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Genocide of Christians in Nigeria
Instead of sectarian strife, Islamic terrorism sanctioned by state-sponsored discrimination against Christians in northern Nigeria has led to outright genocide, the general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria told Morning Star News.
Bishop: Egyptian Christians Live in Fear as Brotherhood Attacks Continue
Bishop Joannes Zakaria said that although Christians in Egypt are running out of food, they're afraid to leave their homes because of the incessant attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the Catholic News Agency.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria - UK Telegraph
Royal Navy vessels are being readied to take part in a possible series of cruise missile strikes, alongside the United States, as military commanders finalize a list of potential targets.
Syria chemical attack evidence may have been destroyed: Hague - AFP
British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Sunday warned that any evidence of a chemical attack by the Syrian regime may have already been destroyed.
Iran army warns US of 'harsh consequences' over Syria - AFP
A top Iranian military chief warned on Sunday that the US will face "harsh consequences" if it intervenes in ally Syria over claims of chemical attacks, Fars news agency reported.
Russia says 'tragic mistake' to assign blame too soon for Syrian gas attack - Reuters
Russia said on Sunday that assigning blame too soon over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria would be a "tragic mistake", before a U.N. investigation on Monday.
Radioactive water at Fukushima creeps toward Pacific - CBC
Deep beneath Fukushima's crippled nuclear power station, a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant's reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the Pacific.
Report: US hacked into UN video conferencing, spied on EU - NBC News
A German magazine reported Sunday that the National Security Agency secretly monitored the United Nations' New York headquarters by hacking into the organization's video conferencing system.
Brotherhood leaders to go on trial in Egypt - Reuters
Three leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood go on trial in Cairo on Sunday on charges of inciting lethal violence during unrest that preceded the army's overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi.
Report: UK's Cameron pressing Obama for strike on Syria - Jerusalem Post
British Prime Minister David Cameron has allegedly been pressuring US President Barack Obama to launch a prompt military strike on Syria in response to its supposed chemical weapons attack last Wednesday, The Times of London reported Monday.
Iran warns US over military move against Assad - Times of Israel
An Iranian commander warned the United States Sunday over a possible military move against the Tehran-backed regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Hagel: US Weighs Military Options for Syria - VOA News
The U.S. defense secretary has strongly suggested that the U.S. is moving naval forces into place in anticipation of any decision by President Barack Obama to order military action on Syria after apparent chemical weapons use.
Russia warns U.S. not to repeat in Syria past mistakes in region - Reuters
Russia warned the United States on Sunday against repeating past mistakes, saying that any unilateral military action in Syria would undermine efforts for peace and have a devastating impact on the security situation in the Middle East.
Israelis Flock to Gas Mask Distribution Stations - Arutz Sheva
As tensions in Syria rise to unprecedented heights, Israelis, fearful of a possible chemical attack by its northern neighbor, have been flocking to gas mask distribution stations. Distribution of updated masks and chemical protection kits have been going on for several years, but on Sunday hordes of Israelis who have neglected to get their updated kits flocked to post offices, which are responsible for the distribution.
Netanyahu: Syria is Iran's 'testing ground' - Israel Hayom
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented Thursday on the reports suggesting Syrian President Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons to attack civilians on Wednesday, saying that if Syria is not punished, its ally Iran could be encouraged to develop nuclear weapons.
PM: Israel's 'finger on the pulse' of Syria developments, if necessary will also be 'on the trigger' - Jerusalem Post
Syria's use of chemical weapons against its own people "simply demonstrates" what will happen if Iran gets even deadlier weapons, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday before a meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
Jerusalem pushes forth with settlement plans - Ynet News
Jerusalem pushed forward Sunday with plans to construct 1,500 apartments in east Jerusalem in a move that could undermine recently renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Inside the United States
As Worries Over the Power Grid Rise, a Drill Will Simulate a Knockout Blow - NY Times
The electric grid, as government and private experts describe it, is the glass jaw of American industry. If an adversary lands a knockout blow, they fear, it could black out vast areas of the continent for weeks; interrupt supplies of water, gasoline, diesel fuel and fresh food; shut down communications; and create disruptions of a scale that was only hinted at by Hurricane Sandy and the attacks of Sept. 11.
Edward Snowden's digital maneuvers still stumping U.S. government - CBS News
The U.S. government's efforts to determine which highly classified materials leaker Edward Snowden took from the National Security Agency have been frustrated by Snowden's sophisticated efforts to cover his digital trail by deleting or bypassing electronic logs, government officials told The Associated Press. Such logs would have showed what information Snowden viewed or downloaded.
Defense Dept Education Materials Warns of 'Extremists' that Speak of Conservative Values - The Blaze
U.S. Department of Defense education materials obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, warn of "extremists" that will "talk of individual liberties, states' rights, and how to make the world a better place." Judicial Watch and other conservative media outlets claim the disclosure indicates the department is teaching that conservative views are "extremist" in nature.
Internet Giants Got Millions From Taxpayers to Cover PRISM Spying Costs - Wired
Internet giants like Google and Yahoo received millions of dollars from the NSA to cover their surveillance under the PRISM program. These payments occurred after a federal court ruled that surveillance requests the companies handled under the PRISM program were unconstitutional.
Obama says deficit is dropping at near-record pace - Washington Times
President Obama said Friday that the federal deficit has dropped substantially in recent years and the budget is in good enough shape to begin spending again on his priorities such as education.
Obama: GOP threat to shut down government 'not an economic plan' - NBC News
President Barack Obama said Friday that Republican threats to shut down the government over his health care law don't amount to an economic plan.
Sales of New U.S. Homes Fell More Than Forecast in July - Bloomberg
Purchases of new U.S. homes plunged 13.4 percent in July, the most in more than three years, raising concern higher mortgage rates will slow the real-estate rebound.
Churches changing bylaws after gay marriage ruling - Fox News
Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
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