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|Worthy News Brief - April 1, 2014|
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Pakistan: Rights Groups Decry Death Sentence for Christian
Rights groups have decried the death sentence handed down to one Christian man after more than 100 Muslims who destroyed his neighborhood were freed on bail.
Syrian Islamists Kill 80 Christians, Displace Thousands More
Eighty Christians were killed and thousands more displaced after Islamic militants attacked the strategic Syrian town of Kessab near the Turkish border on March 21, according to Barnabas Aid.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Ebola death toll hits 82 as doctors warn West Africa outbreak is 'unprecedented' - UK Telegraph
New cases confirmed as virus that kills 90 per cent of infected people spreads from Guinea to Liberia with suspected cases in Sierra Leone.
Venezuelan troops tear through border city to crush student protest in cradle of uprising - UK Telegraph
Nicolas Maduro orders army to regain control of San Cristobal, the birthplace of nationwide protests that have killed at least 39 people and rocked his Socialist government.
Russia Signals It Will Withdraw Troops From Ukraine Border - Wall Street Journal
Russia signaled on Monday it was pulling some troops away from its border with Ukraine, a move that met with skepticism in the West but could represent the Kremlin's first notable concession after weeks of frantic diplomacy by the U.S. and Europe.
N. Korea 'will not rule out' a new nuclear test - AFP
North Korea said Sunday it "will not rule out" a new nuclear test as it defended its recent mid-range missile launch which triggered widespread international condemnation.
World Ready for a Second Pentecost Outpouring? - CBN News
Could the world experience a second Pentecost? That's the hope of a global movement called Empowered 21, with organizers setting their sights on Jerusalem, where the first Pentecost took place.
Rockets reportedly fired at Eilat - Times of Israel
Loud explosions echoed across Eilat early Tuesday morning, with reports of at least one Grad rocket being fired at the southern city.
Palestinian issue 24-hour ultimatum to resolve peace talks dispute - Ynet News
Palestinians issued a 24-hour ultimatum Monday to US Secretary of State John Kerry: Resolve the dispute with Israel on release of prisoners or the Palestinian Authority will resume its campaign for international recognition.
Netanyahu: No deal to release prisoners without clear benefit for Israel - Jerusalem Post
After Israel missed the deadline Saturday to release the fourth and final batch of Palestinian prisoners, seemingly putting peace talks in danger of collapse, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday that haggling on the issue could go on for "a number of days."
Obama dispatches Chairman of Joint Chiefs to Israel after Ya'alon's criticism - World Tribune
The United States has sent its top military representative to Israel, amid a growing rift between the two nations.
Inside the United States
Arizona Restriction on Non-Surgical Abortion Can Take Effect - Bloomberg
An Arizona law limiting women's access to drug-induced abortions was allowed by a federal judge to take effect in a defeat to reproductive rights activists fighting parts of a 2012 state overhaul of abortion regulations they have called the most extreme in the nation.
Senate report claims evidence obtained by enhanced techniques did not help bin Laden hunt, report sa - Fox News
A Senate report concludes that evidence obtained from Al Qaeda terror suspects via waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques did not provide any key evidence in the hunt for Usama bin Laden, despite the arguments to the contrary by CIA officials.
CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says - Washington Post
A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years -- concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance of plots and prisoners, and taking credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees had in fact surrendered before they were subjected to harsh techniques.
CIA officer confirmed no protests before misleading Benghazi account given - Washington Times
Before the Obama administration gave an inaccurate narrative on national television that the Benghazi attacks grew from an anti-American protest, the CIA's station chief in Libya pointedly told his superiors in Washington that no such demonstration occurred, documents and interviews with current and former intelligence officials show.
Obamacare website glitch hampers enrollment on deadline day - Washington Times
The federal Obamacare website began the final day of open enrollment Monday the same way the website launched in October -- with a glitch that prevented consumers from enrolling.
Maryland Drops $125M Obamacare Exchange Site - Washington Post
Maryland officials are set to replace the state's online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut's insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision, an acknowledgment that a system that has cost at least $125.5 million is broken beyond repair.
Obamacare website stalls a bit before enrollment deadline - Reuters
The federal website for U.S. consumers to enroll in private health insurance under Obamacare ran into problems twice on Monday because of a surge of people trying to access the site hours before a midnight deadline to sign up for coverage.
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