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Egypt court sentences 17 to death for attacking Christians
An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 Islamic militants to death for involvement in deadly attacks on Christians, a rights lawyer said.
Journalist's disappearance hardens U.S. Congress stance on Saudi arms deals
The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has hardened resistance in the U.S. Congress to selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, already a sore point for many lawmakers concerned about the humanitarian crisis created by Yemen’s civil war.
U.S. makes deal to return American pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey: Report
American Pastor Andrew Brunson may return to the U.S. soon after a secret deal was made between the U.S. and Turkey, NBC News reported on Thursday.
Netanyahu: Israel ‘systematically dismantling’ Hamas’s tunneling capability
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas on Thursday not 'to try us' after the IDF revealed it had uncovered and neutralized another tunnel that reached from Gaza some 200 meters into Israel.
Inside the United States
Dow dives more than 500 points in another wild session
U.S. stocks were whipsawed for a second straight session Thursday, a day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average registered its third-largest point drop in its history.
Hurricane leaves Florida's Mexico Beach in shreds
Hurricane Michael all but erased the tiny community of Mexico Beach on Florida's Gulf Coast, reducing some homes to mere concrete slabs and leaving others in shreds.
Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca, Paganism Growing 'Astronomically'
The population of self-identified witches has risen dramatically in the United States in recent decades, as interest in astrology and witchcraft practices have become increasingly mainstreamed.
Half of Pastors Approve of Trump’s Job Performance
A slim majority of pastors say they approve of the job President Donald Trump has done in the White House, but many are unsure.
Trump: There has to be prison reform
President Trump touted prison reform on Thursday ahead of his meeting with rapper and designer Kanye West, and steamrolled over any objection his attorney general may have on the issue.
Senate confirms 15 Trump judges after GOP leaders, Democrats strike deal
The Senate confirmed 15 of President Trump’s judicial picks Thursday night after GOP leaders reached a deal with Democrats, clearing about a third of the backlog and closing up shop through Election Day to give senators a chance to campaign.
Myanmar: Christians Forced to Sign Papers Vowing Not to Pray in Church, Curb Their Faith
Hundreds of minority Christians in Myanmar are being forced to sign papers vowing to limit their faith and not pray in churches, pastors have warned.
Pensacola Churches Reach Out in Early Hours After Hurricane Michael
In the initial hours after Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle, church leaders in the hardest hit areas and in nearby Pensacola have been some of the first responders to help assess needs, assist those who chose to ride out the storm, and begin to clear debris.