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|Worthy News Brief - May 26, 2014|
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Worthy News Features
Grant Political Asylum to Mom Sentenced to Death
Republican Senators Roy Blunt and Kelly Ayotte have drafted a letter to Secretary John Kerry calling on him and the U.S. Department of State to grant political asylum to a pregnant Christian mother who has been sentenced to death for her faith by a Sudanese court, according to International Christian Concern.
Church of Scotland to debate ordination of gay people
Last year, the Church of Scotland's General Assembly decided that it couldn't condone same-sex marriages or civil partnerships, yet its commissioners approved a proposal that allowed individual congregations to hire gay ministers while the assembly continues to debate their ordination.
Rev. Graham: 'Christians Are Under Attack by Islam'
Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham and head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said "Christians are under attack by Islam" and that "radical" Islam has nothing to do with it because "it's just what it is."
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Petro Poroshenko claims Ukraine presidency
Billionaire Petro Poroshenko claimed Ukraine's presidency on Sunday after exit polls gave him an absolute majority in a first round of voting and, vowing to end a conflict with pro-Russian rebels, he pledged to align his country with Europe.
Russia and China join forces in "de-dollarization" of currency reserves
According to the statement made by Vladimir Putin during his recent visit to Shanghai, Russia and China have reached an unprecedented level of cooperation that encompasses aspects ranging from energy trading to military drills. Moreover, the Russian President suggests that the two countries are working together in order modify the existing practices regarding currency reserves management. Washington should be very concerned.
Yemeni Forces Kill Senior al Qaeda Leader
Yemen's security forces killed an al Qaeda leader suspected of attacks on foreign diplomats on Sunday, the Defense Ministry's news website said, in a raid north of the capital Sanaa in which four other militants died and four were captured.
EU Election Earthquake: Far Right, Euroskeptics Score Big
Far-right and Euroskeptic parties made sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday - triggering what one prime minister called a political "earthquake" by those who want to slash the powers of the European Union or abolish it altogether.
Iran calls to destroy nuclear capacities of US, Israel
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier-General Hossein Dehqan said Sunday that discussion about the destruction of the United States's and Israel's nuclear weapons capabilities should immediately follow current talks with the international community on Iran's nuclear program.
EU set for election 'Super Sunday,' with far-right vote in spotlight
European elections reach their culmination on "Super Sunday" when the remaining 20 of the EU's 28 countries go to the polls, with the vote expected to confirm the dominance of pro-European centrists despite a rise in support for the far-right and left.
Obama's New Syria Crisis
Mounting evidence of reported chlorine attacks in Syria could renew talk of military action any day now.
Pope Francis Kicks Off Mideast Trip in Jordan
Pope Francis arrived in Jordan urging an end to the civil war raging in Syria and a "just solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, during the first of what will be three days touring the Middle East.
Iran: UN report proves nuclear ambitions are peaceful
Iran on Saturday said the latest UN report on its nuclear activities, which calculated it had slashed its nuclear stockpile by around 80 percent, proved its atomic program was peaceful. However, past reports have also indicated Iran has grown better at hiding at least some of its nuclear activities.
Leader of Sinai jihadist group which fired rockets on Eilat killed in Egypt
Shadi al-Menei, the head of a Sinai Peninsula Islamist militant group, was shot dead on Friday by unknown assailants, security sources said, days before Egypt holds elections to vote for a new president.
Brussels fatal gun attack at Jewish museum
A gunman has shot dead three people at the Jewish Museum in the Belgian capital Brussels, officials say.
Palestinians seize upon Pope's 'Palestine' overtures
Pope Francis's reference to "the State of Palestine" in his speech Sunday morning in Bethlehem, and his unscripted pause at the security barrier, left official Israel cold, and was seized upon by Palestinian leaders as deeply symbolic in recognizing their national rights.
Pope concludes first day in Israel with visit to Jerusalem
Pope Francis arrived on Sunday evening at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where he was scheduled to meet with the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I.
Police arrest 26 after violence flares at King David's Tomb protest in Jerusalem
The Israel Police arrested 26 demonstrators overnight Saturday for causing a disturbance after they protested Pope Francis' visit to Israel, at the King David's Tomb complex in Jerusalem.
Hamas and PA Continue to Educate Their Children: 'There is no Israel'
The Palestinian Authority and Hamas continue to actively educate their children to ignore Israel's existence, emphatically reject Israel's right to exist, and anticipate its eventual destruction and replacement by "Palestine."
US 'Changing its Position' on Hamas-Fatah Deal
Hamas officials met with EU representatives, sense that US is slowly 'coming around' on unity pact, deputy leader claims.
Can Pope Francis Bring Peace to the Middle East?
Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Israel and the West Bank is being met with hopes he'll help resolve problems that thus far have flummoxed kings, presidents and Nobel Prize laureates.
Inside the United States
White House blows cover of CIA chief in Afghanistan
The White House accidentally blew the cover of the top CIA officer in Afghanistan Saturday, when his name and title were released in an e-mail sent to reporters who traveled with President Obama on his surprise visit to Bagram Air Field.
At Least Six Dead in California Killing Spree
The man featured in a disturbing YouTube video who went on a killing spree murdering at least six and wounding several more was identified Saturday evening by authorities as Elliot Rodger, 22.
Study: New Technology Development Pushed by Feds Allows For Data Collection on Every Child
A new study released by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute finds that new technology development that has been encouraged through the use of federal grants has served to threaten children's privacy by allowing the collection of data on every child.
College crunch: Student loans to rise for next decade
Interest rates on government-funded student loans are due to increase this summer and are projected to continue to rise for the next decade, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis.
Allen West: Source told me 'truth' on Benghazi, operations 'shrouded in a fog of lies'
Former GOP congressman and political commentator Allen B. West says he knows "the ground truth" about what really happened during the Benghazi attack.
Obama blames Founding Fathers' 'structural' design of Congress for gridlock
President Obama is taking a swipe at the Founding Fathers, blaming his inability to move his agenda on the "disadvantage" of having each state represented equally in the Senate.
USDA warns of sticker shock on U.S. beef as grilling season starts
The Department of Agriculture has warned of sticker shock facing home chefs on the eve of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the unofficial start of the U.S. summer grilling season.
Letters to the Editor
This word from George today has been on my heart for so long and is so true. To put all our hearts desire in this will, I believe, bear the fruit of righteousness, and we will see "God's Salvation", on many
Marion, Melbourne Australia
Thank you so much for that recent worthy brief (22nd May). It was a refreshing to my heart and just what the Lord wanted to say to me today. All my appreciation,
Shalom in Him,
Simon Anderson N.Ireland
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