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|Worthy News Brief - January 8, 2014|
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Around the World
Syria: Chemical Weapons Shipment Leaves Port - Sky News
The first shipment of chemical weapons has been removed from Syria under a deal to rid the country of its chemical arsenal.
Libya's lurch toward Shariah sends chill through Christian community - Fox News
Libya's recent edict that its coming constitution will be based on Shariah law has sent a chill through the North African nation's small Christian community.
Indonesian Volcano Erupts 77 Times in 24 Hours - Wall Street Journal
A volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island erupted at least 77 times over the weekend, sending clouds of potentially deadly superheated gas barreling down the mountain and forcing the evacuation of more villages in the highly populated area.
In Iraq, a Sunni revolt raises specter of new war - Washington Post
An eruption of violence in Iraq is threatening to undo much of what U.S. troops appeared to have accomplished before they withdrew, putting the country's stability on the line and raising the specter of a new civil war in a region already buckling under the strain of the conflict in Syria.
Syrian rebels' fight with al-Qaida group spreads - AP
Syrian rebels surrounded a compound held by al-Qaida-linked fighters and freed at least 50 people from a nearby prison Monday as clashes between rival factions in the country's northern provinces spread to the largest city controlled by the opposition.
Snowden has more U.S.-Israel secrets to expose: Greenwald - Reuters
Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has more secrets to reveal that relate to Israel, the journalist who first brought his leaks to the world's attention said on Monday.
Israeli Arabs: We don't want to be part of Palestinian state - Ynet News
Residents of predominantly Arab 'Triangle' see Lieberman land swap plan as unrealistic, say most would move to stay in Israel: 'The population won't agree to give up their citizenship'.
Bennett: We'll bolt coalition if it agrees to 1967 lines - Times of Israel
Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, rejected Tuesday afternoon the prospect of a peace deal based on the 1967 lines, and called a potential Palestinian state "a demographic disaster for Israel."
US framework for peace talks will have elements 'both sides will dislike,' says Netanyahu - Jerusalem Post
US Secretary of State John Kerry is working on a document spelling out America's basic principles for a peace agreement that both sides -- with reservations -- are to agree to follow as a framework for continuing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Israeli officials said Monday.
Inside the United States
Gun sales hit new record, ammo boom to follow - Washington Times
Gun records checks, fueled by a post-Newtown boom of gun sales, hit a new high in 2013, and industry analysts expect ammunition to be the big seller this year as consumers catch up to all of those firearms purchases.
Fifty US senators line up behind new Iran sanctions bill - Jerusalem Post
Support among Senate members for a new sanctions bill against Iran has doubled since the measure was introduced last month.
White House offers 'grand bargain' on tax cuts and infrastructure - NBC News
Gene Sperling, the director of President Barack Obama's National Economic Council, said Sunday that Obama is offering congressional Republicans "a grand bargain on jobs. He has said he would be willing to do corporate tax reform that lowers rates to 28 percent, simplifies taxes for small businesses, but do it together with a major infrastructure investment."
Satanists unveil design for OK statehouse statue - CNN
Satanists have unveiled their design for a proposed statue at the Oklahoma state Capitol, including a place for people to sit on the devil's lap "for inspiration and contemplation."
Judge rules Chicago gun ban is unconstitutional - CNN
A federal judge ruled Monday that Chicago's ban on virtually all sales and transfers of firearms is unconstitutional.
'Polar vortex' spreads to southern and eastern parts of the US, breaking temperature records - Fox News
The so-called "polar vortex" of dense, frigid air that dropped temperatures in some parts of the country to record lows is now spreading to southern and eastern parts of the U.S., shattering more temperature records, forcing flights to be canceled and keeping many schools and businesses shuttered.
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