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Around the World
Iran insists on 'absolute right' to enrich uranium - AFP
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted on Monday that his country has the "absolute right" to enrich uranium on its soil, ISNA news agency reported.
Steinitz: Iranian economy 18 months away from collapse - Jerusalem Post
The Iranian economy is 18 months away from collapse, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Monday.
IMF: Risks to global economy are growing - USA Today
A failure by Congress to raise the nation's borrowing limit "could severely damage the global economy," the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday as it trimmed its global economic forecast due to slowing growth in emerging markets.
UK official says it's legal to abort a baby because of its sex - Gulf News
Doctors can legally carry out sex-selection abortions in Britain, the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled on Monday as he claimed that outdated laws were virtually unenforceable.
White House denies reports U.S. halting military aid to Egypt - Washington Examiner
The White House on Tuesday denied reports that the administration is cutting off aid to Egypt following a recent outbreak of violence.
North Korea on high alert, threatens U.S. ships with 'horrible disaster' - Washington Times
Pyongyang's military commanders have put their troops on high alert, warning of a looming disaster because of the entrance of U.S. ships into South Korean waters.
SEALs take over for drones as U.S. ups the stakes in fight against Al Qaeda - Washington Times
Current and former intelligence officials said Monday that the clandestine U.S. military raids on terrorist targets in North Africa suggest the Obama administration is eager to send a message to an emerging generation of al Qaeda fighters: It does not matter where on the globe you are hiding, the U.S. is tracking you and willing to exert stealth military muscle -- not just drones -- to take you down.
Israeli, Palestinian teams plan to intensify talks - Times of Israel
Israeli and Palestinian officials held another round of negotiations in Jerusalem Monday, where they agreed to honor an American request to increase the pace of talks.
IDF chief: Here's how our next wars could look - Times of Israel
Israel's wars of the future could include an al-Qaeda attack on the Golan Heights, rockets on Eilat and a Hamas assault on the Erez crossing with Gaza, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Tuesday.
Abbas says an agreement possible in nine months - Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sounded an optimistic note Monday in a Ramallah meeting with left-leaning MKs about the ongoing peace talks.
Netanyahu: Ayatollah Khamenei 'heads a cult' - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the US airwaves Wednesday, persistent in his effort to convince the international community that Iranian President Hasan Rouhani's charm offensive at the UN last week was an act meant to cover up Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions.
Ya'alon: Diplomacy with Iran must not be based on 'wishful thinking' - Times of Israel
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Wednesday acknowledged there were differences between Israel and the US on Iran, and expressed concerns over Western attempts to engage in diplomacy with Tehran, warning against "wishful thinking" in the face of duplicitous Iranian "sweet talk."
Inside the United States
Senate Dems craft proposal to raise debt limit as Reid, Boehner escalate feud - Fox News
Senate Democrats on Monday quietly crafted no-strings-attached legislation to raise the nation's debt limit as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner escalated their feud over the budget impasse.
'Truckers for the Constitution' Plan to Slow D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congressmen - US News
Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" rally.
Ohio school district agrees to keep portrait of Jesus off wall, pay $95G fine - Fox News
An Ohio school district has agreed to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ off school property and pay a $95,000 fine in the face of legal pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Conservatives Demand Info on Obamacare Rollout Failure - Washington Free Beacon
Conservative critics of Obamacare want to know how many people have actually purchased insurance through the president's signature legislation following the glitch-ridden rollout of the Obamacare website last week.
John Boehner: Obama wants 'unconditional surrender' on funding government, raising debt limit - Washington Examiner
House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday rejected a claim by President Obama that House Republicans are unwilling to negotiate over the debt limit and government funding legislation and said the president is demanding "unconditional surrender" from the GOP.
Tensions Ratchet Up in Debt Battle - Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama warned Tuesday of "economic chaos" if a political stalemate causes the U.S. to no longer be able to pay its bills, and said he would accept even a short-term increase in the borrowing limit to give lawmakers time to negotiate.
Reid wants $1T debt hike to end of 2014 - The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is moving legislation to push the debt limit until Dec. 31, 2014, well beyond next year's midterm election.
Janet Yellen to be named Fed chair on Wednesday: White House - CNBC
After months of speculation, it's official: Janet Yellen will be the next chair of the Federal Reserve, succeeding Ben Bernanke, the White House said late Tuesday.
Obama willing to talk, but only after government open, debt ceiling raised - Washington Times
President Obama on Tuesday expressed openness to large-scale discussions with Republicans on entitlements, taxes and a host of other hot-button issues.
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