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Worthy News Features
Seven Protestant Churches Close in Indonesia Due to Islamic Pressure
Under pressure from Islamic extremist movements authorities in West Java, have ordered the closure of seven Protestant churches for 'alleged irregularities in building permits' according to AsiaNews.
Turkey: Church Website Blocked as 'Porn'
A Turkish legislator is demanding an investigation into why the website of a Turkish church was classified as pornography and blocked online from Turkey's Grand National Assembly, according to Morning Star News.
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Study Finds Islamic Radical Groups Skyrocketed Since 2010
An new report by RAND Corp. released Wednesday finds that the number of Islamic radical groups operating in the world has skyrocketed since 2010.
More than Two People Per Day Executed in Iran
Executions in Iran continue to soar to record-breaking levels in 2014, as more than two people are being killed every day and some 320 executions have taken place in the first five months of 2014 alone, according to human rights observers.
Nigeria says military infiltrated by Boko Haram sympathizers (Video)
With its search for more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls still in disarray, Nigeria is accusing its own military officers of sabotaging the battle against Boko Haram, reports say.
Syrian Elections: Assad Wins 88.7% of the Vote
Syrian President Bashar Assad has won re-election in a landslide with 88.7 percent of the vote, Syria's parliament speak said Wednesday night.
Chief PLO Negotiator Warns: We're Preparing Legal Action Against Israel (Video)
Palestinians will pursue Israel in the international legal arena -- for war crimes and for apartheid acts -- if it takes punitive measures against the newly unified Hamas-Fatah government, warned chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat.
U.S. and Israeli Diplomatic Relationship Hits New Low
Washington's support for a new Palestinian government which includes Hamas, a terrorist organization, has left Israel feeling betrayed, triggering a new diplomatic crisis with its closest ally.
Obama Administration Condemns New Settlement Building Plans
The US ambassador to Israel condemned Thursday a plan to build 1,500 housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, announced as a retaliatory measure to the formation of a Palestinian unity government earlier this week.
Kerry: US Does Not Recognize Palestinian State
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday the United States would work with the new Palestinian unity government "as is appropriate" but would be monitoring its commitment to continued cooperation with Israel.
Inside the United States
2 Million Enrollees of Obamacare Have Data Problems
More than 2 million people who got health insurance under President Obama's law have data discrepancies that could jeopardize coverage for some, a government document shows.
Senators Troubled Following Closed Door Meeting with Obama Administration
A closed-door briefing with White House officials late Wednesday did little to assure senators that President Obama's decision to swap Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders was the right move.
60% of Americans Believe the 'American Dream' is Out of Reach
The American Dream is impossible to achieve in this country. So say nearly 6 in 10 people who responded to CNNMoney's American Dream Poll, conducted by ORC International. They feel the dream -- however they define it -- is out of reach.
WH apologizes to Senate intel chief for prisoner swap secret
The White House has apologized to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for failing to alert her in advance of a decision to release Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay.
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