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Syria Militants Behead Catholic Priest And Two Others
A Catholic priest has been publicly beheaded by suspected Islamic militants in northern Syria after accusations of collaborating with President Bashar Assad's government, Worthy News established Tuesday, July 2.
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Around the World
Six billion tonnes of water vanishes from underground Antarctic lake -- leaves behind city-sized ice - National Post
Six billion tonnes of water may have been dumped into the ocean all at once after an underground Antarctic lake overtopped, causing the ice sheet above it to slump into a giant 260 square-kilometre crater.
Syria neighbors block thousands from fleeing: rights group - Reuters
Syria's neighbors have closed or tightened restrictions at several border crossings, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded within Syria's dangerous frontier regions, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.
Egypt locked in standoff after millions rally against Morsi - Ha'aretz
Egypt was locked in a tense standoff on Monday after millions of protesters swarmed into the streets to demand the resignation of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and militants set the ruling Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters on fire.
Egypt army plan to sideline Morsi if no deal reached soon - Jerusalem Post
Egypt's army has plans to push President Mohamed Morsi aside and suspend the constitution if he fails to strike a power-sharing deal with his opponents within 24 hours, military sources told Reuters on Tuesday.
Egypt's Morsi meets army chief after ultimatum - Ynet News
Islamist President Mohamed Morsi met the head of Egypt's armed forces, along with the prime minister, on Monday, according to a statement on the president's official Facebook page. The page was updated after General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a virtual ultimatum to Morsi to reach a power-sharing agreement with his political rivals within 48 hours.
Morsi defiantly says he won't step down - Times of Israel
With the clock ticking, Egypt's besieged president said Tuesday that he will not step down as state media reported that the powerful military plans to overturn his Islamist-dominated government if the elected leader doesn't meet the demands of the millions of protesters calling for his ouster.
China to join Russia for largest naval drills with foreign partner - UK Guardian
China will join Russia later this week for its largest-ever naval drills with a foreign partner, underlining deepening ties between the former cold war rivals along with Beijing's desire for closer links with regional militaries.
Iran importing missile-grade ore from Germany, France - Reuters
Exploiting a loophole in Western sanctions, Iran is importing a high grade of refined alumina ore from several European countries including Germany and France that Tehran could be using to make armor parts and missile components.
In Shiloh, an intriguing discovery alludes to the Tabernacle - Israel Hayom
Archaeologists discover holes carved into the ground in Shiloh which could have held the beams of The Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting, which, according to the Bible, housed the Ark of the Covenant.
Abbas praises Kerry, says window for peace deal closing - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that he was "optimistic" about the efforts made by US Secretary of State John Kerry to resume peace talks with Israel.
Israel agrees to Egypt troop movements in Sinai as ultimatum to Morsi nears - Ha'aretz
Israel's military said Tuesday that Egypt has moved forces into the border area near the Gaza Strip in coordination with Israel.
Inside the United States
Student loan rates doubling on Monday - CNN
Students preparing to take subsidized government loans will see their interest rates double to 6.8% from current levels, starting Monday, July 1.
WSJ: Health Insurance Rates Could 'Double Or Even Triple' For Healthy Consumers In Obamacare's Excha - Wall Street Journal
Three months from today -- October 1, 2013 -- is X-Day, the day that Obamacare's subsidized health insurance exchanges are supposed to become fully operational. And today brings more news of "rate shock," the phemonenon by which Obamacare dramatically increases the underlying cost of health insurance for people who buy it on their own. Louise Radnofsky of the Wall Street Journal looked at insurance rates in eight states, and found that while some sicker people will get a better deal, "healthy consumers could see insurance rates double or even triple when they look for individual coverage."
New Tick-Borne Illness Could Be Worse Than Lyme Disease - CBS News
A new disease spread by deer ticks has already infected 100,000 New Yorkers since the state first started keeping track.
White House delays employer mandate requirement until 2015 - Washington Post
The Obama administration will not penalize businesses that do not provide health insurance in 2014, the Treasury Department announced Tuesday.
Obama Administration Delays Health Care Law Employer Penalty Until 2015 - TIME
The Obama Administration announced on Tuesday that it is delaying implementing a key component of the Affordable Care Act for a year following complaints from the private sector about reporting requirements.
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