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Around the World
French take to Paris streets, protest President Hollande - Washington Times
Thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Paris on Sunday to protest President Francois Hollande for France's struggling economy and high unemployment.
Iran to up military budget after US 'saber-rattling' - Times of Israel
A senior Iranian official said Saturday that the Islamic Republic would boost military spending in response to US Secretary of State John Kerry's remark that the US reserves a military option if Tehran breaks the interim nuclear deal reached with world powers in November.
US carries out missile strike against Somali militant, official says - Fox News
The U.S. military carried out a missile strike in southern Somalia on Sunday to target a senior figure in the Al Shabaab terrorist group who had ties to Al Qaeda, a senior defense official confirmed to Fox News.
Early presidential election is called in Egypt day after killing of 49 protesters - Jerusalem Post
Egypt will hold a presidential vote before parliamentary polls, President Adly Mansour said on Sunday, in a change to a political roadmap that could pave the way for the swift election of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards threaten US after Kerry says military option is 'ready' - Jerusalem Post
The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj.- Gen. Muhammad Ali Jafari, threatened the US with a strong military response after American Secretary of State John Kerry said a military option to counter the country's nuclear drive was "ready."
Netanyahu: Iran's stance on centrifuges means there can be no permanent accord - Jerusalem Post
No permanent agreement with Iran over its nuclear program will be possible if Tehran continues to insist it will not dismantle a single centrifuge, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
HSBC imposes restrictions on large cash withdrawals - BBC
Some HSBC customers have been prevented from withdrawing large amounts of cash because they could not provide evidence of why they wanted it, the BBC has learnt.
Mideast Turmoil Dominates Gathering of Business Elite - Wall Street Journal
The turmoil of the Middle East descended on this Swiss Alpine town, where Iranian, Israeli and American leaders laid out often competing visions of the region's future during a conference for the world's business elite.
Emerging markets selloff picks up, drags down Europe, U.S - Reuters
A full-scale flight from emerging markets accelerated on Friday, as investors sold shares in major markets and bought safe-haven assets such as U.S. Treasuries, the yen and gold.
Lebanese report: IAF jets flying over Beirut - Ynet News
Hezbollah's Al-Manar network reported Sunday morning that Israeli Air Force aircrafts are flying intensively in Lebanese airspace in the western Lebanon Valley, Beirut, Baalbek and Hermel.
Israel Warns of Growing Jihadi Threat From Syria - ABC News
A sharp increase in the number of al-Qaida linked fighters joining the fight against President Bashar Assad in Syria is threatening to spill over the borders and prompting the Jewish state to re-evaluate its policy of neutrality in the civil war next door, a senior Israeli intelligence official warned on Friday.
The idea of Jewish settlements under Palestinian rule is 'dangerous,' says Bennett - Jerusalem Post
Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett called upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday to rule out letting Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria come under Palestinian control.
Senior PLO official: Kerry plan includes series of Israeli withdrawals - Jerusalem Post
Israeli negotiators are discussing a series of limited withdrawals linked to progress by the Palestinian Authority in maintaining security, a senior Palestinian official said.
PM would let all settlers remain in West Bank, official says - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not intend to uproot Jewish settlements anywhere in the West Bank, and will not force any settlers to leave, even under a permanent peace deal with the Palestinians, a well-placed official in the Prime Minister's Office told The Times of Israel on Sunday. Rather, the prime minister will insist that settlers be given the free choice of remaining in place and living under Palestinian rule, or relocating to areas under Israeli sovereign rule, the official said.
Inside the United States
White House won't pay 'ransom' for debt limit hike - Washington Examiner
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Sunday pressed Republican lawmakers to raise the debt ceiling without conditions, saying that the American people "should not have to pay Congress ransom."
New Study: Unemployment Benefits Weaken Economy - Washington Free Beacon
New academic research released last week showing that extending unemployment benefits is a net economic drag could strengthen the conservative case against extending those benefits at the federal level.
Next Polar Plunge Could Be Winter's Coldest - AccuWeather
The next blast of brutal cold will grip most of the eastern two-thirds of the United States early this week and could yield the lowest temperatures so far this winter in many communities.
Study: New Madrid Fault Zone Alive And Active - CBS News
The New Madrid fault zone in the nation's midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes, scientists reported Thursday.
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