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Around the World
Iraq attacks including nine suicide bombings kill 49 - AFP
Twin bomb attacks Sunday on a Baghdad cafe killed dozens of people in one of nine suicide attacks across Iraq, which is suffering its worst violence in five years.
Assassination pushes Libya towards civil war two years after Gaddafi's death - UK Guardian
Libya marks the second anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi with the country on the brink of a new civil war and fighting raging in the eastern city of Benghazi, birthplace of its Arab spring revolution.
Double whammy drenching in Japan? Super typhoon Francisco may follow Wipha's path - Washington Post
Just one week following a deadly dousing from Typhoon Wipha, a second typhoon could deluge Japan. On the heels of Wipha comes super typhoon Francisco, about 250 miles west-northwest of Guam, tracking north-northwestward.
Al Qaeda-Aligned Groups in Syria May Have Access to Biological Pathogens - Washington Free Beacon
Al Qaeda-aligned militants operating in Syria could already have access to "biological pathogens or weaponized agents," according to terrorism and biological warfare experts studying the region.
U.S. releases $1.6 billion aid package to Pakistan - Washington Times
The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers.
Saudi Arabia, angry with West, slams door on U.N. Security Council seat - Washington Times
An angry Saudi Arabia has taken out its frustration at the inability of the international community to foster peace in Syria and at recent wedges with the White House over Middle East goals with an announcement on Friday that it would turn down its seat on the U.N. Security Council.
Report: Israel mulls destroying missiles transferred from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon - Jerusalem Post
Israel has information on the location of long-range missiles transferred from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon and is considering taking military action to destroy the weapons, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Friday.
Netanyahu: Iran, not Assad, is in power in Syria - Jerusalem Post
Iran -- not President Bashar Assad -- rules Syria, declared Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as he warned the US against easing economic sanctions on Iran before it completely dismantled its nuclear weapons program.
Haniyeh urges 'popular uprising,' lauds recent terror attacks - Times of Israel
Gaza-based Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called on Saturday for Palestinians to wage a "popular uprising" in the West Bank.
Fourth quake in as many days hits northern Israel - Times of Israel
For the second time Sunday, a minor earthquake shook northern Israel around 4 p.m., the fourth of its kind since Thursday.
50 senators: UN Arms Trade Treaty could harm Israel - Times of Israel
A bipartisan group of 50 senators have warned US President Barack Obama that they will not ratify the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty signed last month by Secretary of State John Kerry. The lawmakers, who comprise half of the Senate, signed on to a letter this week that expressed concern that ratifying the treaty could limit America's ability to provide military aid to Israel.
Israel's Netanyahu: No 'halfway measures' on Iran sanctions - Washington Examiner
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the U.S. on Sunday not to ease economic sanctions on Iran without ensuring the end of Iran's nuclear program, saying that Iran is "trying to get a partial deal that they know could end up dissolving the sanctions regime and would keep them with the nuclear weapons capability."
Inside the United States
U.S. debt jumps a record $328 billion -- tops $17 trillion for first time - Washington Times
U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week.
Anti-Faith Sentiment Growing at Alarming Rate - CBS News
Hostility against Christian Americans is growing at an alarming rate, according to a new survey from the Family Research Council and Liberty Institute.
Obama's Edge Over G.O.P. Is Still Unclear After Victory in Standoff - NY Times
As the Senate voted Wednesday night on a bipartisan deal to reopen the government and avert a national default, President Obama emerged from the Oval Office prepared to head to the White House briefing room to deliver a televised statement. But he was thinking beyond the moment.
Pot legalization effort moves eastward to Maine - AP
Advocates of recreational marijuana use are looking to an upcoming vote in Maine as an indicator of whether the East Coast is ready to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington by legalizing cannabis.
AP sources: 476,000 Obamacare applications filed - Washington Examiner
Administration officials say about 476,000 health insurance applications have been filed through federal and state exchanges, the most detailed measure yet of the problem-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama's signature legislation.
'Tech Surge' Planned to Fix Obamacare Exchanges - Wall Street Journal
The Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday it was bringing in outside help to resolve some of the technical woes that have beset the federally run insurance exchanges, which the agency acknowledged "has not lived up to the expectations of the American people."
After failure in debt showdown, Republicans take aim at one another - Washington Times
Senate Republicans took to the airwaves Sunday morning to criticize their party for the recent government shutdown.
JPMorgan Chase reaches tentative $13B settlement with Justice Department: reports - Washington Times
JPMorgan Chase has reached a tentative $13 billion settlement with the Justice Department regarding several mortgage issues, various media reports said Saturday.
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