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Around the World
China missile fear: U.S. vulnerable to nuclear-tipped submarine-launched missiles, Pentagon warns - Washington Times
China maintains the fastest-growing fleet of ballistic and cruise missiles on the planet, and soon will deploy a nuclear-tipped, submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States from Chinese waters, according to a new Pentagon report.
U.S. Navy ships in Red Sea move close to Egypt as precaution - Ha'aretz
Two U.S. Navy ships patrolling in the Middle East moved closer to Egypt's Red Sea coast in recent days, the top Marine Corps general said on Thursday, in what appeared to be a precautionary move after the military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
Global powers to discuss Iran nuclear drive next week - Fox News
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will hold talks in Brussels next week on Iran's contested nuclear drive with senior officials from six global powers, the first since Tehran elected a new president.
Report: Al-Qaeda killed Free Syrian Army commander - Ynet News
Militants linked to al-Qaeda in Syria killed a senior figure in the Western- and Arab-backed Free Syrian army on Thursday, an FSA source said, signaling a widening rift between Islamists and more moderate elements in the armed Syrian opposition.
Ireland's parliament approves 'life-saving' abortion - BBC
Lawmakers in the Republic of Ireland have voted to legalise abortion under certain conditions for the first time, following a marathon debate.
Egypt unrest: US to go ahead with F-16 jets delivery - BBC
The US is going ahead with plans to deliver four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt despite the political unrest in the country, senior American officials say.
US Navy ships in Red Sea move closer to Egypt amid turmoil - Jerusalem Post
Two US Navy ships patrolling in the Middle East moved closer to Egypt's Red Sea coast in recent days, the top Marine Corps general said on Thursday, in what appeared to be a precautionary move after the military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi.
Syria on UN Human Rights Council a new Guinness record - Times of Israel
Diplomats and NGOs greeted with skepticism and incredulity the news that Syria and Iran intend to run for spots on the UN Human Rights Council. The elections, which will be held in November, are for three-year terms running from January 2014 through December 2016.
Hezbollah fears attacks from al-Qaeda-linked groups - Times of Israel
Fearing suicide attacks against Shi'ite targets in Lebanon, Hezbollah is adopting special security measures. According to Lebanese media reports, the Shi'ite organization has set up both fixed and mobile checkpoints in the heart of Baalbek, a Lebanese city known as a Shi'ite stronghold.
3-D printers go from plastic to liquid metal - NBC
The brutal liquid metal assassin from "Terminator 2" is impressed indelibly on the memory of any action movie fan. But that shape-shifting chrome T-1000 is just a fantasy, right? Well, yes, but a cool technique of building tiny items with liquid metal is definitely a step in that direction.
New Christian Arab party calls for IDF enlistment - Times of Israel
Christian Arab citizens of Israel are forming a new political party that calls for Arab enlistment into the IDF. The party's Hebrew name -- B'nei Brit Hahadasha -- means "Sons of the New Testament," although the word "allies" is hidden in the title as well.
Smuggling into Gaza at a near-standstill - Times of Israel
After years of intense smuggling activity, transfer of goods and weapons through the tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip has ceased in the last 10 days, according to Israeli, Egyptian and Palestinian officials who spoke to The Times of Israel.
Israel strengthens Syria border with an eye on Hezbollah - Reuters
Israel is bolstering its forces on the once-quiet frontier with Syria where it believes Lebanese Hezbollah militants are preparing for the day when they could fight Israel.
White House to name new liaison to Jewish community - Times of Israel
The White House is set to name Matt Nosanchuk, a lawyer who has been prominent in advancing the Obama administration's gay rights policies, as its new full-time Jewish liaison.
Military outlines reform plan for smaller, smarter IDF - Israel Hayom
The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday outlined some of the dramatic changes it plans to make to its order of battle over the next few years, saying the reform will result in a smaller, more streamlined military that will be able to face future threats more effectively while complying with government-mandated cuts to defense spending.
Inside the United States
Texas pumping more oil than some OPEC countries - FuelFix
In March, Texas oil production reached its highest level since 1984. That month, the Lone Star State pumped more than 74 million barrels of crude from the ground, which means if Texas were a country, it would be one of the 15 largest oil producers in the world.
Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages - UK Guardian
Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.
Pennsylvania AG refuses to defend state marriage law - Washington Times
A lawsuit filed this week by gay couples against Pennsylvania's marriage law got a major boost Thursday when the state's top law officer said she would not defend the law.
Airman Punished for Objecting to Gay Marriage in Military Chapel - Fox News
A 27-year veteran of the Utah Air National Guard said he was reprimanded after he wrote an email objecting to a gay wedding in the West Point chapel and was later told to prepare for retirement because his personal beliefs about homosexuality were not compatible with the military's policies.
House passes farm bill; strips out food-stamp program - USA Today
House lawmakers approved a scaled-back version of the farm bill Thursday after stripping out the popular food-stamp program used by 48 million Americans.
Dominicans Freak Out Over Obama's Gay Ambassador Pick - Foreign Policy
Opposition to President Obama's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic reached a fever pitch this week as religious organizers stage a "Lunes Negro" or Black Monday protest against James "Wally" Brewster.
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