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Around the World
Japan's national debt: One quadrillion yen and counting - Economic Times
Japan's eye-watering national debt has topped one quadrillion yen, official data showed today, a record figure that underlines Tokyo's struggle to curb its huge borrowing.
Al Qaeda Video Praises American Jihadists in Somalia - Washington Free Beacon
An al Qaeda-affiliated group in Somalia released a video series this week that celebrates several Americans who died while waging jihad in Africa, according to a watchdog group that monitors terrorist activity.
Iran to Sign New Nuclear Power Plant Deal with Russia - RIA Novosti
Iran intends to sign an agreement with Russia soon on the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the Islamic Republic, Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Sunday, citing Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.
EU ranked as 'key priority' for NSA monitoring - AFP
The European Union is ranked as a key priority by the NSA for monitoring a German newspaper reported Saturday, citing a document leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Steinitz: Iran's nuclear program can be destroyed with a few hours of airstrikes - Israel Hayom
Iran's new president Hasan Rouhani is "charming, he is cunning, and he will smile all the way to the bomb," Minister for International, Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz said in an interview with The Washington Post, published on Thursday.
New Evidence: Jihadists Holding Training Camps in Libya - Arutz Sheva
New evidence reveals that jihadi entities, such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Ansar al-Sharia (ASL), are holding training camps in Libya.
Report: IAF drone strikes jihadist rocket launching site in Sinai, killing 4 terrorists - Jerusalem Post
An Israeli Air Force drone reportedly struck a jihadist rocket launching site in the Sinai Peninsula near the Israeli-Egyptian border, killing four suspected terrorists who were planning to launch missiles at Israel, Egyptian security sources told Reuters on Friday.
Netanyahu to Kerry: Palestinian Incitement is Continuing - Arutz Sheva
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a letter Saturday evening to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in which he complained that Palestinian Authority (PA) incitement against Israel is continuing even after a return to U.S.-brokered "peace negotiations" between Israel and the PA was announced.
Khamenei: Israel-PA Peace Talks Are Futile - Arutz Sheva
Iran's Supreme Leader on Friday slammed American attempts to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, stressing that such efforts are futile, the Fars news agency reported.
Muslim Brotherhood, Sinai jihadis accuse Egyptian military of collaboration with Israel - Israel Hayom
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood asserted over the weekend that the explosion which killed four terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula was proof of "collaboration between the interim military regime and the Zionist enemy."
Bereaved parents protest prisoners' release in Jerusalem - Ynet News
Some 20 Israelis whose loved ones' killers are set to be released as part of renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians marched from the Mount Herzl cemetery to the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on Sunday in protest of intended prisoners' release.
Israel issues tender for 1,000 new housing units in east Jerusalem, settlement blocs - Israel Hayom
In a dramatic announcement ahead of the scheduled resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in Jerusalem this week, the Housing and Construction Ministry issued tenders on Sunday for the construction of more than 1,000 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the large settlement blocs, despite vocal U.S. opposition to continued construction beyond the 1967 borders.
Inside the United States
US judge changes infant's name from Messiah to Martin insisting only Jesus Christ has earned the tit - UK Telegraph
A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy's name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and "that one person is Jesus Christ."
Obamacare installs new scrutiny, fines for charitable hospitals that treat uninsured people - Daily Caller
Charitable hospitals that treat uninsured Americans will be subjected to new levels of scrutiny of their nonprofit status and could face sizable new fines under Obamacare.
Food-Stamp Use Rises; Some 15% Get Benefits - Wall Street Journal
Food-stamp use rose 2.4% in the U.S. in May from a year earlier, with more than 15% of the U.S. population receiving benefits.
Air Force Says Drag Acts Symbolize Gay Pride - Fox News
The U.S. Air Force said that a well-known drag queen group was invited to perform on base during a "Diversity Day" celebration because drag is a "symbol of gay pride" and unity. But the performance sparked outrage among some airmen who called the drag show "totally offensive and inappropriate."
Obama accuses Republicans of 'fixation' against healthcare law - Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday launched an aggressive defense of his landmark healthcare law, attacking Republicans for seeking its repeal without offering a substitute for the millions of Americans who would be left uninsured.
Obama calls for changes to Patriot Act, surveillance procedures - LA Times
In an effort to quell growing public unease, President Obama released new information about domestic spying, called on Congress to change the Patriot Act to increase oversight and safeguards, and urged lawmakers to consider allowing adversaries to appear against the government for the first time in the secret court that authorizes surveillance.
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