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|Worthy News Brief - June 6, 2014|
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Worthy News Features
Open Doors Releases Report Where Christians Face Most Persecution
Open Doors has just released the "Top Ten" countries where Christians are most persecuted for their faith.
Sudanese Woman Appeals 'Apostasy' Death Sentence (Video)
Meriam Ibrahim, the woman sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith, has appealed the verdict against her.
Scores Killed in Fresh Boko Haram Attacks
Heavily armed Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers shepherded Christians into a church apparently hiding for their safety before being slaughtered in the latest of fresh attacks in the northeastern Borno state of Nigeria.
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Around the World
European Central Bank Imposes Negative Interest Rate (Video)
The European Central Bank has introduced a raft of measures aimed at stimulating the eurozone economy, including negative interest rates and cheap long-term loans to banks.
G7 willing to step up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
The world's leading industrialized nations threatened on Wednesday to impose harder-hitting sanctions on Russia if it does not help restore stability to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militias continue to operate at will.
Haqqani Network, Pakistan terror group, grows into worst enemy for U.S.
The Haqqani Network, the terrorist group that the U.S. command in Afghanistan says is its most formidable enemy -- worse than the Taliban or al Qaeda -- has operated for a dozen years across the border in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area with little to fear other than sporadic drone strikes.
Scientists Baffled by Oddities in Sunspot Cycle
The sun has been acting strangely of late, prompting some solar physicists to suggest that once current sunspot activity peaked, which appeared to happen last fall, it could tank and remain that way for several decades.
G7 'deeply concerned' at tensions in East, South China Seas
Group of Seven leaders expressed their concern about tensions between China and a number of other Asian countries over resources in the East and South China Seas and warned against any use of force.
Report: 12,000 Potential Terrorists from 81 Nations Received Combat Training in Syria
The West faces an Al Qaida blow-back based on Sunni foreign fighters in Syria, a report said.
Taliban Inspired to Kidnap Others (Video)
Asked whether the Taliban would be inspired by the exchange to kidnap others, a commander laughed. "Definitely."
Historic Famine Looms in South Sudan (Video)
South Sudan faces a historical famine greater than the 1984 Ethiopian famine, with 3.5 million people already suffering from acute or emergency-level food shortages. People have been displaced in the country by more than five months of fighting, and if a shaky ceasefire does not hold, the South Sudanese will not be able to return home to plant crops before the rains begin.
Iranian Supreme Leader: U.S. Has Taken Military Option Off the Table
Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asserted that the Obama Administration had taken the option of a military intervention against the Islamic republic off the table.
Israeli Defense Minister: Abbas Must Disarm Hamas
Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to disarm Hamas and take control of the Gaza Strip after creating a unity government with Hamas.
EU 'deeply disappointed' by settlement announcement
The European Union said Thursday it was "deeply disappointed" over the Israeli announcement to commence construction of thousands of new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and called on the government to "reverse this decision."
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.
Inside the United States
Rural Americans' Electricity Bills Could Skyrocket 40 Percent Due to New Regulations
President Obama said electricity bills would "necessarily skyrocket" as a result of his energy policies. Rural Americans are about to find out how much.
Bergdahl declared jihad in captivity, secret documents show (Video)
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a "mujahid," or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News.
Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Same-Sex Marriages in Oregon
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt gay marriages in Oregon, rejecting calls from an interest group and giving advocates another legal victory as they push for same-sex wedding rights nationwide.
Is the NSA Phone Surveillance Program Coming to an End?
The Obama administration vowed Thursday to end bulk collection of data if Congress passes a Patriot Act reform bill winding its way through the Senate, which is designed to end the NSA phone snooping program revealed by Edward Snowden.
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