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Nigerian Christian Widowed Twice by Islamists
Islamist herdsmen who had previously widowed a Christian mother of five have now killed her current husband on New Year's Eve, according to Morning Star News.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Al Qaeda controls more territory than ever in Middle East - CNN
From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al Qaeda now controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East, according to English and Arab language news accounts as well as accounts on jihadist websites.
X-class solar flare launches massive amount of solar matter towards Earth - Yahoo
The surface of the sun exploded on Tuesday, as an immense, Earth-dwarfing complex of sunspots unleashed the first X-class solar flare of the year, sending out a blast of solar protons and launching a huge eruption of solar matter towards Earth.
'Hand of God' Spotted by NASA Space Telescope - Space
Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the "Hand of God."
Security alert in southern Russia as bodies found in bomb-rigged cars - UK Telegraph
Russian authorities said on Thursday that security forces had been put on combat alert in the southern Stavropol region after the discovery of six bodies with gunshot wounds in four different cars, three of which were rigged with explosives.
UK: Belief in the devil dropping fast, poll finds - BBC
The number of people in the UK who believe in the devil has dropped dramatically, a poll has found.
Russia again blocks anti-Assad resolution at UN, as Kerry heads for Syria summit - Fox News
Russia has once again blocked an anti-Assad resolution before the U.N. Security Council, Fox News has learned, in the latest setback ahead of Secretary of State John Kerry's mission abroad to pursue a Syria peace plan.
Bombing kills 21 at Iraq army recruiting center - AP
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military recruiting center in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 21 people in an attack likely meant to send a message to the government and would-be army volunteers over the Iraqi troops' ongoing push to retake two cities overrun by al-Qaida militants.
Syrian car bomb kills at least 18, dozens wounded - Reuters
At least 18 people, including women and children, were killed by a car bomb that went off near a school in the village of Al-Kafat in central Syria on Thursday, a monitoring group said.
We want a United States of Europe says top EU official - UK Telegraph
A campaign for the European Union to become a "United States of Europe" will be the "best weapon against the Eurosceptics", one of Brussels' most senior officials has said.
Syria says rebels target chemical arms depots - Times of Israel
Syria's representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has claimed that insurgents twice launched unsuccessful attacks on Syrian depots where chemicals used in poison gas and nerve agents are being stored, a Western diplomat said Thursday.
Tamar Natural Gas Field Worth $52 Billion to Israeli Economy - Algemeiner
The natural gas in Israel's Tamar field is worth some $52 billion to the Israeli economy, accountants Ernst & Young Israel said in a new report. The CPA firm will present their report at a gas and energy conference in Tel Aviv next week, according to Israel's Globes business daily.
Kerry threatens to cut PA aid if no peace deal signed - Times of Israel
US Secretary of State John Kerry has threatened to discontinue all American aid to the Palestinian Authority if the current round of negotiations does not result in a peace agreement, a senior Palestinian official claimed Thursday.
Abbas, Abdullah agree to coordinate unified response to Kerry - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah on Wednesday discussed US Secretary of State John Kerry's latest proposals for achieving peace between the Palestinians and Israel.
Dramatic deterioration in Ariel Sharon's condition - Ynet News
The condition of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has dramatically deteriorated in the last 24-hours.
Inside the United States
Poverty level under Obama breaks 50-year record - Washington Times
Fifty years after President Johnson started a $20 trillion taxpayer-funded war on poverty, the overall percentage of impoverished people in the U.S. has declined only slightly and the poor have lost ground under President Obama.
CDC: U.S. Fertility Rate Hits Record Low for 2nd Straight Year - CNS News
The fertility rate of women in the United States fell to a record low for the second year in a row in 2012, according to data released last week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also for the second year in a row, 40.7 percent of the babies born in the United States were born to unmarried mothers.
House GOP group rejects Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform - Fox News
A group of House Republicans is rejecting President Obama's call for members to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Obama edges closer to decisions on intelligence reforms - Reuters
President Barack Obama consulted intelligence officials on Wednesday on ways to rein in U.S. surveillance practices as he nears the end of a review likely to lead to changes as to how bulk telephone data is handled as well as restrictions to spying on foreign leaders.
Christie fires aide in NJ bridge scandal; prosecutor launches probe - Reuters
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Thursday fired a top aide who apparently helped orchestrate massive traffic jams at a busy commuter bridge to settle a score, saying he had been blindsided in the scandal that threatened to tarnish his political image.
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