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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Iraqi premier asks U.S. for arms, intel to battle al Qaeda - Washington Times
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged the U.S. Thursday to provide his government with counterterrorism aid, including intelligence sharing, to help it tackle a rising tide of al Qaeda-inspired violence.
Syria's chemical weapons plants destroyed -- but actual weapons remain - Christian Science Monitor
International chemical weapons inspectors declared Syria's production facilities destroyed, but the task of disposing of large stockpiles remains.
Captured video shows Iranian involvement in Syrian civil war - Jerusalem Post
Syrian rebels captured a video camera from an Iranian cameraman embedded with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, revealing the deep involvement of Iran in the fighting.
US official: Israel hit Hezbollah-bound missiles in Syria - Times of Israel
While Israel has remained tight-lipped over an alleged strike in Syria, an Obama administration official confirmed on Thursday that Israeli warplanes had in fact attacked an airbase in Latakia on Wednesday. The target was "missiles and related equipment" the Israeli government assessed might be transferred to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, the report said.
Iranian reports say supreme leader's health worsening - Times of Israel
As experts from Iran and the P5+1 met in Vienna to prepare the next round of high-level nuclear talks in Geneva, reports Thursday suggested that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's health may have taken a turn for the worse.
UN envoy: Status of Jerusalem must be resolved - Jerusalem Post
There is "no real prospect for peace" between Israelis and Palestinians unless the status of Jerusalem is resolved, the top UN envoy to the peace process said on Wednesday.
US knew of settlement construction plans - Jerusalem Post
The US and the Palestinians knew in advance that the release of convicted Palestinian terrorists would be accompanied by announcements of settlement construction plans, government officials said Wednesday.
US must put Mideast peace after Iran: Israeli minister - AFP
Israel's deputy defence minister on Wednesday urged the United States to sideline Middle East peace talks in favour of dealing with the Iran nuclear issue as a priority.
IDF to get NIS 2.75 billion budget increase - Times of Israel
The standoff between the Finance and Defense ministries over the 2014 defense budget came to an end on Thursday with the security cabinet approving an infusion of NIS 2.75 billion ($780 million) for the defense establishment.
US LGBT leaders praise Tel Aviv's support for Gay Center - Times of Israel
American LGBT leaders from advocacy organizations, government and academia visited the Gay Center, owned and operated by the city of Tel Aviv.
Palestinians say Hamas man killed, another wounded by IDF shelling in Gaza - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian sources reported that a Hamas operative was killed and another wounded by Israeli artillery shelling east of the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Thursday night.
Inside the United States
Senate intel committee approves NSA snooping, with restrictions - Washington Times
The Senate intelligence committee voted Thursday to officially affirm the NSA's ability to collect records of Americans' telephone calls, but imposes new restrictions on federal authorities who want to sift through the data.
Senate GOP blocks key Obama judge, signals renewed fight over court nominees - Washington Times
Senate Republicans on Thursday filibustered one of President Obama's nominees to sit on the federal appeals court in Washington, arguing that while the woman is well-qualified, confirming her would allow Democrats to shift the political balance to the left on the country's second-most important court.
Obamacare enrollments got off to very slow start, documents show - CBS News
For 31 days now, the Obama administration has been telling us that Americans by the millions are visiting the new health insurance website, despite all its problems. The website launched on a Tuesday. Publicly, the government said there were 4.7 million unique visits in the first 24 hours. But at a meeting Wednesday morning, the war room notes say "six enrollments have occurred so far." By Wednesday afternoon, enrollments were up to "approximately 100." By the end of Wednesday, the notes reflect "248 enrollments" nationwide.
Emails: IRS Sent Tea Party Tax Documents to FEC - Washington Free Beacon
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) shared confidential tax records from several tea party groups with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), emails obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch reveal.
NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say - Washington Post
The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.
Obama Officials In 2010: 93 Million Americans Will Be Unable To Keep Their Health Plans Under Obamac - Forbes
On Wednesday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius testified before Congress about the continuing issues with the rollout of Obamacare's health insurance exchanges. "Hold me accountable for the debacle," said Sebelius. "I'm responsible." I attended the hearing, and I was struck by the scope, scale, and depth of the health law's problems, problems that far exceed any one political appointee. But Obamacare's disruption of the existing health insurance market -- a disruption codified in law, and known to the administration -- is only just beginning. And it's far broader than recent media coverage has implied.
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