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|Worthy News Brief - August 4, 2014|
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Worthy News Features
Papal First: Pope Francis Visits Pentecostal Church
Pope Francis has reached out to evangelicals by becoming the first pontiff to visit a Pentecostal church.
Christian Baker Appeals 'Re-Education' Order
While the Colorado Civil Rights Commission compels the Christian owner of a bakery to make wedding cakes for gay couples, the baker is standing both his ground and the heat, refusing to leave the kitchen while inspiring other Christians worldwide, according to CBN News.
Meriam Ibrahim, Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Death, Arrives in U.S.
A Sudanese woman who was formerly sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her faith in Christ arrived on a flight from Rome into New Hampshire Thursday after intense diplomatic negotiations to save both her and her family.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
6.1 Mag Earthquake Kills More than 380 in China
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern China killing at least 380 people and leaving at least 1,800 injured. Some 12,000 homes were destroyed and another 30,000 were damaged in Sunday's earthquake.
Pro-and-Anti-Israel Rallies Take Place Throughout the World
As the conflict in Gaza entered its third week, pro-and-anti Israel rallies took place throughout the world. Since the beginning of the war, a surge in anti-Jewish hate crimes has taken place especially in Europe, leading to fears among Jewish communities that Europe is no longer a safe haven for its population.
Islamic State Seizes Iraq's Biggest Dam, Several Towns
The 'Islamic State' (IS) seized control of Iraq's largest dam, giving the jihadist organization the ability to flood major cities. Over the weekend, IS also took control of three towns in Iraq and is beginning to amass troops to take Baghdad, defense analysts warn. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia called on its allies to provide military assistance as its believes IS will topple its government.
Round-Up: Israel Begins to Withdraw Out of Gaza Ahead of Tisha B'Av
Over the weekend, Israel completed its demolition of Hamas terror tunnels and began withdrawing its troops from the Gaza Strip ahead of Tisha B'Av, which begins Monday night. Meanwhile, the U.N. condemned Israel for not sharing its Iron Dome technology with Hamas, saying Israel committed war crimes by not "protecting" Gazan citizens from misfired Hamas rockets that land within the Gaza Strip. Last week, there were scores of misfired rockets by Hamas that killed dozens of Palestinian citizens. On the diplomatic front, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to 'second guess' him on dealing with Hamas.
Inside the United States
Court Rules Against 'Ailing' Atheists
A court of appeals has unanimously ruled against ailing atheists who claimed that two steel beams in the shape of a cross found in the debris of the 2001 attack on the WTC has caused them to suffer "depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish."
White House: President Has 'No Choice but to Act' on Immigration
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday that because of inaction by Congress on immigration, President Obama must act alone on the issue and will decide by the end of the summer exactly which steps he will take, the Washington Post reported.
Drought in California Keeps Getting Worse as Wildfires Spread
California's three-year drought just got worse as the entire state is in "severe drought", 82 percent of the state is rated in "extreme drought", and 58 percent of the state is now in "exceptional drought". Firefighters continued to battle wildfires that destroyed at least 8 homes and prompted an evacuation of a hospital.
Letters to the Editor