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Rouhani and Putin Get Together At Bishbek Summit
Sep 14th, 2013
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Categories: Today's Headlines;Contemporary Issues

After a meeting with Vladimir Putin, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Friday that his government is keen on cooperating with Moscow in international affairs and noted Russia’s long experience in the conduct of diplomacy. They talked on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Bishbek.  DEBKAfile: The two presidents are building on the momentum Moscow generated for the Syrian chemical issue to open up a similar track for resolving the Iranian nuclear controversy.

Putin’s Syrian Policy Wins Chinese, Iranian Approval
Sep 14th, 2013
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Categories: Today's Headlines;Contemporary Issues

Chinese and Iranian delegates to the Bishbek Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization-SCO issued statements Friday pledging support for the diplomatic steps taken to avert a further decline in the Syrian civil war. Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the Russian plan for the conflict.

Let the Headlines Speak
Sep 14th, 2013
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CFPB's data-mining on consumer credit cards challenged in heated House hearing
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials are seeking to monitor four out of every five U.S. consumer credit card transactions this year — up to 42 billion transactions – through a controversial data-mining program... A CFPB strategic planning document for fiscal years 2013-17 describes the “markets monitoring” program through which officials aim to monitor 80 percent of all credit card transactions in 2013.  

Brain amoeba found in tests of water supply where boy died in Louisiana
Tests of a Louisiana parish's water supply confirmed the presence of a rare brain-eating amoeba blamed for last month's death of a 4-year-old boy. The state's Department of Health & Hospitals said Thursday that tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Naegleria fowleri in St. Bernard Parish water. The water is safe to drink, state officials said, although they cautioned against getting water in the nose.  

CA Gov. Brown to Sign Bill Legalizing Non-Physician Abortions
A bill that would allow non-physicians to perform abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy is awaiting signature by Gov. Jerry Brown of California by Sep. 30. The bill, AB 154, passed both houses of the state legislature with strong support from Planned Parenthood and pro-choice groups. Planned Parenthood stands to benefit most directly from the bill, as non-physician staff at its clinics would be able to obtain abortion licenses.  

US and Russia agree Syria arms deal in Geneva
Syria must give inspectors access to all chemical weapons ahead of their complete destruction, US and Russia agree. US Secretary of State John Kerry outlined a six-point framework under which Syria must hand over a full list of its stockpile within a week.  

Japan launches 'affordable' Epsilon space rocket
Japan has launched the first in a new generation of space rockets, hoping the design will make missions more affordable. The Epsilon rocket is about half the size of Japan's previous generation of space vehicles, and uses artificial intelligence to perform safety checks. Japan's space agency Jaxa says the Epsilon cost $37m (£23m) to develop, half the cost of its predecessor.  

Colorado flooding death toll rises as thousands warned to evacuate
The death toll from severe flooding in the US state of Colorado has risen to four, as authorities warn thousands to evacuate Boulder and outlying areas. The body of an unidentified Boulder woman was found after she was swept away from her submerged vehicle on Thursday, authorities have said. All Boulder County officers were closed on Friday as rainfall was expected to continue overnight.  

Court sentences 4 men to death in New Delhi gang rape case
An Indian court sentenced four men to death Friday for the rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi, an attack that appalled the South Asian nation.  

Al-Qaeda Vows to Slaughter Christians After US 'Liberates' Syria
While U.S. leaders continue pushing for war against the Syrian government, “Al-Qaeda-linked rebels,” reports AP, “launched an assault on a regime-held Christian mountain village in the densely populated west of Syria and new clashes erupted near the capital, Damascus... In the attack on the village of Maaloula, rebels commandeered a mountaintop hotel and nearby caves and shelled the community below, said a nun, speaking by phone from a convent in the village. She spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.”  

Ingrid May Strengthen Into Hurricane Before Hitting South Mexico
Tropical Storm Ingrid may strengthen into a hurricane before reaching Mexico’s Atlantic coast as soon as late tomorrow. Ingrid and another storm on the country’s Pacific coast threatened heavy rain and “life-threatening” floods and mudslides.  

Police clash with protestors in Mexico City, 31 people arrested
Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse demonstrators in the main square of Mexico City on Friday, arresting 31 people, as the government took control of the historic center after weeks of protests by teachers. Federal police clashed with some protestors as they cleared the massive square, or Zocalo, for celebrations on Sunday, when President Enrique Pena Nieto is due to lead his first traditional remembrance of the heroes of Mexican independence.  

Judge's Ruling Makes North Dakota First to Ban Abortions Based on Down Syndrome
Earlier this year, Governor Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota signed legislation that banned abortions because of gender selection and genetic defects, such as Down syndrome.  

Survey Surprise: Many Americans See Syria as Sign of Bible's End Times
Should the United States bomb Syria? Your answer might depend on your eschatology (whether Christian or Muslim). LifeWay Research noticed how the Syrian conflict has prompted discussion of the End Times (i.e. dispensationalism) unlike previous debates over American intervention in foreign affairs. So it did a survey and found some surprising results: Almost one in three Americans see Syria's recent conflict as part of the Bible's plan for the end times.  

Wisconsin teachers union decertified in latest blow to labor under Walker law
Teachers from one of Wisconsin’s largest unions have jumped ship -- voting overwhelmingly to abandon the group in the latest in a string of setbacks for the struggling labor movement following Gov. Scott Walker’s union overhaul two years ago.  

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