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The Palestinian Authority religious affairs minster is warning of war if Jerusalem is not "returned" to "its owners".

Benjamin Netanyahu has reassured his right-wing Likud bloc in Israel’s ruling coalition that he will not bow to territorial concessions in direct peace talks with the Palestinians.

There are reports that Israel will receive an arms package as compensation from the United States in the event that it reaches a peace agreement with the Palestinians that entails significant concessions.

Iran will target Israel's Dimona reactor in a retaliatory attack if the Islamic regime is hit by an Israeli or US air strike, a Iranian official told the Arabic-language newspaper Asharq al-Awsat on Monday.

Four Israelis -- including a pregnant woman -- were killed in a shooting near Hebron in the West Bank on Tuesday, Israeli medical sources and the army said.

Twenty-one American troops have been killed in Afghanistan since Friday in one of the bloodiest periods of the summer.

Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi called on Europe to convert to Islam during a trip to Italy on Monday.

Two Yemeni men arriving in Amsterdam on a flight from Chicago were arrested Monday on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack after peculiar items turned up in their luggage.

A proposed $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, one of the largest-ever U.S. weapons sales, marks the consolidation of America as the kingdom's main arms supplier after years of strain following 9/11.

The U.S. has broadened financial sanctions against North Korea, freezing the American assets of four North Korean citizens and eight firms in part to punish it for the sinking of a South Korean warship.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is reportedly calling for the reopening of six-party international nuclear talks.

It is being reported that North Korea's ambassador to Cuba says that, if attacked, his country would respond with nuclear weapons.

Vladimir Putin has hinted that he will seek re-election as Russian president - raising the prospect that he could remain the country's head of state until the age of 71.

While the world focuses on the flood-ravaged Indus River valley, a quiet geopolitical crisis is unfolding in the Himalayan borderlands of northern Pakistan, where Islamabad is handing over de facto control of the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region in the northwest corner of disputed Kashmir to China.

Closer contacts between retired Taiwanese generals and Chinese government authorities have sparked concerns in Washington.

With growing instances of affluent Chinese parents flouting the one-child policy norm, the Beijing government has warned people that the second child will not be given citizenship if parents failed to register them before November 1.

A top British codebreaker found mysteriously dead last week in his flat had worked with the NSA and British intelligence to intercept email messages that helped convict would-be bombers in the U.K., according to a news report.

A whole host of statistics that have been released recently show that the middle class in America is shrinking rapidly.

The FDIC listed 829 U.S. banks with a total of $403 billion in assets as "problem" banks during the second quarter of 2010.  That was up significantly from 775 problem banks in the first quarter of 2010.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul says that he plans to introduce legislation next year to force an audit of U.S. holdings of gold.

Japan has launched a fresh monetary and fiscal boost to shore up its faltering recovery and stem the slide into deflation.

Do U.S. home prices have even further to fall?

The city of Miami is so broke that it's forcing employees to take pay cuts, even though they're under contract.

Several school systems in Alabama have had to take out private loans just to make it through the year.

It has gotten even more difficult for law school graduates in America to find jobs.

According to the Pew Economic Policy Group, the recent financial crisis has cost the American people $3.4 trillion in lost real estate, $7.4 trillion in lost stock wealth, and 5.5 million jobs.

Are more Americans than ever living in fear because the American Dream is evaporating right before their very eyes?

Less than two years ago, Democrats received 70 percent of the donations from Wall Street; since June, when the financial regulation bill was nearing passage, Republicans were receiving 68 percent of the donations, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group.

A new Gallup poll released Monday shows Republicans with a record 10-point edge over Democrats on the "generic ballot" test — the question of whether voters prefer a Democratic or Republican congressional candidate. It’s the largest GOP polling edge at this stage in the 68 years of the generic ballot poll.

With a number of polls showing a sustained level of opposition to the Democrats’ health care reform efforts more than five months after passage, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the Obama administration has “a lot of reeducation to do” heading into the midterms.

Would Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency really force Americans to pay a tax on "rainwater runoff" from homes and small businesses?

The words "homeland security" are found 41 times in the text of the bill S. 510, also known as the Food Safety Modernization Act.  Unprecedented powers over food are set to be handed over to Homeland Security if the bill is not stopped.

One of the gun dealers at Austin's Gun Show has been sentenced to 6 months at a federal work camp for selling a weapon to an undocumented immigrant.

An investigation has found that foreign diplomats are abusing their immunity from prosecution to keep domestic workers as slaves in Britain.

