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India: Christians Unjustly Jailed for Murder
Seven Indian Christians have been sentenced to life imprisonment after being unjustly convicted of murdering a militant Hindu leader back in 2008, according to BarnabasAid.
CAR Descends into Chaos
Violent and unrestrained Islamist militants have caused the Central African Republic to descend into chaos, according to BarnabasAid.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Iran presents plan at Geneva nuclear talks - Fox News
Iranian negotiators put forth what they called a potential breakthrough plan on Tuesday aimed at easing fears that Tehran wants nuclear weapons.
Typhoon Nari hits Vietnam, 122,000 people evacuated - Reuters
Typhoon Nari knocked down trees and damaged hundreds of houses in central Vietnam early on Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, state media said.
Strong quake kills at least 74 in central Philippines - Reuters
A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands popular with tourists in the Philippines on Tuesday, killing at least 74 people, some as they prayed in a centuries-old church, and causing widespread damage to infrastructure, officials said.
Jihadists flooding into northern Syria put Turkey on edge - Fox News
The brutal, Al Qaeda-linked group rebels invited into Syria to help topple President Bashir Assad has virtually taken over northern Syria, raising fears that its brand of indiscriminate terror could spill into neighboring Turkey, where some 300 U.S. soldiers are based to protect Turkish airspace from Syrian missile attacks.
US said weighing deal to let Iran continue enriching uranium - Times of Israel
US President Barack Obama is considering letting Iran keep uranium-enrichment facilities in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, a move that would bring the Washington closer to Iranian demands but likely widen the gap between the White House and American allies in the region, including Israel. The newspaper did not provide a source for the claim.
Israel Army: 2nd Tunnel From Gaza Found, Destroyed - AP
Israel's military says it has found and destroyed a second tunnel dug from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into Israel.
Netanyahu: I need a partner to make peace - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday with good wishes for Id al- Adha, even as he bemoaned the PA leader's absence as a peace partner.
Netanyahu makes a case for a preemptive strike - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a thinly veiled defense of a possible Israeli preemptive strike on Iran during a Knesset commemoration Tuesday of the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.
Inside the United States
Fitch warns it may cut U.S. credit rating from AAA - Reuters
Fitch Ratings warned on Tuesday it could cut the sovereign credit rating of the United States from AAA, citing the political brinkmanship over raising the federal debt ceiling.
Social Security benefit increase could be among lowest in decades - Fox News
Another year, another small raise for millions of people who rely on Social Security, veterans' benefits and federal pensions.
House postpones vote on GOP plan to end shutdown, raise debt limit - Washington Examiner
House Republican leaders postponed a Tuesday night vote on a hastily-drafted plan to end the partial government shutdown and raise the nation's debt ceiling ahead of a Thursday deadline, shifting talks back to the Senate where they had stalled earlier in the day.
Boehner Puts Off Vote as G.O.P. Balks - NY Times
On the brink of a historic default, House Republicans on Tuesday abruptly postponed a vote on their latest proposal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit, as a major credit agency warned that the United States was on the verge of a costly ratings downgrade.
House cancels vote on plan to reopen government - Washington Post
The Republican-controlled House canceled a vote Tuesday night on a plan to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling after support from conservatives for the deal crumbled, leaving Washington without a clear path forward for avoiding a first-ever default on the nation's debt.
'So much wrong': Aetna CEO blasts Obamacare tech debacle - CNBC
Aetna's CEO gave a harshly critical review Monday of the federal government's Obamacare marketplace, saying, "There's so much wrong, you just don't know what's broken until you get a lot more of it fixed."
House GOP to push Obama, Biden into Obamacare - Washington Times
House Republicans on Tuesday narrowed their attack on Obamacare to the issue of fairness, insisting that President Obama and his top political appointees all have to buy their insurance through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges as part of a new bill to end the government shutdown and extend the federal debt ceiling.
Obama predicts budget, debt-ceiling deal will get done - Washington Times
Saying that a growing number of congressional Republicans realize they've been pursuing a "bad strategy" in ongoing fiscal talks, President Obama on Tuesday predicted that a deal will get done before America breaches its debt ceiling.
One in four kids in poverty, despite U.S. gains: report - Washington Times
The White House may be touting a message of an improved economy -- and claiming on its website that President Obama is all about helping those of lesser financial means -- but meanwhile, nearly one-quarter of America's youth are struggling in poverty, a new report reveals.
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