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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
Kerry: Use of chemical weapons in Syria "a moral obscenity" - CBS News
Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday condemned the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria, calling it a "moral obscenity" that could soon bring a military response.
U.S. destroyers, subs on standby for strike order on Syria - Washington Times
Four U.S. Navy destroyers remain ready in the Eastern Mediterranean for President Obama's call to strike the Syrian regime's military assets, each equipped with up to 90 Tomahawk cruise missiles, defense officials said Monday.
Syria crisis: UN chemical weapons inspectors shot at by snipers - UK Telegraph
UN experts looking into claims that Syria has deployed chemical weapons against its own people have been forced to abandon their investigation after they were shot at by snipers near Damascus.
Russia warns West against Syria attack without UN approval - AFP
Russia on Monday warned the West against intervening militarily in the Syrian conflict without the approval of the UN Security Council, saying such action would violate international law.
US will make legal case for striking Syria without UN approval - Jerusalem Post
The United States is preparing legal justification for the use of force against Syria with allies Britain and France that would circumvent the United Nations Security Council, where Russia and China have vowed to block any resolution authorizing military intervention in the conflict.
Syria chemical attack undeniable, says John Kerry - BBC
US Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned what he said was the "undeniable" use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.
Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria - UK Telegraph
Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russian a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia's gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.
U.S. would only act on Syria with international community: Hagel - Reuters
The United States would only take action on Syria in concert with the international community and with legal justification in response to the alleged chemical weapons attacks in Damascus, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Monday.
Turkey would join coalition against Syria, says FM - Ynet News
Turkey would join any international coalition against Syria even if a wider consensus on action cannot be reached at the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying on Monday.
Syria crisis: warplanes spotted in Cyprus as tensions rise in Damascus - UK Guardian
Warplanes and military transporters have begun arriving at Britain's Akrotiri airbase on Cyprus, less than 100 miles from the Syrian coast, in a sign of increasing preparations for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria.
Doomsday scenario in Syria - Times of Israel
Days after the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad allegedly carried out a chemical attack in a Damascus suburb that killed hundreds of people, Western nations and their Arab allies are actively planning a military strike. This would be the first show of force by an outside power since the Syrian civil war began in March 2011, all Arab dailies lead off.
Mercury contamination in fish expected to rise in coming decades - CBS News
Mercury pollution from power plants in China and India is making its way into fish in waters near Hawaii, according to new research.
Housing Minister Ariel: Two-state solution is unrealistic, will never happen - Jerusalem Post
A two-state solution is an unrealistic resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel said on Sunday evening as he helped dedicate two new neighborhoods of 160 homes in the West Bank settlement of Kedumim.
Report: Morsi's ouster in Egypt could topple Hamas - World Tribune
Egypt's military coup could be followed by the ouster of the Hamas movement in the neighboring Gaza Strip, a report said.
Syrian official: Israel 'will come under fire' if Syria attacked - Ynet News
A member of the Syrian Ba'ath national council Halef al-Muftah, until recently the Syrian propaganda minister's aide, said on Monday that Damascus views Israel as "behind the aggression and therefore it will come under fire" should Syria be attacked by the United States.
Inside the United States
U.S. Electrical Grid on the Edge of Failure - MSN
The U.S. electrical system is on the verge of collapse, a new study has found. According to a new mathematical look at spatial networks, at any given moment, the national grid is just a couple of nodes away from abrupt, unpredictable failure.
New poll: Syria intervention even less popular than Congress - Washington Post
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll has finally found something that Americans like even less than Congress: the possibility of U.S. military intervention in Syria. Only 9 percent of respondents said that the Obama administration should intervene militarily in Syria; a RealClearPolitics poll average finds Congress has a 15 percent approval rating, making the country's most hated political body almost twice as popular.
Wildfire Threatens San Francisco's Water Supply - Wall Street Journal
Crews battled Sunday to keep a massive wildfire from potentially closing this city's main water supply, a reservoir high in the Sierra Nevada whose water could become temporarily unusable because of ash from the inferno.
Pentagon Labels Founding Fathers, Conservatives as Extremists - Fox News
George Washington would not be welcome in the modern U.S. military. Neither would Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin, according to Department of Defense training documents that depict the Founding Fathers as extremists and conservative organizations as "hate groups."
The Escalating GOP Call to Impeach Obama - Time
From sea to shining sea, the howls of presidential impeachment have returned to the nation this month in grand fashion. "It would be a dream come true," said Michigan Representative Kerry Bentivolio. Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has declared Obama "perilously close" to meeting the constitutional standards required for an impeachment trial. Texas Representative Blake Farenthold has said the House GOP probably has the votes to do it.
U.S. faces mid-October deadline to raise debt limit - Washington Post
The United States is set to run out of borrowing authority in mid-October, leaving the government at a high risk of not being able to pay for Social Security checks, military salaries and other operations, the Obama administration said Monday.
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