Hurricane Earl may prompt evacuations along the U.S. Atlantic coast even if it does not make landfall, since it may come close enough to trigger storm surge flooding and high winds, officials said Tuesday.

Unusually cold temperatures in part of Bolivia's tropical region hit freshwater species hard this year, killing an estimated 6 million fish and thousands of alligators, turtles and river dolphins.

Aircraft have had to be diverted and more than 21,000 people evacuated after an Indonesian volcano erupted for the second day in a row.

The worst floods in Pakistan's history already have swept through the nation's most important breadbasket provinces, destroying cotton and corn crops, vegetables and orchards, and leaving many people in need of emergency food.

North America as a whole has experienced uncharacteristically good weather for the last 18 consecutive years, which, combined with improvements in agriculture, has resulted in near-record harvests.  So what happens when the good weather stops?

Massive swarms of crop-destroying locusts have invaded some 40 villages in eastern Guinea-Bissau and are heading north towards neighbouring Senegal.

Does a "social justice" mental framework focusing on multiculturalism, an absence of competition, and a general loathing for America and distrust of traditional American values now dominate in American public schools?

The State Department included a Justice Department lawsuit against Arizona's immigration law in a United Nations human rights report to show how U.S. rule of law can be an example to the world, a State Department spokesman said Monday.

A former pastor confessed to taking out million dollar life insurance policies on a blind man, then ordering him killed.

Barack Obama's top education official urged government employees to attend a rally that the Rev. Al Sharpton organized to counter a larger conservative event on the Mall.

Glenn Beck says that most Americans do not recognize Barack Obama's Christianity.

A few weeks before organizing a massive rally on the Mall that had the feel of a religious revival, Glenn Beck sought the blessing of some of the country's most prominent conservative Christian leaders.

It is being reported that Prince Harry is now "hooked on yoga".

After a suspected arson and reports of gunshots at an Islamic center in Tennessee over the weekend, nearby mosques have hired security guards, installed surveillance cameras and requested the presence of federal agents at prayer services.

Lastly, a new poll has found that 71 percent of New Yorkers want the developers of an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero to voluntarily move the project.

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Israel is planning to attack Hezbollah arms depots and weapons manufacturing plants in Syria, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported on Saturday.

The Lebanon-based Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian army have initiated significant levels of military cooperation in joint preparation for the possibility of a future armed conflict with Israel, the Kuwaiti daily al-Rai reported on Monday.

As he prepared to fly to Washington to renew peace talks with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel had the chance to secure a stable peace that could endure for generations.

Arab League chief Amr Moussa said on Sunday he had little hope that direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which are due to start on Thursday, will be successful.

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the U.S. warned Lebanon that if it did not prevent any recurrence of the border-fire incident that occurred earlier this month, the IDF would destroy the Lebanese Armed Forces within four hours.

The Israeli partners in a U.S.-led consortium developing a natural gas field off the Mediterranean coast say that up to 4.2 billion barrels of oil may lie under the seafloor in Israeli waters.

14 U.S. troops have been killed in action in eastern and southern Afghanistan over the past three days.

The Pentagon is contemplating an aggressive approach to defending its computer systems that includes preemptive actions such as knocking out parts of an adversary's computer network overseas - but it is still wrestling with how to pursue the strategy legally.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says that NATO officials have purposely deceived his government.

Putin also recently opened the Russian section of an oil pipeline that will boost oil exports to China from East Siberia.

China will hold live-fire naval exercises in the Yellow Sea this week, state media reported Sunday, after voicing opposition to similar war games to be staged there by the United States and South Korea.

Government anti-poverty programs that have exploded in size to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand.

Mexico has become the latest nation to ban large cash transactions.

The number of homes in the $1-million-and-up slice of the market that have become bank owned has tripled during the last three years in Los Angeles County, and the trend has shown little sign of slowing.

U.S. families have $6 trillion less in housing wealth than they did just three years ago.

The percentage of income going to the top 10 percent of Americans is once again at record highs.

The Obama administration has not decided whether it should resurrect a popular tax credit for first-time homebuyers, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said on Sunday.

Consumer spending in the U.S. has turned into a tale of two cities in 2010, with an entire segment of consumers splurging confidently on the finer things in life, while another segment, concerned about unemployment and with little or no discretionary income, spends only on bare necessities.

Wheat prices are up nearly 55 percent since early June.

The Bank of Japan is to hold an emergency policy meeting Monday amid speculation it will implement additional easing measures to help the economy, which is being battered by a strong yen.

Is the Federal Reserve completely confused about what to do next?

