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Kazakhstan re-arrests Pastor
International Christian Concern reports that a 67-year-old pastor was charged with religious extremism and imprisoned just hours after he had been released to house arrest for supposedly harming the health of his parishioners.
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Around the World
Bankers fear debt catastrophe - Sydney Morning Herald
Global finance leaders have warned a US debt default would be "utterly catastrophic", as some analysts flagged a new era of US political dysfunction that could expose the world's largest economy to increased instability.
Malaysia court rules non-Muslims cannot use 'Allah' - BBC
A Malaysian court has ruled that non-Muslims cannot use the word Allah to refer to God, even in their own faiths, overturning a 2009 lower court ruling.
Rival al-Qaeda-linked groups fortifying in Syria with mix of pragmatism and militancy - Washington Post
Shortly before its operatives killed 14 Iraqi Shiite children in a school bombing this month, the group once known as al-Qaeda in Iraq sent guerrillas into northern Syrian villages with orders to reopen local Sunni classrooms. In a series of early fall visits, the militants handed out religious textbooks along with backpacks bearing the group's new name: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Libyan Al Qaeda suspect brought to US soil - Fox News
A suspected Libyan terrorist who was being held aboard a U.S. warship after being nabbed in Libya is now in New York and expected to appear in court Tuesday, officials said.
Top Iran cleric says Israel must be destroyed, warns US - The Daily Caller
The recognition of Israel as illegitimate is one of the principles of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, and even today the Islamic Republic believes Israel must be destroyed, a senior Iranian cleric close to the supreme leader said Saturday night.
'Iran plays brilliant chess game, West will fold' - Ynet News
Iran and the world powers will start negotiations on Iran's nuclear plan Tuesday, and Mark Dubowitz, an expert on the sanctions on Iran, claims the Islamic Republic is playing a brilliant chess game while the West is aware of only half the board.
Iraq blasts kill 20 as year's death toll passes 5,000 - AFP
Bombings in Iraq killed 20 people Sunday and brought the year's toll to more than 5,000 dead in a surge in violence that authorities have failed to curb, officials said.
Easing Iran sanctions would be 'historic mistake': Israel - AFP
Easing pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme would be an "historic mistake," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday, a day before world powers resume talks with Tehran.
With Iran, US hovers between guarded optimism and tough talk - Times of Israel
US Secretary of State John Kerry offered guarded optimism Sunday night about the upcoming P5+1 talks in Geneva to discuss Iran's nuclear program, but even within US policy circles, debate continued Monday as to what the negotiations would entail.
Kerry: Window of diplomacy with Iran is 'cracking open,' but US still mindful of Israel - Jerusalem Post
US Secretary of State John Kerry said he was hopeful that the "window for diplomacy is cracking open with Iran," even as he assured American Jews that his government would take Israel's security needs into account.
Iran rejects West's demand to ship out enriched uranium - BBC
Iran will not allow any of its enriched uranium to be shipped abroad, the deputy foreign minister says, rejecting a key demand of Western powers.
Report: Palestinians 'lost' 1.95 billion Euros of aid money - Ynet News
One billion Euros in EU aid funds to the Palestinians has been wasted or "lost" due to corruption -- according to a harsh report leveling severe criticisms published by the European Court, the official institution located in Luxembourg. This was reported on Sunday in the British Sunday Times, which added that the report has not yet been published.
PM: No accord without Palestinians recognizing Jewish Israel - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday declared that there could be no peace agreement with the Palestinians until they recognize Israel as the sovereign state of the Jewish people.
Assad: Chemical arms no longer needed against Israel - Times of Israel
Syria has shifted the focus of its military industry from Israel to the internal insurgency, President Bashar Assad told a Lebanese daily in a lengthy interview Monday. He also dubbed the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas "treacherous" for its anti-regime stance.
Bennett: 32% of grade 1 students are haredim, Israel will not survive without their integration - Jerusalem Post
As the Knesset was set to open its winter session on Monday, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett was uncompromising with regard to the Knesset passing reforms for the greater equalization of state burdens across Israeli society.
Talks on rocks, Abbas heads to Europe to push for settlement freeze - Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas headed for Europe on Monday on a mission to increase international pressure on Israel to halt settlement construction.
Inside the United States
NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally - Washington Post
The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Budget Control Act now front and center in fight to open government, raise debt limit - Washington Examiner
Just two weeks ago, it appeared the fight to block the new health care law was the central focus of the debate to fund the federal government and raise the nation's borrowing limit.
CNN Mocks Million Vet March as Tea Party Crazies - Breitbart
CNN.com covered Sunday's "Million Vet March" in Washington D.C. against the Obama administration's closure of military memorials by castigating the marchers as Tea Party kooks and fringe crazies.
Black Friday comes early as computer glitches cause welfare benefits frenzy - Fox News
In some Walmart stores, customers emptied shelves like it was Black Friday, while in others, no one could buy anything -- all thanks to a weekend of glitches with the nation's welfare system.
Senate leaders scramble to iron out new budget plan, as framework emerges - Fox News
The top two Senate leaders scrambled late Monday to iron out the specifics of an emerging budget proposal aimed at ending the partial government shutdown and lifting the debt ceiling -- after a string of prior plans fizzled.
US Army defines Christian ministry as 'domestic hate group' - Fox News
Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values.
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