The German interior minister has said that confidence in the U.S. has been shaken following allegations that the government monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone, while Spain became the latest country to report massive U.S. National Security Agency spying of its citizens.
"If the Americans intercepted cell phones in Germany, they broke German law on German soil," Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich shared with the local Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
"The confidence in our ally, (the) USA, is shaken," Friedrich added. more >>
Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson recently told a viewer that he has cured deafness through prayer in the past and that he did not know what she was "doing wrong" in her effort to do the same.
On a Wednesday episode of the Christian Broadcasting Network program "The 700 Club," Robertson received a letter during the "Bring it on" segment from the mother of a deaf child.
"My son is hearing impaired and cannot hear at all. I have prayed for his healing; it seems as if God is hearing-impaired. What am I doing wrong?" read the letter, signed by a person identified as "Debbie." more >>
Rapper Kanye West has recently defended his artistic decision to have an actor play Jesus Christ during the opening of his Yeezus Tour earlier this month.
The musician explained to a trio of interviewers from the radio station Wild 94.9 WSHH that he believed "God knows where my heart is at."
"I had a friend of mine that's a pastor there as we started discussing how we wanted to deliver it. Now my girl even asked afterwards, 'hmmm…is that weird if Jesus comes on stage?'" said West. more >>
The police officer who became an internet meme sensation after pepper-spraying peaceful Occupy protesters at the University of California, Davis in November 2011 has been awarded $38,000 in damages after revealing that he was suffering from anxiety and depression.
John Pike was fired in July 2012 after eight months of paid administrative leave, the Davis Enterprise noted. The 40-year-old former officer has said that death threats directed at him and his family have negatively affected his health.
"This case has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on workers' compensation," UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell said after a judge approved the settlement last week. more >>
A pro-life license plate has been approved for use in the nation's capital and has been made available for drivers to purchase.
The "Choose Life" plate was made available for purchase on Wednesday by The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Choose Life plate, which has been approved in various states across the country, was submitted for consideration to the D.C. DMV by The Children First Foundation. more >>
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called President Barack Obama to demand immediate clarification on whether the U.S. government has been monitoring her phone, saying that if proven true, such an offense would be a "grave breach of trust."
"She made clear that she views such practices, if proven true, as completely unacceptable and condemns them unequivocally," a statement by Merkel's spokesman read, Reuters reported.
"Between close friends and partners, as Germany and the U.S. have been for decades, there should not be such monitoring of the communications of a government leader. This would be a grave breach of trust. Such practices should be immediately stopped." more >>