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Around the World
Russia says will complete legal moves to absorb Crimea this week - Reuters
The legal process required to make Crimea part of Russia will be completed this week, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday, two days after President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty to bring the Ukrainian region into Russia.
Iran, six powers lock horns over nuclear reactor that could yield plutonium - Reuters
Iran and world powers locked horns on Wednesday over the future of a planned Iranian nuclear reactor that could yield plutonium for bombs as the United States warned "hard work" will be needed to overcome differences when the sides reconvene in April.
New Big Bang evidence supports Biblical creation, says Orthodox physicist - Times of Israel
That there was a creation event as described in Genesis is indisputably confirmed by this week's Big Bang scientific breakthrough, an Israeli physicist who is also an Orthodox Jew claims. A secular Israeli professor, unsurprisingly, insists that the Bible and the Big Bang are "not related."
Disarmament team: Nearly half of Syrian chemicals removed - Jerusalem Post
Nearly half of Syria's declared chemical weapons have been shipped out of the country after two more cargoes were loaded onto vessels in the Mediterranean over the last week, the international team overseeing the disarmament process said.
We will hold joint military exercises with Britain and US, says Ukraine - UK Telegraph
Ukraine's new government said last night that it would be conducting military exercises with Britain and the United States, in a move intended to warn Russia against further seizures of Ukrainian territory.
Preserved woolly-mammoth autopsy shows cloning is a real possibility - Cnet News
The female woolly mammoth unearthed in the Lyakhovsky Islands in May 2013 could one day become the "mother" of the first woolly mammoth to walk the earth in millennia.
Russia warns West it may change its stance on Iran - Times of Israel
U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine spilled over into nuclear talks with Iran Wednesday, with Moscow's chief envoy at the negotiations warning that his country may take "retaliatory measures" that could hurt attempts to persuade Tehran to cut back on programs that could make atomic arms.
Russia Could Take Command of Half of Ukrainian Fleet - RIA Novosti
Up to 20 warships and auxiliary vessels of the Ukrainian navy could become part of Russia's Black Sea Fleet following the reunification of Crimea with Russia, a senior Russian lawmaker said Tuesday.
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.
Netanyahu orders IDF to prepare for possible strike on Iran during 2014 - Ha'aretz
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon have ordered the army to continue preparing for a possible military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities at a cost of at least 10 billion shekels ($2.89 billion) this year, despite the talks between Iran and the West, according to recent statements by senior military officers.
IDF Continues to Prep Iran Strike - Washington Free Beacon
Israel's political leadership has ordered the Israel Defense Forces to continue preparations for a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities despite the interim agreement arrived at last November between Teheran and Western nations, Ha'aretz reported today.
Israel can operate in Iran if it needs to, IDF chief says - Times of Israel
Israel's security forces have the capability to carry out military operations in virtually every part of the globe, including Iran, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Wednesday, adding that Israel had already conducted dozens of covert operations in foreign and enemy countries.
Youths throw rocks at MK on Temple Mount - Times of Israel
Hundreds of Arab youths assembled Thursday morning atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount to protest the visit of Likud MK Moshe Feiglin to the site.
Inside the United States
Federal Reserve continues the taper, abandons unemployment rate threshold - Washington Examiner
The Federal Reserve revamped its stimulus program Wednesday in the first meeting run by new Chairwoman Janet Yellen, continuing the "taper" of its bond-buying program while abandoning a benchmark for its policy of zero-percent interest rates that had become obsolete.
'Most transparent' White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs - Washington Examiner
It's Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.
52% Think U.S. Economy Unfair to Those Willing to Work Hard - Rasmussen Reports
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters say the U.S. economy is at least somewhat fair to people who are willing to work hard, up six points from October. Fifty-two percent (52%), though, do not think the economy is fair to those willing to work hard, although that's down from October's high of 58%.
Pentagon goes hypersonic with long-range rapid attack weapon - Washington Times
An experimental scramjet-powered, ultrahigh speed strike vehicle is emerging as the Pentagon's main choice for a new long-range, rapid attack weapon, a senior Pentagon official says.
Episcopal bishop in Michigan backs same-sex marriage - USA Today
The head of the Episcopal Church in southeastern Michigan announced that he strongly supports same-sex marriage, indicating to more than 80 churches that marrying people of the same in gender is in line with their denomination's beliefs.
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