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Around the World
US suggests Egyptian military averted civil war - Ynet News
Egypt avoided a possible civil war this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, making it hard for Washington to conclude that the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was a military coup.
Gay marriage takes root in England, Wales as queen signs bill - Washington Times
Gay marriage became legal Wednesday in England and Wales after Queen Elizabeth II signed a bill approved earlier this week by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, The Associated Press reported.
Eurozone to see record high unemployment rate in 2014: OECD - Business Spectator
Young people in many European countries will continue to struggle for jobs as unemployment in the eurozone is set to hit a record 12.3 per cent in 2014, the OECD says.
UN says Syria refugee crisis worst since Rwanda - BBC
The conflict in Syria has caused the world's worst refugee crisis for 20 years, with an average of 6,000 people fleeing every day in 2013, the UN says.
Russia holds biggest war games in decades - CNS News
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday watched Russia's biggest military maneuvers since Soviet times, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks across Siberia and the far eastern region in a massive show of the nation's resurgent military might.
Arrest could break cartel's hold in Mexico - USA Today
The alleged kingpin of the notorious Los Zetas drug cartel, accused in a murderous reign of terror, was captured on a quiet dirt road with no shots fired.
Rouhani laughs off Israeli nuclear warnings - Times of Israel
Iranian president-elect Hasan Rouhani on Wednesday laughed off recent statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he pledged to do whatever was necessary to thwart Iran's nuclear program.
New Palestinian precondition: Airport in Ramallah - Ynet News
Western sources told Ynet Wednesday that in meetings with international sources on the issue of renewing peace talks with Israel, the Palestinians stipulated that they be granted approval to build an airport in Ramallah -- the first in the West Bank.
Kerry says gaps narrowing between Israel and Palestinians - Times of Israel
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday won Arab League backing for his effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, raising hopes for a resumption in the stalled negotiations in the near future. Kerry himself said significant progress had been made in narrowing gaps between the two sides but declined to elaborate.
Netanyahu trying to talk EU down from new settlement rules - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talked with a series of European leaders a day after the announcement of a decision on a European funding ban to Israeli institutions operating in occupied territories.
Inside the United States
House passes bills to delay Obamacare provisions - Washington Examiner
The House passed two symbolic bills Wednesday that would delay key parts of President Obama's health care law, a Republican-led move also designed to force Democrats to take uncomfortable votes on the president's signature law.
Quantum Dawn 2 will test Wall Street's cyber readiness - Computer World
Starting at around 8.30 a.m. ET Thursday and continuing through Friday morning, dozens of major Wall Street firms will come under a series of massive cyberattacks aimed at crippling financial services networks around the country.
Emails reveal how accuracy was scrubbed out of Benghazi 'talking points' - Washington Times
As the hour grew late on the night of Sept. 14, the White House wanted to make one thing clear to the State Department and the CIA as the three collaborated on what would come to be known as the Benghazi "talking points," designed to be used by Congress and administration officials to explain what had happened three days earlier at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Third court overturns Obama recess appointments - Washington Times
A third federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that President Obama violated the Constitution last year when he made recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, adding more weight to the case as it goes before the Supreme Court in the justices' next session.
Dems pin immigration hopes on GOP's Ryan - AP
Democrats doggedly pursuing a far-reaching immigration bill are counting on help from Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate last year and an unlikely candidate for delivering the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.
IRS Employees Were Ordered to Send Tea Party Cases to IRS's Only Obama Political Appointee - CNS News
IRS employees were ordered by their superiors -- including Lois Lerner who pleaded the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination rather than testify in Congress -- to send certain Tea Party tax-exemption applications to the office of the IRS's Chief Counsel, which was headed by William Wilkins, who at that time was the only Obama political appointee at the IRS, according to a letter released today by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
NSA phone program will expire next year, Patriot Act author says - Washington Times
The lawmaker who wrote the Patriot Act said Wednesday that as it stands right now, the House will never renew the provisions that the Obama administration uses to collect phone records of every American, meaning the program will be cut off at the end of 2015.
Driving somewhere? There's a gov't record of that - AP
Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong.
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