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Egypt: Security Forces Abandon Coptic Christians During Deadly Attack
Egyptian security forces failed to intervene during a sectarian attack in Luxor that left four Copts dead and four others seriously injured, according to Amnesty International.
Two House Churches Raided in China
China Aid reports raids on two house churches and a home Bible study in Xinjiang last month.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Violence Feared as Egypt Braces for Rival Protests - VOA
Supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi plan rival mass protests on Friday, raising fears of continued violence.
US prosecutors indict hackers in largest ever online fraud case - UK Telegraph
The two Russians arrested in what prosecutors call the largest online fraud case brought in the United States were caught through a combination of hi-tech tools, dogged detective work and sheer luck.
Pope OKs Indulgences for the Tweeting Classes - TIME
The Vatican is offering indulgences for Facebook fans, Twitter lovers and other "virtual" participants of the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro -- but there's a hitch.
Hezbollah burying hundreds of its fighters in Syria, rebels claim - Times of Israel
Hezbollah has buried hundreds of its fighters in mass graves in Syria to avoid a backlash from the victims' families and maintain high morale among its combatants, Syrian oppositionists claimed on Wednesday.
Egyptian General Calls for Mass Protests - NY Times
The commander of the armed forces asked Egyptians on Wednesday to hold mass demonstrations that would give him a "mandate" to confront violence and terrorism, appealing to one side of Egypt's sharply divided populace and raising the specter of broader unrest.
Syria death toll now above 100,000, says UN chief Ban - BBC
More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.
Israel willing to make 'serious territorial concessions' to secure Middle East peace - UK Telegraph
Yuval Steinitz, the intelligence and strategic affairs minister, told The Daily Telegraph that a "demilitarised" Palestinian state was the "only possible solution" to the conflict.
PM reportedly agreed to limit settlement building during talks - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly committed to cap settlement building during peace talks with the Palestinians to 1,000 homes within existing settlement blocs.
Israel, Palestinians to launch talks Tuesday - Ynet News
Senior state officials confirmed Thursday morning that after three years of nearly total disconnect, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will be renewed next week in Washington.
Inside the United States
Halliburton admits it destroyed Gulf of Mexico evidence - UK Telegraph
The American contractor that worked for BP on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig has admitted destroying evidence relating to its explosion in 2010 -- an accident which sparked the biggest oil spill in US history.
Obama's 'phony' scandals line draws GOP retort - Washington Times
With his job-approval numbers plummeting, President Obama is trying to reclaim the advantage in Washington by convincing the public that congressional Republicans are obsessed with "phony" scandals such as Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service at the expense of economic progress.
Sex, money and lies: 'Culture of Corruption' boomerangs on Democrats as scandals blossom nationwide - Washington Times
The Democratic Party is battling scandals from New York to San Diego and from city hall to Capitol Hill, as the party finds itself on the defensive over embarrassing lapses ranging from sexual misconduct to multiple scandals ensnaring the Obama administration.
The NSA's New Spy Facilities are 7 Times Bigger Than the Pentagon - Defense One
In May, crews broke ground on a $792 million computing center at the agency's headquarters near Baltimore that will complement the Utah site. Together the Utah center and Maryland's 28-acre computer farm span 228 acres -- more than seven times the size of the Pentagon.
How Nancy Pelosi Saved the NSA Surveillance Program - Foreign Policy
The obituary of Rep. Justin Amash's amendment to claw back the sweeping powers of the National Security Agency has largely been written as a victory for the White House and NSA chief Keith Alexander, who lobbied the Hill aggressively in the days and hours ahead of Wednesday's shockingly close vote. But Hill sources say most of the credit for the amendment's defeat goes to someone else: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. It's an odd turn, considering that Pelosi has been, on many occasions, a vocal surveillance critic.
Two Americans Added to Food Stamp Rolls for Every Job Administration Says It Created - CNS News
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said yesterday that the Obama administration has pulled the nation from the depths of the "Great Recession" with the creation of 7.2 million private sector jobs.
Graham: Why is Obama Silent While Iran Tortures American Pastor? - Fox News
One of the nation's most prominent evangelical leaders wants to know why President Obama has remained silent as Iran tortures an American pastor held captive in one of the Islamic republic's most notorious prisons.
President Obama: Republicans Opposing Debt Limit Increase Are 'Deadbeat' - ABC News
Setting the stage for the looming debt debate, President Obama today accused his Republican opponents of being "deadbeat" for refusing to raise the nation's debt limit this fall without cuts in spending.
Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords - CNet
Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.
Poll: Plurality support abortion restrictions after 20 weeks - NBC
As Republican-led legislatures have worked to restrict abortion in many states, a plurality of Americans say they support efforts to ban abortions after 20 weeks, assuming the mother's life isn't in immediate danger, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Christian Air Force chaplain under fire for reference to atheists - Washington Times
Air Force Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes, a Christian chaplain stationed in Alaska, was censored for a line he wrote in his regular "Chaplain's Corner" musings that are posted at the base's online site, and now the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is saying he should be punished.
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