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More Christian Clergy Missing in Syria
Last week's disappearance of an Italian Jesuit priest in Syria suggested foul play following the kidnappings of two other clergy in April, according to Morning Star News.
Algeria: Apostate faces prison for defaming Islam
For nearly nine months, an Algerian Christian convert from Islam still waits for a ruling on his appeal to the severe sentence handed him for allegedly proselytizing and defaming Islam and its prophet, according to Morning Star News.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Egypt's coup puts fearful Christians in a corner - AP
It was nighttime and 10,000 Islamists were marching down the most heavily Christian street in this ancient Egyptian city, chanting "Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians." A half-dozen kids were spray-painting "Boycott the Christians" on walls, supervised by an adult.
Al Qaeda drives Iraq toward chaos - Washington Times
Security inside Iraq is unraveling at an alarming pace, and al Qaeda terrorists there aren't just pulling the thread; they're setting it on fire.
Saudi offers Russia deal to scale back Assad support - Reuters
Saudi Arabia has offered Russia economic incentives including a major arms deal and a pledge not to challenge Russian gas sales if Moscow scales back support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Middle East sources and Western diplomats said on Wednesday.
Iran launch site likely for testing ballistic missiles - Jerusalem Post
Iran has built a new rocket launch site that is likely to be used to test ballistic missiles, leaving two other sites free to handle satellite launches, analysts at IHS Jane's Military and Security Assessments Center reported It is likely the Iranians already have a solid-fuel missile that can reach Israel, "yet they are building a major new missile test facility that would indicate they are working on a larger missile, presumably an ICBM," Jeremy Binnie, IHS Jane's Middle East editor with Jane's Defence Weekly, told The Jerusalem Post.
White House lobbies Israel to stop lobbying Congress on Iran policy - World Tribune
The United States is stepping up efforts to dissuade Israel's government from criticizing the policy of President Barack Obama toward Iran, officials said.
PM: Israel will not sign additional agreements with EU - Ynet News
At a cabinet meeting Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided that Israel will not sign additional agreements with the European Union, such as a scientific cooperation agreement, due to the expected EU limitations on the settlements.
Erekat to Kerry: act to prevent Israel's settlement plans - AP
The second round of U.S.-brokered Mideast peace talks will be held next week, the State Department said Thursday, even as the Palestinians protested new Israeli settlement activity.
Israel fears next war with Hezbollah will hit civilians harder - LA Times
As tensions escalate along Israel's northern border, a senior military official warned that the next war with Hezbollah would be far more painful for Israeli citizens than any previous experience.
US decries settlement activity, confirms Indyk headed to Israel - Times of Israel
Washington criticized Israel for a recent move to support settlements, and confirmed that its new Mideast peace envoy will be in Jerusalem and Jericho next week for a second round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
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.
Inside the United States
ObamaCare 'death panel' faces growing opposition from Democrats - The Hill
ObamaCare's cost-cutting board -- memorably called a "death panel" by Sarah Palin -- is facing growing opposition from Democrats who say it will harm people on Medicare.
Dems Favor Federal Bailout of Detroit, But Majority of Public Opposed - Real Clear Politics
A new national poll from Quinnipiac University shows that a majority Democrats believe the federal government should bail out Detroit, but an even larger majority of Americans oppose such a move. Fifty-one percent of Democrats support Washington providing federal assistance to Detroit, which last month became the largest American city ever to seek bankruptcy protection.
U.S. jobless claims edge up to 333,000 - MarketWatch
New applications for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week and remained near a five-year low, perhaps a sign of some improvement in the labor market.
N.S.A. Said to Search Content of Messages to and From U.S. - NY Times
The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans' e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials.
IRS agent: Tax agency is still targeting Tea Party groups - Washington Examiner
In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted.Surprise! IRS assault on churches started with Holder - WND
The seeds of the IRS targeting of conservative groups were planted by Eric Holder in 2001 when as deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton he convinced incoming Attorney General John Ashcroft to seize the building of a conservative megachurch, says the church's retired pastor.
Blue Cross, Aetna, United, Humana Flee Obamacare Exchanges - CNS News
Major health insurance companies--Blue Cross, Aetna, United, Humana--have decided not to participate in various states in the Obamacare health-insurance exchanges that will be the only place Americans will be able to buy a health insurance plan using the federal subsidies authorized under the Obamacare law.
If Obama eliminates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, will mortgage rates go up? - CS Monitor
President Obama wants to reduce the government's role in the mortgage giant by phasing out mortgage financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The idea has broad support, but interest rates on home loans would go up, especially for low-income families.
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