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Around the World
Iran Spends $1.7 Billion in U.S. Taxpayer Funds to Boost Its Military
The State Department is staying silent after Iranian officials disclosed that the Islamic Republic spent a recent payment by the United States of $1.7 billion in taxpayer funds to expand and build-up its military, according to comments provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
Bilderberg group meeting: What actually happens at the world's most secretive gathering of global elites?
No minutes will be taken. No reporters will be allowed in. There will be no opening press conference, no closing statement, and participants will be asked not to quote each other. Welcome to the 64th Bilderberg Conference.
French special forces on ground in Syria
France has deployed its special forces on the ground in northern Syria to advise rebels and help them fight Islamic State, a French Defense Ministry official has revealed to AFP.
Canada's Supreme Court Just Ruled Some Bestiality Is Legal
While bestiality is a criminal offence in Canada, the top court ruled the legal definition is much more limited than how it has been interpreted for decades. It all goes back to the 1800s Church of England trying to ban any sex acts that were seen as unnatural.
A Massive, Ancient Platform Discovered in Petra Has Been 'Hidden in Plain Sight'
Archaeologists have used satellite imagery and drone photography to discover an enormous ceremonial platform near the center of the ancient city of Petra.
IDF seizes gunmaking machinery, ammo in West Bank sweeps
Israeli security forces seized machinery used to make home-made guns in the West Bank on Thursday night, in a crackdown following a lethal terror attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, the army said.
Jerusalem on high alert for first Friday prayers of Ramadan
Jerusalem police were on high alert for the first Friday prayers of the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan, two days after four Israelis were shot dead by Palestinian terrorists at a Tel Aviv food market.
Inside the United States
Senators spar over expanding FBI's access to internet users' data
An email privacy bill that passed unanimously in the House has run into trouble in a Senate committee as a result of an amendment that would expand the FBI's warrantless access to internet users' browser history.
First right-to-die clinic opens in California
For the tidy sum of $2,000, terminally ill Californians can now pay a doctor to help them commit suicide.
House Passes Puerto Rico Debt Relief Bill
Following months of internal wrangling, the U.S. House of Representatives, on Thursday passed legislation creating a federal control board to help Puerto Rico cope with crippling debt that is wreaking havoc throughout the island's economy.
Goldman Sachs: Obamacare forcing hundreds of thousands into part-time work
Obamacare is forcing hundreds of thousands of people into part-time work, according to a new analysis from the bank Goldman Sachs.
California court: No concealed carry right in Second Amendment
A San Francisco-based appeals court dealt the gun rights movement a major setback Thursday by ruling there is no Second Amendment right that allows people to carry a concealed weapon.
U.S. Supreme Court finds Puerto Rico not sovereign
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Puerto Rico is not sovereign and not free to enforce its own criminal laws despite having its own constitution and elected leaders.
Obama endorses Clinton for president
President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton, his former rival turned secretary of state, in her quest to succeed him in the White House. The endorsement was made official with a video released online Thursday afternoon.
GOP, Trump split on foreign policy
Notably absent from the House Republicans' foreign policy agenda unveiled Thursday are two phrases: 'Donald Trump' and 'America First.'
Hillary Clinton: No American lives were lost in Libya intervention
Hillary Clinton, in a June 8 interview with PBS, claimed no American lives were lost in the U.S. intervention in Libya and hinted that 'pre-existing rivalries' were the primary cause of the chaos that followed.
Fox News Poll: Trump drops, now trails Clinton
Most voters feel the upcoming election matters more than ones in the past. At the same time, majorities dislike the presumptive nominees -- and think they lack the integrity to hold the nation's highest office.
Sanders pledges to press on with D.C. primary after Obama White House meeting
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he will press on with his campaign through the District of Columbia primary and into the Democratic convention next month after a private meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday.
Mel Gibson Planning 'Passion of the Christ' Sequel
Mel Gibson and writer Randall Wallace are working on a sequel to The Passion of the Christ that will tell the story of the resurrection of Jesus, Wallace tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Public Enemy? Evangelical Christians Feel Unwelcome in Their Own Country
The Associated Press reports that even in strongly religious areas like western Kentucky, 'conservative Christians feel under siege.' The AP spoke with evangelical Christians in Benton, Kentucky.
