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|Worthy News Brief - August 1, 2014|
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Worthy News Features
China Intensifying Persecution of Christians
Chinese authorities are escalating their attacks on churches since they perceive the growth of Christianity as a threat to their communist regime, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Civil War in Libya: Jihadists Seize Benghazi
Fighting in Libya escalated Thursday as Islamic militias claimed to control the country's second-largest city, Benghazi, while foreigners and U.N. workers continued their exodus in what increasingly is looking like a full-blown civil war, the Washington Times reported.
Markets tank on Argentina debt default, other fears
Financial markets went into a tailspin Thursday after Argentina defaulted on its debt, raising fears among skittish investors already fretting about weak corporate earnings growth, rising interest rates and an aging bull market.
China Develops New Long Range Missiles
China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, according to Agence France-Presse.
Hamas Invites Hezbollah to Join in the War (Video)
Hamas wants Hezbollah to join the three-week-old conflict with Israel, Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official said. While Hamas rocket strength was estimated at 10,000 rockets, conservative estimates say Hezbollah has well over 100,000 rockets aimed at Israel.
72 Hour Ceasefire Attempts to Go in Effect Friday Morning (Video)
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire beginning Friday morning. While Israel has said it will observe the ceasefire, the IDF will continue to destroy terror tunnels. Meanwhile, three IDF soldiers were killed Wednesday morning in an explosion at a booby-trapped United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) health clinic. However, UNRWA claims the building was not registered leading to speculation Hamas stole UNRWA signs and placed it throughout the building. Gazan health officials place the death toll at over 1,400 while the IDF casualty toll grew to 61.
Op-Ed: Do you REALLY care about the Palestinians in Gaza?
One thing that really frustrates me is the number of Christians who believe Israel is in the wrong for destroying Hamas...
Inside the United States
Downsized Military Too Weak for Future Security Threats
An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon said Thursday that President Obama's military strategy for sizing the force is too weak to meet growing national security threats.
CIA Admits to Hacking U.S. Senate Computers
The Central Intelligence Agency improperly and covertly hacked into computers used by Senate staffers to investigate the spy agency's Bush-era interrogation practices, according to an internal investigation.
Congress approves VA reform bill
The Senate gave final approval Thursday to sweeping legislation aimed at fixing the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, marking a rare moment of bipartisan accord triggered by the widespread treatment delays veterans faced at agency facilities..
Letters to the Editor