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Islamic State forces children to practice beheadings on dolls
The children had all been shown videos of beheadings and told by their trainers with the Islamic State group that they would perform one someday. First, they had to practice technique. The more than 120 boys were each given a doll and a sword and told, cut off its head.
U.S., Cuba restore full diplomatic ties after 5 decades
More than a half century of Cold War and lingering enmity came to an abrupt but quiet end on Monday as the United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations.
Despite Nuke Deal, Anti-US Chants Erupt in Iranian Capital
The main prayer service in the Iranian capital has been interrupted by repeated chants of "Death to America" ? despite this week's landmark nuclear deal with world powers that was welcomed by authorities in Tehran, the Associated Press reported.
Russia's Putin orders formation of new military reserve force
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a new reserve armed force as part of steps to improve training and military readiness at a time of international tensions with the West over Ukraine.
France's Hollande calls for 'eurozone government'
France favours a 'stronger organisation' behind the euro led by 'a vanguard of countries', French President Francois Hollande said in an interview published Sunday.
Hezbollah arrests 175 of own men for refusing to fight in Syria
The Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah has arrested 175 of its own fighters after they refused to take part in battles in the Syrian city of Zabadani, close to the border with Lebanon, Israel Radio said Saturday, quoting opposition sources in Syria.
Greek banks ready to open Monday, expect long queues
Greek banks expect long queues but no major problems when they reopen on Monday for the first time in three weeks, although withdrawals will still be limited and capital controls will remain, senior banking officials said on Sunday.
ISIS set up stronghold in the heart of Europe as terrorists secretly buy land near an isolated village
Security services think the area in Bosnia is used for ISIS training camps and could be a base for devastating terror attacks on the West.
IS May Have Used Chemical Agents on Kurds
Kurdish fighters and weapons experts say the Islamic State militant group has fired chemical weapons on Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq.
431 ISIS militants arrested by Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has arrested 431 people suspected of belonging to Islamic State cells and thwarted attacks on mosques, security forces and a diplomatic mission, the interior ministry said on Saturday.
US aims to shift Israel focus to security ties after Iran deal
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said it plainly just before landing in Israel, where officials are fuming over the Iran nuclear deal: "I'm not going to change anybody's mind in Israel. That's not the purpose of my trip."
ISIS blamed for exploding seven Hamas, Islamic Jihad cars in Gaza
Seven cars belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists in Gaza exploded on Sunday morning in apparent car bombings that are being blamed on Islamic State militants.
Poll: 47 percent of Israelis back Iran strike following nuke deal
Almost half of Israelis would support a unilateral strike to prevent Iran obtaining the atomic bomb, an opinion poll carried out after Tuesday?s nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers found.
UK ends partial arms ban on Israel over Gaza fighting
Britain has lifted what was in effect viewed as a partial arms embargo on arms sales to Israel that was imposed toward the end of last year's Gaza war, because of fears some British components in weapons and equipment might be used against Palestinian civilians.
Red heifers in Israel prompt 3rd Temple speculation
The altar and sacred vessels have been reconstructed. The architectural plans are being drawn up. Now a group is taking another step toward fulfilling the biblical prophecy of a restored Temple by raising a group of red heifers in the land of Israel.
Israel reassessing security situation and expecting more US military aid after Iran deal
Two days after the nuclear deal was reached between world powers and Iran, the defense establishment is expecting that the US military aid package to Israel will increase in the coming years.
Iran deal will set off nuclear, conventional arms race, warns top Israeli official
The new nuclear deal with Iran gives Tehran full legitimacy to engage in further atomic work and will set off a regional nuclear and conventional arms race, a senior Israeli official warned on Friday.
PM calls Abbas with Eid greeting, says Israel wants peace
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to convey his wishes for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan.
Inside the United States
Obama Collecting Personal Data for a Secret Race Database
A key part of President Obama's legacy will be the fed's unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of "racial and economic justice."
AP-GfK Poll: Americans divided over same-sex marriage
People in the United States are evenly divided over the Supreme Court case that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.
Obama looks to ban Social Security recipients from owning guns
The Obama administration wants to keep people collecting Social Security benefits from owning guns if it is determined they are unable to manage their own affairs, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Federal Reserve blames immigrant kids for robbing jobs from 'native' U.S. teens
American teen employment has dropped 20 percent from the late 1980s, in part because more and more immigrants have flooded into the market to displace native-born kids from jobs in percentages far higher than on adults, according to the Federal Reserve.
Pension Funds Burn Cities as $1 Trillion Shortfall Set to Grow
The cost to American cities for their cash-strapped pension funds is starting to look a lot worse, and it's not because the stock-market rally may be losing steam.
India: Churches Attacked
In the early hours of June 28, suspected Hindu nationalists destroyed the cross of a church in India's Bhiwani district, Haryana state, according to Barnabas Aid.
Egypt: Christians Accused of Contempt for Islam
Three Christians in Egypt have been accused of showing contempt for Islam after evangelizing Muslims last weekend in the port city of Alexandria.
Deal with Iran Done Despite Detained Americans
While the United States and other world leaders reached an agreement with Iran about its nuclear program, the fate of Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other Americans trapped inside the Islamic Republic were not even addressed, according to International Christian Concern.
Franklin Graham: End All Muslim Immigration to America
The Rev. Franklin Graham on Friday called for the banning of all Muslims from entering the United States following the shootings in Chattanooga that left four Marines and a Navy sailor dead.