California Bill Would Strip Christian Colleges of Religious Freedom
A California bill designed to protect LGBT students from discrimination, could also violate freedom of speech and religion at Christian colleges and universities.
Around the World
Islamic State losing territory, foreign fighters as coalition forces attack on multiple fronts
As losses continue to mount for Islamic State fighters along multiple fronts in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist group is facing the most serious threat to its Middle East strongholds since the beginning of the U.S.-led coalition campaign.
The world lost more than $13 trillion last year because of war
Violence and worsening conflict cost the world more than $13.6 trillion last year, according to an annual study of the toll of violence worldwide. That figure amounts to some 13 percent of global GDP.
Syria conflict: Hospitals hit in Aleppo air strike
At least 15 people are reported to have been killed and dozens wounded in a series of air strikes on rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
GOP's national security plan declares war on Islamic State
America must 'lead the charge' in the overseas 'war' against terrorism, House Republicans declared in a 25-page national security proposal that represents the second plank in a six-part House GOP agenda.
Iran denies visas to three GOP congressmen who opposed nuclear deal
Three Republican congressmen who voted against Iran's nuclear deal with world powers have been denied visas by Teheran.
Hezbollah moving 'tons of cocaine' in Latin America, Europe to finance terror operations
Hezbollah's terrorism finance operations are thriving across Latin America months after the Drug Enforcement Administration linked the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group to drug cartels in the region, U.S. lawmakers were told Wednesday.
Netanyahu invites Russia to develop Israel's gas fields
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow. They discussed economic cooperation including energy ties.
Four killed in central Tel Aviv terror shooting; two attackers nabbed
Following the deadly terrorist shooting in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night that left four people dead and several others wounded, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, cancelled the easing of some security restrictions that were in place for the Muslim month of Ramadan.
'Every year the month of Ramadan is a month of terror,' says deputy minister
Every year the Islamic holy month of Ramadan turns into a 'month of terror,' Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan said Thursday, the morning after Palestinian gunmen murdered four Israelis in a shooting attack in Tel Aviv.
Hamas claims terrorists who killed 4 in Tel Aviv bloodbath as its own
The Hamas terror group said in a statement early Thursday that the two gunmen who shot up a Tel Aviv cafe on Wednesday night were members of the organization.
After attack, Israel revokes travel permits, sieges suspects' hometown
Israel's Defense Ministry said it was freezing tens of thousands of permits given to Palestinians to travel to Israel during the Muslim Ramadan holy month Thursday along with other punitive measures, in the wake of a terror attack in central Tel Aviv that killed four people.
Horror and chaos captured on video as Tel Aviv gunmen open fire
The grainy footage shows panic-stricken scenes of people fleeing a popular central Tel Aviv restaurant, knocking over tables and chairs as they attempt to run from a pair of Palestinian gunmen who opened fire, killing four Wednesday night.
Inside the United States
House GOP blocks vote on poison pill LGBT amendment
Rules Committee Republicans blocked a vote on a Democratic-offered proposal that would strip federal contracts from companies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, in order to ensure that the larger spending bill could pass the House.
Deadbeat America drowning in credit card debt
American taxpayers are quick to criticize the federal government for its ever-increasing national debt, but a new study released Wednesday found taxpayers are also saddled with debt, and are likely to end 2016 with a record high $1 trillion in outstanding balances.
Islamic State 'Kill Lists' Grow in Length, Targeting Ordinary Americans
Islamic State has begun distributing increasingly long “kill lists” of ordinary Americans purportedly encouraging its followers to target those individuals, vexing authorities who are at odds over whether the lists pose an actual threat or are merely scare tactics.
Ryan security plan stresses border control, immigration
House Speaker Paul Ryan is proposing to secure U.S. borders by overhauling the immigration system and installing robust defenses to keep out extremists, criminals and drug cartels.
IRS computer hack was worse than agency admitted
The IRS' computer hack was worse than previously admitted, and the tax agency failed to alert thousands of people that their information was stolen, and didn't give credit monitoring assistance to nearly 80,000 others who were targeted, an inspector general said Wednesday.
