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Sudan: Christian Accused of Apostasy Because Dad was Muslim
A woman with child in Khartoum, Sudan, faces death for leaving Islam, according to Morning Star News.
Malaysian Hotels to Ban Bibles, Non-Islamic Books
A decision to ban hotels from carrying books on non-Islamic religions is further proof of the erosion of the rights of non-Muslims in Malaysia, according to the Malaysia Chronicle.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Iran terror network prolific, US report says - Jerusalem Post
Iran continues to arm and finance a terrorist network that extends from South Asia to the Horn of Africa, from Iraq to Yemen, and across the Palestinian territories, the US State Department reported on Wednesday, acknowledging US willingness to nevertheless engage directly in talks with the state over its nuclear program.
Iraqi Martyr: 'He Had a Big Smile on His Face' - CBN News
More than 1,000 people from St. George's Church in Baghdad have been killed in the past 10 years. But church leader Canon Andrew White said he has no intention of leaving Baghdad despite the dangers facing Christians.
Fears for China's churches as Christianity rises - UK Telegraph
Demolition of state-sanctioned church in eastern China stokes fears Communist Party will unleash nationwide campaign against fast-growing Christian community.
IMF says Russian economy already in recession - AP
The International Monetary Fund estimates that Russia's economy has already entered recession as fears of broad economic sanctions weigh on the economy.
Ukraine 'on full combat alert' against possible Russia invasion - UK Telegraph
Ukraine's military is "on full combat alert" against a possible invasion by Russian troops massed on the border, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said in a ministerial meeting in Kiev on Wednesday.
Antibiotic resistance threatens everyone, WHO warns - CBC
The threat posed by antibiotic resistant bacteria is a real and present one, the World Health Organization warns.
IMF approves $17bn aid deal for Ukraine - UK Telegraph
The International Monetary Fund has approved a $17bn aid deal for Ukraine, even as Kiev fights to prevent pro-Moscow separatists from hiving off another chunk of the country.
Ukraine Admits It's Losing Control in East - VOA News
Ukraine's acting president says that the Kyiv government has effectively lost control over the situation in the country's eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions where a number of government buildings have been taken over by pro-Russia separatists.
U.S. Signals Putin Not to Move Against New NATO Members - Bloomberg
Unsure of Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions, the Obama administration is attempting to warn the Kremlin not to test the U.S. commitment to defend its allies in eastern and central Europe.
Drug resistant superbugs a serious threat worldwide, says WHO - Reuters
The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is no longer a prediction but is happening right now across the world, United Nations officials said on Wednesday.
Kerry: U.S. Taped Moscow's Calls to Its Ukraine Spies - Daily Beast
The secretary of state claimed in a private meeting that the U.S. intelligence community has recordings of pro-Russian forces being managed by government handlers in Moscow.
Russia vows 'painful' response to new U.S. sanctions over Ukraine - CNN
Sergey Ryabkov, Russia's deputy minister for foreign relations, called the sanctions "meaningless, shameful, and disgusting."
"It will only intensify all the processes in Ukraine which it intends to change or stop," Ryabkov told CNN, speaking English. "It is yet another sign of a reckless behavior of the U.S. administration. No lessons are learned from the past. The U.S. does literally nothing to impress its cronies and clients in Kiev on whom there is full responsibility for constant deterioration of the situation in Ukraine. This is what needs to be changed and not the policy of Russia. A response of Moscow will follow, and it will be painfully felt in Washington D.C."
Hamas holds massive West Bank rally, testing Palestinian unity deal - Ynet News
Over a thousand supporters of the Islamist group Hamas marched through the streets of a West Bank stronghold of its rival Fatah party on Wednesday, testing a surprise Palestinian unity pact the two signed last week.
Hamas: Our Gaza forces won't take orders from Abbas - Times of Israel
A top Hamas official boasted that the organization's forces would not be bound to follow instructions from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and dismissed claims that a planned unity government would recognize Israel.
Bill Clinton: Israel offered Temple Mount to Palestinians in 2000 - Times of Israel
Former US president Bill Clinton said Wednesday that the Palestinians were offered the Temple Mount at the Camp David Summit in 2000, but the agreement fell through over a sliver of land near the Western Wall.
Kerry's nine-month quest for Middle East peace ends in failure - Washington Post
Nine months after it began, the Obama administration's marquee diplomatic effort to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians ended Tuesday with neither a whimper nor much of a bang.
Inside the United States
White House denies memo was about Benghazi attack - Times of Israel
The White House on Wednesday denied that a staff member's email three days after the deadly attack on the US mission at Benghazi, Libya, was actually about the attack.
Only 67 percent of Obamacare enrollees have paid premiums - Washington Examiner
Only 67 percent of Obamacare enrollees have paid their first month's premium, according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which plans to hold a hearing next week with insurers.
Dow closes at a record high, erases loss for year - LA Times
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high Wednesday as the good narrowly outweighed the bad for the stock market.
House panel moves to stop Russia spy flights over U.S. - Washington Times
The House Committee on Armed Services this week imposed restrictions on the Obama administration that would prevent Russian aircraft from using advanced sensors during treaty-approved spy flights over the United States.
United Methodist Church to grant benefits to employees in same-sex marriages - Washington Times
The United Methodist Church has announced the approval of insurance benefits to some of its employees in same-sex marriages, a decision that could further divide the splintering denomination over the issue of gay rights.
US economy slowed to 0.1 percent growth rate in Q1 - AP
The U.S. economy slowed drastically in the first three months of the year as a harsh winter exacted a toll on business activity. The slowdown, while worse than expected, is likely to be temporary as growth rebounds with warmer weather.
Fed tapers another $10 billion - CNBC
Despite a backdrop of slowing first-quarter economic activity, the Federal Reserve voted Wednesday to continue reducing its monthly stimulus program.
Tornado Outbreak, Flooding Disaster Kills at Least 39: State-by-State Updates - Weather Channel
What began as a deadly multi-day tornado outbreak across the South expanded into a deadly flooding event in at least three states Wednesday.
Cruz Calls on Kerry to Resign After 'Apartheid' Remark - Washington Free Beacon
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) demanded on the Senate floor Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry resign from his post following highly controversial remarks about the state of Israel.
John Kerry, under fire - Politico
Name one high-profile issue that's going well right now for Secretary of State John Kerry.
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