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Millions of Muslims Devoted to Mary
Every year, millions of Muslims, mostly women, go on pilgrimage to Marian shrines in Egypt, Syria, Portugal and Lebanon, according to Asia News.
Nigeria: Pastorâ€™s Daughter Allegedly Kidnapped, Forced to Convert
A pastor's daughter in Nigeria has been abducted by a Muslim leader who forced her to convert to Islam in a sharia court.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Diplomat: Obama approved intelligence leaks on Israeli air strikes in Syria - World Tribune
The U.S. intelligence community leaked information on Israeli air strikes on Syria, sources said. Diplomats said the administration of President Barack Obama has enabled
the intelligence community to disclose Israeli military operations against
the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. They said the leaks included
unreported Israeli air and naval strikes on advanced Iranian and Russian
weapons that arrived in 2013.
Explosions rock regime districts in Syrian city - AP
Huge explosions rocked regime-held districts in the central Syrian city of Homs on Thursday, sending a massive ball of fire into the sky and causing successive blasts that activists said likely came from a struck weapons depot.
Morsi supporters defy police warnings to disperse - AP
Egypt's military-backed government offered protection Thursday to supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi who end their two sit-ins -- widely seen as a first step toward dispersing the vigils on opposite sides of Cairo.
Assad says sure he will defeat Syrian rebels - Reuters
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday he was confident of victory against rebels in a 28-month-old civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people and sent nearly two million fleeing abroad.
Spree of jailbreaks stirs fear of new Al Qaeda threat - LA Times
In less than a week, more than 2,000 prisoners, many of them Islamic militants trained by Al Qaeda, have been broken out of detention in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan in spectacularly violent raids.
Snowden Asylum Hits U.S.-Russia Relations - Wall Street Journal
Russia granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday, defying and embarrassing an Obama administration that threatened to scale back diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Israeli Government Has Surrendered the Temple Mount - Arutz Sheva
In an "unprecedented" move, police on Wednesday informed Jewish groups that the Temple Mount will be closed to all non-Muslims until at least the end of Ramadan, on 11th August. The announcement has provoked renewed anger over anti-Jewish discrimination on the Temple Mount, and sparked calls by activists for a mass-protest on 7th August, at the start of the Hebrew month of Elul.
Jerusalem of gold, and all the colors of the rainbow - Times of Israel
The 12th annual Jerusalem Pride Parade took place Thursday afternoon, with thousands of participants marching through the city streets, waving rainbow flags and vibrantly chanting slogans.
New Israeli database aims to unveil the secret of why people undergo religious conversions - Ha'aretz
Faith? Love and marriage? Economic or political considerations? Coercion? For as long as there have been different religions around, says Chaim Hames, chair of the history department at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, there have been those who -- for whatever reason -- have sought to switch from one to another.
US general already working on security aspects of future Israeli-Palestinian accord - Jerusalem Post
The Israeli-Palestinian negotiations may have only just begun, but US Gen. John Allen is already on the ground working on security arrangements that might be part of a future agreement, a senior US official said Wednesday.
Inside the United States
Bill to cut Iran's oil exports by 1 million barrels a day sails through House - Washington Times
The Republican-led House on Wednesday passed a bill with near unanimity, 400-20, to crack down further on Iran for its nuclear program and cut the country's oil exports by 1 million barrels per day over the next year.
House issues subpoenas to get Benghazi documents from State Department - Washington Times
As they prepared to head home for summer vacation, House Republicans fired off three subpoenas Thursday seeking more information from the State Department on the terrorist attack last year in Benghazi, Libya, and on the science the Environmental Protection Agency used to impose new clean air regulations.
CNN Reports on CIA's 'Unprecedented' Benghazi Cover-up, Intimidation' - Washington Free Beacon
Dozens of CIA agents were on the ground the night of the Benghazi terrorist attack Sept. 11, 2012, CNN reported Thursday on The Lead, and the agency is involved in what one source calls an "unprecedented attempt" to keep its secrets from ever leaking out.
Obama reassures Democrats on health care, immigration - Fox News
President Obama sought to calm jittery Democrats Wednesday as they prepared to head home to face voters, assuring them they're "on the right side of history" despite problems with the launch of his massive health care overhaul and an immigration fight with Republicans.
Obama Narrows Field for Fed Chairman to 3 - NY Times
This week, in a closed-door meeting of Congressional Democrats with President Obama, Representative Ed Perlmutter of Colorado bluntly said what has been on many politicians' minds: "Larry Summers. Bad choice."
House passes student-loan bill lowering rates -- for now - CNBC
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would reverse a recent hike in federal student loan interest rates, lowering them to 3.86 percent for undergraduates in the new school year.
Major Drugstore Chains Now Selling Abortion-Inducing 'Plan B' Off the Shelf - CNS News
Three major drugstore chains--CVS, RiteAid, and Walgreens--have moved "Plan B," a drug that can induce an abortion, onto the open shelves in their stores, where it is now sold like aspirin or other non-prescription drugs.
US embassies to shut down Sunday due to terror threat - Times of Israel
US embassies and consulates across the Middle East and Asia -- including in Israel -- will be closed on Sunday due to an al-Qaeda-related terror threat, officials said Thursday.
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