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|Worthy News Brief - October 22, 2013|
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Around the World
Report: U.S. intercepts French phone calls on a 'massive scale' - CNN
The U.S. ambassador to France met with French diplomats Monday over allegations that the National Security Agency intercepted more than 70 million phone calls in France over a 30-day period.
Heavy rains overflow barriers surrounding Fukushima water tanks - RT
Water has overflowed at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is attempting to discern the quality of the water and possible radioactive substances which could have been spilled.
Egyptian Christians Fear Chaos After Wedding Bloodshed - Washington Free Beacon
Egyptian Coptic Christians joyfully waited outside the Virgin Church in Cairo for the bride to arrive to join the groom for their wedding.
Foreign jihadists surpass Afghan-Soviet war, storm Syria in record numbers - Washington Times
Foreigners fueled by Islamic fury are rushing to Syria to fight President Bashar Assad at a faster rate than the flow of rebels into Afghanistan in the war against a Soviet-backed regime in the 1980s, analysts say.
NSA spied on millions in France; U.S. ambassador summoned: report - Washington Times
France has summoned U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivkin to address claims that the National Security Agency has spied on millions of French citizens, authorities said on Monday.
Syrian peace conference set for November; bomb blast kills 30 in Hama - Washington Times
An international conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war will be held in Geneva in late November, the head of the Arab League said Sunday, after weeks of diplomacy to bring the opposing sides to the negotiating table.
Iran fear is not enough to push Israel, Arab states closer - Times of Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping the enemy of one's enemy truly does become a friend.
'If I divide thee O Jerusalem, I'll need 80 MKs' - Israel Hayom
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved Sunday a bill proposed by MK Yakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) stating that the government cannot conduct negotiations with a foreign entity about the division of Jerusalem or its partial relinquishment without receiving the approval of 80 Knesset members -- two-thirds of the legislature.
Pope Rejects Meeting with Bibi in Rome - Arutz Sheva
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will not be meeting with Pope Francis during his visit to Rome on Wednesday, a diplomatic source told AFP on Sunday.
Hamas Leaders Admit to Building Tunnels to Kidnap Israelis - Washington Free Beacon
Hamas leaders confessed on Monday that they had been planning to kidnap Israelis using a recently discovered tunnel system burrowed deep beneath the Israeli-Gaza border, according to reports.
Inside the United States
Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices - NBC News
Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.
U.S. Army Sees Budget Cuts Affecting Most Weapons Programs - Washington Free Beacon
U.S. defense budget cuts will affect the Army's plan to develop a new ground combat vehicle and most other acquisition programs, with some facing delays or even cancellation, Army Secretary John McHugh said on Monday.
Feds Paid Prisoners $1 million in Disability Payments - Washington Free Beacon
The Social Security Administration (SSA) gave more than $1 million in improper disability benefits to 440 prisoners, according to the inspector general.
Rand Paul: Amend Constitution to end special treatment for lawmakers - Washington Examiner
One of the central fights over Obamacare during this month's government funding battle focused on whether Congress should be exempted from parts of the new health care law.
Chris Christie drops gay marriage appeal as New Jersey law takes effect - Washington Examiner
Just hours after Senator-elect Cory Booker officiated New Jersey's first legal same-sex wedding ceremonies at Newark City Hall, Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday he is dropping his appeal of the court ruling that allowed such unions.
Consumer Reports: 'Stay Away From HealthCare.gov' - Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports, which publishes reviews of consumer products and services, advised its readers to avoid the federal health-care exchange "for at least another month if you can." "Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they've made," the magazine said, having tested the site themselves over the course of the past three weeks.
Poll: Nearly half say replace everyone in Congres - USA Today
The impasse that shut down much of the federal government for 16 days has left Americans in the sort of throw-the-bums-out mood that presaged two recent tumultuous elections in which control of the House of Representatives shifted from one party to the other.
'Sea Serpents' Or Harbingers? Oarfish Washed Up Year Before Japan Quake - CBS News
Could the appearance of rare "sea serpents" washing ashore beaches in Southern California portend disaster?
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