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|Worthy News Brief - March 21, 2014|
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Turkey: Confessed Killers of Christians Freed on Bail
Under a new Turkish law, five confessed Christian killers slated to be released on bail will instead remain under house arrest, according to Morning Star News.
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Around the World
EU targets Putin's inner circle with sanctions, scraps summit - Fox News
The European Union on Thursday slapped travel bans and asset freezes on 12 more people, closing in on President Vladimir Putin's inner circle to punish him in the escalating crisis over the Russian annexation of the Crimea peninsula.
Pro-Russian crowds seize 2 Ukrainian warships, as Ukraine prepares to pull troops from Crimea - Fox News
Pro-Russian crowds seized two Ukrainian warships Thursday and Ukraine said its troops were being threatened in Crimea as it prepared to pull its troops and their families from the region.
Fukushima Radioactive Cesium Reaches Canada - Tokyo Times
Scientists say that very little traces of toxic cesium-134 and cesium-137 from Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected in Canada, Vancouver.
Russia faces more sanctions, G8 suspended, Angela Merkel says - Sydney Morning Herald
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union will impose more sanctions on Russia following its decision to annex Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and will suspend all G8 meetings until the political situation changes.
Ukraine food squeeze threatens to trigger war and new Arab Spring - UK Telegraph
A surge in the price of wheat and the rising cost of food have raised the risk of conflicts spreading globally and the possible reawaken of the "Arab Spring" uprisings in the Middle East.
Fukushima water decontamination suspended indefinitely - RT
Treatment of radioactive water at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant might be indefinitely suspended after malfunctions crippled the water purification process and recontaminated thousands of tons of partially purified water, Japanese media report.
Putin redraws map of Europe - EU Observer
Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (18 March) signed a treaty annexing the Ukrainian region of Crimea, shortly before the Russia-Ukraine confrontation claimed its first casualty.
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.
Israeli official suggests Palestinians celebrating failure of peace talks - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas returned from Washington on Thursday to a hero's welcome in Ramallah, where he pledged not to give up the Palestinians' rights or betray their trust.
Israel said to be budgeting billions for Iran strike - Times of Israel
Israel is still preparing for a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, including a specific military budget running to NIS 10 billion ($2.89 billion), despite the developments in talks between world powers and Tehran.
Upon return from US, Abbas vows not to 'capitulate' - Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was met Thursday at his Ramallah compound by hundreds of cheering supporters during a ceremony marking his return from a trip to the United States, where he met with US President Barack Obama.
Inside the United States
29 of 30 big banks pass Fed's stress test - Washington Post
Big U.S. banks have enough capital buffers to withstand a drastic economic downturn, the Federal Reserve said Thursday, announcing that 29 out of 30 major banks met the minimum hurdle in the Fed's annual health check.
Justices may decide if vendors can snub gay weddings - USA Today
When Vanessa Willock wanted an Albuquerque photographer to shoot her same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006, she contacted Elane Photography. The response came as a shock: Co-owner Elaine Huguenin said she only worked "traditional weddings."
IRS watchdog warns of 'largest scam of its kind' with phone scheme - Washington Post
The Internal Revenue Service's watchdog warned taxpayers Thursday about a sophisticated nationwide phone scheme that it said is "the largest scam of its kind" it has seen.
California DNA collection law upheld - Mercury News
Anyone arrested for a felony in California can now expect both an unpleasant trip to jail and a demand for a sample of their precious DNA.
In Worst-Case Scenario, Fed Sees $501 Billion in Losses at Nation's Biggest Banks - National Journal
If the economic worst happens -- the worst being defined as a deep recession in the United States, steep declines in home prices, and recessions in the euro area as well as Japan -- 30 major banks in the U.S. would lose a total of $501 billion dollars over nine quarters, according to the latest round of stress testing from the Federal Reserve.
Court rules states can make voters prove citizenship - Washington Times
A U.S. District Court judge ruled Wednesday that Arizona and Kansas can require anyone registering to vote to prove their citizenship and the federal Election Assistance Commission cannot block them.
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