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30 Jul 14

Papal first: Francis visits Pentecostal church
Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism's greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe. Francis flew by helicopter Monday to visit the under-construction Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in the southern city of Caserta. He met privately with Pentecostal preacher Giovanni Traettino, an old friend.  

PENTAGON OFFICIAL: America’s Failure Is Hillary Inc’s 2016 Politics
Clinton advised President Barack Obama to enter the United States into an untenable situation. He listened; she left; and he failed. The effects of the U.S. departure from Libya are both tangible and symbolic, and are indicative of a failed U.S. policy toward that country and the Arab Spring movement on a whole.  

Son of Hamas Founder: They Consider Dying as a Form of Worship
Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of Hamas's founders Sheikh Hassan Yousef, has said that the current conflict illustrates how the Islamist group's disregard for human life is central to its ideology.  

Moscow: US will feel ‘tangible losses’ from ‘destructive, myopic’ sanctions
“Washington will gain nothing from such decisions except for further complication of Russian-American relations and the creation of an unfavorable atmosphere in international affairs, where the cooperation between our countries often plays a key role,” the statement by the ministry reads.  

Report: U.S. Lawyers Fear NSA Spying
Researcher finds an ‘erosion of the right to counsel.’ Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union compiled the report, titled "With Liberty to Monitor All," to document how National Security Agency programs exposed by exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden impact journalists and lawyers.  

Feds doled out millions towards Tor online anonymity tools
The National Security Agency may be working to crack the anonymous Tor browser, but the US government actually donated close to $2 million to the project in 2013. In fact, the large majority of the money gifted to the Tor Project has its origins in the State Department and the Department of Defense.  

Excerpts: Rapid transformation of ISIS July 29, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has probably undergone the quickest transformation to statehood in modern history. In less than two months, it has gone from a militia to a self-proclaimed caliphate.  

In only 7 days, Rosetta will reach the comet's core and go into orbit around it.  

Europe launches last resupply ship to space station
The ISS will continue to be resupplied by Russia's Progress freighter and the Dragon and Cygnus craft built by two NASA-contracted private American firms—Space X and Orbital Sciences.  

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 Jul 2014: Tungurahua
Following more than 2 months of calm, the volcano is probably about to enter a new eruptive phase, a special bulletin of Ecuador's Geophysical Institute (IGPEN) informs.  

Japan heat wave kills more than a dozen
After setting records for high temperatures last summer, Japan is experiencing another brutal heat wave that has killed at least 15 people in the last week, according to reports.  

Surviving Ebola: For those who live through it, what lies ahead?
Medical experts say most people who manage to recover from an acute Ebola infection will likely be able to return to their life and resume normal activities. But unfortunately, Ebola survivors do often develop certain chronic inflammatory conditions that affect the joints and eyes, problems that can follow a survivor through the remainder of their life.  

Argentina hours away from bond default
Argentina's economy minister is expected to return to the negotiating table on Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the country defaulting on its bonds.  

Somali woman killed for not wearing veil, relatives say
The militants had ordered her to put on a veil, and then killed her after returning and finding she was still not wearing one, the relatives said.  

One dead as 6.3-magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico on Tuesday, killing an elderly woman who fell as she fled her home and injuring another woman who evacuated from a hospital. The epicentre was in the east coast state of Veracruz, where residents and tourists fled homes and hotels.  

Japan factory output falls fastest since 2011 earthquake
It is the biggest decline in output since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Japan raised its sales tax, also known as consumption tax, from 5% to 8% in April this year.  

Obama: Muslims Built 'The Very Fabric of Our Nation'
On Sunday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle released a statement thanking Muslim Americans for their many “achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” The comments were made to mark the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, a time of spiritual renewal for Muslims which comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.  

Israel knocks out Gaza power station as strikes escalate
Israel bombed the Gaza Strip's only power plant Tuesday in a further sign that its military campaign against Hamas is showing few signs of slowing down as the conflict enters its fourth week. In a separate development, a cease-fire proposed by a senior official from the Palestine Liberation Organization was later contradicted by Hamas.  

Israeli Official To Obama: ‘Leave Us Alone’
A top Israeli official wants President Barack Obama to stop meddling with the Jewish state during its conflict with Hamas in Gaza. ...Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel criticized Obama telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there should be an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. “Leave us alone,” Ariel told Army Radio, directing his words at Obama. “Go focus on Syria.”  

Argentina hours away from bond default
Argentina's economy minister is expected to return to the negotiating table on Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the country defaulting on its bonds. Axel Kicillof's talks with "hold-out" investors ended late on Tuesday night in New York without agreement. They are demanding a full pay-out of $1.3bn (£766m) on the bonds they hold.  

'Dozens trapped' by Indian landslide
At least 40 houses have been buried and up to 150 people are feared trapped after a landslide hit a village in western India, officials say. Teams of rescue workers are on their way to the village of Malin of Pune district in Maharashtra state where the incident happened. An official said residents had already begun clearing the debris to look for survivors.  

France evacuates French and British expats from Libya
The French government says it has evacuated French and British nationals from Libya, as battles rage between government forces and militias. A French diplomatic source said 40 French nationals, including the ambassador, had been evacuated by ship along with seven British nationals. France's embassy in Tripoli has been closed temporarily, the French foreign ministry said on its website.  

Ebola virus a threat to UK, Philip Hammond warns
The Ebola virus, which has killed more than 670 people in West Africa, poses a threat to the UK, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has told the BBC. He said he would chair an emergency Cobra meeting on the issue later. Mr Hammond said no Britons had been affected so far and there were no cases in the UK, but the government was viewing the outbreak very seriously.  

US joins EU on Russia economic sanctions
The US on Tuesday (29 July) announced a widening of its own Russia sanctions to match the EU's economic sanctions adopted just a few hours previously. "Today, and building on the measures we announced two weeks ago, the United States is imposing new sanctions in key sectors of the Russian economy: energy, arms, and finance," US President Barack Obama said at a press conference in Washington.  

IDF accuses Palestinians of firing from vicinity of UNRWA school, says probing deaths
The Israeli military, in an initial response to the killing of at least 19 Palestinians in a United Nations-run school in Gaza on Wednesday, said militants near the facility had fired mortar bombs and Israeli forces had shot back. "Earlier this morning, militants fired mortar shells at (Israeli) soldiers from the vicinity of the UNRWA school in Jabaliya (refugee camp). In response, soldiers fired towards the origins of fire...  

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Calls For Arming Gaza To Fight Israel
Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday called on Muslims from around the world to help arm Gaza Palestinians in their fight against Israel. The call by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was his latest such message during the ongoing war between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel.  

Islamic State video wages psychological war on Iraqi soldiers
Islamic State, the al Qaeda spin-off that seized wide swathes of Iraq almost unopposed last month, has released a video warning Iraqi soldiers who may still have some fight in them that they risk being rounded up en masse and executed.  

In rare move, Canada accuses Chinese of trying to hack govt network
Canada on Tuesday took the unusual step of singling out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing, raising tensions at a time when Ottawa wants to boost oil sales to China.  

Russia Sanctions Spread Pain From Putin to Halliburton
U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia’s Vladimir Putin threaten to shut off some of the world’s largest energy companies from one of the biggest untapped energy troves on the planet.  

U.S. nuclear negotiator declines setting deadline on Iran deal
The lead U.S. nuclear negotiator declined to give a final deadline on Tuesday for negotiating a final nuclear agreement with Iran, but said participants mean to finish the international talks at the end of the current four-month extension.  

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