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Eight converts sentenced in Iran for 'National Security' violations
Eight Iranian Christians received long sentences Tuesday after being convicted of "action against the national security," a bogus charge often used against Muslim converts to Christianity, according to Morning Star News.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
'We become the SIM card': 750 million mobile phones could be hacked in one minute - RT
Up to 750 million mobile phones around the world carry SIM cards that contain a programming flaw that could leave their owners vulnerable to fraud. The bug allows a hacker to remotely access personal data and authorise illegal transactions within minutes.
Egypt starts on new constitution - BBC
A 10-strong panel of legal experts, appointed by interim President Adly Mansour, is to start work on Sunday on amending Egypt's constitution.
Islamic extremists reportedly attacking Egypt's Christian community over Morsi ouster - Fox News
The Muslim Brotherhood reportedly is attempting to blame Egypt's Coptic Christian community for the recent ousting of President Mohammed Morsi and even resorting to violent tactics in an effort to gain back power.
US preparing for military action in Syria, top US general says - RT
President Barack Obama is considering using military force in Syria, and the Pentagon has prepared various scenarios for possible United States intervention.
At least 46 dead in wave of Iraq car bombings - MSN
Iraqi officials say dozens of people were killed late Saturday when car bombs were detonated in five commercial areas in Baghdad.
'In Sinai, I saw hell': Refugees are easy prey for brutal human traffickers - Washington Times
Egypt's lawless Sinai Peninsula is a living hell for thousands of refugees from sub-Saharan Africa who are being kidnapped and tortured by a network of rapacious human traffickers.
Iron Dome battery stationed in Eilat amid Sinai instability - Jerusalem Post
The IDF has stationed an Iron Dome missile defense battery near the southern city of Eilat, an army spokesperson said on Friday.
Netanyahu: Palestinians will need to make concessions to ensure Israel's security - Jerusalem Post
The Palestinians will need to make concessions during negotiations that will enable Israel to ensure its security and protect its vital national interests, Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu said at the opening of Sunday's cabinet meeting.
Palestinian factions see resumption of peace talks as 'political suicide' - Jerusalem Post
Several Palestinian groups on Saturday criticized the Palestinian Authority for agreeing to resume peace talks with Israel, while PLO and Fatah officials said they knew nothing about what US Secretary of State John Kerry had offered the PA leadership to bring it back to the negotiating table.
Netanyahu seeks national referendum on peace deal - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to rush through the Knesset a new law that would make any peace deal with the Palestinians contingent on the Israeli public's approval in a national referendum, Jerusalem sources said Sunday.
EU pushes plan to bar aid to Israelis in West Bank - Reuters
The European Union, over Israeli protests, said on Friday it was pushing ahead with plans to bar EU financial aid to Israeli organizations operating in the occupied territories, but insisted the decision would not affect peace efforts.
Palestinian source: Washington meeting must regard 1967 lines - Jerusalem Post
In light of the impending resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the later was expecting references to the 1967 lines to be included in an invitation letter to a meeting between US, Israeli and Palestinian officials in Washington set for next week, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.
Kerry says Israeli, Palestinian negotiators agree to U.S. visit - LA Times
In a surprise announcement, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Friday night that he would host Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington as early as next week in a possible renewal of long-stalled peace talks.
Inside the United States
Move over NSA, here comes the Obamacare Big Brother database - Rare
Would you trust thousands of low-level Federal bureaucrats and contractors with one-touch access to your private financial and medical information? Under Obamacare you won't have any choice.
Why Did Facebook Block Kirk Cameron's New Movie? - Fox News
It's something of a social networking mystery. Why did Facebook block Kirk Cameron's upcoming faith-based movie, "Unstoppable"?
Obamacare battle takes bizarre turns - Washington Examiner
The Affordable Care Act originally passed the House in 2009 with 220 votes, all but one of them Democrats. On Wednesday, 251 members of the House, including 22 Democrats, voted to postpone for one year implementation of the heart of the Act -- the individual mandate to purchase health insurance. If this were any other issue, liberal commentators might see a governing majority emerging in favor of delaying Obamacare.
Christine O'Donnell's case of suspected tax data breach is added to IRS investigation - Washington Times
The Treasury Department watchdog now at the heart of the IRS scandal is planning to re-interview former GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell about whether her confidential federal taxpayer information was breached in 2010, as congressional investigators vow to press forward with emerging facts regarding Washington's involvement in the targeting of conservative groups.
NC Senate passes 'Sharia law' bill - News Observer
The state Senate on Friday passed a bill that would keep courts from recognizing Sharia law.
In Indiana, Individual Health Insurance to Cost 72% More Due to Obamacare - Weekly Standard
Obamacare will be costly for Hoosiers who already have health insurance, according to a report from Indystar.com.
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