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“Let the Headlines Speak”
by From the Internet   
October 19th, 2013

The House Of Saud Pushes For A “New United Nations”
The Saudi government cites the United Nations refusal (and thus by default, the United States) to engage in military action against the Assad regime in Syria. This refusal is far more significant than the sum of its parts – it is a strong signal from the Saudis of a desire to see a greatly enhanced, strengthened, and militaristic United Nations. In effect, the House of Saud is now calling for a New United Nations.  

Pope Plans to Visit Israel as Early as Next Year
Pope Francis plans to visit Israel as soon as next year, the Vatican said, in what could be a landmark visit for a pontiff who has already won plaudits from the Jewish community for his strong condemnation of anti-Semitism. On Thursday, the pope also met at the Vatican with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who invited him to visit Palestine as well.  

Thousands of Morsi supporters march across Egypt
Thousands of supporters of Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Morsi protested in Cairo on Friday, shouting slogans against army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who removed him on July 3. One person was injured by gunfire when taking part in a pro-Morsi march of a few thousand in Fayoum, south of Cairo, state news agency MENA reported.  

Russia slams Saudi Arabia for refusing UN Security Council membership
Russia on Friday slammed Saudi Arabia for refusing to accept its seat on the UN Security Council, calling the kingdom's decision "strange" in light of its anger at the international community to end the conflict in Syria, AFP reported. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was surprised at Saudi Arabia's move and puzzled by its accusations against the Security Council.  

Family fights to include ‘Jesus’ on grave marker at city-owned cemetery
The family of a Colorado preacher’s wife is still fuming after the director of the city-owned cemetery refused to engrave her final resting place with the name ‘Jesus’ because it might offend people. The city eventually reversed course under public pressure. “We were in disbelief,” said Stacy Adams, the daughter-in-law of Linda Baker. “Who tries to censor Jesus from a cemetery?”  

Egypt ‘looking to Russia’ for arms after US aid freeze
Egypt is looking to Russia to supply it with arms now that the US has frozen much of its military aid to the Egyptians, Israeli television reported Friday night.  

Big asteroid buzzes past Earth and will again in 19 years
One of the most dangerous asteroids on record zipped close by Earth last month. It made headlines on Thursday, when reports said that there's a chance it could strike our planet in less than 20 years. Such a collision could unleash a force as powerful as a couple of thousand atomic bombs.  

U.S. debt jumps a record $328 billion — tops $17 trillion for first time
U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week. The debt now equals $17.075 trillion, according to figures the Treasury Department posted online on Friday.  

Fire in Brazilian port of Santos burns tonnes of raw sugar
A fire in Brazil's largest port has burnt some 180,000 tonnes of raw sugar, damaging six warehouses and pushing international prices to a one-year high.  

Syria must allow aid convoys to starving civilians, says US
The US has urged the Syrian government to allow immediate aid convoys to starving civilians cut off in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus. Washington said the army's months-long siege left many people in desperate need of food, water and medicine. It also cited "unprecedented reports" of children dying of malnutrition just a few kilometres from President Bashar al-Assad palace.  

Bracing for the Next Budget Crisis
It is time to add the congressional budget approval process to the permanent list of known unknowns that can threaten the financial market's stability. Investors should view federal budget approvals as tradable events like corporate earnings reports, economic data releases, and Federal Reserve interest-rate-setting committee meetings.  

Nine Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria freed
Nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped by rebels in Syria last year have been released, with signs that two Turkish pilots whose abduction was linked to their capture may also be freed. "The nine Lebanese held in Syria are on their way to Turkey," Lebanon's Interior Minister Marwan Charbel told AFP on Friday. The country's Prime Minister Najib Mikati added in a statement that the former hostages were "in a secure place and are ready to enter Lebanon".  

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood facing wave of trials
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood faces a wave of trials unlike any it has seen in its history, threatening to put a large number of its senior leadership behind bars for years, even life, as military-backed authorities determined to cripple the group prepare prosecutions on charges including inciting violence and terrorism. The prosecutions are the next phase in the wide-scale crackdown on the Brotherhood since the military's July ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, who goes on trial next month.  

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