The United States needs to stop printing money and take on austerity measures like the Europeans did, in order for the economy to recover, said billionaire investor Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings.

Barack Obama recently made the following stunning comment during an interview with Brian Williams: "I can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead."

A recent Department of Justice guide for investigators of criminal and extremist groups lists "constitutionalists" and "survivalists" alongside organizations like Al-Qaeda and the Aryan Brotherhood.

A leading think tank in the U.K. recommends that the government fight back against "conspiracy theories" by infiltrating Internet sites to dispute these theories.

One family in Florida received word last Friday that test results on the water in their swimming pool showed 50.3 ppm of 2-butoxyethanol, a marker for the dispersant Corexit 9527A used to break up and sink BP’s oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Veteran chemist Bob Naman says that Corexit is still being sprayed in the Gulf, and that he found 13.3 parts per million in Cotton Bayou, Alabama.

Hurricane Earl strengthened into a category 3 storm as it lumbered across the Atlantic on Monday.

An Indonesian volcano, inactive for four centuries, erupted again on Monday, pitching ash 1.5 miles into the air and sending nearby residents scurrying from their homes.

A third earthquake in less than six weeks has hit Iran, killing at least three people and injuring 21. The 5.9-magnitude quake hit the city of Damghan in northern Iran, 175 miles east of Tehran, late Friday night. Fifteen villages were reportedly damaged.

Two massive sinkholes developed right in the middle of a central Florida subdivision on Saturday.

In Georgia, heavy rains are being blamed for a giant sinkhole that nearly swallowed part of a Sonic fast food restaurant.

Aid agencies are warning that 10 million people are already facing severe food shortages, particularly in the landlocked countries of Chad and Niger, after a drought led to the failure of last year's crops. As many as 400,000 children are at risk of dying from starvation in Niger alone, according to Save the Children.

Plagued by a free fall in carbon emissions prices and the perennial failure of Washington to pass any binding Cap and Trade Bill, it seems that the Chicago Climate Exchange is on its last leg, announcing that it will be scaling back its operations.

A recent Rasmussen poll found that 52 percent of Americans are concerned about the safety of vaccines as we approach the start of school and college terms, where many children and teenagers will be required to take shots before they can attend.

Family rights campaigners in the U.K. have called for a change in the law after it was revealed that girls as young as 12 can be given the cervical cancer vaccine without the consent of their parents.

A product survey conducted by The Independentfound that the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is used in 18 on the 20 top-selling canned food products in the United Kingdom.

As technology continues to advance by leaps and bounds, many transhumanists are now proclaiming that a future where men have fully merged with machines is inevitable.

Could thorium solve our energy problems and supply very cheap energy for society for hundreds of thousands of years?

The output of a mysterious radio station in Russia, which has been broadcasting the same monotonous signal almost continuously for 20 years, has suddenly changed.

Israeli archaeologists unveiled a 2,000 year old cameo bearing the image of Cupid on Monday, which the Israel Antiquities Authorities said was among several items located in the City of David archaeological area in Jerusalem's Old City in the last 12 months.

Glenn Beck is trying to position himself as the new leader of the conservative Christian movement in America.

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck voiced sharper criticism of President Obama's religious beliefs on Sunday than he and other speakers offered from the podium of the rally Beck organized at the Lincoln Memorial a day earlier.

The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy.

On Tuesday, the Muslim Brotherhood-associated "Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations" will bring 25-30 Muslim leaders of 20 national Muslim groups to attend a special workshop presented by the White House and U.S. Government agencies (Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services etc.) to provide the groups "funding, government assistance and resources."

Lastly, Sid Roth recently interviewed Dean Braxton about the time when he died for an hour and a half, went to heaven and actually talked directly with Jesus Christ.

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's message to an annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming was that the Federal Reserve has not exhausted potential cures for what ails the limping U.S. economy and is willing to take new measures to boost growth if needed.

A number of prominent exporting economies around the globe are not too happy at all about the Fed's "easy money" policies.

As central bankers from all over the world gather in Jackson Hole, Wyoming the dark economic clouds that are gathering around the globe has everyone concerned.

Nearly 10 percent of all American homeowners with a mortgage had missed at least one payment this summer, threatening foreclosure, according to data just released by the Mortgage Bankers Association.

23 percent of U.S. homes with mortgages were underwater at the end of June.

Are Barack Obama's socialist policies making the U.S. national debt far worse?

Thousands of people lined up on Friday outside the Palm Beach County Convention Center - some arriving by the busload, hoping the Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America will help them save their homes.

