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|Worthy News Brief - March 19, 2014|
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Belarus: Christian-run Homeless Shelter Closed
A private homeless shelter run by a Christian in Belarus has been legally stripped of its license to operate, according to Barnabas Aid.
California Residents Protest Cross Removal with More Crosses
California citizens are protesting the removal of a large memorial cross by publicly displaying smaller crosses bearing messages for the atheists whose complaints caused the memorial to be taken down, according to International Christian Concern.
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Around the World
Crimea crisis: Fears of war grow as Ukrainian officer is killed at military base in Simferopol - UK Independent
Fears were growing that widespread violence would erupt in the aftermath of Russia's annexation of Crimea, as former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned of growing regional tensions.
Iran, World Powers Resume Nuclear Talks Amid Ukraine Crisis - Wall Street Journal
Iran and six major powers sought to inject fresh momentum into high-level nuclear talks that resumed here on Tuesday, ahead of a July deadline for a deal, but tensions weren't far below the surface.
Ukraine cries 'robbery' as Russia annexes Crimea - CNN
Tuesday saw Russian President Vladimir Putin announce the annexation of Crimea, two days after voters in that semiautonomous territory approved a hastily called referendum on separating from Ukraine.
U.S. orders closure of Syrian Embassy in Washington - Washington Post
The State Department on Tuesday announced the official closing of the Syrian Embassy in Washington and said Syrian diplomats there and in consulates elsewhere in the United States must leave by the end of this month.
Christians' Throats Slit in Pagan Slaughterhouse - WND
After exposing videos of "ritual human sacrifices" of Christians by Muslims, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization member-turned-Christian has discovered a new set of shocking videos that show human slaughterhouses in which non-Muslims are executed.
SEALs' tanker seizure highlights Libyan power wrangling over oil, power - Washington Times
The daring, high-seas seizure of a rogue oil tanker by U.S. Navy SEALs off the coast of Cyprus this week has focused fresh attention on the power struggle that has turned Libya into a political time bomb more than two years after the ouster of strongman Moammar Gadhafi.
NATO allies criticize U.S. for being caught off guard by Russia's military buildup - Washington Times
Brushing aside President Obama's threat of more sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the Crimean region of Ukraine on Tuesday with the stroke of a pen, while NATO members criticized Washington for getting caught off guard by Russia's military buildup.
Russian and Crimean parliaments sign treaty of accession - Washington Post
Russia effectively absorbed Crimea Tuesday afternoon, moments after President Vladimir Putin declared that Russia has no designs on any other parts of Ukraine.
Ukraine 'will never accept' Crimea annexation, President says - CNN
Western powers slapped sanctions on more than two dozen Russian officials and their allies in Ukraine's Crimea region on Monday, while Ukrainian officials vowed they would never accept the territory's annexation by Russia.
Israel strikes Syrian army targets in response to attack on IDF jeep - Jerusalem Post
Israel's air force attacked on Wednesday morning Syrian army targets in response to an attack on an IDF jeep on Tuesday in the Golan Heights.
Israel can't rely on 'weak' US to deal with Iran, Ya'alon warns - Times of Israel
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Monday issued a scathing critique of the Obama administration, declaring that Israel cannot rely on the US to thwart Iran's nuclear program, accusing the administration of broadcasting weakness throughout the world, and warning that its perceived weakness was inviting further terrorism against US targets.
PA: 'Allah Will Gather Israelis So We Can Kill Them' - Arutz Sheva
A senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official appeared on PA TV on Wednesday, where he called Israelis "an advanced instrument of evil," claiming "Allah will gather them so that we can kill them."
Inside the United States
U.S. senators urge Obama to be tough on Iran nuclear program - Reuters
As talks on a nuclear deal for Iran resumed in Vienna Tuesday, a wide majority of U.S. senators urged President Barack Obama to insist that any final agreement state that Iran "has no inherent right to enrichment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty."
Facebook's Facial Recognition Tech Nearing 'Human-Level Performance' - Washington Free Beacon
Facebook says that its facial recognition software is nearly as good as a human being at detecting and recognizing other people's faces, the social media site announced.
NSA surveillance program reaches 'into the past' to retrieve, replay phone calls - Washington Post
The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording "100 percent" of a foreign country's telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden.
U.S. Forces Unable to Seize Drug Shipments Due to Declining Resources - Washington Free Beacon
U.S. maritime forces are unable to seize almost three-quarters of drug shipments smuggled into America due to declining resources, according to recent comments by the commander of U.S. Southern Command.
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