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Around the World
Report: US, Hezbollah Holding Secret Talks in Lebanon - Arutz Sheva
US embassy officials in Lebanon have been conducting secret and "indirect" talks with Hezbollah, according to Kuwait's al-Anbaa newspaper.
N.Korea developing 'electromagnetic pulse weapons' - AFP
South Korea's spy agency said Monday that North Korea was using Russian technology to develop electromagnetic pulse weapons aimed at paralysing military electronic equipment south of the border.
Boko Haram kill 40, torch 300 homes in Nigeria - AFP
Islamist insurgents last week killed a total of 40 people and wounded a dozen others in two separate incidents in restive northeast Nigeria, a local official said Monday.
US-Saudi ties enduring, differences on Syria: Kerry - AFP
Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Monday that US ties with Saudi Arabia are "strategic and enduring", even as the two countries aired differences on how to end the war in Syria despite a visit aimed at easing tensions.
Like the Fed, ECB expected to keep on pumping - CNBC
Even as the euro zone economy shows faint signs of stirring, the European Central Bank is likely to send a dovish message this week that more monetary help will be on the way before long.
America will intervene with own peace plan by January if talks fail - Israel Hayom
After meeting with senior Palestinian and American officials, Meretz Chairwoman MK Zehava Gal-On released a statement Monday saying that the Americans are "moving from a coordination phase between the two sides to an intervention phase."
Justice Ministry pushes law recognizing same-sex civil unions - Israel Hayom
The Justice Ministry, at Justice Minister Tzipi Livni's request, renewed calls on Sunday for a law that would grant legal rights to couples, including same-sex partners, married in civil unions outside the rabbinical institution. A copy of the initiative was distributed by the ministry among lawmakers.
Meretz chief: Obama wants major Israeli-Palestinian breakthrough in 2014 - Jerusalem Post
The head of the left-wing Meretz party, Zahava Gal-On, said Monday that the Obama administration is determined to achieve a major diplomatic breakthrough next year in the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, including arrangements for a final status agreement.
Analysis: US-Iran nuclear deal unlikely to meet Israel's minimum demands - Jerusalem Post
As is usual for Iranian diplomacy, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei came out with contradictory remarks on Sunday.
Israel "to build security barrier between West Bank and Jordan" - UK Telegraph
Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to build a security barrier between the West Bank and Jordan in a move aimed at asserting Israel's control over the borders of a future Palestinian state.
US 'Will Force' Israel-PA Deal - Arutz Sheva
The United States intends to try and force a peace agreement on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), IDF Radio reported Monday.
White House Dividing Pro-Israel Leaders on Nuclear Iran - Washington Free Beacon
Pro-Israel leaders on Monday expressed alarm over what they characterized as the Obama administration's efforts to sow division among Jewish leaders in order to advance a policy that they say would permit Iran to cross the nuclear threshold.
Inside the United States
Supreme Court ends Okla. bid to limit drug abortions - MSN
Oklahoma was appealing its state supreme court's ruling that struck down a law effectively banning abortion by drugs such as RU-486.
Yellowstone National Park records nearly 130 small earthquakes in a week in September - KBZK
Western Montana and Yellowstone National Park are certainly no strangers to earthquakes but this summer, several clusters of earthquakes were raising the eyebrows of scientists.
Politicians on both sides of the pew hope Supreme Court case has a prayer - Fox News
When the Supreme Court this week takes up the issue of prayer before government meetings, both Republicans and Democrats will be looking to a higher power.
Supreme Court dismisses Oklahoma 'abortion pill' case - Washington Examiner
The Supreme Court on Monday said it won't rule on a case seeking limits on the abortion-inducing drug RU-486, leaving in place an Oklahoma court ruling that rejected a state law curbing the use of the so-called "abortion pill."
Handful of Senate Republicans help advance LGBT workers rights bill - Washington Examiner
The Senate late Monday advanced legislation that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers, putting pressure on reluctant House Republicans to take it up.
Biden, Rubio head to Virginia for governor's race - AP
Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli are both looking to make Tuesday's election for governor into a referendum on President Barack Obama's health overhaul.
Affordable Care Act Could Be Further Hamstrung By Shortage Of Doctors - CBS News
A doctor shortage is threatening to make the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act even more difficult -- and it could create lines for care and services.
Obama: "What We Said Was You Can Keep It If It Hasn't Changed Since The Law Passed" - Real Clear Politics
"Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn't changed since the law passed." President Obama stated.
Federal Debt Jumped $409 Billion in October; $3,567 Per Household - CNS News
The debt of the federal government, which is normally subject to a legal limit, jumped by $409 billion in the month of October, according to the U.S. Treasury.
White House pushes for gay rights bill - Washington Times
With the Senate set to advance a landmark gay rights bill, the White House on Monday urged Republican critics in the House -- led by Speaker John A. Boehner -- to support the measure or risk being on the wrong side of history.
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