Japan's prime minister said on Friday that he will take firm measures on currencies when needed and will meet the Bank of Japan governor, increasing the possibility the central bank will ease policy soon as it confronts a surging yen.

Economist Nouriel Roubini, who has gained fame as the "Dr. Doom" of the current downturn, thinks the odds of a double-dip recession have risen to more than 40 percent.

Are there signs that the U.S. economy is already beginning to fall apart?

If Barack Obama needed any more incentive to go all out for Democrats this fall, here it is: Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority.

The U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, and experts think the wrenching recession led many people to put off having children.

A series of documents has surfaced that reportedly show that the UN Population Fund, the World Bank and the World Health Organization have been conducting reserach on "anti-fertility vaccines" over the  past several decades.

Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has criticized the US military's plans to begin withdrawing troops from the country in July 2011.

The CIA is making secret payments to multiple members of President Hamid Karzai's administration, in part to maintain sources of information in a government in which the Afghan leader is often seen as having a limited grasp of developments, according to current and former U.S. officials.

A lawsuit filed in U.S. federal district court has disclosed that the Internal Revenue Service was operating a special unit assigned to examine the positions and board members of pro-Israeli non-profit groups. The unit was said to have denied tax-exempt status to at least one organization, called Z Street, on grounds that it opposed Obama's policy toward Israel.

France has expressed willingness to provide the Lebanese army with helicopter missiles as part of a deal which has yet to be signed, the London-based Arabic-language al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported Thursday, quoting an official French source.

Israel is trying to prevent an arms deal between Russia and Syria, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to stop the arms sale involving advanced anti-shipping missiles.

At least two car bombs exploded Friday near the television studios of Televisa in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state in northeastern Mexico, the station and the government-run news service reported.

This is how ridiculous things have gotten in America - now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust.

A worker was paid for 12 years without ever showing up for work at a Norfolk, Virginia, agency funded by federal, state and local money, officials say.

According to the CDC, about three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the U.S. because of adverse drug reactions.

Seasonal flu vaccinations across Australia for children under five have been suspended after 23 children in Western Australia were admitted to hospital with convulsions following their injections.

A new study, just presented in Boston at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, concluded that blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries preserve memory and other mental faculties in a crucial but previously unknown way.

Former President Jimmy Carter has helped free a U.S. Christian who was detained for the past seven months in North Korea.

A Christians-only health care plan provides a "contract for insurance" and doesn't qualify for exemption from state regulations, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a decision that potentially opens the plan to stricter regulation by the state.

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a 3,500-year-old settlement in one of Egypt's desert oases that predates earlier cities by a millennium.

A 60-mile traffic jam near the Chinese capital could last until mid-September, officials say.

Intel scientists are currently mapping out brain activity produced when people think of particular words, and they hope to be able to develop the world's first line of thought-controlled computers.

Hurricane Danielle became a Category 4 storm early Friday far out over the Atlantic as it headed in Bermuda's direction and threatened to bring dangerous rip currents to the U.S. east coast.

As prices for buckwheat and other basic foodstuffs rise sharply in Russia after one of the worst droughts in the country's history, the government has warned that it will clamp down on any merchants trying to capitalize on shortages.

Some astronomers are warning that a massive solar storm, much bigger in potential than the one that caused spectacular light shows on Earth earlier this month, could strike our planet in 2012 with a force of 100 million hydrogen bombs.

Terry James is asking this question: "Are we the last generation of humans as God made them?"

Lastly, a website advertising a new "cannibal" restaurant in Germany that calls for humans to donate body parts for the menu is causing outrage.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that U.S. government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go.

It is being reported that U.S. law enforcement agencies are among the customers of a Massachusetts-based company that is selling full-body scanners to be mounted inside vans and used on American streets.

The Palestinian Authority has told the U.S. administration that an Israeli commitment to continuing the freeze on settlement construction must include East Jerusalem.

Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to produce one to two nuclear weapons, but it would not be logical for it to cross the bomb-making threshold, said former UN chief of nuclear inspections Olli Heinonen in an interview with Le Monde on Thursday.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy told Iran on Wednesday that failure to reach a credible agreement over its nuclear program would force world powers to mobilize to protect threatened states in the region.

More than 40 people have been killed in a string of bombings that have rocked Iraq. In Baghdad alone, over 20 bombs exploded in at least 12 separate incidents.

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has instructed the government to start building the country's first nuclear power plant at a site on the Mediterranean coast, ending a year of controversy.

The aide to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation is being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency, according to Afghan and American officials.

