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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Russia warns of 'new world war' starting in Syria
Russia warned of "a new world war" starting in Syria on Thursday after a dramatic day in which Gulf states threatened to send in ground forces.
Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now
Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.
The world can't afford another financial crash – it could destroy capitalism as we know it
They bounce back after terrorist attacks, pick themselves up after earthquakes and cope with pandemics such as Zika. They can even handle years of economic uncertainty, stagnant wages and sky-high unemployment. But no developed nation today could possibly tolerate another wholesale banking crisis and proper, blood and guts recession.
CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons
CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported.
Iran Mocks Capture of U.S. Sailors at Islamic Revolution Parade
Participants in a rally celebrating the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution recreated scenes of Iran's capture of 10 U.S. sailors last month.
New Video From Iranian State TV Appears to Show US Sailor Crying While Detained
New video broadcast on Iranian state TV today appears to show a U.S. sailor crying while briefly detained by Iran in early-January. He was one of 10 U.S. sailors aboard two small Navy vessels that strayed into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf.
Gold surges to one-year high on fears of financial uncertainty
Gold surged nearly 4 percent on Thursday to its highest in a year as fears about financial instability, a lower dollar and U.S. Treasury yields persuaded investors to seek refuge in the precious metal.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
White House Rejects New Trade Bill Because It Is Too Pro-Israel
The White House has announced its partial opposition to a new bipartisan trade bill because of a portion of the legislation that would strengthen the U.S.-Israel economic relationship, according to a statement issued late Thursday.
Netanyahu: Situation not ripe for two-state solution
Israel has no choice in the current political reality but to continue its control of the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, asserting that the Palestinians have yet to meet the basic requirements outlined by the government for a final peace agreement between the two nations.
'Unique' Israeli bandage: The more you bleed, the quicker it works
A new Israeli-developed bandage aims to save lives in cases of severe bleedings, where conventional treatment procedures could fail to stop a deadly hemorrhage.
Israel says 'always watching' Iran's missile developments following announcement of missile upgrade
Israel did not respond on Wednesday to Iran's announcement it will unveil an upgrade this year of its Emad ballistic missile whose 1,700 km range puts Israel in its reach.
Emerging split within Hamas' military wing following member's execution
A split began to emerge in the ranks of Hamas' military wing in recent days after the group executed one of its own members, signaling growing tensions between the organization's local leadership in Gaza and its leadership abroad.

Inside the United States
FBI moves to end 40-day Oregon standoff
An occupy movement of ranchers and concerned citizens of an Oregon wildlife refuge may be coming to a close after a 40-day holdout.
Congress likely to give final OK to local Internet tax ban
State and local governments would be permanently barred from taxing access to the Internet under a bipartisan compromise that Congress is a step away from sending to President Barack Obama.
State Dept to release 550 Clinton emails over Presidents' Day weekend
The State Department will release 550 emails from Hillary Clinton's private server this weekend after pressure from a federal judge who earlier this week appeared visibly annoyed at its delayed efforts.
Supreme Court halts key Obama climate rule
The Supreme Court has put a stop to President Obama's plans to curb carbon emission while 29 states challenge the law in a lower court.

U.S. Politics
Clinton and Sanders Battle in Debate over Healthcare, Wall St Ties
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled over healthcare and Wall Street in a debate on Thursday, with Clinton accusing Sanders of misleading Americans on his healthcare plan and making promises 'that cannot be kept.'
Kasich plans to sign Ohio bill slashing grants to Planned Parenthood
The Ohio legislature moved Wednesday to cut off $1.3 million in public health grants to Planned Parenthood in a closely watched vote that could have repercussions for the surging presidential campaign of Gov. John Kasich (R).
Republican Elites Land in South Carolina With No Plan to Stop Trump
Republican elites are 0-for-2 in presidential nominating contests this year, a rare and panic-inducing outcome for the party's leadership. Yet their preferred candidates continue to fight each other, and have begun the march to the next battlefield in South Carolina without a plan to stop Donald Trump.

