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Syrian Rebels to Assyrian Christian refugees: 'If you want to come back, convert to Islam, or you will be killed'
According to the Assyrian International News Agency, Assyrian Christians who have fled from an area of Syria called al-Thawrah (also known as al-Tabqah), have been told by rebels, “If you want to come back, convert to Islam, or you will be killed.”
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Report: Iran's Arak reactor to have nuclear weapons grade plutonium by next summer - Jerusalem Post
The Arak heavy water nuclear reactor in Iran will be capable of producing two nuclear bombs' worth of weapons grade plutonium a year and will be capable of producing the material by next summer, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Monday that cited US, UN and EU officials.
Egypt's Brotherhood rejects appeal to 'swallow reality' - Reuters
The Muslim Brotherhood on Monday rejected pleas from international envoys to "swallow the reality" that Mohamed Mursi will not return as Egypt's president.
World leaders should unite to end anti-Christian persecution, Vladimir Putin says - LifeSite News
Vladimir Putin has urged the world's political leaders to stop the violent persecutions against Christians that have erupted in many Middle Eastern countries.
Radioactive water leaking into Pacific Ocean in new Fukushima 'emergency' - ABC
Japan's nuclear watchdog says there is a state of emergency at the shattered Fukushima nuclear plant over ongoing leaks of radioactive water.
World's first lab-grown burger is eaten in London - BBC
The world's first lab-grown burger has been cooked and eaten at a news conference in London.
Al-Qaeda chief's message triggered embassy closures - Times of Israel
An intercepted secret message between al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri and his deputy in Yemen about plans for a major terror attack was the trigger that set off the current shutdown of many US embassies, two officials told The Associated Press on Monday.
Shalom: Netanyahu Offered, PA Rejected Yesha Building Freeze - Arutz Sheva
The Palestinian Authority's price for renewing peace talks with Israel was the release of terrorists from Israeli prisons -- and only that, said government minister Silvan Shalom. Instead, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was prepared to offer them a building freeze in Judea and Samaria -- but the PA rejected that offer, Shalom said in an interview on Voice of Israel public radio Sunday.
Massive Crusader hospital uncovered in Old City - Times of Israel
Israeli archaeologists have discovered a huge hospital from the Crusader era in Jerusalem's Old City, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement Monday.
UN makes Holocaust documents available online - Times of Israel
Scholars, campaigners and lawyers can for the first time readily access more than 2,200 documents from a largely unknown archive housed at the United Nations that documents thousands of cases against accused World War II criminals in Europe and Asia.
PA leaders to discuss second round of peace talks set for August 14 - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian Authority leaders are expected to meet in Ramallah Tuesday to discuss the second round of talks with Israel, scheduled for August 14 in Jerusalem.
Inside the United States
Senators ponder if bloggers deserve First Amendment protection - Yahoo
As the U.S. Senate continues to debate a national law to protect journalists from protecting their sources, two Senators believe unpaid bloggers and websites like WikiLeaks shouldn't get extended First Amendment protections.
Terror Threat Intelligence Not New - Washington Free Beacon
Intelligence regarding al Qaeda plans to attack U.S. embassies, officials, and interests last Sunday was known for months by U.S. intelligence agencies but was used only recently to trigger the closure of embassies and issuance of public warnings of impending attacks.
Fed 'should taper QE in September' but beware 'market havoc' - UK Telegraph
The Federal Reserve is closer to reducing its massive bond-buying program after the unemployment rate dropped last month, a top Fed official has said, adding that he wants reductions to start this autumn.
Republican says e-mails could mean FEC-IRS collusion - CNN
The vice chairman of the Federal Election Commission told CNN on Monday he has seen numerous undisclosed e-mails between FEC staffers and the Internal Revenue Service that raise new questions about potential collusion between the two federal agencies in the alleged targeting of conservative political groups.
Obama to urge Congress in speech to shutter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Fox News
President Obama, seeking to buffer taxpayers from future housing market downturns, will urge Congress this week to back bipartisan efforts to shutter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage-giants bailed out by the government in 2008.
Senators urge Obama to toughen Iran sanctions as new president takes office - Fox News
As newly elected Iranian President Hasan Rouhani takes office, dozens of U.S. senators are urging the Obama administration to increase sanctions on the country -- to sustain pressure over Iran's nuclear program even as the U.S. tests the new diplomatic landscape.
U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans - Reuters
A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.
US sources: Al-Qaida intercept is just one piece of threat intelligence - Jerusalem Post
Intercepted communication between al-Qaida leaders was one component of a broader pool of intelligence that prompted a threat alert closing numerous US embassies in the Middle East and Africa, US sources said on Monday.
Dead people gave nearly $600K to campaigns since 2009 - USA Today
The dead can't vote, but they can give money to politicians.
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