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Another Christian Convert Tried in Iran
A Christian convert was tried in July by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court in Robat Karim.
Indonesia: Churches Closed Under Islamic Law
Within one year and without any legal pretext, 17 churches and chapels in the province of Aceh, Indonesia, have been closed under Islamic law.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
US And Russia Simultaneously Announce Intent To Arm Opposing Sides In Syria - Reuters
In an almost palpable irony, Russian and U.S. officials simultaneously announced their intent to move forward with controversial arms transfers to opposing sides in the Syrian civil war Monday.
Report: Millions of girls still at risk of female genital mutilation - CNN
The largest report yet into the extent of female genital mutilation, or cutting, has shed new light onto a practice that affects tens of millions of women and girls worldwide, U.N children's agency UNICEF said.
Russian Missile Forces Holding Snap-Check Drills - RIA Novosti
The headquarters and two missile divisions of the Orenburg Missile Army in Russia's Urals region have been put on high-alert as part of snap combat readiness drills, the Defense Ministry said.
US plans to bring Iran oil exports down to zero - Jerusalem Post
The US House of Representatives will vote next week on legislation aimed at slashing Iran's ability to export any oil.
Deal done for U.S. to ship arms to Syria rebels - USA Today
A deal reached in Congress to allow the United States to ship arms to Syrian rebels could spur more support from other nations, blunting the military gains of dictator Bashar Assad and preventing him from crushing the rebel movement.
Syria is a terrorist hotbed, IDF intel chief warns - Times of Israel
An extensive global jihad center is developing right on Israel's doorstep, the IDF's head of military research Aviv Kochavi said Tuesday evening, warning about throngs of Islamist fighters streaming into Syria.
IDF intel chief: Syria turning into jihadi center 'on our border' - Jerusalem Post
Short-term risks to Israel are on the rise, and the seeds for new threats are being planted in some arenas, OC Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi warned on Tuesday.
Haredim: We'll fight draft to point of civil war - Ynet News
Disgust and pain, contempt and threats, this was the reception within the haredi community on Tuesday upon passage of the first reading of a bill that would significantly increase enlistment among ultra-Orthodox Israelis into the IDF and national service. Along with complete faith in the non-implementation of the draft law, some made it clear that the fight against it would not end in haredi military enlistment. "We'll take it to the point of civil war," they promised.
US rejected Netanyahu's request to free Pollard ahead of negotiations with Palestinians - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tried unsuccessfully to persuade American officials to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard ahead of diplomatic negotiations with the Palestinians, Channel 2 reported on Monday.
Lapid to haredi MKs: You are keeping the Messiah from coming - Israel Hayom
Finance Minister Yair Lapid lashed out against the members of the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Knesset on Monday, accusing them of preventing the coming of the Messiah.
Bennett pledges to continue settlement construction - Times of Israel
Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett promised on Tuesday to continue settlement construction despite Palestinian demands that Israel freeze building in the West Bank ahead of the imminent renewal of bilateral negotiations.
Inside the United States
Family saved by George Zimmerman grateful, but terrified of threats - Washington Times
The family rescued by George Zimmerman last week after a rollover crash in Sanford, Fla., are terrified of any media attention they may attract and the hate mobs that could target them.
Records of snooping into Christine O'Donnell tax records disappear - Washington Times
Delaware state officials have told Congress that they likely destroyed the computer records that would show when and how often they accessed Christine O'Donnell's personal tax records and acknowledged that a newspaper article was used as the sole justification for snooping into the former GOP Senate candidate's tax history.
Only 1 in 5 Americans Believe in Complete Evolution Without God - New Poll - Christian Post
A new poll indicates that only one in five Americans believe in evolution without the guidance of God, while a majority at 62 percent believe God played some role in human creation.
CIA wants to control the weather, climate change - Fox News
The CIA is funding a study examining various ways mankind can geo-engineer the planet -- blocking or limiting the sunlight that reaches the Earth, stripping carbon dioxide from the skies, seeding the clouds and so on.
Obama's Mideast policies open deep rifts in Congress - Times of Israel
President Barack Obama's limited attempt to end more than two years of bloodshed in Syria and his insistence on US assistance to a strife-riven Egypt have exposed deep divisions in Congress, with pockets of grudging support countered by fierce opposition toward greater American military and financial involvement among Democrats and Republicans alike.
Passport law on Jerusalem unconstitutional, federal appeals court says - Fox News
A federal appeals court Tuesday declared unconstitutional a law allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace on their U.S. passports, the latest ruling in a case that stretches back a decade.
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