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'Pakistan is a Living Hell …'
Protesters carried banners stating: "Pakistan is a Living Hell for Hindus, Sikhs and Christians" near the Pakistan Consulate in New York City Wednesday in support of all the victims of religious bigotry, hate and intolerance in that notorious Islamic nation.
Somalia: Islamists Abduct Christian Mother of Two
Islamists suspected to be al-Shabaab militants who had kidnapped a Christian mother of two in Somalia have now threatened her husband.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Syrians retrieve 'sleeping' dead after alleged chemical attack - Ynet News
The Syrian army is accused of a massive assault on the eastern suburbs of Damascus that activists say killed more than 500 people on Wednesday morning. They say some of the bombs were loaded with chemical agent, which would make it the worst chemical attack since Syria's two-year conflict began.
Syria again challenges Obama's 'red line' on chemical weapons - Washington Times
President Obama's "red line" for Syria is once again being tested after rebel forces said Wednesday that the regime of President Bashar Assad used poison gas to attack civilians near Damascus, killing potentially hundreds in what could turn out to be the deadliest deployment of chemical weapons yet.
UK: Millionaire Gay Couple Sues to Force Church Wedding - Charisma News
Millionaire gay couple the Drewitt-Barlows have confirmed they have launched a legal challenge to the right of churches to opt out of gay weddings.
Fukushima alert level rise 'significant' - BBC
The increase of the severity level of a radioactive water leak at the Fukushima plant is being regarded as a "significant" rise in Japan.
Global markets fall as US Fed signals end to economic stimulus - ABC
Wall Street closed down after the minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting gave the strongest indication yet that the central bank's economic stimulus will be trimmed back.
Divided Egypt prepares to release Mubarak from jail - Reuters
Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak could leave prison on Thursday after a court ruling that further divided a country in turmoil since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi seven weeks ago.
Russia, China torpedo strong UN statement on Syria - Times of Israel
The UN Security Council called Wednesday for "a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation" of the latest allegation of chemical weapons use in Syria.
Palestinian official threatens to go to UN over settlements - Times of Israel
The Palestinians might turn to UN bodies in response to Israeli settlement building even before their negotiations with Israel have run their course, a Palestinian spokeswoman said Wednesday, reflecting growing frustration in the PA over recent Israeli plans to promote more than 3,000 new settlement homes.
Iran would barely retaliate if its nuclear program were attacked - Times of Israel
Iran is unlikely to unleash a war in response to a military strike on its nuclear facilities, Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said, estimating that possible retaliation would include not more than "two or three days of missile fire" against Israel and/or Western targets in the region, causing "very limited damage."
Ya'alon discusses Egypt, Syria with Hagel - Times of Israel
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon discussed developments in Syria and Egypt with his US counterpart Chuck Hagel on Wednesday, according to statements issued by both of their offices.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators hold unannounced Jerusalem meetings - Jerusalem Post
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met completely out of the media's eye on Tuesday, as one meeting was held in Jerusalem during the day, with a second meeting expected in the evening.
Inside the United States
NSA collected up to 56,000 U.S. emails over 3 years with no terror connection - Washington Times
The nations' top intelligence official is declassifying three secret U.S. court opinions showing how the National Security Agency scooped up as many as 56,000 emails annually over three years and other communications by Americans with no connection to terrorism, how it revealed the error to the court and changed how it gathered Internet communications.
U.S. Dolphin Deaths Rise to 300; Cause Still a Mystery - Nat'l Geographic
The spike in bottlenose dolphin deaths this summer is showing no signs of stopping: Nearly 300 of the marine mammals have died along the East Coast as of August 20, according to the federal government.
Declassified Documents Prove NSA Is Tapping the Internet - Wired
U.S. intelligence officials have declassified a secret court opinion that both chastises the National Security Agency for misleading the court and highlights an eavesdropping program in which authorities have direct access to "upstream" internet communications.
Employers dropping coverage for thousands of spouses over ObamaCare costs - Fox News
Republican lawmakers are raising new concerns about ObamaCare after several large employers announced they are dropping health coverage to some employee spouses due to rising costs under the new law.
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