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Pakistan: Fatwa approves polio vaccine, but …
The fatwa council of Pakistan finally issued a ruling that giving polio vaccine to children is not forbidden by Islam, according to the PakTribune.
Islamist Agenda Enforced in Nigerian States
Although nine of Nigeria's 37 states are now under Islamic law, its penalties are enforced to different degrees of strictness, according to BarnabasAid.
Iran: 80 Lashes for Communion Wine
This month an Iranian court in Rasht sentenced four members from the Church of Iran to 80 lashes each.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
President Obama orders review of U.S. spying as world leaders push for new limits on surveillance - CBS News
Foreign leaders - some of them top allies of the United States - are furious with the National Security Agency's snooping. European leaders are pushing for new limits on U.S. surveillance, and President Obama is feeling the heat, ordering a review of whom the U.S. is spying on and why.
'Grand Day of Death to America' rally planned in Iran - Fox News
Militant factions in Iran are reportedly planning a sweeping rally titled, "Grand Day of Death to America," to coincide with the 24th anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy there.
Russia eyes Egypt's ports in bid to boost military presence - Times of Israel
Russia has been seeking to upgrade its military ties with Egypt in an effort to augment its limited access to the Mediterranean and bolster its navy's presence in the region, the London Times reported Sunday.
Barack Obama 'approved tapping Angela Merkel's phone 3 years ago' - UK Telegraph
President Barack Obama was dragged into the trans-Atlantic spying row after it was claimed he personally authorised the monitoring of Angela Merkel's phone three years ago.
Iran two weeks away from weapons-grade uranium - Times of Israel
Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build an atomic weapon within two weeks and has, "in a certain way," already reached the point of no return in its nuclear program, a former senior International Atomic Energy Association official said Monday.
Syria had 1,230 missiles ready to be loaded with chemical weapons - Times of Israel
UN inspectors revealed on Monday that the Bashar Assad regime admitted to possessing 1,230 missiles ready to be loaded with chemical weapons, according to a British report.
Israel agrees to return to UN Human Rights Council - Jerusalem Post
Israel has agreed to return to the UN Human Rights Council and to cede to Western pressure to participate on Tuesday in the periodic review of its human rights records that all 193 member states must undergo.
Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran, peace talks in phone call - Jerusalem Post
US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke over the phone on Monday to discuss two diplomatic fronts topping America's foreign policy agenda: negotiations over the Iranian nuclear crisis and ongoing talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
IDF hits back at Gaza after early morning rocket fire - Times of Israel
Israeli planes struck two concealed rocket launchers in the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, hours after two rockets targeted southern Israel.
Netanyahu: Israel doesn't fear solitude on Iran, but we're not alone - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday he does not fear standing alone as an advocate for increased economic pressure on Iran, even as he assured the ministers that many in the international community shared Israel's views.
Inside the United States
Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance - NBC News
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.
Federal judge: Texas abortion limits unconstitutional - Washington Examiner
New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled.
First Western eyewitness in Benghazi to go public gives account of attack, warning signs - Fox News
The first Western eyewitness to the deadly Benghazi terror attacks has given an account of the seven-hour assault on the U.S. outpost in Libya and says Americans knew such an incident was inevitable.
Millions Facing Huge Costs, Lost Coverage Thanks to Obamacare Upheaval - NewsMax
Thousands of consumers in California are quickly learning the downside to Obamacare as they face significantly higher health insurance bills.
Obamacare Website Company Had Ties to Obama Fundraising, Michelle Obama - NewsMax
CGI Federal, which secured a $678 million no-bid contract to build the Obamacare exchange web portal, has come under increased scrutiny for ties between senior executives and the Obama administration following the disastrous rollout of the healthcare website.
Obamacare Pledge: Info on Applications 'Won't Be Used For Immigration Enforcement Purposes' - Weekly Standard
Beginning with a speech last Thursday, President Obama is seeking to rejuvenate his administration's push to alter immigration laws and perhaps draw some attention away from the Obamacare launch debacle that has been dominating the headlines for much of October.
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