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Around the World
Morsi rebuffs Egyptian army ultimatum, sets own course - Jerusalem Post
President Mohamed Morsi rebuffed an army ultimatum to force a resolution to Egypt's political crisis, saying on Tuesday that he had not been consulted and would pursue his own plans for national reconciliation.
Egyptian army to Morsi: You have 48 hours to compromise - Jerusalem Post
Chief of staff in ultimatum to Egyptian president and politicians, says if demands of people are not realized within two days, army will announce a road map for the future; Morsi says met with army chief after statement.
Barack Obama seeks to limit EU fallout over US spying claims - UK Guardian
Barack Obama has sought to limit the damage from the growing transatlantic espionage row after Germany and France denounced the major snooping activities of US agencies and warned of a possible delay in the launch next week of ambitious free-trade talks between Europe and the US.
Spy Claims Send Chill Ahead of Trade Talks - Wall Street Journal
France and Germany demanded that Washington respond to reports that the National Security Agency spied on European institutions, in the latest diplomatic eruption to follow the revelations by rogue contractor Edward Snowden.
US official condemns Hezbollah's actions in Syria - AP
A senior American official on Monday denounced Hezbollah for its involvement in Syria's civil war and said the Lebanese militant group's actions place the future of Lebanon at risk.
Syrian rebels threaten to target Shi'ite villages in Aleppo - Reuters
Syrian rebels in the northern province of Aleppo on Monday threatened to seize two Shi'ite Muslim villages that back President Bashar al-Assad unless they surrendered to the opposition.
U.N. nuclear chief warns of 'dirty bomb' threat - Reuters
More action is needed to stop militants acquiring plutonium or highly-enriched uranium that could be used for atomic bombs, nuclear experts and government officials said on Monday.
Euro zone joblessness at record high, inflation up - Reuters
Euro zone unemployment is at a record high and consumer prices are being driven upward by volatile energy and food prices, data showed on Monday, underlining the fragility of the bloc's economic health.
Israeli official: Kerry disappointed in Abbas - Israel Hayom
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is disappointed in the conduct of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a senior Israeli diplomatic official said on Sunday after Kerry departed Israel following his latest attempt to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Traces of 2,000-year-old wartime famine unearthed in Jerusalem - Fox News
Archaeologists may have discovered evidence of a dire famine that gripped Jerusalem during a Roman siege nearly 2,000 years ago.
Netanyahu 'willing to sit in tent for peace' - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday told his Italian counterpart Enrico Letta he would be willing to sit in a tent and remain there "until white smoke comes out" if it would help advance negotiations with the Palestinians.
Kerry leaves without breakthrough, remains optimistic on peace talks - Jerusalem Post
US Secretary of State John Kerry fell short on his fifth trip to the region in bringing Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table, though he said before leaving on Sunday for Brunei that the goal is within sight and he will continue trying.
Minister: Netanyahu against settlement freeze - Ynet News
US Secretary John Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel's chief negotiator Tzipi Livni met in Jerusalem late Saturday night in an attempt to reach an agreement that would pave the way for a meeting between the Israeli premier and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. However, it appears the road to such a summit is full of obstacles.
Inside the United States
Facebook blocks Fox reporter for pro-gun, pro-Bible, pro-Jesus post - Fox News
Fox News correspondent Todd Starnes says Facebook blocked him after he posted a lengthy remark about his political incorrectness, citing his favorable view of everything from the National Rifle Association to Jesus.
Judicial Watch Obtains Records Detailing Gov'ts Warrantless Collection of Credit Card Transactions - Judical Watch
Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) revealing that the agency has spent millions of dollars for the warrantless collection and analysis of Americans' financial transactions.
Number of federal wiretaps rose 71 percent in 2012 - Washington Post
The number of wiretaps secured in federal criminal investigations jumped 71 percent in 2012 over the previous year, according to newly released figures.
House takes up own immigration fix, no citizenship - AP
The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that any attempt at comprehensive immigration legislation cannot offer a "special pathway to citizenship" for those in the United States illegally. That approach could block the GOP's hopes of ever winning the White House, the top Democrat in the House predicted.
After landmark court rulings, opponents of gay marriage ready for national battle - NBC
Opponents of same-sex marriage are gearing up for a national battle to block gays and lesbians from tying the knot, saying the country is "perilously close" to legalizing such unions in all 50 states after recent Supreme Court decisions.
Justice Kennedy denies request to halt gay marriages in California - Fox News
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied an emergency request by opponents of same-sex marriage to halt gay weddings in California.
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