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Chinese agency downgrades US credit rating

Chinese agency downgrades US credit rating

17 October 2013 AFP – A Chinese ratings agency downgraded its US sovereign credit rating Thursday despite Washington’s resolution of the debt ceiling deadlock, warning that fundamentals for a potential default remained “unchanged”. Dagong lowered its ratings for US local and foreign currency credit from A to A-, maintaining a negative outlook, the agency saidContinue Reading

Christians Under Siege in Middle East While Politicians, Church Leaders Silent

Christians Under Siege in Middle East While Politicians, Church Leaders Silent

by Mary Chastain   28 Sep 2013 On Thursday, Breitbart News reported on recent attacks on Christians in the Middle East and wondered why it took an attack on an Anglican church for Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to finally condemn the violence. Pope Francis has consistently spoken about and condemned the slaughter of Christians in the MiddleContinue Reading

Rocket trajectory links Syrian military to attack

Rocket trajectory links Syrian military to attack

Sep 18, 9:08 PM EDT | By ZEINA KARAM and EDITH M. LEDERER | Associated Press BEIRUT     (AP) — The trajectory of the rockets that delivered the nerve agent sarin in last month’s deadly attack is among the key evidence linking elite Syrian troops based in the mountains overlooking Damascus to the strike that killed hundredsContinue Reading

Kerry, Hague discuss Syria (0:59) (video)

Kerry, Hague discuss Syria (0:59) (video)

Reuters | Sept. 9 US Secretary of State John Kerry holds a news conference with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague on the situation in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).  ( Transcript ) US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to reporters Monday in London during a news conference with UK Foreign Secretary William HagueContinue Reading

Iran Plots Revenge, U.S. Says

Iran Plots Revenge, U.S. Says

Officials Say Intercepted Message to Militants Orders Reprisals in Iraq if Syria Hit By JULIAN E. BARNES and ADAM ENTOUS WASHINGTON—The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to  attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria, officials said, amid an expandingContinue Reading

Audit of Syria refugees finds organized crime and child soldiers

Audit of Syria refugees finds organized crime and child soldiers

By Tom Miles | GENEVA | Mon Aug 5, 2013 2:27pm EDT (Reuters) – Many Syrians who have escaped their country are now desperate to escape from U.N.-run refugee camps, where women are not safe and teenage boys are recruited as soldiers to fight in the conflict, according to an internal U.N. report. The U.N. refugeeContinue Reading

Nuclear Doomsday is Coming Today. You’ll Want to See This.

Nuclear Doomsday is Coming Today. You’ll Want to See This.

By Elaine M. Grossman, Global Security Newswire | July 18, 2013 |  4:02 p.m. WASHINGTON — It’s Thursday, July 18, and nuclear Armageddon is upon us. Or at least you might be excused for thinking so when you glimpse on your colleague’s computer monitor a compelling simulation of a mushroom cloud rising over your home town.Continue Reading

At least 30 [defenseless people] killed in school attack in northeast Nigeria

At least 30 [defenseless people] killed in school attack in northeast Nigeria

By ADAMU ADAMU and MICHELLE FAUL | Associated Press | Jul 6, 4:24 PM EDT POTISKUM, Nigeria     (AP) — Islamic militants attacked a boarding school before dawn Saturday, dousing a dormitory in fuel and lighting it ablaze as students slept, survivors said. At least 30 people were killed in the deadliest attack yet on schools in Nigeria’sContinue Reading

Law requires Obama administration to cut off Egyptian aid

Law requires Obama administration to cut off Egyptian aid

The Daily Caller | July 5, 2013 The $1.5 billion in U.S. foreign aid slated for  Egypt next year is in jeopardy after the Egyptian army deposed democratically  elected President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday. Section 508 of the decades-old Foreign  Assistance Act stipulates that “none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made  available pursuant toContinue Reading

Snowden applies for asylum in Russia: immigration source

Snowden applies for asylum in Russia: immigration source

MOSCOW | Mon Jul 1, 2013 12:36pm EDT MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, a Russian immigration source close to the matter said on Monday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a Wikileaks activist who is traveling with Snowden handed his applicationContinue Reading