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Which Countries Still Outlaw Apostasy and Blasphemy?
Apostasy and blasphemy may seem to many like artifacts of history. But in dozens of countries around the world, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain even today, according to Pew Research Center.
Central Africa Republic: Muslims Kill 30 in a Church
Muslim rebels stormed a Catholic church compound in the capital of Central African Republic on Wednesday, killing as many as 30 people in a hail of gunfire and grenades, witnesses said.
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Around the World
Christians in Syria Form Militias Against Al Qaida Rebels
The regime of President Bashar Assad has helped Christians form militias in Syria by sending advisers and weapons to stave off raids by Islamic fighters linked to Al-Qaida.
Venezuela Sanctions Bill Pressures Obama Administration to Act
A Venezuela sanctions bill that will be debated on the House floor on Wednesday would apply more pressure on the Obama administration to take action in the crisis that will soon enter its fourth month, observers say.
China Deploys Three Nuclear Submarines to South China Sea
China has deployed three nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines to a naval base in the South China Sea, according to a recent photo of the vessels that appeared on the Internet.
Suicide Attack in Syria Carried Out by U.S. Citizen
For the first time in the bloody civil war tearing the country apart, an American citizen carried out a suicide bombing in Syria.
Obama: 'Very real chance' of breakthrough agreement with Iran
In a much-anticipated speech delineating his foreign policy for the remainder of his term in office, US President Barack Obama said Wednesday that his administration's refocus toward international cooperation provided a new opportunity to resolve tensions over Iranâ€™s nuclear program. While warning that the odds of success are "still long" in getting Iran to give [â€¦]
Is Libya Now a Terrorist Stronghold? State Department calls for all US citizens to leave Libya
The State Department Tuesday urged all U.S. citizens to immediately leave Libya due to security concerns.
Oldest Synagogue in Syria Destroyed by Syrian Forces
The Jobar Synagogue was one of the holiest Jewish sites in Syria and contained priceless historical artifacts. Now it's destroyed -- and the opposition says Assad is to blame.
Egypt's Sisi heads for big win in early provisional count
Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on course for a sweeping victory in the country's presidential election on Wednesday, according to early provisional results.
Four girls escape Boko Haram (Video)
Four of the kidnapped Nigerian girls being held by Boko Haram militants have escaped, a local education official has said.
West Expects Too Much from Iran Over Its Nuclear Program
Western governments expect too much from Iran in negotiations over its nuclear program, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday amid the stalled diplomatic effort.
PA Says No Peace Without Jerusalem as Capital of Palestinian State
The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday reiterated its position that east Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state.
Is the Vatican Hoarding Second Temple Treasures?
The Vatican is evading questions on whether or not it is holding religious artifacts from the Second Temple, Rabbi Yonatan Shtenzel said on Wednesday, in what he calls "diplomatic evasion."
Palestinian Unity Government Runs into Problems
Differences between Fatah and Hamas may delay the formation of a Palestinian unity government and its announcement by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian sources said Wednesday.
Islamists at Al-Aqsa: Liberate Jerusalem from 'Jews Filth' (Video)
Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic organization which aims to have all Muslim countries unify as an caliphate ruled by Islamic law, held a mass rally at the Al-Aqsa Mosque last week, in which members of the group called upon the army of Pakistan and the Islamic nation to liberate Jerusalem from "Jewish filth".
Allahu Akbar: Arabs Riot on Temple Mount (Video)
Mobs of Arab rioters Wednesday intimidated Jewish worshippers, attacked police officers and caused the closure of the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site.
Israel threatened by U.S. after rejecting call to attack Syrian advance
The United States has launched a campaign against Israel in wake of its refusal to attack Syria.
Inside the United States
Dershowitz: Hate Speech Laws a 'Dangerous Trend'
Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts has introduced legislation calling for the government to investigate "hate speech" on broadcast, cable, and Internet outlets - a bill that is raising concerns from First Amendment advocates and constitutional experts.
Lawsuit Alleging IRS Discrimination Against Pro-Israel Groups Moves Forward
A lawsuit alleging that the IRS discriminates against pro-Israel groups will be allowed to move forward, a federal judge ruled this week in Washington, D.C.
Duck Dynasty Patriarch Phil Robertson Will Address GOP Conference
Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson will address the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on Thursday.
Directive outlines Obama's policy to use the military against citizens
A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration's potential use of military force against Americans.
Is a new state coming? Voters in California contemplate forming new state
Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas.
Hundreds of vets not on official wait list at Phoenix VA facility, preliminary report finds
A preliminary report released Wednesday found "serious conditions" at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs facility, including hundreds of veterans who were never placed on an official wait list and faulty scheduling practices that meant some veterans would never see a doctor.
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