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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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Egypt crisis: Talks gather pace as US senators arrive - BBC
US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have joined top diplomats in Cairo to help find a peaceful solution to Egypt's political stalemate.
Sun Will Flip Its Magnetic Field Soon - Space
The sun is gearing up for a major solar flip, NASA says. In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, according new observations by NASA-supported observatories.
NSA spy leaks: US, Russia to hold talks despite Snowden - BBC
The US will go ahead with high-level talks with Russia on Friday despite Moscow's decision to grant asylum to ex-US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, US officials say.
Obama administration authorized series of recent drone strikes in Yemen - Washington Post
The Obama administration authorized a series of drone strikes in Yemen over the past 10 days as part of an effort to disrupt an al-Qaeda terrorism plot that has forced the closure of American embassies around the world, U.S. officials said.
Al Qaeda wanted attack to change balance of power in Middle East, sources say - NBC
The State Department scrambled to close embassies across the Middle East and evacuate personnel because two of Al Qaeda's world leaders said in an intercepted message that they wanted to mount a major terror attack that would change the balance of power in the region, according to U.S. officials familiar with the message.
Al Qaida groups lead Syrian rebels' seizure of air base in sign they continue to dominate anti-Assad - McClatchy
Syrian rebels spearheaded by al Qaida in Iraq and its local allies took control Tuesday of a crucial military airport in northern Syria, opening a vital supply line between the rebel-held north and Turkey.
Officials fear al-Qaeda developing 'undetectable' explosive - Times of Israel
Amid the threats emanating from Yemen, the United States appears to be concerned about al-Qaeda using a new kind of liquid explosive in a terror attack against American targets.
Israeli Source: Obama No Longer Committed to Iran Attack Option - Jewish Press
It's likely that the high level official's statement is an expression of the Netanyahu government's anxiety over the glee with which the Obama Administration has welcomed the election of a new Iranian president.
US awaits 'credible steps' on Iran as Netanyahu calls for increased pressure - Jerusalem Post
World pressure kept Iran from gaining nuclear weapons in the past, and is preventing it from crossing the nuclear threshold now, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday in response to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's comment that threats against Iran do not work.
63% of Israeli Jews oppose major West Bank pullout, poll finds - Times of Israel
Most Israeli Jews would oppose a peace agreement with the Palestinians if it included a full West Bank pullout with land swaps to let Israel retain major settlement population centers, according to a new poll that appears to contradict the conclusions of other recent surveys.
Inside the United States
Justice Department wants to control iTunes store - RT
The Justice Department is seeking to acquire government oversight of Apple's iTunes and App Store -- a move that would give feds control over content ranging from books to music to television shows and movies.
Obamacare months behind in testing IT data security: government - Reuters
The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1.
George Soros-funded Foundations Contribute to Anti-Israel Groups - Washington Free Beacon
Billionaire George Soros' network of foundations contributes tens of millions of dollars annually to groups that wage "political warfare" against Israel, according to a new report.
New U.S. spying revelations coming from Snowden leaks: journalist - Reuters
Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who published documents leaked by fugitive former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, plans to make new revelations "within the next 10 days or so" on secret U.S. surveillance of the Internet.
DoJ Sues BofA Over Mortgage-Backed Securities - Fox News
Bank of America (BAC) was slapped with separate civil lawsuits Tuesday by the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission, each of which charges the bank with defrauding investors in connection with the sale of $850 million in mortgage-backed securities.
Billy Graham: If Ever There Was a Time America Needed God's Intervention, It's Now - Christian Post
In anticipation of a nationwide evangelism event this November to coincide with his 95th birthday, renowned preacher Billy Graham released a letter through his association this week in which he says that America needs a spiritual awakening more than ever before.
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