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Methodists Fear Split Over Same-Sex Marriage
Last month, a group of pastors and theologians called for an amicable split in the United Methodist Church over homosexuality, according to USA Today.
Berlin Prayer House Unites Jews, Christians and Muslims
The possibility of Christians, Muslims and Jews all praying under the same roof in a building so unusual that it doesn't have an official designation is the hopeful project of a pastor, a rabbi and an imam, according to the Times of Israel.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
UK Fears 'Trojan Horse' as Islamists Attempt to Take Over Schools
The British government has announced that schools will be required to teach "British values." The news comes after Islamists took over several schools in the United Kingdom. This alleged plot to turn British faith-based schools into Muslim training academies has been dubbed "Operation Trojan Horse."
U.S. Military Bases Within Striking Distance, Iran Says
A top Iranian defense official's claim that a U.S. military base in the Indian Ocean is now within missile range served both as a threat to American interests and a revelation that, if true, Tehran has doubled its striking distance.
B-2 Stealth Bombers Sent to Europe
Two of the United States' most recognizable military aircraft -- a pair of B-2 stealth bombers -- caught the eyes of residents as they arrived in Europe this week for training.
Canada's PM Harper Defends Prostitution Bill
The Conservatives are cracking down on johns and pimps because legalizing their activities would be unacceptable to Canadians, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Al Qaeda Splinter Group Seizes Control of Mosul
Militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a splinter al Qaeda group, launched an overnight attack on Mosul seizing control of the governor's headquarters, television stations, as well as freeing hundreds of prisoners held in jails.
Taliban Launches Second Attack at Karachi Airport
Pakistan's Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for an attack on a security academy at Karachi's airport on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after an all-night siege by Taliban gunmen at Pakistan's busiest airport that killed more than 30 people.
Israel Could Strike Iran Within Months, Senator says
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a small gathering of pro-Israel American leaders Tuesday that an Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities "could happen in a matter of months."
Israel Elects New President
The Knesset vote is in, and Likud MK Reuven Rivlin has been elected as Israelâ€™s tenth president. A fairly beloved figure in Israel and a relative unknown abroad, hereâ€™s everything you need to know about Israelâ€™s new citizen number one, known affectionately to many as â€œRubiâ€ (â€¦ and â€œRubyâ€ and â€œRuviâ€).
Jewish Agency to march in Tel Aviv Pride Parade
At the Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade this Friday, the Jewish Agency will be coming out, too.
'170,000 Missiles, Rockets Pointed at Israel'
The head of Israel's most powerful intelligence agency depicted Wednesday a changing battlefield in which offensive cyber capabilities will, in the near future, represent the greatest shift in combat doctrine in over 1,000 years. For now, though, he said, the 170,000 rockets and missiles pointed by enemy states at Israel represented the most pressing threat, a danger he placed even above Iranâ€™s rogue nuclear program.
Clinton Accuses Israel of Being Occupying Force
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accuses Israel of being an occupying force in her new memoir Hard Choices and claims that the Jewish state denies "dignity and self determination" to Palestinians in the West Bank.
Israeli Defense Minister: Iran 'Number One Threat'
Despite the breakdown of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Iran remains the number one threat to Israel, Defense Minister Moshe Yaâ€™alon said Tuesday.
Israel: Hezbollah is Stronger than any Arab Army
Israel's top military officer warned today that Hezbollah is more powerful than most of the world's armies and that a confrontation between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite militant organization was a near certainty.
'Burning Man' Festival Comes to Israel
Some 3,000 people gathered in the Negev Desert for "Midburn" as Israelis attempted to recreate the 'Burning Man' festival held annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
Inside the United States
D.C. Political Earthquake: Cantor Loses to Tea Party Candidate
In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost a Republican primary to Tea Party challenger, David Brat, on Tuesday in an election that was called by pundits as the "political earthquake" that rocked Washington.
Newly Installed Homeland Security Chief Admits Need for Border Reform
Both in public and in private meetings, new Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson readily acknowledges there is a border "problem" that needs fixing -- a major departure from his predecessor, Janet Napolitano, whose consistent refrain was that the border was more secure than it had ever been.
Senate Gives Obama Administration $1 Billion for Illegal Kids Surging Across the Border
Senate appropriators on Tuesday added $1 billion to a spending bill to pay for social workers caring for the surge of children pouring across the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the humanitarian crisis is growing so quickly it's outpacing the governmentâ€™s ability to handle it.
Obama Administration Officials Refuse to Justify Taliban Release
Obama administration officials refused to fully explain to key senators the justification for freeing five senior Taliban leaders that the White House had once considered to be among the most dangerous prisoners being held in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, according to senior Senate insiders familiar with a closed-door briefing held Tuesday for members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
U.S. Economy Burdened by '10,000' Commandments
Federal regulations are becoming so burdensome that they're weighing down the American economy. They're also costing Americans more money than they spend on food and clothing.
Antidepressants Affects Brains of Babies in the Womb
Almost one in five children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy have a brain defect â€“ called a "Chiari type 1 malformation" â€“ according to a groundbreaking study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Planned Parenthood Offered Free Bibles
Planned Parenthood is being offered as many free Bibles as there are waiting rooms in the abortion giantâ€™s chain after it made a "religious argument" for abortion, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Obama Administration's Attacks on Religious Freedom Intensifying
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor will testify Tuesday before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice chaired by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). Baylor will speak about the increasing attacks on religious freedom by the Obama administration.
NSA: We can't delete evidence, because our systems are too complex
The National Security Agency is making an ironic excuse for why it can't stop deleting data evidence that could be used against it, despite receiving multiple court orders to stop â€“ it doesn't know how.
FAA Approves Drones for Commercial Use
The Federal Aviation Administration took a big step on Tuesday in easing restrictions on commercial drone use in the US. For the first time, the government agency gave permission for a commercial drone to fly over land.
Nearly 10% of Americans have Diabetes
About 29.1 million Americans -- nearly 10% of the U.S. population -- now has type 2 diabetes, according to a new report.
Five American Special Ops Forces Killed in Afghanistan
Five U.S. troops who are Special Operations Forces were killed in a possible friendly-fire incident in southern Afghanistan on Monday, Defense Department officials say.
Obama Administration Wants $2 Billion to House Illegal Kids
As tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors cross into the United States illegally from Mexico, the Obama administration admits it didn't anticipate how many would come -- and it is asking Congress "for additional (taxpayer) resources to meet this challenge."
USA Today Poll: Obama Mishandled Bergdahl Exchange
Public opposition to the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has less to do with Bergdahl himself and more with how President Obama handled the transfer, according to a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll.
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