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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Kerry declares ISIS committing genocide against Christians, others
Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, after facing heavy pressure from lawmakers and rights groups to make the rare designation.
Did Putin once again outfox Obama?
Vladimir Putin's announcement on Monday that Russia will begin pulling out of Syria appeared to take the White House by surprise, and revived concerns that the Russian leader is outmaneuvering Barack Obama.
Putin: Syria Withdrawal Can Be Reversed Within Hours
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country could again build up its military force in Syria within 'hours' if needed, days after he ordered the main part of his forces to begin withdrawing from the Middle Eastern country.
Scans of King Tut's Tomb Reveal Hidden Rooms, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry Says
Radar scans of King Tut's tomb have revealed two spaces on the north and east chambers of the pharaonic mausoleum that could contain the 'discovery of the century,' Egypt's antiquities ministry said Thursday.
General says Army at high risk in war against China, Russia
The Army's top general says military forces on the ground face a high level of risk if the United States gets into a large-scale conflict against a power such as Russia or China.
North Korea fires ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan
North Korea on Friday fired two medium-range ballistic missiles into the sea, days after its leader Kim Jong Un ordered tests likely aimed at developing technology it needs to acquire to build a missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.
Global Government Debt Is Actually Triple What We Thought, Thanks to Pensions
Government debt in 20 industrialized countries stands at $44 trillion. But it's actually a lot more than that, according to a new report. After factoring in public pension and other retirement liabilities, the debt levels nearly triple to a staggering $122 trillion.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Terrorists stab IDF soldier near Ariel
Two attackers stabbed and moderately-to-seriously wounded a female IDF soldier on Thursday morning near Ariel.

Inside the United States
California set to become 5th state in U.S. to permit physician-assisted suicide
Starting this summer, terminally ill people who wish to request life-ending medication from their physician may already be allowed to do so in California.
Laser Weapons Ready for Use Today, Lockheed Executives Say
For years, the Pentagon has pursued the dream of directed energy weaponry -- laser weapons that could defeat a foe for pennies when compared with the expensive kinetic weapons the department relies on. And for years, the technology proved to be elusive.
Senate approves 2 generals to lead fight against ISIS
The Senate confirmed Gen. Joseph Votel and Lt. Gen. Tony Thomas to lead Central Command and Special Operations Command, whose tasks including formulating strategy against the Islamic State, according to reports late Thursday.
Obama’s Supreme Court Pick Has Worked on Multiple Democratic Political Campaigns
President Barack Obama's choice for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court was presented as a moderate that could have bipartisan appeal, but Merrick Garland has previously disclosed in official documents that he has offered his services to numerous Democratic presidential candidates.

U.S. Politics
Hackers release Trump's personal info
International hacking group Anonymous has followed through on repeated threats against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and announced Thursday it has released personal information for Trump and top executives within his company to give people a way to harass the 'fascist' GOP front-runner.
Cleveland One Step Ahead of Trump's Convention Riots Prediction
Cleveland will be ready should Donald Trump's prediction come true of riots at the Republican National Convention if he's denied the presidential nomination, security officials say.

Christian News
Indonesia: Islamists protest church construction
Hundreds of Indonesian Muslims in Java's North Bekasi District have protested the construction of a church for the district's Catholic community.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
China, Russia Planning Space Attacks on U.S. Satellites
China and Russia are preparing to attack and disrupt critical U.S. military and intelligence satellites in a future conflict with crippling space missile, maneuvering satellite, and laser attacks, senior Pentagon and intelligence officials told Congress on Tuesday.
Iran says it's not bound by UN resolution banning missile tests
Tehran's recent ballistic missile tests did not violate a UN resolution and were not illegal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday after being questioned on the issue by Australia.
Obama sanctions NKorea for nuclear, missile tests
President Barack Obama hit North Korea with new sanctions Wednesday in response to the country's 'illicit' nuclear and ballistic missile tests earlier this year.
Senior IS commander dies of wounds from US strike in Syria
Omar al-Shishani, a top Islamic State commander who was a magnet for fighters from the former Soviet Union, has died of wounds suffered in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, a senior Iraqi intelligence official and the head of a Syrian activist group said Tuesday.
U.S. Gears Up for Showdown With Russia Over Iran Missile Tests
The United States is preparing for a diplomatic showdown with Russia as it prepares to release an official report accusing Iran of breaching international accords prohibiting the test firing of ballistic missiles, according to Obama administration officials familiar with the situation.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
PA will never allow IDF to conduct hot pursuits after terrorists into Area A of West Bank
The Palestinian Authority has not agreed to allow the IDF to conduct hot pursuit after terrorists into Area A of the West Bank, and won't in the future, the Palestinian daily Al-Quds reported Wednesday.

Inside the United States
Obama Supreme Court Nominee Has Anti-Gun Record
Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has a record of opposing gun rights as a federal judge, which includes a vote to undo a landmark gun rights ruling.
U.S. House votes 393-0 to declare ISIL atrocities 'genocide'
The U.S. House overwhelmingly condemned as genocide the atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant extremist group (ISIL) against Christians, Yazidis, and other groups in Iraq and Syria.
House will try to advance $1.07 trillion budget deal this week
House Republicans will try to advance a budget resolution on Wednesday despite protests from conservatives who want to reduce spending.
Fed Scales Back Rate-Rise Forecasts as Global Risks Remain
Federal Reserve officials held off from raising borrowing costs and scaled back forecasts for how high interest rates will rise this year, citing the potential impact from weaker global growth and financial-market turmoil on the U.S. economy.

