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Iraq Christians Fear More Violence After Church Attacks, Killings
Minority Christians in Iraq feared more violence Saturday, June 29, after several Assyrian Christian shops and one church were attacked, killing two people and injuring a dozen others, church representatives said.
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Around the World
Catholic Priest Beheaded in Syria by Al-Qaeda Linked Rebels - Blaze
Syrian Catholic priest Francois Murad killed last weekend by jihadi fighters was beheaded, according to a report by Catholic Online which is linking to video purportedly showing the brutal murder.
Chinese military in S.China Sea 'threatens peace' - Fox News
The Philippines said that an increasing Chinese military and paramilitary presence in the disputed South China Sea was a threat to regional peace.
New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies - UK Guardian
US intelligence services are spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington, according to the latest top secret US National Security Agency documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Julian Assange, Edward Snowden promise more secrets will be revealed - Washington Times
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Sunday that Edward Snowden -- the former National Security Agency and CIA contractor still holed up in a Moscow airport after leaking classified national security information to media outlets -- has more secrets to reveal, and that there is nothing the U.S. government can do to stop him.
Protesters fill Cairo's Tahrir Square, demand Morsi's resignation - Washington Times
Hundreds of thousands of protesters marked Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's first anniversary in office Sunday with demonstrations in Cairo and in other cities across the country, demanding that the Islamist leader step down for failing to tackle economic and security problems.
Britain Plans World's First Go-Ahead for '3-Parent' Babies - Charisma News
Britain is planning to become the first country in the world to offer controversial "three-parent" fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children.
Syrian official: War causes $15 billion in losses - AP
More than two years of fighting in Syria's civil war has damaged some 9,000 state buildings and run up $15 billion in losses to the public sector, a government minister said Sunday, shining a light on the devastating toll the crisis has taken on the country's economy.
Missing nuclear material may pose attack threat: IAEA - Reuters
Nuclear and radioactive materials are still going missing and the information the United Nations atomic agency receives about such incidents may be the tip of the iceberg, said a senior U.N. official.
Netanyahu, Abbas reportedly closer to talks deal after Kerry meetings - Times of Israel
John Kerry's efforts to bridge the gap between Israel and the Palestinians and resume long-stagnant peace talks have yet to bear fruit, but the US secretary of state reportedly managed to wring concessions out of both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during meetings over the weekend.
Netanyahu admits IAF carried out secret operations - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israeli Air Force planes carried out a number of secret military missions in the past year in order to secure the country.
No breakthrough after Kerry meets Abbas: Palestinian official - Reuters
Secretary of State John Kerry made no breakthrough in talks on Sunday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on efforts to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, a senior Palestinian official said.
Israeli flag burned as protests sweep Egypt - Ynet News
The death toll in anti-government protests in Egypt rose Friday to five after one man was killed in a brawl that erupted between supporters of Egyptian President Mohamad Morsi in Mansura, in the Delta Nile.
Inside the United States
Fast-moving Arizona wildfire leaves 19 firefighters dead, destroys more than 200 homes - Washington Post
Gusty, hot winds blew an Arizona blaze out of control Sunday in a forest northwest of Phoenix, overtaking and killing 19 members of an elite fire crew in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years.
Central Banks Sell Record Sums of US Debt - CNBC
Central banks sold a record amount of US Treasury debt last week and bond funds suffered the biggest investor withdrawals on record as global markets shuddered at the prospect of the US Federal Reserve ending its quantitiative easing program.
Critics say Supreme Court's Prop 8 ruling takes power from voters, gives it to state officials - Washington Times
The Supreme Court's decision Wednesday on Proposition 8 unlocked the door for same-sex marriage in California but also may have stifled the voices of the state's voters.
DOJ Defunds Youth Programs that Reference God - Fox News
A Louisiana lawman is livid over the federal government's decision to cut off funds for two programs to help troubled young people, all, he says, because he refused to sign a pledge to bar prayer or any mention of God at their meetings.
Court Opposes Obama on Abortion Mandate - WND
A federal appeals court in Denver has ruled against the Obamacare abortion mandate that forces religious business owners to violate their beliefs by paying for abortifacients.
WH Touts Kenyan Program to Obtain National ID Cards for Voter Registration - Weekly Standard
As President Obama and his family continue their tour of Africa, the White House put out a Fact Sheet entitled "U.S. Support for Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa." One of the first items highlighted by the White House is a $53 million program in Kenya that helps young people "obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration."
Blackout: Defense Department Blocks All Articles About NSA Leaks From 'Millions' of Computers - US News and World Report
The Department of Defense is blocking online access to news reports about classified National Security Agency documents made public by Edward Snowden. The blackout affects all of the department's computers and is part of a department-wide directive.
Obama's Final Word: Catholics Must Buy/Provide Coverage for Abortion Drugs - CNS News
The Department of Health and Human Services today released the final text of the final adjustments to the Obamacare regulation that requires virtually all health-care plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
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