Christian News
Iran-Backed Militias Lead Attacks on Christians in Baghdad
Radical militias with Iranian support are reportedly attacking Christian communities in Iraq, seizing property and sites of cultural interest.
Pope unleashes 'super confessors' to tackle special sins
Dubbed 'super confessors', for one year only they can absolve sins usually only pardoned by the pope himself.
Christians, Gays, Women Fleeing Asylum Centres Due To Persecution By Muslim Men
Christians, homosexuals and women are fleeing asylum centres in Germany in ever growing numbers due to acts of violence, intolerance and crime perpetrated by Muslim men.
Christians Now a Minority in UK, Top Clerics Say
Practicing Christians in the United Kingdom have now become a minority, just like the persecuted Roman Catholics after the reformation, according to two top clerics.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Global central banks are running 'out of ammo'
Central banks are pulling out all the stops to turn around the global economy.
Intel Chief: 'We Don't Know' Whether Iran Will Build Nuke Weapons
The top U.S. intelligence official told Congress on Tuesday that Iran could move forward with the construction of a nuclear weapon at any time and that there is no way to know the Islamic Republic will build these weapons following the implementation of a landmark agreement hailed by the Obama administration as a definitive step towards preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb.
6 founding EU nations commit to the original unity goals
The six founding nations of the European Union on Tuesday stressed their commitment to seek an 'ever closer union' at a time of deep rifts among the current 28 member nations on the way ahead and Britain's impending referendum whether to stay in the bloc.
UN experts: North Korea continues to evade UN sanctions
U.N. experts say North Korea is continuing to evade U.N. sanctions, using airlines, ships, and the international financial system to trade in prohibited items for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Vladimir Putin puts Russian troops on high alert as part of massive military drills
President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops' readiness amid continuing tensions with the West.
Have Einstein's gravitational waves finally been found?
Scientists are set to make a major announcement on Thursday on efforts to pinpoint the existence of gravitational waves, or ripples of space and time that transport energy across the universe.
Kerry calls on Russia to help agreement on ceasefire in Syria
Russian activities in Syria are making it difficult to hold peace talks on ending the Syrian conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday, calling on Moscow to join efforts to bring about an immediate ceasefire.
U.N. report: Syrian government torturing, killing thousands of civilian detainees
Syrian government forces have tortured or beaten to death thousands of detainees throughout the civil war there, according to a new report detailing 'horrors' similar to war crimes committed by terror groups such as the Islamic State.
Wall Street inches lower, Europe shares sink on growth fears
U.S. stocks recovered from early losses to end slightly lower on Tuesday while European shares plunged for a second straight day on fears of slowing global growth, with particular concern over the health of the banking sector.
Pentagon, South Korea to Deploy Advanced Missile Defenses
After delaying nearly two years, the Pentagon on Monday announced plans to deploy advanced missile defenses in South Korea as soon as possible.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu: We'll surround Israel with fences to 'protect from predators'
The government is preparing a plan to entirely surround Israel with a security fence to 'protect ourselves from the predators', Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday during a tour of the eastern fence under construction along the length of the Jordanian border.
Iran said to hack former Israeli army chief-of-staff, access his entire computer
A cyber-hacker working for Iran hacked the computer of a former IDF chief-of-staff, an Israeli television report said Tuesday, and gained access to the unnamed army chief's entire computer database.

Inside the United States
Obama Budget Would Add Another $9.3 Trillion to the Debt
President Barack Obama presented a budget to Congress on Tuesday that if enacted would add nearly $10 trillion to the national debt, according to the White House's projections.
Supreme Court halts key Obama climate rule
The Supreme Court has put a stop to President Obama's plans to curb carbon emission while 29 states challenge the law in a lower court.
Obama budget includes $2T in tax hikes
President Obama has packed more than 20 new tax increases into his proposed 2016 budget, which Republicans roundly blasted Monday as a tax-and-spend agenda that won't get their support.
Intelligence director warns of 'likely' Islamic State plot to strike in U.S. in 2016
In testimony before Congress on Tuesday, National Intelligence Director James Clapper said the Islamic State will likely attempt an attack on U.S. soil this year and that North Korea has restarted a plutonium reactor.
Top U.S. intel official: ISIS agents hiding among refugees
The number of illegal aliens from terrorist nations slipping across the U.S. border has been on the rise in recent years and shows no sign of abating, according to an investigative report citing confidential leaked documents.
Pro-choice group cries foul over Doritos commercial 'Ultrasound'
A pro-choice group kicked off a corn chip controversy Sunday night when it mocked a Doritos commercial as being 'anti-choice' for using the 'tactic of humanizing fetuses.'

