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New Hungarian Law Strips Registration from Churches
The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that a Hungarian law had violated the rights of churches and other religious groups by stripping them of their state registrations, according to Barnabas Aid.
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With Ukraine in turmoil, Hagel can't get Russian counterpart to take his calls - Washington Times
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been unable to get Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the phone amid escalating tension near the country's shared border with Ukraine.
Russia Unexpectedly Raises Main Rate as S&P Lowers Rating - Bloomberg
Russia's central bank sprung a surprise by raising its benchmark interest rate after Standard & Poor's downgraded the world's biggest energy exporter for the first time in six years as capital outflows threaten growth.
BP and Shell exposed as US prepares first warning shot against Russia's oil and gas industry - UK Telegraph
Britain's top energy companies face an extremely delicate situation as the worldï¿½s G7 powers prepare to launch the next wave of sanctions against Russia, and may be forced to curtail operations or freeze certain commercial ties with the country.
Iran to target decoy US carrier in drills - Times of Israel
An Iranian newspaper reported that the country's military plans to target a mock-up American aircraft carrier during upcoming war games.
U.S. concerned about Iran missiles, committed to Gulf security - Reuters
A senior U.S. official signaled optimism on Sunday about a possible resolution of the Iranian nuclear dispute but said Washington remained concerned that Iran's ballistic missiles threatened Gulf Arab states.
Four Ways The Ukraine Crisis Could Escalate To Use Of Nuclear Weapons - Forbes
Although the Obama Administration is responding cautiously to Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's province of Crimea in March, its credibility is on the line with regional allies and Russian leader Vladimir Putin has not been helpful in defusing the fears of his neighbors. Having fomented revolt in eastern Ukraine, Moscow now says it might be forced to come to the aid of ethnic Russians there (it has massed 40,000 troops on the other side of the border, in what was first called an exercise). Meanwhile, the U.S. has increased its own military presence in the neighborhood, reiterating security guarantees to local members of NATO. So little by little, tensions are ratcheting up.
White House: New sanctions will hit Vladimir Putin's circle - Washington Examiner
New penalties expected this week against Moscow for its actions against Ukraine will include steps against high-technology exports to the Russian defense industry and the companies controlled by those closest to President Vladimir Putin, a White House aide said Sunday.
Netanyahu reiterates peace talks a no-go as long as Hamas is involved - Washington Times
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that his country will not participate in peace talks with Palestine as long as the Palestinian government is backed by the terrorist organization Hamas.
Knesset set to hold annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony - Jerusalem Post
The Knesset will hold its 25th annual "Every Man Has a Name" ceremony Monday, together with photo exhibits and documentary screenings in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Kerry: Israel could become an 'apartheid state' - Times of Israel
If Israel does not make peace soon, it could become an "apartheid state" like South Africa, US Secretary of State John Kerry told a closed room meeting of world leaders recently, it was revealed early Monday morning.
Christian Bethlehem family pans daughter's pro-Israel video - Times of Israel
A Christian family from Bethlehem distanced itself from a video made by their daughter in which she offers a pro-Israel point of view and blames the Palestinians for the drop in the Christian population.
Inside the United States
Supreme Court Takes on Privacy in Digital Age - ABC News
Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device.
Killer virus spreads unchecked through U.S. hog belt, pushing pork to record - Reuters
The killer stalking U.S. hog farms is known as PEDv, a malady that in less than a year has wiped out more than 10 percent of the nation's pig population and helped send retail pork prices to record highs. The highly contagious Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus is puzzling scientists searching for its origins and its cure and leaving farmers devastated in ways that go beyond financial losses.
Tornadoes Strike Central, Southern US, Killing 12 - ABC News
A broad tornado sliced through Little Rock's suburbs Sunday, killing at least 11 people and leaving behind a miles-long path of destruction as a powerful system rumbling off the Plains provided a violent kick-start to the nation's tornado season.
Tornados damage 200 homes in North Carolina - CBS News
Residents, meteorologists and emergency officials in eastern North Carolina were surveying the damage Saturday from multiple tornadoes that damaged more than 200 homes the previous day and sent more than a dozen people to the emergency room.
Bible verse removed from high school gym, team website - Fox News
Wood County school officials have removed a Bible verse from Parkersburg South High School's gymnasium and the school wrestling team's website.
Cover Oregon officially calls it quits, state to use federal ObamaCare site - Fox News
Cover Oregon on Friday became the first casualty of the state-run ObamaCare exchanges, as officials formally gave up the fight to offer residents a state health care portal. Instead, Oregon, which has been hemorrhaging millions of dollars on a barely functioning website that has failed to sign up a single person, is turning to the federal government for an out.
Senators Denounce Obama for Threatening 'Entire Constitutional System' by 'Nullifying' Immigration Laws - Breitbart
On Thursday, 22 Republican senators, including even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), denounced President Barack Obama in a scathing letter for threatening America's "entire constitutional system" with his immigration "enforcement review" that threatens to "nullify" the nation's immigration laws.
U.S. Military Hires Chaplains Endorsed by Brotherhood Entity - Clarion Project
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, is proudly announcing that the U.S. military is again using their chaplains for active-duty service after a 15-year lull.
Aborted Fetuses Burned to Generate Electricity? - CBN News
Oregon officials were horrified to learn medical waste that includes aborted fetuses is possibly being burned to generate electricity.
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