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Hundreds of Christian refugees languish in Asia
The president of the Pakistan Christian Congress expressed concerns about the delays in processing hundreds of Pakistani Christian refugees in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong who have been waiting years for decisions on their asylum applications while living under deplorable conditions, according to the Pakistan Christian Post.
Mexican Mob attacks Christians, Church
Traditionalist Catholics assaulted a congregation of evangelical Christians with rods and stones in Oaxaca, Mexico last week, according to Morning Star News.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant begins fuel rod removal - BBC
Workers at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have begun removing fuel rods from a storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor building.
Geneva talks a facade, US-Iran worked secretly on deal for past year - Times of Israel
The Geneva negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and Iran are a mere "facade," because the terms of a deal on Iran's nuclear program have been negotiated in talks between a top adviser to President Barack Obama and a leading Iranian nuclear official that have continued in secret for more than a year, Israeli television reported Sunday.
Iranian dissidents say Iran has built secret new nuclear site - Reuters
An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Monday it had information about an underground nuclear site being built in Iran and that this was among a number of secret venues for an atomic bomb program.
Report: Russia strikes missile deal with Egypt - AP
The head of Russia's state-controlled industrial holding company says Moscow has signed a deal to provide Egypt with air defense missile systems.
Iran unveils attack drone 'with 2,000 km range' - AFP
Iran on Monday unveiled a missile-equipped drone with a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles), the official IRNA news agency reported.
Ex-IDF intel chief: Regional war unlikely if Israel strikes Iran - Times of Israel
A regional war, coupled with a closure of the Strait of Hormuz and a series of terror attacks -- the horror scenario commonly depicted by Western powers if Israel were to launch a limited strike against Iran -- is highly unlikely, a former head of military intelligence wrote this week in advance of a third round of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers. He also said talk of such a scenario was harmful to global diplomacy and, ironically, increased the likelihood of Israeli military action.
Israel said to be working with Saudi Arabia on Iran strike plan - Times of Israel
Israel is working on coordinating plans for a possible military strike with Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh prepared to provide tactical support to Jerusalem, a British newspaper reported early Sunday.
Amid rising tensions, Kerry postpones visit to Israel - Times of Israel
US Secretary of State John Kerry has postponed a visit to Israel reportedly scheduled for this week, saying it would take place "after Thanksgiving," the State Department confirmed Monday.
Palestinians commit to 9 months of peace talks - AP
Though furious over Israeli settlement expansions, the Palestinian president said negotiators will attend at least nine months of peace talks with Israel.
Netanyahu to Hollande: Israel will not be bound by 'bad' agreement on Iran - Jerusalem Post
Israel will not be bound by a "bad agreement" with Iran, and when it says "never again," it means it, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday night at a press conference with French President Francois Hollande.
Inside the United States
White House: For Obamacare website, 20 percent failure rate best we can do - Washington Times
The White House began grading itself on a curve for Obamacare enrollment Monday, claiming that a goal of 80 percent recruitment among all users of the website would be nearly the best result possible.
Treasury Forced to Issue $1T in New Debt in First 6 Weeks of FY14 - CNS News
Between Oct. 1, 2013, the first day of fiscal 2014, and Nov. 14 -- which was less than a month after Congress agreed to temporarily suspend the legal limit on the federal debt -- the Treasury was forced to issue more than $1 trillion in new debt.
Congress and Courts Weigh Restraints on N.S.A. Spying - NY Times
Congressional critics of the National Security Agency program that collects the telephone records of millions of Americans stepped up their efforts as the Supreme Court on Monday turned away an unusual challenge to the scope of the surveillance.
Louisiana 25-acre sinkhole brings mini-earthquakes, explosion fears - Fox News
Scientists are now saying they will need to monitor for decades an enormous -- and growing -- Louisiana sinkhole that has forced hundreds to evacuate and has been registering increased seismic activity, including mini-earthquakes.
Deadly storms spawn more than 80 reports of tornadoes in Midwest - Chicago Tribune
The scale of Sunday's deadly storms became clearer today: Six people dead in Illinois, hundreds of homes flattened and splintered, more than 80 tornadoes reported through the Midwest, 358 reports of damaging winds, 40 reports of large hail.
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