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An Iran deal is close, but we’re not there yet

TORY SUMMARY by David Ignatius As the Iran nuclear talks reach roughly the halfway point in the six-month timetable for negotiating a comprehensive agreement, both sides report slow, steady progress…

Israel shows Zionism’s true colors

STORY SUMMARY by Rami G. Khouri This week, the Israeli Transportation Ministry announced that it would establish designated bus routes for Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, allowing Jewish Israelis…

Britain, the only country with common sense

Source: The Local Britain, he says, is what the rest of Europe should aspire to. “This is the only country left in Brussels where representatives have maintained a certain common…

Ukraine says Russia aims to occupy country ‘militarily and politically’

By Laura Smith-Spark, Gul Tuysuz and Victoria Butenko, CNN Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama threatened Russia on Friday with new sanctions over its actions in Ukraine as the Ukrainian Prime Minister…

Israel’s Sustainable Success

Source: NY Times: LONDON — Hearing an Indian official talk the other day about Delhi’s booming arms trade and ever-closer relationship with Israel, I had a thought that also struck…

Obama Suffers Setbacks in Japan and the Mideast

Source: NY Times: President Obama offered a toast to Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito of Japan during a state dinner at the Imperial Palace. CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times TOKYO —…

Tragedy brings Korea to a standstill

Source: Korea Herald Government offices remained closed on Friday except to conduct search operations and support the Sewol victims and their families.Private companies have also temporary held off or scaled…

In the history of the Roman Catholic church

Source: CNN (CNN) – Three of the best-loved leaders in the history of the Roman Catholic church will be united this weekend when Pope Francis makes his predecessors, Pope John XXIII…

Pope John Paul II was no saint but man who covered up sin

Epigraph: Then We caused Our Messengers to follow in their footsteps; and We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow them, and We gave him the Gospel. And We placed in…

Brampton: Offensive flyers single out Sikh community

Immigration Watch, which published the flyers, insists the “from this … to this” message, with photos of white Canadians and Sikh protesters, isn’t racist. Share on Facebook NICHOLAS KEUNG /…

UK: RAF Typhoon jet fighters intercept Russian ‘Bears’ aircraft

Telegraph: The Ministry of Defence says RAF Typhoon jets were scrambled when Russian aircraft came close to UK airspace. The MoD confirmed that Typhoon jets were dispatched from Scottish base…

UK: Royal Navy submarine abandons search for MH370

Telegraph: The Royal Navy’s HMS Tireless has been stood down from the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. A Royal Navy submarine has ended its search for the missing…

eDigest: Tony Blair: West must take sides against growing threat of radical Islam

Epigraph: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be…

S&P cuts Russia, sanctions could spell further downgrade

Reuters) – Credit agency Standard & Poor’s cut Russia’s foreign currency ratings on Friday, saying further downgrades were possible if the West imposed tighter sanctions against Moscow in response to…

This war on ‘Islamism’ only fuels hatred and violence

theguardian: by Seumas Milne — In Britain, the campaign against Islamist “extremism” is once again in full flow. In fact, it is open season on the Muslim community. For the…

From MTV to Mecca: by Kristiane Backer

kristianebacker.com: From MTV to Mecca’ is the truly inspiring story of Kristiane Backer, who at the height of her career as one of Europe’s leading pop culture icons, converted to…

Ukraine PM: Russia ‘Wants To Start World War III’

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused Russia on Friday of wanting to start World War Three by occupying Ukraine “militarily and politically”.  “The world has not yet…