The number of Christians murdered for their faith almost doubled in 2013 over the previous year, according to an annual survey by Open Doors, a non-denominational ministry that monitors the persecution of believers and supports persecuted Christians worldwide. 

Preliminary results indicate that more than 97 percent of Egyptian voters have voted “yes” to approve the nation’s new constitution, national officials and the media announced on January 16.

Obama-backed Mexican troops fired this week on civilians trying to keep guns to rein in the ruthless cartels.

Former Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon, who died on January 11 after spending eight years in a coma following a major stroke in 2006, was laid to rest on January 13.

Israel’s housing ministry published plans on January 10 to build 1,400 new housing units in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. 

Sen. Rand Paul is seeking co-sponsors for his bill to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force that allowed the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

McCain and Graham were among those blaming President Obama's administration for the capture by al-Qaeda-affiliated forces of territory in Iraq.

Communist veterans in Croatia — as throughout much of Eastern Europe — continue to rule the newest member of the European Union, belying the claims that communism has collapsed and died. 

Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will help Iraq in its fight against al-Qaeda-linked militants but will not send troops back to Iraq.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for January 6 - 12, 2014.

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