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Pakistan: Fatwa approves polio vaccine, but â€¦
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
China flexes muscle and unveils mystery nuclear sub fleet - Washington Times
China unveiled this week a fleet of nuclear submarines that has been shrouded in mystery and hidden for 40-plus years -- a move seen by security experts as a show of force and confidence from a nation that's aggressively pursuing the top spot on the world stage.
Syrian troops retake Christian town from jihadis - Times of Israel
Syrian government forces retook a Christian town north of Damascus on Monday, expelling al-Qaida-linked rebels after a week of heavy fighting, state media and opposition activists said.
Report: Chinese Trojan Horse targeted defense corporations - Jerusalem Post
A Chinese Trojan horse email campaign targeting some 140 senior Israeli defense corporation employees was thwarted recently, Channel 2 said in a report on Sunday evening.
Europe mulls sanctions against US over spying - AP
The United States could lose access to an important law enforcement tool used to track terrorist money flows, German officials said Monday, as Europe weighed a response to allegations that the Americans spied on their closest European allies.
Turkey's Marmaray project: An ambitious plan to link Europe and Asia - CNN
As a country, Turkey is often described as a bridge between Europe and Asia. On Tuesday, for the first time, the two continents will be officially connected by a multi-billion dollar underwater railway tunnel.
If Iran Can Get This Reactor Online, Israel May Not Be Able to Bomb It - Time
In the foreground of the nuclear talks between Iran and Western powers that got under way in Geneva this month were centrifuges, yellowcake and enriched uranium -- all elements of what Iran calls a peaceful nuclear-energy program and what the West worries is a route to a nuclear weapon. But Iran has also charted a second route, one that could produce fuel for a possible bomb not from highly enriched uranium but out of plutonium, a product of the heavy-water reactor nearing completion in the hills outside the city of Arak, 300 km (190 miles) southwest of Tehran. Heavy water is water with an extra neutron, useful in moderating a nuclear reaction.
PA refutes report saying Abbas has softened his stance on peace talks - Jerusalem Post
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday denied claims that PA President Mahmoud Abbas has softened his opposition to an interim agreement with Israel.
Hamas, circa 2013, is in a lot of trouble - Times of Israel
The release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, which will begin Tuesday night, marks another small victory for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his never-ending struggle with Hamas.
Thousands in Ramallah celebrate arrival of Palestinian prisoners - Times of Israel
Thousands of Palestinians gathered in Ramallah in the early hours of Wednesday morning to greet 21 prisoners released from Israeli custody to the West Bank as part of arrangements for the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Five other Palestinian prisoners were released earlier in Gaza. All 26 were convicted murderers, most of them jailed for crimes committed before the 1993 Oslo Accords.
Israel arrests Hamas members in West Bank - AFP
Israel arrested 10 West Bank-based members of the Islamist movement Hamas overnight, the army said Monday, although Palestinian officials put the number at 15.
Inside the United States
Patriot Act author introduces bill to halt NSA snooping - Washington Times
The Republican author of the Patriot Act in the House and the senior Democrat in the Senate teamed together Tuesday to write a bill that would stop the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records and require a court order if the government wants to search through Americans' communications.
White House OKd spying on allies, U.S. intelligence officials say - LA Times
The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping.
"Riots always begin typically the same way": Food stamp shutdown looms Friday - Salon
Food stamp recipients face a massive benefit cut set to kick in when stimulus funds expire Friday. The nationwide cut "is equivalent to about 16 meals a month for a family of three," according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis using the USDA's "Thrifty Food Plan." CBPP called the roughly $5 billion annual cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program "unprecedented" in "depth and breadth."
Yellowstone's killer hazard: Earthquakes, not eruptions - NBC News
A supervolcano blasting Yellowstone National Park to smithereens may capture the imagination, but the region's real risk comes from earthquakes, researchers reported here Sunday at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting.
Docs resisting ObamaCare - NY Post
A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation's new health-care plan.
Aetna CEO: Why insurance will be costing more - CNBC
The fact that many current health-care plans do not offer all the benefits required under Obamacare means that many premiums are likely to jump dramatically, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC.
Your share of the national debt is now $1.1 million - Rare
The public tends to focus on the total national debt, which just passed the $17 trillion mark -- up from $10.6 trillion when President Obama took office. But that figure pales in comparison to the federal government's long term unfunded liabilities -- money the government is obligated to pay over and above the revenues it is estimated to receive. According to the U.S. Debt Clock, total long term unfunded liabilities are at $126 trillion, a $1.1 million liability for each U.S. taxpayer.
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.
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