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Global Population of Muslims Projected to Match Christians by 2070 - April 02, 2015 (New York Times)

Christianity has long been the world’s largest religion by far, but the population of Muslims is growing so fast that they will match Christians by the year 2070 and outnumber them by the end of the century, according to a report released Thursday that projects the global religious future.

Backgrounder: Arab Intervention in Yemen - April 03, 2015 (Middle East Forum)

For background on the Shiite Houthi insurgency in Yemen and Saudi Arabia’s first intervention in 2009, we recommend Lucas Winter’s 2012 MEQ article, “Riyadh Enters the Yemen-Huthi Fray.” Lucas concludes that “a protracted power vacuum in Yemen will pave the way for increased foreign meddling.”

LHC, Which Confirmed The Higgs, Goes Back Online After 2-Year Hiatus - April 04, 2015 (NPR)

The Large Hadron Collider — the giant particle accelerator in Switzerland that confirmed the Higgs boson — is back online after two years and ready to ramp up to twice its previous proton-smashing energy.

Libya rejects U.S.-led offensive against Islamic State, seeks aid - April 05, 2015 (Washington Times)

Libya’s top diplomat in Washington wants aggressive U.S. support in containing the Islamic State’s rise in her nation but strongly rejects the idea of an American-led bombing or ground offensive, saying it would just make things worse.

Why Are These Christians Dying? - April 05, 2015 (Gladstone Institute)

What would the U.S. President say if the blacks lynched in America’s old South were referred to as “random folks” or “Americans”? Al Shabaab of course has no problem emphasizing the fact that Christians were being killed because they were Christians: “There are many dead bodies of Christians inside the building,” its spokesman said.

Mob launches anti-Semitic attack on Stamford Hill synagogue - March 22, 2015 (The Telegraph)

A drunken mob of more than 20 thugs shouted “kill the Jews” as they stormed into a north London synagogue while young worshipers celebrated the end of the Sabbath.

Netanyahu’s GOP pollster: Likud knew it was ahead 2 days before election - March 20, 2015 (Times of Israel)

The State Department people in the end of January, early February, expedited visas for [Israeli] Arab leaders to come to the United States to learn how to vote. They used to be in three different parties that had 11 members of Knesset… they moved up this time…” he said. “There were people in the United States that were organizing them to vote in one party so they would help the left-of-center candidate, Herzog that the Obama administration favored.

Minister Who Denies God’s Existence: I Don’t Appreciate Being Told I’m Not a Christian - March 23, 2015 (Christian News)

A Presbyterian USA minister in Oregon who says that he doesn’t believe in God—and doesn’t require his members to believe either–remarked in a recent article that he is offended by those who assert that he is not a Christian.

U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together - March 26, 2015 (Free Beacon)

The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.

Japanese navy gets biggest flat-top since WWII-era aircraft carriers - March 25, 2015 (Reuters)

Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force on Wednesday took delivery of the biggest Japanese warship since World War Two, the Izumo, a helicopter carrier as big as the Imperial Navy aircraft carriers that battled the United States in the Pacific.

Saudi Arabia says it won’t rule out building nuclear weapons - March 27, 2015 (The Independent)

Saudi Arabia will not rule out building or acquiring nuclear weapons, the country’s ambassador to the United States has indicated. Western intelligence agencies believe that the Saudi monarchy paid for up to 60% of Pakistan’s nuclear programme in return for the ability to buy warheads for itself at short notice, the Guardian newspaper reported in 2010.

Largest Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage - March 17, 2015 (New York Times)

After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church’s constitution to include same-sex marriage. The final approval by a majority of the church’s 171 regional bodies, known as presbyteries, enshrines a change recommended last year by the church’s General Assembly. The vote amends the church’s constitution to broaden marriage from being between “a man and a woman” to “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”

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