U.S. Politics
We choose the nominee, not the voters: Senior GOP official
Political parties, not voters, choose their presidential nominees, a Republican convention rules member told CNBC, a day after GOP front-runner Donald Trump rolled up more big primary victories.
Kasich wins Ohio after Trump KO's Rubio
Donald Trump dominated Florida's GOP primary Tuesday, knocking Sen. Marco Rubio out of the race -- but Gov. John Kasich claimed victory in Ohio, splitting the two top prizes on the board and making a contested convention ever more likely.
Trump predicts riots if denied Republican presidential nomination
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, fresh off a string of election victories, said on Wednesday he was confident he would get enough delegates to win his party's nomination and warned of unrest if it were denied to him.
Anti-Trump Groups Threaten Largest Civil Disobedience Action of the Century
With little fanfare and almost no news media attention, some of the same radical groups involved in shutting down Donald Trump's Chicago rally last week are plotting a mass civil disobedience movement to begin next month.
Rubio drops out of presidential race after humiliating loss in Florida
Sen. Marco Rubio earned his place in Washington as an outsider, but for voters in this year's Republican presidential primary, he ended up becoming too closely associated with the capital city.
Clinton clobbers Sanders in Ohio, Florida
Hillary Clinton trounced Bernie Sanders in the key states of Florida and Ohio on Tuesday night, pulling away in the delegate race and delivering a full-throated call to arms against Donald Trump in her victory speech.
John Kasich moves quickly to cash in on Ohio victory
Gov. John Kasich wasted little time trying cash in on his Ohio win. Minutes after the race was called for him, Mr. Kasich blasted out a fundraising email touting his home state victory - his first win in the 2016 GOP presidential race.

Christian News
India: Congregation attacked, church vandalized
A church in India's Chhattisgarh state was attacked by Hindu nationalists during the March 6 Sunday service.
Yemen: 16 Victims Shot Execution-Style
Gunmen who stormed a Catholic-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, went from room to room handcuffing their victims before fatally shooting 16 staff members, including four nuns.
Bible bonfire: ISIS video shows Christian books being destroyed, adds fuel to genocide debate
Having driven the last Christian out of Mosul, ISIS has now released a chilling video showing a bonfire consuming a huge pile of Bibles and other Christian literature.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Iran says it's not bound by UN resolution banning missile tests
Tehran's recent ballistic missile tests did not violate a UN resolution and were not illegal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday after being questioned on the issue by Australia.
Putin orders start of Russian forces' withdrawal from Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered his military to start the withdrawal of the main part of Russia's forces from Syria, saying that the Russian military intervention had largely achieved its objectives.
North Korea leader orders nuclear warhead test, missile launches
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has ordered an upcoming nuclear warhead test and multiple ballistic missile launches, escalating Pyongyang's face-off with the international community just days after being slapped with tough UN sanctions.
Senior U.S. general wants to start striking the Taliban again
A senior American general has proposed resuming offensive strikes against the Taliban, exposing a rift between the military and senior administration officials over the U.S. role in the war in Afghanistan, according to military officials.
Why Putin orders substantial Russian military withdrawal from Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that the Russian military had largely accomplished its mission in the Syrian civil war in support of the Assad regime, ordered the Russian military to begin withdrawing a substantial amount of forces from the region.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli defense chief sees inevitable Syrian collapse amid Russian exit
Israel's top defense official said Monday that the collapse of Syria as a functioning country is inevitable, asserting that the United Nations and the great powers need a 'different grand strategy' for ending the country's brutal five-year civil war.
Hamas chief: Palestinians don't seek war, but will fight to end occupation
A top Hamas leader told French television on Tuesday that while the Palestinian Islamist group 'is not aiming for war,' it will continue to 'fight for freedom out of a desire to rid [our nation] of the occupation.'

Inside the United States
House will try to advance $1.07 trillion budget deal this week
House Republicans will try to advance a budget resolution on Wednesday despite protests from conservatives who want to reduce spending.
House pressures Obama to label ISIS actions as genocide
The House unanimously passed a resolution Monday that calls on the United States to characterize the Islamic State's atrocities against Christians, Yazidis and other groups as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Up to 13 Million Americans Are at Risk of Being Washed Away
Tyrrell County sits just inland from North Carolina’s Outer Banks barrier islands. With 3,600 people living and farming along 400 square miles, it's an ecologically rich enclave. It also ranks number one among 319 U.S. coastal counties facing long-term risk from rising seas. By 2100, according to a new study, 94 percent of Tyrrell's future population may be at risk from encroaching seawater.

U.S. Politics
NC Sheriff Drops Effort to Charge Trump With Inciting Riot
A North Carolina sheriff's office has dropped its idea to file charges of inciting a riot against Donald Trump over an incident where a protester was punched by a Trump supporter at a recent rally, saying the evidence doesn't 'meet the requisites of the law.'
John Kasich defends immigration stance at Ohio rally
Gov. John Kasich defended Monday his support of an immigration overhaul that includes the legalization of nonviolent illegal immigrants, telling supporters on the eve of the Ohio primary that it is unrealistic to think that the federal government is going to boot illegal immigrants out of the country.
Trump faces worst night since Iowa loss as leads dwindle in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri
Weeks of bad press for himself and a sense of urgency among his opponents may finally be taking a toll on Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who heads into Tuesday primaries looking at possibly his worst night of the campaign since he lost Iowas caucuses.

Christian News
Human Rights Group Calls on Egypt to Stop Sending Christian Children to Prison on Blasphemy Charges
A human rights group has called on Egypt to drop charges against four Christian teenagers and their teacher who were accused of blasphemy for making a private video that mocks the Islamic State terror group.
Christian genocide: The U.S. White House and State Department remain stubbornly silent
Among the many anomalies of the Obama Administration's foreign policy, none appear so anachronistic as its refusal to label the persecution and annihilation of Christians in the Middle East as genocide.