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|Worthy News Brief - January 24, 2014|
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Around the World
Russia throwing Iran lifeline: Negotiating big oil-for-goods deal - Jerusalem Post
Iran and Russia are negotiating an oil-for-goods swap worth $1.5 billion a month that would let Iran lift oil exports substantially, in defiance of Western sanctions that helped force Tehran to agree a preliminary deal to end its nuclear program.
1,400 dead since Syria rebel-jihadist clashes began - AFP
Nearly 1,400 people have been killed in Syria since clashes between rebels and the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) erupted this month, a monitor said Thursday.
Kiev Turns into Virtual War Zone - AU News
Fireworks, molotov cocktails, tyres, human-sized slingshots and guns have turned Kiev into a war zone as protesters clash with security forces.
Nuke Deal Delays Iran Bomb by One Month - Washington Free Beacon
If Iran fully complies with the requirements of a recently signed nuclear deal, its ability to build a nuclear weapon will be delayed by just one month, according to a recent analysis published by a nuclear watchdog group.
Russia Plans Cruise Missile Tests, Bomber Patrols for 2014 - RIA Novosti
The Russian Air Force is preparing to conduct a series of tests of new cruise missiles, as well as carrying out strategic bomber patrols including stops in other countries, the commander of its long-range fleet said Wednesday.
Netanyahu: We can't have a 'Palestine' run by Iran - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday laid out the dilemma facing his administration when it comes to the Palestinian conflict -- the imperative to avoid a binational state encompassing Israel and the Palestinians, but also to prevent a future Palestinian state from becoming an Iranian proxy.
Israeli leaders pan Rouhani's 'deceptive' speech - Times of Israel
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's attempts to foster better ties with the West are only a deception, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, trying to put a damper on a seemingly moderate speech by the Iranian leader at the World Economic Forum earlier in the day.
Abbas seeks $1-billion Gaza deal with Russia - AFP
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas sought on Thursday to secure a billion-dollar Gaza energy deal during talks with Russian leaders aimed at restoring warmer ties between the two Soviet-era allies.
Inside the United States
Virginia AG Aims to End Ban on Gay Marriages - Wall Street Journal
Virginia's new attorney general said Thursday that his office would no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage and instead will help those seeking to have the law struck down.
Six more US retailers attacked like Target, security firm says - PC World
Cybercriminals have stolen payment card data from six more U.S. retailers using similar point-of-sale malware that compromised Target, a computer crime intelligence company said Friday.
Lew Urges Congress to Raise Debt Ceiling by Late February - Bloomberg
Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew urged Congress to raise the debt ceiling by Feb. 7 and "certainly" before late next month to ensure the stability of the U.S. economy and financial system.
Schumer Calls for Using IRS to Curtail Tea Party Activities - Washington Free Beacon
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) proposed using the Internal Revenue Service to curtail Tea Party group funding during a speech on how to "exploit" and "weaken" the movement at the Center for American Progress on Thursday.
FBI warns retailers to expect more credit card breaches - Reuters
The FBI has warned U.S. retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same kind of malicious software used against Target Corp in the holiday shopping season.
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