About 12 released Guantanamo detainees implicated in attacks on Americans
The Obama administration believes that about 12 detainees released from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have launched attacks against U.S. or allied forces in Afghanistan, killing about a half-dozen Americans, according to current and former U.S. officials.
Donald Trump's teleprompter gives hope to anxious Republicans
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump used a teleprompter yet again this week -- and managed to stay on script, raising hopes among Republicans that if he can control himself, and deliver a crisper message, he may be OK.
10 Reasons Trump U Case Is a Political Witch-Hunt Against Donald
Donald Trump has gotten a lot of flak, even from members of his own party, for calling into question the class-action lawsuit against Trump University in New York.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch: USSR Preserved Christian Morality
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, recently said that the Soviet Union preserved Russia's Christian morality - a claim that raised more than a few eyebrows. Omitting any mention of the Soviet government's mass persecution of religious institutions, Kirill's words appeared to some as an attempt to reconcile Russia's conservative Orthodox traditions with its Soviet past.
29 Christians Tortured by Hindu Extremists for Refusing to Forsake Christ
Hindu extremists have beaten and tortured 29 Christians who refused to deny their faith in Christ in the village of Katholi in India, reports say.
Ahead of Brexit vote, support for EU falls across Europe
The Pew survey revealed that 48 percent of British voters had an unfavorable opinion about the EU, compared to 44 percent who were in favor, a similar figure to recent national opinion polls.
Global peace deteriorating as world violence hits new all-time high
Global violence has reached its highest level in the last 25 years. That's despite a new ranking showing that the world would be growing more peaceful - if it weren't for conflicts in the Middle East.
EU court rules illegal migrants cannot be jailed
EU countries cannot imprison illegal migrants just for crossing borders inside the passport-free Schengen area, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday, in a new blow to efforts to crack down on the migration crisis.
Migrants linked to 69,000 would-be or actual crimes in Germany in first three months of 2016: police
Migrants in Germany committed or tried to commit some 69,000 crimes in the first quarter of 2016, according to a police report that could raise unease, especially among anti-immigrant groups, about Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal migrant policy.
Disenchantment with E.U. Grows, Poll Finds
As Britain prepares to vote on June 23 on whether to remain in the European Union, skepticism about the bloc is on the rise across Europe, with about two-thirds of Britons wanting some powers returned to their national government, according to an opinion poll released on Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan institution based in Washington.
ISIS extremists burn 19 Yezidi girls to death in Mosul
Extremist jihadis of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday executed 19 Yezidi girls by burning them to death, activists and eyewitnesses reported.
Iran credits nuclear deal with the doubling of its oil export capacity
Post-sanctions Iran has doubled its oil export capacity, the Islamic republic's oil minister said.
Russia Building Military Base Near Border With Ukraine
Russia is in the process of building a military base close to its border with Ukraine, according to a report Tuesday.
U.S.: Chinese jet makes 'unsafe' intercept of Air Force plane
A U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft flying Tuesday in international airspace over the East China Sea was intercepted in an 'unsafe manner' by a Chinese J-10 fighter jet, several defense officials tell CNN.
Iran Denies Entry to U.S. Congressmen Seeking to Inspect Nuke Sites
The Iranian government has declined to permit a delegation of U.S. congressmen into the country to monitor the Islamic Republic's compliance with last summer's nuclear agreement, informing the lawmakers in a sharply worded letter that no U.S. persons are permitted under the agreement to monitor Iran's compliance, according to a copy of the communication obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
EU likely to extend Russia sanctions before summit
The EU is preparing to extend its economic sanctions on Russia before the June summit, as Russian diplomacy targets a winter deadline instead.
Syria reports first IAF attack since Lieberman became defense minister
The Syrian website ‘Zaman Al Wasl,’ which identifies with the opposition forces, quoted a military official from the Syrian regime who claimed that the Israel Air Force had carried out an airstrike against military targets close to a village 13 kilometers north of Homs.
Putin backs ‘just’ solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday expressed support for a “comprehensive and just” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Rice promises Israel 'largest military aid package in history'
Despite her comments opposing 'settlements', U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice promised Israel that the new military aid agreement between the two countries that is currently being negotiated will constitute 'the single largest military assistance package -- with any country -- in American history,' Haaretz reported Tuesday.
