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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.”
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Report: Washington Changes Tune on Israel Air Strike Against Iran Nuclear Facilities - Washington Free Beacon
The red light Washington has been showing Jerusalem regarding an Israeli air strike against Iran's nuclear facilities has changed color recently, according to the previous head of Israeli military intelligence.
Big solar storm coming, to disrupt satellites, earth's atmosphere - Times of India
Solar physicists say the Sun's all important magnetic field is about to undergo a complete flip and the "big event" will result in solar flares, coronal mass ejections and high-speed solar wind.
US sending $195 million more in aid to Syria - Times of Israel
President Barack Obama says the US is providing an additional $195 million in humanitarian and food aid to Syria.
Al Qaeda intercept challenges narrative of terror group 'on the run' - Fox News
Reports that top-level communications among Al Qaeda operatives prompted the ongoing security alert affecting U.S. embassies around the world have raised even more questions about the Obama administration's repeated claims that Al Qaeda is "on the run."
Obama cancels meeting with Putin amid Snowden tensions - Fox News
President Obama is giving Vladimir Putin the cold shoulder, canceling plans to meet with the Russian president next month amid tensions over the decision to grant NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum.
EU, Israel headed for showdown over settlement rules - Times of Israel
Despite heavy criticism from Israel, the European Union will not cancel, modify or delay the implementation of recently published guidelines that block EU funding from Israeli institutions either located or maintaining any links beyond the Green Line, a top EU official said this week.
Israeli gas group in talks on pipelines to Turkey, Jordan, Egypt - Reuters
A group of energy companies that discovered large amounts of natural gas off Israel's Mediterranean coast said they were in talks to export the gas to Europe via a pipeline to Turkey.
Jews protest visitation restrictions at Temple Mount during Ramadan - Jerusalem Post
Dozens of demonstrators peacefully gathered at the locked Mugrabi Gate leading to the Temple Mount early Wednesday to protest unusually stringent police restrictions against the admission of Jews to the site during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
US peace envoy to come to Israel next week - Times of Israel
The US envoy to peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will arrive in the country on Sunday for a round of meetings with top Israeli officials.
Official: Israel capable of unilateral strike on Iran, if US not committed - Jerusalem Post
Israel is capable of carrying out a unilateral military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities without operational support from the United States, a senior Israeli official said to Israel Radio on Tuesday morning.
Inside the United States
Pentagon may revise same-sex benefits - USA Today
The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married.
U.S. Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies - Reuters
Congress has won some partial relief for lawmakers and their staffs from the "Obamacare" health reforms that it passed and subjected itself to three years ago.
Congress Exempts Itself From the Law - American Spectator
Members of Congress are brazenly insisting the laws they pass apply to everyone but themselves.
Religious university balks at 'accommodation,' re-files suit over Obamacare's contraception mandate - Washington Times
Colorado Christian University on Wednesday re-issued its lawsuit over the "contraception mandate" tied to the federal health care law, becoming the first religious nonprofit to revamp its civil complaint after the Obama administration finalized an "accommodation" in late June designed to assuage concerns among religious institutions, according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Scientists plan lethal bird flu strain for research - SF Chronicle
Scientists who sparked an outcry by creating easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu for research want to try such experiments again using a worrisome new strain.
TV watching you? Senator calls for smarter smart-TV security - NBC
"Disturbed" at the idea of Internet-enabled HDTVs equipped with video cameras potentially becoming spy tools for hackers, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has written a letter to Samsung, LG, Sony and other TV makers asking them to adopt new security protocols to protect consumers.
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