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|Worthy News Brief - April 25, 2014|
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Worthy News Features
Mental Torture is Common in Iranian Prisons
Life for minorities in Iran is deteriorating as the Islamic Republic continues to restrict religious non-Muslims by closing their churches, through mass arrests with lengthy sentences, or even exile to remote locales, according to Mohabat News.
Chinese Christians Block Church Destruction
Thousands of Chinese Christians in Wenzhou have once again formed a blockade to prevent the Communist government from demolishing the Sanjiang Christian Church, according to International Christian Concern.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Russia plans new military exercises near border with Ukraine - Washington Times
Russian military officials said they plan to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland.
U.S. lifts ban on attack helicopters for Egypt; Apaches sent to counter al Qaeda - Washington Times
The Obama administration has reversed course and will send Egypt new Apache attack helicopters that were urgently requested by Cairo in March to counter the growing threat from al Qaeda terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula.
Putin calls Internet 'CIA project' that must be controlled - Washington Times
Russian President Vladimir Putin charged Thursday that the Internet is a project developed and ran by the CIA, and that Russia will continue to fight to squelch dissent online.
Iran Wins Top Spots on U.N. Human Rights Committees - Washington Free Beacon
Iran has been appointed to several key United Nations committees that oversee the protection of women's rights and global human rights.
Tony Blair: 'West should focus on radical Islam' - BBC
Tony Blair has warned Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism.
White House condemns attack on Christian hospital in Kabul - Washington Examiner
A White House official condemned an attack at an American-run Christian hospital in Kabul on Thursday that killed three American medical staff members and wounded several others.
Why Persecution of Egypt's Christians Is Not Over - CBN News
Egypt's Christians are hoping they'll be better protected from violence when the country elects a new president next month.
Netanyahu: Mideast peace talks 'essentially buried' if Hamas-Fatah deal stands - Fox News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Thursday that a new agreement between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah is "killing peace," even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced hope that talks could be salvaged.
John Kerry tries to regroup after Israel suspends peace talks - Washington Examiner
A State Department spokeswoman acknowledged "some bumps in the road" but said the U.S. remains committed to peace talks led by Secretary of State John Kerry after Israelis pulled out of them indefinitely.
Israel can't accept the emerging US-Iran accord - Jerusalem Post
Ostensibly, official US policy on Iran's nuclear program is clear: The US will not allow Iran to produce a nuclear bomb. Moreover, US President Barack Obama has said that, for this purpose, "all options are on the table" -- implying a military option as well. In addition, according to many reports in American newspapers, Obama has ordered the development of diversified US military capabilities with which to attack Iranian nuclear facilities, far beyond what existed in the previous administration -- providing further evidence of the president's seriousness.
Inside the United States
53% Think Neither Political Party Represents the American People - Rasmussen Reports
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is fair to say that neither party in Congress is the party of the American people.
Nevada rancher's racial remarks cost him range of support - Washington Times
Whatever good will Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy had built during his widely publicized standoff with the federal government evaporated Thursday after his comments that blacks might be "better off as slaves" went viral.
Muslims offended that 9/11 museum movie speaks of jihad - Washington Times
Muslims say that a documentary that's going to be shown at the National September 11 Memorial Museum called "The Rise of al Qaeda" is offensive and shouldn't be shown in its current form.
Nevada rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff - Fox News
Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd.
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