Israeli minister: Remove Palestinians from West Bank Area C, annex territory
Israeli minister Uri Ariel proposed removing 'a few thousand Arabs' from Area C of the West Bank -- the 60% of the territory fully controlled by Israel -- and then annexing it.
Putin: 'Relations with Israel are deep'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday afternoon to mark 25 years since the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Inside the United States
Transgender Bathroom Case Moves To Supreme Court
A Virginia case challenging the Obama administration's interpretation of civil rights for transgender people is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Obama threatens to veto Senate's defense policy bill
The White House warned Tuesday night that President Obama would veto the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 if it got to his desk in that form, as it would prevent Obama from closing the detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and prescribes other polices Obama opposes.
D.C. Passes $15 Minimum Wage
The Washington, D.C., City Council passed a measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 for hourly employees on Tuesday and increased the tipped wage to $5 an hour.
White House Can't Explain Omission of Damaging Line About Iran Deal Deceit From Transcript
White House press secretary Josh Earnest could not explain Tuesday the omission of a potentially damaging line about the Iran nuclear deal from the official transcript of a White House press briefing last month, refusing to revisit the matter and rejecting the notion that there was any wrongdoing.
California lawmakers try to extend ObamaCare to illegal immigrants
California is on the brink of becoming the first state in the nation to offer illegal immigrants the chance to buy insurance on an ObamaCare exchange -- testing what's being described as a 'loophole' in the law.
FBI wants access to Internet browser history without a warrant in terrorism and spy cases
The Obama administration is seeking to amend surveillance law to give the FBI explicit authority to access a person's Internet browser history and other electronic data without a warrant in terrorism and spy cases.
Clinton declares victory, takes aim at Trump
Hillary Clinton claimed a historic victory Tuesday night, exactly eight years to the day since her first presidential campaign ended in defeat. She is now the first female major party nominee for president of the United States.
GOP in disarray over Trump furor
Donald Trump's presidential campaign faced a crisis of confidence on Tuesday as Republicans denounced his attacks on a federal judge as racist and grappled with whether to retract their endorsements.
More Republican Leaders Slam Trump Comments on Judge
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Lindsey Graham have joined a growing chorus of Republican leaders to disavow comments by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump about the Mexican heritage of a judge in a class-action lawsuit against Trump University.
Hillary Clinton wins New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota primaries
Hillary Clinton claimed victory Tuesday in the New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota primaries as she claimed the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and made clear she's now preparing for the general election.
Christian Convert Near Death in Iranian Prison Temporarily Released
Christian convert Nasim Naghash Zargaran has been temporarily released from an Iranian prison after posting bail.
Islamic Militants Hack To Death Christian Grocer In Bangladesh
Islamic militants have claimed responsibility for the murder of a Christian grocer who was hacked to death Sunday, June 5, after Sunday prayers near a church in northwest Bangladesh. The Islamic State (IS) group said the attack was 'part of a series of operations' targeting Christians and other religious minorities in the impoverished Asian nation.
Chinese Christians Forbidden from Holding Prayer Meeting
Chinese Christians were forced to cancel a prayer meeting after government authorities said they did not have permission to gather together.
Nigeria: Pastor's Wife Stabbed to Death for Insulting Muhammad
Attackers stabbed to death the wife of a Nigerian pastor last week after she reportedly insulted the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Rev. Franklin Graham: 'This Nation Is in Serious Trouble'
The Rev. Franklin Graham said that he was not endorsing any presidential candidates -- 'but I am appealing to all Americans to pray' because 'this nation is in serious trouble.'
EU agreement threatens freedom of religion and freedom of the press by censoring critical internet posts
The EU has just announced an agreement with major internet providers such as Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft under which material deemed to be 'hate speech' will be removed from the internet within 24 hours. However, we have serious concerns that the definition of hate speech is so vague it could effectively censor anything deemed politically incorrect, including for example, any criticism of Islamism, mass migration or even the European Union itself. This could have serious implications for Christian organisations such as Barnabas Aid which are reporting on the persecution of Christians, such as converts from Islam.