay lobby's next target: Benefits in all 50 states - The Hill
Gay rights lobbyists plan to use their victory at the Supreme Court to push legislation that would ensure married same-sex couples are eligible for federal benefits in all 50 states.
Mortgage rates soar to 4.46% - biggest jump in 26 years - CNN
Rates on 30-year, fixed-rate home loans spiked 0.53 percentage points to an average of 4.46% this week -- the largest weekly increase in more than 26 years, mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday.
Watchdog knocks down Dem claim that liberal groups were targeted by IRS - Fox News
The government watchdog that exposed IRS targeting of conservative groups gave a blunt response to Democrats' claims that the agency also targeted liberals: It never happened.
Supreme Court nixes bid to retroactively approve West Bank homes - Times of Israel
The Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily overruled a government decision to retroactively approve a number of illegal homes in the West Bank and to allow new construction in the settlement of Nokdim, Army Radio reported.
Immigration overhaul: Senate passes historic bill - AP
With a solemnity reserved for momentous occasions, the Senate passed historic legislation Thursday offering the priceless hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America's shadows. The bill also promises a military-style effort to secure the long-porous border with Mexico.
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