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|Worthy News Brief - July 15, 2013|
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ICC calls for release of Kazakhstan Pastor
International Christian Concern is calling for the immediate release of a pastor in Kazakhstan who has been falsely imprisoned.
Blasphemy Case Finally Dismissed
The Supreme Court of Pakistan dismissed an appeal against the decision of the Islamabad High Court to revoke the First Information Report formerly lodged against Rimsha Masih under Section 295 B and C of the Pakistani Penal Code, finally putting a legal end to her controversial blasphemy case.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Greenwald: Snowden docs contain NSA 'blueprint' - AP
Edward Snowden has very sensitive "blueprints" detailing how the National Security Agency operates that would allow someone who read them to evade or even duplicate NSA surveillance, a journalist close to the intelligence leaker said Sunday.
Egypt crisis brings Fatah, Hamas tensions to new high - Jerusalem Post
The crisis in Egypt has aggravated tensions between Fatah and Hamas, dashing hopes of reconciliation between the rival Palestinian parties.
Russia starts largest snap military exercise in post-Soviet period - Xinhua
About 160,000 servicemen early Saturday participated in Russia's largest snap combat readiness military exercise since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia's defense minister said.
Fukushima 2013: Situation "Getting Worse" - Global Research
The first thing to know about the danger from the radioactive mass remaining on site in the three reactors that melted down at Fukushima is that nobody knows how much radioactive material there is, nobody knows how much uranium and plutonium it contains, and nobody knows how to make it safe -- so no one knows how great the continuing danger is.
Russia Readies Strategic Bombers in Snap Far East Military Drills - RIA Novosti
Russia's air base of Tu-95MS Bear-H strategic bombers in the Amur Region is switching to full combat readiness as part of massive snap drills in the Eastern Military District, the Defense Ministry's press office reported on Sunday.
Riots rock Belfast over blocked Orange march - AFP
Belfast erupted in violence for a second night late on Saturday, with protesters throwing petrol bombs and stones and police responding with water cannons. The riots began Friday night after authorities restricted the route of an Orange Order march.
New Egypt cabinet begins to take shape - Jerusalem Post
Egypt's interim prime minister filled senior posts on Sunday in a cabinet that will lead the country under an army-backed "road map" to restore civilian rule following overthrow of elected President Mohamed Morsi.
Leading pro-democracy figure Mohamed ElBaradei sworn in as Egypt's vice president - Fox News
Leading Egyptian reform advocate Mohammed ElBaradei has been sworn-in as the country's interim vice president.
US to step up pressure on Iran, seek direct talks - Times of Israel
The US plans to up the pressure on Iran over its renegade nuclear program in the wake of the recent election of relative moderate Hasan Rouhani as president, and at the same time is seeking to enter into direct talks with the Islamic Republic on the issue, according to recent reports.
US intel: Iran's long-range rockets could reach America by 2015 - Israel Hayom
Iran could develop and test an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States by 2015, a new U.S. intelligence report released and declassified for publication on Friday has determined.
Hezbollah's suicide bombing tactics come back to haunt it - Times of Israel
The headline of Lebanon's A-Nahar newspaper on Wednesday said it all: "Following the explosion in Beir el-Abed, does Dahiyeh fear suicide bombers?"
US points finger, but Syria denies Israel involved in arms depot strike - Times of Israel
Syrian officials on Saturday denied reports that Israel had been behind an attack on an arms depot in Latakia a week ago. The denial followed the weekend confirmation by three unidentified US officials that Israeli warplanes had targeted advanced Russian-made anti-ship missiles in the coastal area on July 5.
Netanyahu: Iran 'weeks away' from crossing red line - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu launched a rhetorical offensive against Iran on Sunday. The move came amid unease that the world might be enticed by a "compromise proposal" that Jerusalem believes Tehran is hatching, and concern that regional turmoil was distracting everyone's attention from Iran's nuclear march.
Israel May Attack Iran before U.S., PM Warns - Arutz Sheva
Iran is moving "closer and closer" to building a nuclear weapon and Israel may have to act before the United States does, Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Sunday.
Report: Israeli submarine strike hit Syrian arms depot - Jerusalem Post
Israeli Dolphin-class submarines carried out a July 5 attack on an arms depot in the Syrian port city of Latakia, according to a report in the British Sunday Times, which contradicted a previous CNN report that the attack was the work of the Israel Air Force.
Netanyahu pledges to thwart Iran 'before it's too late' - Times of Israel
Israel's prime minister insisted Sunday that he would act to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and also that he would not allow "dangerous weapons" to reach Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorists -- following reports that Israel recently carried out an airstrike in northern Syria against a shipment of advanced missiles.
Netanyahu phones Abbas for Ramadan, pushes to restart talks - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday night to wish him a happy Ramadan.
Netanyahu to push US for 'more credible military option' on Iran - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly to launch a new, last-ditch effort in the next few days to persuade the United States to credibly revive the military option against Iran.
Inside the United States
Demonstrators across America rally after Zimmerman 'not guilty' verdict, some reports of vandalism - Fox News
Demonstrators from coast-to-coast boisterously -- yet for the most part peacefully -- rallied Sunday in protest of a long-awaited verdict that acquitted Floridian George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions - Fox News
The Texas Senate late Friday passed tough new abortion restrictions after weeks of protests, sending them to Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law.
Obama calls for calm after Zimmerman acquittal; protests held - Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama called for calm on Sunday after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin, as hundreds of civil rights demonstrators turned out at rallies to condemn racial profiling.
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