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Homes of Christians Fleeing Iraq Seized by Gangs
Gangs in Baghdad are seizing homes left vacant by Christian families who have been forced to flee from sectarian violence, according to Barnabas Aid.
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US lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia - Times of Israel
Two members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for tougher Western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored US and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.
Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout - Fox News
Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead.
Not Even the Threat of War in Europe Can Unite the E.U. - Time
European countries with strong trade ties to Russia remain reluctant to impose stiffer sanctions even as the conflict in eastern Ukraine worsens.
US ready to target Russian president's hidden $40bn stash - The Hill
The Times of London reported Friday that the U.S. was preparing a sanctions regime that would target Putin's personal wealth, which includes a reported $40 billion stashed in Swiss bank accounts.
China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years - UK Telegraph
It is said to be China's biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian mega-temple to pledge their allegiance - not to the Communist Party, but to the Cross.
Washington on back foot in web negotiations - Financial Times
A meeting in Brazil this week will reveal whether Washington has succeeded in preventing international anger over the Edward Snowden revelations clouding discussions about future governance of the internet.
Iran: Row with world powers over Arak reactor 'virtually solved' - Jerusalem Post
Iran and six world powers have "virtually solved" a dispute over the Arak heavy-water reactor, which the West is worried could produce bomb-grade material, the Islamic Republic's nuclear chief was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Strong 7.5 magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea - Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday and a tsunami warning was briefly issued for the Pacific Island nation and neighboring Solomon Islands, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
Air Strikes in Yemen Kill 40 Al Qaeda Militants in Two Days - Washington Free Beacon
Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 30 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second day of strikes against militant targets in the country.
Sources: White House deliberately leaked photo of ill Saudi King with breathing tube - World Tribune
The United States is said to have disclosed that Saudi King Abdullah was dying.
Alarm over Reported Deal with Vatican for David's Tomb - Arutz Sheva
Is there a secret deal between the Vatican and Israel to transfer control over King David's Tomb to the Catholic church? An investigative report in Makor Rishon cites La Stampa Vatican Insider journalist Andrea Tornielli as saying that the deal has been nearly completed, and that Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin is in charge of the negotiations with the Vatican, but Israel denies any such deal.
Six rockets hit southern Israel ahead of Mimouna celebrations - Ynet News
The silence of the Passover holiday morning was disrupted Monday morning when six rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in Sderot and in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council.
Police, Arab rioters skirmish on Temple Mount - Times of Israel
Israeli police clashed with dozens of Arab stone throwers on Jerusalem's Temple Mount as thousands of Christian worshipers descended on the Old City for Easter Sunday.
Bennett responds to Abbas' threat to disband PA: 'Israel won't stop you' - Jerusalem Post
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett defiantly chafed on Sunday at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' latest threat to resign and disband the autonomous government that has been ruling over the Palestinian areas of Judea and Samaria.
If talks fail, Abbas said to be weighing dissolution of Oslo, PA - Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly threatened to dissolve the PA and disband Palestinian security forces operating in the West Bank if peace negotiations with Israel fail, a move which would create huge security and diplomatic problems for Israel.
Bennett: Judea, Samaria Key to Israel's Security - CBN News
Judea and Samaria: to Jews and Christians around the world, it's the Bible's heartland. But much of the world, including the United States, wants Israel to give this important piece of history to the Palestinians as part of a Middle East peace deal.
Inside the United States
Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover - Salt Lake Tribune
It's time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah's Capitol on Friday.
"Domestic Terrorists" Celebrate At Bundy Ranch - CBS News
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy celebrated what many of his supporters called a "victory" in the ongoing battle with the Bureau of Land Management.
In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream - USA Today
As Colorado residents celebrated the pot holiday of 4/20, Denver police issued 63 citations or arrests for public consumption Saturday and Sunday at the official 4/20 rally at Civic Center Park in Denver.
Boy sings gospel song until kidnapper sets him free: 'Every praise is to our God' - Washington Times
A 9-year-old boy who was abducted from his home in Atlanta, sang a gospel song for hours until his kidnapper snapped and set him free.
Rand Paul: Nuclear Iran Not a Threat to U.S., Israel - Washington Free Beacon
Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) denied that a nuclear Iran would pose a national security threat to the United States or Israel in a 2007 radio interview with talk show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
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