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|Worthy News Brief - April 22, 2014|
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Christian girls kidnapped, forced to marry Muslims in Pakistan
Every year in Pakistan, an estimated 1,000 girls and young women are kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam and then married to Muslim men, according to Barnabas Aid.
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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Around the World
Revealed: Scientists 'edit' DNA to correct adult genes and cure diseases - UK Independent
A genetic disease has been cured in living, adult animals for the first time using a revolutionary genome-editing technique that can make the smallest changes to the vast database of the DNA molecule with pinpoint accuracy.
'Reverse flow' - pushing gas from EU - seen as way to aid Ukraine, hit Russia - Washington Times
A Washington-brokered deal to ease tensions in Ukraine faltered Monday as pro-Russia gunmen refused to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine and Russia's foreign minister accused Kiev of allowing anti-Moscow extremists to run rampant.
Human microchipping: I've got you under my skin - Sydney Morning Herald
Thousands of technology enthusiasts use it as the ultimate app, enabling them to lock and unlock their homes, cars, computers and mobile phones with a simple wave of a hand. But there's a catch: they must have a microchip inserted into their bodies.
U.S. Releases Another $1 Billion to Iran - Washington Free Beacon
The United States has released $1 billion in cash assets to Iran in April alone under the interim nuclear deal aimed at ratcheting back Iran's nuclear program, according to the White House.
Iran's 'exercise in deceit' - Israel Hayom
Israel believes Iran's Saturday announcement regarding the redesign of its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can produce is little more than an exercise to keep the negotiations going while Iran continues to work toward its goal of developing a nuclear bomb.
U.S. Conducts Spy Flight Over Russia - Washington Free Beacon
After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory on Monday, a State Department official said.
Pro-Russian leader rejects Geneva agreement - Deutsche Welle
A leader among pro-Russian activists occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine has said his side will not move until Kyiv's interim government steps down. This follows a de-escalation agreement made in Geneva.
US: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to stem Ukraine crisis - Times of Israel
Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top US diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kiev of flagrantly violating the pact and declared their actions would not stand.
Report: Ukraine Synagogue Firebombed Just Days After Distribution of Anti-Semitic Flyers - Algemeiner
The Nikolayev Synagogue in Ukraine was reportedly firebombed by vandals at approximate 2 AM on Saturday morning, according to Chabad blog Shturem and closed-circuit footage of the attack, uploaded to YouTube at the weekend.
IAF strikes terror sites in Gaza after rocket attacks - Jerusalem Post
The air force bombed terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday following a Palestinian attack on ground forces and rocket attacks on southern Israeli communities.
US: Dissolution of PA would have 'grave implications' - Times of Israel
On Monday, the US described the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority - as has reportedly been threatened by President Mahmoud Abbas and other top Palestinian officials - as an "extreme step" that could fundamentally alter relations between Washington and Ramallah.
Netanyahu to Palestinians: When you want peace, let us know - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu criticized the Palestinian Authority on Monday, saying that its threat to dissolve and the ruling Fatah faction's efforts to forge unity with Hamas indicate a lack of desire for peace.
Inside the United States
US Supreme Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case - Ynet News
Confronting an issue fraught with Middle East politics, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear - for the second time - a passport dispute centering on whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel.
Study: Biofuels from Corn Harm Environment More Than Gasoline - Washington Free Beacon
A new study reports that the use of biofuel made from corn is worse for the environment in the short term than fossil fuels, the Associated Press reports.
IRS Revokes Tax-Exempt Status of Conservative Group - Washington Free Beacon
The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exemption for a conservative charity, saying the group's criticism of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry violated rules against political activity.
Family sues Monmouth County school over 'under God' in pledge - NJ Star Ledger
A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.
Huckabee: No Social Issues, No Evangelical Votes - CBN News
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee warned if the Republican Party ignores social issues in the upcoming national elections, then evangelical voters will simply stay home.
Boy Scouts revoke Seattle church's charter over gay scout leader - Reuters
The Boy Scouts of America has severed ties with a Seattle church that has insisted on allowing a gay man to remain as a troop leader, the youth organization said on Monday.
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