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Somalia: Scholars issue fatwa against al-Shabaab
An Islamic conference of 160 Somali scholars recently issued a fatwa declaring that al-Shabaab doesn't represent Islam and Muslims shouldn't support this militant Islamist group, according to Voice of the Martyrs.
Iran: Christian Women Among Political Prisoners Freed
Two Christian women were among the nearly 100 political prisoners released from Iranian jails before that nation's newly elected president addressed the UN General Assembly in New York City Tuesday, according to Barnabas Aid.
Lao Officials Threaten Christians
The ruling authorities of several villages in Laos have been threatening to banish Christians unless they renounce their faith in Jesus.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Obama, Netanyahu agree Iran mustn't possess nuclear weapon - Ynet News
Upon meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday in Washington, US President Barack Obama said that regarding the issue of nuclear talks with Iran, no options were off the table, including military action. Obama said Tehran must prove its sincerity with actions, not just words.
Revolutionary Guards chief decries Rouhani's talk with Obama - Times of Israel
The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps praised President Hasan Rouhani on Monday for his address at the UN General Assembly in New York last week, but criticized his willingness to speak with US President Barack Obama.
Bolton: Iranian President Playing Obama to Buy Time to Build Bomb - NewsMax
Iran's new president, Hasan Rouhani, is telling President Barack Obama what he wants to hear while buying time to build a nuclear bomb, says John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador and current senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Typhoon leaves 74 missing in China as Thailand, Vietnam brace for floods - Reuters
Seventy-four Chinese fishermen were missing on Monday after a typhoon sunk three fishing boats in the South China Sea as Thailand and Vietnam braced for torrential rain and flooding.
Bombings across Iraq now touch on formerly safe havens - Yahoo
A rash of car bombs killed dozens across Baghdad on Monday, the latest in a series of deadly bombings that have racked Iraq over the past several days. The violence has brought the country's civilian death toll to its worst level since 2008.
Research Organization Disputes Existence of Anti-Nuke Fatwa - Washington Free Beacon
A research organization disputed on Sunday the existence of a fatwa, or religious ruling, against the development of nuclear weapons by Iran's supreme leader.
Obama hails Netanyahu over talks with Palestinians - AFP
US President Barack Obama thanked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday for his "courage" in "good faith" negotiations with the Palestinians on final status issues.
Israel to 'seriously' consider joining chemical weapons treaty - RT
The Israeli government will consider ratifying the Chemical Weapons Convention, President Shimon Peres has announced. It follows Syria's decision to give up its chemical arsenal.
Syrian FM: Syria formally confirms mission to restore 'Israeli-occupied' Golan Heights - Jerusalem Post
Syria is determined to restore the Israeli Golan Heights to Syrian rule, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday in a speech to the UN General Assembly.
Inside the United States
Airmen say Air Force is punishing evangelical Christians - Fox News
Evangelical Christian airmen at Lackland Air Force Base are facing severe threats and retribution for their religious beliefs and some personnel have been ordered to publicly express their position on gay marriage.Obama administration: Lawmakers, staff can get abortion coverage - Washington Times
The Office of Personnel Management ruled Monday that members of Congress and their staffs will be able to buy health care plans that pay for abortions, even though the premiums are funded largely by taxpayer money -- a move that conservatives say breaks federal law on abortion funding.
US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate - UK Guardian
A survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans published last month, found that 15% of large employers (50 or more employees) and 20% of smaller employers had plans to adjust hours so that fewer employees qualify for full-time medical insurance under the ACA.
Obamacare Website Quietly Deletes Reference to 'Free Health Care' - Weekly Standard
Even as President Obama and his administration are making a last minute push to encourage enrollment in Obamacare, a quiet change was made on the Healthcare.gov website regarding those who will still not be able to afford coverage after the program kicks in.
House GOP tries fourth shutdown proposal, Democrats vow rejection - Washington Times
House Republicans tried a fourth different option late Monday, proposing to enter into official spending negotiations with Senate Democrats over a stopgap year-end spending bill, but it, like the three earlier proposals, was immediately rejected by Democrats who said there will no talks.
Congress fails to reach deal on federal spending and Obamacare as government enters partial shutdown - Washington Examiner
The federal government partially shut down for the first time in 17 years at the stroke of midnight Tuesday while Congress remained deadlocked over a temporary funding bill.
American public: Worst Congress ever - Washington Examiner
With congressional inaction putting the federal government on the brink of a partial shutdown, the public's disgust of Congress is at a record high, a new poll released Monday says.
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