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|Worthy News Brief - August 16, 2013|
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Muslim Brotherhood Burns Churches, Scapegoats Christians
Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi took out their frustrations on church property and Christian-owned homes and businesses in response to Wednesday's destruction of two Muslim Brotherhood encampments in Cairo after negotiations had broken down between the Brotherhood and Egypt's interim government.
Iran: Convert from Islam jailed for 10 years
A convert from Islam has been sentenced to ten years in jail for distributing 12,000 pocket-sized Gospels in the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to BarnabasAid.
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Around the World
Powerful car bomb kills 18 in south Beirut neighborhood that is Hezbollah stronghold - Washington Post
A powerful car bomb tore through a bustling south Beirut neighborhood that is a stronghold of Hezbollah on Thursday, killing at least 18 and trapping dozens of others in an inferno of burning cars and buildings in the bloodiest attack yet on Lebanese civilians linked to Syria's civil war.
Cleanup Attempt At Japan's Fukushima Plant Could Release 14,000 Times As Much Radiation As Atomic Bo - Business Insider
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building, a dangerous operation that has never been attempted before on this scale.
Obama cancels joint military exercises with Egypt - Washington Times
President Obama on Thursday canceled joint military maneuvers between U.S. and Egyptian troops scheduled for next month as he seeks to find levers the U.S. can use to quell deadly clashes in the North African nation and force both sides back into negotiations.
Glow-in-the-Dark Rabbits Created - ABC News
What do you get when you cross a jellyfish with a bunny rabbit? Glow in the dark bunnies.
Egypt fears more violence as Brotherhood calls 'Day of Rage' - Times of Israel
Egypt is bracing for yet another day of violence as Muslim Brotherhood supporters have called for a 'Day of Rage' across the country Friday, in response to the security forces' dawn crackdown Wednesday on two sit-ins supportive of ousted president Mohammed Morsi. The deadly raids have left at least 638 people dead, according to the latest figures, and the arrest the Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
Arms Shipments Seen From Sudan to Syria Rebels - NY Times
Syrian rebels, frustrated by the West's reluctance to provide arms, have found a supplier in an unlikely source: Sudan, a country that has been under international arms embargoes and maintains close ties with a stalwart backer of the Syrian government, Iran.
Obama Policies Turning Egypt Against U.S. - Washington Free Beacon
The Obama administration support for Muslim Brotherhood Islamists in Egypt is driving the powerful military there against the United States and toward Moscow, according to U.S. officials and reports from the region.
Egypt fears fresh confrontation as West deplores bloodshed - Reuters
Deeply polarized Egypt braced for renewed confrontation on Friday, with sympathizers of the Muslim Brotherhood expected to stage protests to denounce a ferocious security crackdown on Islamists that killed hundreds.
Egypt Mobs Destroy Dozens Of Churches and Bible Shops; Obama Concerned - BosNewsLife
Two Christians were killed while scores of churches and two Bible Society shops were reportedly destroyed in revenge attacks by Islamic mobs in Egypt, after security services massacred supporters of ex-President Mohamed Morsi.
Israel keeps to sidelines as Mideast deteriorates into bloodshed - Ynet News
At the wake of violent days both in Beirut and Cairo, Israel maintains its reserved stance on the unrest at its borders.
Mideast peace talks 'long and serious,' Israel says - UPI
The first direct Mideast peace talks in five years were "long and serious," Jerusalem said before U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's follow-up visit Thursday.
Israel, Palestinian negotiators meet in Jerusalem in total secrecy - Jerusalem Post
Just hours after Israel released 26 Palestinian terrorists in the middle of the night to crimp "victory" celebrations, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in total secrecy Wednesday evening in Jerusalem for talks the US hopes will yield a peace accord in nine months.
Inside the United States
Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes - NBC News
A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission -- which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes.
Million Muslim March Planned in DC on Anniversary of 9-11 - Breitbart
A group called The American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) is planning a one million Muslims march to Washington D.C. on September 11th. The timing of the group's march is seen by many as tasteless (to say the least) considering it is scheduled for the anniversary of the worst domestic massacre in American history perpetrated in the name of Islam.
NSA spying broke privacy rules many times: report - Washington Times
The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
SoCal Senator Pushes For Ammunition Buying License - CBS News
A controversial gun measure proposed by a Southern California lawmaker that would require background checks for all ammunition purchases statewide is moving forward in Sacramento.
Is ObamaCare a stepping stone to government-controlled health care? - Fox News
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid recently made clear what conservatives have long suspected: that he and other Democrats, including the president and key officials, see ObamaCare as a stepping stone to single payer, government-controlled health care.
California Supreme Court rejects appeal from Prop 8 sponsors to stop gay marriages - Fox News
The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to stop gay marriages in the state.
Airmen Punished for Objecting to Gay Marriage - Fox News
A 19-year veteran of the Air Force said he was relieved of his duties after he disagreed with his openly gay commander when she wanted to severely punish an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality.
Failure to Embrace Homosexuality Could See Nonprofits Lose Tax-Exempt Status - Charisma News
A California committee approved legislation that would revoke tax-exempt status from any nonprofit organizations that do not embrace homosexuality. It was approved on the same day Gov. Jerry Brown signed into a law Assembly Bill 1266, which forces schools to allow children to use the bathroom correlating to their own gender identity.
Report: Nuclear Facilities Vulnerable to Terrorist Attack - Washington Free Beacon
Over a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. nuclear facilities remain vulnerable to a similar-scale terrorist attack that could be "orders of magnitude greater" than the Fukushima nuclear disaster in terms of human and economic destruction, according to a new report released Thursday by the University of Texas Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project.
DOJ, FBI admit they inflated claims about mortgage fraud crackdown last year - Fox News
The Justice Department and FBI have quietly acknowledged they grossly overstated the scope of a mortgage fraud crackdown, which the administration heralded with much fanfare a few weeks before last year's presidential election.
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