U.S. Politics
Trump wins, Kasich takes 2nd in GOP New Hampshire primary; Sanders Wins Every Demographic Group Against Clinton
Donald Trump is the winner in the New Hampshire Republican primary and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will take second place, Fox News projects.
Judge irked by State Dept.'s delay in releasing rest of Clinton's emails
A federal judge said Tuesday he was disturbed by the State Department's failure to meet a deadline he ordered to finish the public release of 54,000 pages of email messages Hillary Clinton sent or received during her four years as secretary of state.
Trump puts a price on his wall: It would cost Mexico $8 billion
Donald Trump on the day New Hampshire voters head to the polls in the primary election estimated for the first time that his infamous wall on the southern border would cost $8 billion -- and insisted yet again that Mexico will pay for it.

Christian News
Egypt: Army begins promised restorations
The Egyptian Army has finally begun to rebuild the country's churches as per a promise made by President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi almost three years ago.
NASA bans the word 'Jesus'
The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA.
PCUSA on Track to Lose Over 400K Members by 2020
Presbyterian Church (USA) is expecting to see a loss of over 400,000 members between 2015 and 2020, according to a reported internal document.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
European Stocks Tumble as Greek Shares Fall to Lowest Since 1990
The rout fueled by concern over the strength of the economic recovery took European stocks to their lowest levels in more than a year, with Greek shares again suffering the most.
UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions
The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another 'intolerable provocation.' The U.N.'s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with 'significant' new sanctions.
How Europe's Banks Got Hit by a Perfect Storm in Five Charts
A stock plunge by Europe's banks deepened Monday, while credit markets showed investors are most worried in years about lenders' bond risks.
Syria troops make more gains in Aleppo, near Turkish border
Syrian army troops recaptured a new village north of Aleppo Monday, bringing troops and allied militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area, the Syrian government and opposition activists said.
Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty
Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel mulling twin gas pipelines to Turkey, Greece
Israel is looking to exploit its substantial natural gas reserves with two potential pipeline projects to Turkey and Greece, its Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz announced Sunday.
Hamas and Fatah make yet another try at reconciliation
Hamas and Fatah representatives were scheduled to begin talks in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday in yet another bid to end their dispute and implement previous reconciliation agreements signed between the two sides.
S & P's confirms Israel's A+ credit rating with a stable outlook
International credit rating company Standard & Poor's on Friday said that it was leaving Israel's credit rating unchanged at A+ with a stable outlook.
Khamenei: Americans supporting 'child-killing Israel'
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday launched yet another tirade against the United States and Israel.

Inside the United States
California Grants Driver's Licenses to 605,000 Illegal Aliens
Some 605,000 undocumented immigrants who live in California were granted driver's licenses in 2015, the first year they have been able to enjoy that benefit, officials said Monday.

U.S. Politics
Rubio: GOP must be 'truly committed' to undoing Obama 'damage'
In one of his final pitches to New Hampshire voters, Sen. Marco Rubio called for the GOP to avoid nominating a candidate who is not devoted to reversing the policies put into place by President Obama's administration.
Presidential hopefuls Sanders, Clinton in dead heat - Reuters/Ipsos poll
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has erased Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's wide lead for the Democratic presidential nomination since the start of year, putting the two in a dead heat nationally, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Poll: Trump, Sanders leading into New Hampshire primary
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders lead their respective fields with mere days before the New Hampshire primary.

Christian News
China: More crosses removed from Zhejiang province
Chinese authorities have again resumed removing crosses from churches in Zhejiang province.
Radical Revival Falls on China's State-Controlled Churches
CBN News traveled to southern China and obtained exclusive, never-before-seen images, from inside these churches.
ISIS supporter arrested for plan to 'shoot up' 6,000-member church in Michigan
A 21-year-old man from Michigan, who is believed to be a supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS), has been arrested by federal authorities after telling an undercover FBI agent that he wanted 'to shoot up a church one day.'
California sued by church for forcing it to provide abortions under health insurance in violation of its religious belie
A church in San Diego, California has filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Managed Health Care for forcing it to provide abortions through its health insurance plans.