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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
Weapons inspectors check 11 sites in Syria - USA Today
International inspectors have visited 11 sites linked to Syria's chemical weapons program and destroyed "critical equipment" at six, the agency overseeing the elimination of the country's stockpile said Wednesday.
The damage done to 'Syria's oldest church' seen first hand - UK Telegraph
The Syrian government has damaged one of the oldest churches in the world in a shelling attack that, residents say, was designed to deepen sectarian divisions.
Strong earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea: USGS - Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey reported.
War-related deaths near 500,000 in Iraq - AFP
Nearly half a million people have died from war-related causes in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003, according to an academic study published in the United States on Tuesday.
Hezbollah Helps Syrian Army Retake Key Town - Arutz Sheva
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have reportedly retaken a key town to the south of the capital Damascus.
Typhoon sideswipes Tokyo, at least 17 dead - Reuters
A typhoon killed 17 people in Japan on Wednesday, most on an offshore island, but largely spared the capital and caused no new disaster as it brushed by the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power station, the plant's operator said.
Israel: Terror sponsor Iran has no right to enrich uranium - Israel Hayom
With talks between world powers and Iran getting underway in Geneva on Tuesday, Israel's Diplomatic-Security Cabinet released an official statement calling for continued global pressure on Iran until it dismantles its nuclear weapons program.
Bush to Jewish leaders: I don't trust Iran on Israel - Times of Israel
Former US president George W. Bush told a Jewish gathering that he did not trust the Iranian regime to change its intentions toward Israel.
Iran the main obstacle to peace with Palestinians, PM says - Times of Israel
In an unscripted response to left-wing MKs on Tuesday in the Knesset plenum, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a glimpse of his views on the challenges of peacemaking.
Israel warns Iran talks must not be 'another Munich' - AFP
Israel kept up its alarmist rhetoric on talks between world powers and Iran Wednesday, with a cabinet minister comparing the situation to pre-war Europe and the appeasement of Nazi Germany.
Israeli Minister: We'll Have to Uproot Thousands of Jews - Israel Today
During a speech in Washington last week, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Israel must come to terms with the fact that it will have to uproot thousands of Jews from their homes to facilitate the creation of a Palestinian Arab state.
Report: Livni and Erekat Weighing Land Transfer Proposal - Arutz Sheva
A state official has told Israel's Maariv newspaper of a land transfer proposal being discussed in talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Inside the United States
Senate passes deal on debt and government shutdown, sends it to House - Washington Examiner
The Senate passed a deal Wednesday night to raise the nation's debt limit and end the 16-day-old partial shutdown of the federal government, inching Congress closer to ending one of the most bitterly partisan and protracted standoffs on Capitol Hill in recent memory.
Senate leaders announce agreement to end shutdown, raise debt - Washington Times
Top senators struck a deal Wednesday to reopen the government and extend the federal government's borrowing authority into next year and both sides of the Capitol are hoping for quick action to reassure nervous financial markets eyeing a Thursday deadline set by the Treasury Department.
100,000 cattle feared dead after early South Dakota snowstorm - CBS News
Giant burial pits have been dug in the Black Hills of South Dakota -- for cattle lost in a surprise snowstorm 10 days ago.
Supreme Court takes on affirmative action in Michigan ban case - NBC News
Demonstrators crowded the sidewalk outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices took on the hot-button issue of affirmative action, hearing oral arguments in a case about Michigan's voter-backed ban on using race as a criterion in college admissions.
House Republicans Sing 'Amazing Grace' Together to Open Debt Limit Meeting - Christian Post
House Republicans opened a debt limit meeting Tuesday morning with a group singing of "Amazing Grace."
Boehner says House will take up Senate budget plan - Fox News
House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House "absolutely" will take up the new Senate budget plan -- even if he has to rely on mostly Democrats to pass it -- and that he expects the partial government shutdown to end by Thursday.
Obama Secretly Signing Away U.S. Sovereignty - WND
Despite the government shutdown, the Obama administration has continued secret negotiations to complete what is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.
North Carolina is first state to cut welfare amid federal shutdown - Reuters
North Carolina has become the first state to cut off welfare benefits to poor residents in the wake of the partial federal government shutdown, ordering a halt to processing November applications until a deal is reached to end the federal standstill.
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