US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

(Worthy News) – The United States and South Korea are laboring to keep the highly anticipated U.S. summit with North Korea on track, even after President Donald Trump abruptly said “there’s a very substantial chance” it won’t happen as scheduled.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in reminded Trump Tuesday of the sky-high stakes, saying, “The fate and the future of the Korean Peninsula hinge” on the meeting.

The June 12 summit, planned for Singapore, offers a historic chance for peace on the peninsula – but also the risk of an epic diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.

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‘Purge Against Christians’ Underway in China as Persecution Ramps Up

(Worthy News) – It feels like every day we are hearing more news about China increasing persecution on the Christian community.

Abuses are escalating to unprecedented levels as we’re seeing a full out “purge against Christians” in the Zhejiang province in Eastern China perpetrated by the government, according to organizations monitoring the situation on the ground.

ChinaAid, a watchdog group, stated that local governments are stepping up and taking charge of the persecution and outlaw of Christianity. [ Source: CBN News (Read More…) ]

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House Passes Trump-Backed Prison Reform Bill

(Worthy News) – The House passed a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would help give prison inmates a second chance at life.

The FIRST STEP Act, co-sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins, R-GA, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY, will provide educational training to inmates so they can successfully reenter society once released, and reduce recidivism.

The bill would also help inmates earn their GED, and receive treatment for substance abuse and mental health problems. [ Source: CBN News (Read More…) ]

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Congress Passes Bill Rolling Back Banking Rules

(Worthy News) – Congress has moved to dismantle some key rules for banks that were installed to prevent a replay of the 2008 financial crisis.

The House voted 258-159 to approve legislation rolling back the landmark Dodd-Frank law, sending the bill to President Donald Trump. He is poised to sign it into law to deliver on a campaign pledge of gutting Dodd-Frank.

The Republican-led bill, which already cleared the Senate in March, garnered votes from some House Democrats. [ Source: CBN News (Read More…) ]

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FBI overstated number of locked cellphones in encryption debate

(Worthy News) – The FBI has overstated the number encrypted cellphones that investigators are unable to access because of a flawed internal accounting system that relied on multiple databases.

In public statements and congressional testimony, FBI Director Christopher Wray had put the number of locked devices recovered during criminal investigations at more than 7,700, illustrating a persistent problem known as “Going Dark.”

But in a statement Tuesday, the FBI said it had recently became “aware of flaws with the methodology” used to gather statistics from three separate databases to measure the problem. [ Source: USA Today (Read More…) ]

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20 Cuban Pastors and Spouses Killed in Plane Crash

(Worthy News) – A group of Cuban church leaders died in a plane crash Friday on the way home from a denominational retreat in Havana.

The ten married couples, co-pastors from Holguín in East Cuba, had spent three days at a Nazarene seminary in the island’s capital. They sang and prayed together on the bus back to Jose Marti International Airport to catch their return flight, Cuba Church of the Nazarene President Leonel López told Nazarene Communications Network (NCN) News.

But they never made it back home. The 20 pastors were among more than 100 people killed when their Boeing 737 airplane crashed shortly after takeoff from Havana around noon on Friday. Just three survivors remain. It’s the deadliest aviation accident in Cuba in three decades. [ Source: Christianity Today (Read More…) ]

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Syria war: Army takes full control of Damascus after ousting IS

(Worthy News) – The Syrian military has declared that it has taken full control of all areas around the capital, Damascus, for the first time in six years.

“Damascus and its surroundings… are completely secure,” spokesman Gen Ali Mayhoub said on state television.

The announcement came after troops cleared Islamic State (IS) militants from the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp and the Hajar al-Aswad district. [ Source: BBC (Read More…) ]

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Trump peace deal to make Jerusalem suburb Palestinian capital

(Worthy News) – The Abu Dis neighborhood bordering east Jerusalem will be the capital of a Palestinian state in US President Donald Trump’s planned peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid said Monday.

“Over the weekend, different sources began saying that in the American paper that will be presented next month, Abu Dis will be mentioned as the capital of Palestine,” Lapid said at a Yesh Atid faction meeting.

“This brings up two questions,” Lapid said. “One, is the two-state solution back on the table with the prime minister’s agreement? Two, is Abu Dis acceptable to Netanyahu as the future Palestinian capital? [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More…) ]

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US denounces ‘sham’ Venezuela election and imposes new sanctions

(Worthy News) – The US ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday by further tightening economic sanctions against the cash-starved leftist regime.

The latest round of financial restrictions bars American companies or individuals from purchasing any debt owed to the Venezuelan government or its state-owned enterprises. The order massively restricts the Maduro regime’s ability to liquidate assets in a bid to raise much-needed revenue.

The latest round of sanctions comes on the back of Maduro’s contested re-election on Sunday. The US refused to recognize the election result after Venezuelan officials credited Maduro with taking 68 percent of the ballots, far ahead of his closest rival Henri Falcon, who only managed 21 percent. The main opposition party, the Democratic Unity Roundtable, boycotted the election. [ Source: Deutche Welle (Read More…) ]

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FBI Informant Stefan Halper Paid Over $1 Million By Obama Admin; Spied On Trump Aide After Election

(Worthy News) – Less than a week after Stefan Halper was outed as the FBI informant who infiltrated the Trump campaign, public records reveal that the 73-year-old Oxford University professor and former U.S. government official was paid handsomely by the Obama administration starting in 2012 for various research projects.

A longtime CIA and FBI asset who once reportedly ran a spy-operation on the Jimmy Carter administration, Halper was enlisted by the FBI to spy on several Trump campaign aides during the 2016 U.S. election. Meanwhile, a search of public records reveals that between 2012 and 2018, Halper received a total of $1,058,161 from the Department of Defense. [ Source: ZeroHedge (Read More…) ]

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