An internal probe into the Penn State child sex abuse scandal has found that top university officials concealed allegations of abuse by ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to avoid bad publicity; and therefore failed to protect the victims.
Lawmakers in the US have voted to repeal Obamacare, controversial because of its tax provision, and forcing religious institutions to provide insurance coverage for abortions and contraceptives. The House has voted more than 30 times to scrap it since it was signed in March 2010. This time the repeal bill was approved 244-185.
The highest court in Egypt has overturned a decree by President Mohammed Morsi to recall parliament . Morsi had issued the decree in defiance of a military council ruling that dissolved parliament. Members of parliament gathered for a brief session before the ruling of the Supreme Constitutional Court was announced.
A car bomb in the central Iraqi city of Ramadi has killed seven people and injured 20 –most of the victims were reportedly women. Five of the wounded are in critical condition.
A week after UNESCO granted the Church of the Nativity world heritage status, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad called it the "most remarkable" milestone in Palestinian state-building.
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Meanwhile, a few months ago it was reported that Brazil had become the country that sends the second-most missionaries abroad….across the world. This is according to Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.
Obama-care "mandates" all Americans to buy health insurance, or face hundreds of dollars of fines. This was a mandate fiercely contested by 28 Republican-controlled states. They sued the Obama administration all the way to the Supreme Court, claiming that it had no right to force people into insurance programs.
Queen Elizabeth and former Irish Republican Army commander, Martin McGuinness, have made history by shaking hands in peace. It was a long-awaited encounter symbolizing Northern Ireland's progress in achieving reconciliation after decades of violence.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad swore in his new Cabinet on Syrian state television Tuesday. The heads of defense, the foreign minister and the interior minister all remain the same in the new government formed by Prime Minister Riyad Hijab.
Egypt's new president-elect, Islamist Mohammed Morsi has been quoted by Fars News Agency in Iran as saying: he wants to "reconsider" the peace deal with Israel and build ties with Iran to "create a strategic balance" in the Middle East.
Massive celebrations erupted in Cairo as Muslim Brotherhood's – Mohammed Morsi – was officially declared the new president of Egypt. Authorities were on "high alert" for potential violence if Ahmed Shafiq had won. Shafiq was Morsi's rival and former Vice President to Hosni Mubarek.
A federal appeals court has struck down a Federal Communications Commission policy on indecency. The court determined that regulations barring the use of "fleeting expletives" on radio and television violated the First Amendment because they were vague and could inhibit free speech.
Southern Baptists have made history by electing their first African-American president: Reverend Fred Luter. The 16-million member organization is the second-largest denomination in the U-S-- behind only the Catholic Church. It was less than 20 years ago when the Southern Baptist Convention officially apologized for condoning and perpetuating racism.
The 84-year-old former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, is clinically dead according to some reports. The state-run Middle East News Agency said he died shortly after arriving yesterday at a military hospital in Cairo, after suffering a stroke and cardiac arrest .
Saudi Arabia has a new Crown Prince. Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz has been named, putting him next in line to the throne of the oil-rich kingdom. He is 76 and keeps his post as Defense Minister and also becomes deputy Prime Minister. The death of Salman's brother – previous Crown Prince, Nayef bin Abdulaziz – was announced over the weekend. Reports say he was suffering from frail health.
Nic Wallenda made history by crossing over Niagara falls on a tightrope. He accomplished the feat successfully Friday night. He says he got through by it by: ''a lot of praying.'' Staring 20 stories down, the devout Christian could be heard on live TV everywhere saying "thank you Jesus, thank you my father," while adoring fans watched nervously.
Egypt's supreme court has deemed last year's election unconstitutional and has ordered that parliament's lower house be dissolved, with new parliamentary elections to follow. Many of the seats ruled unconstitutional were won by the Muslim Brotherhood. In a separate ruling, the court also decided that former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq can continue to run for president in elections this weekend.
Southern Baptists are set to elect their first black President next week, since the founding of the denomination in 1845. It's seen as a big step for an organization that was formed out of a pre-Civil War split with Northern Baptists over slavery.
The Church of England and "Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales" have both formally objected to the government's proposal to allow gay marriages. Despite the strong opposition of some lawmakers in Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party, he is still backing a proposal to permit civil marriages for gay couples.
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As many as 100 people are feared dead in two Northern Afghanistan earthquakes—one a 5.4 magnitude quake, followed by a 5.7 one. They caused a landslide that buried 20 houses in the Hindu Jush region. Both quakes were felt as far as 160 kilometers away in the Afghan capital, Kabul, where buildings shook.
Creationism is gaining ground in South Korea. Efforts to challenge and even remove the theory of evolution from the school system in South Korea have been gaining ground after a petition last month seeking to make textbook changes. The South Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has now revealed that publishers will start producing revised editions of textbooks without examples of evolution. Christians in South Korea are still a minority but are rising in numbers.
A coalition of groups seeking to overturn Washington State's same-sex marriage law received twice as many signatures needed to have a referendum in November. "Preserve Marriage Washington" collected about 242,000 signatures.
Today is the deadline for Egypt's political parties to finalize the formation a100-member panel to write a new constitution. Egypt's ruling military council issued an ultimatum, stating if the deadline isn't met, it will draw up its own blueprint. The process has been deadlocked since the Islamist-dominated parliament tried to stack parliament with its own people, leading to a walkout by secular and liberal members and the disbanding of the panel by a court order.