Russia's newest strategic nuclear-powered submarine, the Borey-class Yury Dolgoruky, started a series of sea trials in the White Sea, the Sevmash shipyard said on Thursday.

NORAD is downplaying an incident on Tuesday that saw two CF-18s shadow a pair of Russian military aircraft as they flew within 56 kilometres of Canadian soil.

Central bankers from around the world will assess a darkening economic outlook at their annual U.S. mountain retreat this week with discussion of printing yet more money to spur growth on the agenda.

New homes sales in the United States dropped to the lowest level ever recorded in July.

Governments throughout Europe are still absolutely drowning in debt.

Morgan Stanley analysts warned Wednesday that developed countries may not default on their debts, but government bond investors could be left with losses in other ways.

The U.S. Treasury has announced that China’s official holdings of U.S. Treasury securities declined by about $30 billion between April and May of this year.

An advocacy group is calling for the ouster of former Sen. Alan Simpson, the co-chairman of President Obama's bipartisan debt commission, who described Social Security as a "milk cow with 310 million tits!" in an email.

A number of top economists are declaring that "the second Great Depression" has arrived.

Economic uncertainties, together with China’s push to get its citizens to buy more gold, should keep demand for the precious metal strong through the year, according to the World Gold Council.

If you are wondering why small businesses are having such a hard time right now, just check out this article: "This is why there are no jobs in America".

The former chairman of the Republican National Committee and campaign manager for George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential bid has announced that he is gay.

A wounded Ecuadoran migrant stumbled into a checkpoint and led Mexican marines to a gruesome scene, what may be the biggest massacre so far in the nation’s bloody drug war: a room piled with the bodies of 72 migrants, 100 miles from their goal, the U.S. border.

A new type of El Niño, which has its warmest waters in the central- equatorial Pacific Ocean, rather than in the eastern-equatorial Pacific, is becoming more common and progressively stronger, according to a new study by NASA and NOAA.

Pakistan's government has warned about 500,000 people in the country's southeastern Sindh province that they should evacuate immediately because of possible flooding.

The devastation caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just continues to get worse and worse.

Some people are calling it the BP Flu. But it is commonly being called the Blue Flu, because the alleged symptoms include blue lips and skin; and it’s scaring the hell out of people all around the Gulf area –from Texas to Florida.

Concerned mothers of daughters who have been seriously injured or killed by Gardasil have put together a website at http://truthaboutgardasil.org that tells the true story about this toxic vaccine.

Following the recall of more than half a billion commercially-produced eggs potentially tainted with salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now petitioning the U.S. Congress for more power and authority over food.

Google says that 1 million "Gmail calls" were made on the first day that the service was available.

The mayor of Philadelphia is defending a decision to require bloggers to pay $300 for a business license.

Web activists are increasingly fearing the development of a two-tier Internet, where corporations have priority and dissenting voices get pushed to the margins.

The U.S. Senate is attempting to sneak through the infamous Internet kill switch cybersecurity bill by attaching it to another piece of legislation that is almost guaranteed to pass – the defense authorization bill – in an underhanded ploy to avoid the difficult task of passing cybersecurity on its own.

There is a new edition of Medal of Honor coming out that lets you play the Taliban in Afghanistan fighting American and allied forces.

Time Explorer, a prototype news search engine created in Yahoo's Barcelona research lab, generates timelines that stretch into the future as well as the past.

The ability to evaluate other people's actions as right or wrong can be disrupted with an electromagnetic pulse to the brain, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

NASA has announced the discovery of two planets, slightly smaller than Saturn, orbiting the same star in the Milky Way.

Southern Colombian authorities have started the evacuation of more than 8,000 people living near the Galeras volcano, which erupted on Wednesday.

The extreme heatwave, which caused a severe drought and wildfires in Russia, might be over, but both officials and consumers are now busy calculating its cost and trying to work out its consequences.

The "bed bug plague" has now spread to most of America's major cities.

It is being reported that the Obama administration, this year, will spend almost $6 million to restore 63 cultural and historic sites that include mosques and minarets, in 55 countries, as revealed by State Department documents.

Atheist or agnostic doctors are almost twice as willing to make decisions that they think will hasten the end of a very sick patient's life as doctors who are deeply religious, suggests research published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

More than 100 religious organizations are urging members of Congress to reject pending legislation that would prohibit them from considering religion when hiring.

Lastly, a Saudi couple recently tortured their Sri Lankan maid by hammering 24 hot nails into her after she complained of her heavy workload.

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