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  • September 17, 2014 @ 7:24 am

    Celebrity rabbi takes plea bargain over bribery

    A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the United States has accepted a plea bargain in which he admits to attempting to bribe a senior police official, and could now face a one-year prison sentence, Israel's Justice Ministry said Wednesday.  Continue reading >

  • September 17, 2014 @ 7:08 am

    Top Saudi clerics issue edict against terrorism

    Saudi Arabia's highest body of religious scholars issued a stern ruling on Wednesday calling terrorism a "heinous crime" and saying perpetrators including Islamic State militants deserve punishment in line with Islamic law.  Continue reading >
  • September 17, 2014 @ 6:56 am

    Japan wants North Korea abductions report soon

    A Japanese Cabinet minister on Wednesday urged North Korea to quickly release the results of a new investigation into the fate of dozens, possibly hundreds, of Japanese believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and '80s.  Continue reading >
  • September 17, 2014 @ 6:54 am

    Czechs to train Iraqi helicopter pilots

    The Czech Defense Ministry says it has signed a deal with Iraq to provide training to 31 helicopter pilots from the Iraqi air force.  Continue reading >

  • September 17, 2014 @ 6:53 am

    Tycoon's arrest sends shock wave through Russia

    The arrest of a Russian telecoms and oil tycoon has sent shock waves through the country's business community, with some fearing a return to the dark days of a decade ago, when the Kremlin asserted its power by imprisoning the country's then-richest man and expropriating his companies.  Continue reading >

  • September 17, 2014 @ 6:45 am

    Britain might learn from split of Czechoslovakia

    If Scotland says yes to independence in Thursday's referendum, there might be a lesson to learn from the amicable split of Czechoslovakia on Jan. 1, 1993. Known as a "velvet divorce," the breakup was nothing like the secessionist wars that raged in Yugoslavia. It was as peaceful and smooth as the 1989 Velvet Revolution that threw off oppressive communist rule in Czechoslovakia, and is considered a success even by its opponents.  Continue reading >
  • September 17, 2014 @ 6:28 am

    Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.  Continue reading >
  • September 17, 2014 @ 6:08 am

    Finland: 4 charged with funding Somali militants

    Prosecutors in Finland have charged four people with financing terrorism for allegedly collecting money for an al-Qaida linked militant group in Somalia.  Continue reading >

  • September 17, 2014 @ 6:04 am

    Milestones of Scots' journey to independence vote

    These are the milestones of Scotland's journey from Great Britain to the United Kingdom and, following Thursday's vote, a possible return to independence.  Continue reading >
  • September 17, 2014 @ 6:00 am

    Bangladesh court reduces sentence of Islamist

    Bangladesh's Supreme Court commuted on Wednesday the death sentence of an Islamist political leader whose conviction last year for war crimes during the nation's 1971 war for independence sparked deadly protests.  Continue reading >

  • September 17, 2014 @ 5:56 am

    Qatar emir: No support for extremists

    The emir of Qatar says his oil-rich Gulf nation has provided no support for the Islamic State extremist group.  Continue reading >
  • September 17, 2014 @ 5:56 am

    New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment

    The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails.  Continue reading >

  • September 17, 2014 @ 5:48 am

    North Korea powerful temptation for some Americans

    One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several U.S. soldiers dashed around land mines.  Continue reading >

  • September 17, 2014 @ 5:12 am

    Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies

    The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy -- her husband.  Continue reading >

  • September 17, 2014 @ 5:08 am

    Separatists in Quebec, Scotland share lessons

    Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week to see if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attempts to break away from Canada. And they could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom.  Continue reading >

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