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|Worthy News Brief - January 22, 2014|
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Lebanon: Historic Christian-owned library torched
A blasphemy allegation may have led to an arson attack on an historic library owned by a church leader in Lebanon this month, according to Barnabas Aid.
Church construction halted in Indonesia
Church closures in Indonesia that peaked during the Christmas holidays have spilled over into January as Islamist groups continue to target Christian congregations, according to International Christian Concern.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Ukraine PM warns force may be used against protests - AFP
Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov warned on Tuesday that the security forces could use force to disperse protests after two nights of clashes that left hundreds wounded.
In first, Iranian warships en route to Atlantic - Times of Israel
Iran's navy has dispatched warships on a mission to the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in history, an Iranian news agency said.
Syria accused of torture and 11,000 executions - BBC
There is clear evidence that Syria has systematically tortured and executed about 11,000 detainees since the start of the uprising, a report by three former war crimes prosecutors says.
Top German Prosecutor Considers NSA Investigation - Spiegel
Germany and the US appear to be edging closer to political confrontation. The Federal Prosecutor says there is sufficient evidence to open a politically explosive investigation into NSA spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.
Super typhoon victims flee again as rains flood southern Philippines - Reuters
Emergency workers evacuated thousands of people across the southern Philippines on Tuesday, including many already made homeless by a typhoon in November, after three days of rain flooded towns and farmland.
Report: Persecution of Christians reveals most abuse in Muslim countries - Jerusalem Post
The majority of anti-Christian persecution in the world in 2013 took place at the hands of Muslims, according to a list by Open Doors USA.
Al-Qaeda training British and European 'jihadists' in Syria to set up terror cells at home - UK Telegraph
British people fighting in Syria are being trained as "jihadists" and then encouraged to return to the UK to launch attacks on home soil, an al-Qaeda defector and western security sources have told the Telegraph.
World's 85 richest have same wealth as 3.5 billion poorest - RT
The world's 85 wealthiest people have as much money as the 3.5 billion poorest people on the planet -- half the Earth's population. That's according to Oxfam's latest report on the risks of the widening gap between the super-rich and the poor.
Canada's visiting PM Harper pledges $66 million to PA - Times of Israel
Canada will provide $66 million in economic aid to the Palestinians, in order to help foster "peace and stability" in the region, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday.
After uproar, UN withdraws Iran invite to Syria talks - Times of Israel
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon withdrew his invitation to Iran to join this week's Syria peace talks, saying he is "deeply disappointed" by Iran's statements Monday.
IAF airstrike kills Gaza terror chief - Times of Israel
The Israeli Air Force launched an airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun early Wednesday morning, killing at least one man, said by Israel to be a terrorist.
Obama: Less than 50% chance of Israeli-Palestinian peace - Times of Israel
Chances are that the current round of talks between Israelis and Palestinians will end without a final agreement, said President Barack Obama.
Livni, Molcho head for Washington to confer with Kerry on peace talks - Jerusalem Post
Israeli's top two negotiators with the Palestinians were scheduled to leave Sunday night for Washington and continued talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry about the document he is expected to present in the near future to form the basis of continued negotiations.
Inside the United States
Major Snowstorm Clobbers DC, Philly, NYC and Boston - AccuWeather
Along the leading edge of an advancing deep freeze, accumulating snow spread from the Midwest to the East Coast on Tuesday.
U.S. Eases Sanctions Despite Iranian Vow to Destroy Israel - Washington Free Beacon
The United States on Monday eased some sanctions on Iran, pausing efforts to reduce Iranian crude oil exports, as part of a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that went into effect.
Gov. Cuomo: Pro-life, pro-gun conservatives 'have no place' in New York - Washington Times
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that "extreme" conservatives who oppose abortion and support gun rights have no place in his state.
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