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Sudanese Christian Woman Who Faced Death Over Her Faith Meets Pope Francis

JOHANNESBURG (MCT) — A Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith flew to Italy on Thursday and met with Pope Francis. Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death by a court in Khartoum, Sudan, in May for illegally abandoning the Muslim faith. She was given a chance to […]

Overweight And Obese Kids Are In Denial About Their Weight, CDC Says

(MCT) — New government data suggest a nonmedical cause of America’s childhood obesity crisis: denial. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 percent of obese boys and 36 percent of obese girls think their weight is “about right.” Among kids and teens who were merely overweight, 81 percent of boys and 71 […]

Central American Presidents Want More U.S. Investment In Security

WASHINGTON (MCT) — If the U.S. wants to stem the tide of children illegally crossing its Southwest border, it should increase investment in Central America to improve security and dismantle drug cartels, the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras said Thursday. The two presidents met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill before speaking about the border crisis […]

The Healthcare Law Rulings: A Q&A

The Healthcare Law Rulings: A Q&A

Contrary rulings Tuesday on a key element of the Affordable Care Act by two separate Federal appeals courts raise a variety of questions. We have the answers you need.

GOP Border Report Advises ‘Compassionate But Tough’ Response

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Representative Kay Granger of Texas, who heads a Republican House of Representatives working group on the southern border crisis, offered recommendations Wednesday that she called “common-sense, compassionate but tough solutions” to deal with the surge of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the country. The report combines support for get-tough […]

Former Head Of CDC Bioterror Lab Involved In Anthrax Incident Resigns

(MCT) — The director who oversaw a government bioterror lab involved in the potential exposure of dozens of workers to anthrax has resigned, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday. Michael Farrell, head of the CDC’s Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory, was reassigned last month amid fallout of revelations that […]

Georgians Choose Millionaire Newcomer Perdue In GOP Senate Runoff

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Georgia voters Tuesday chose a millionaire from a political family, David Perdue, over longtime Congressman Jack Kingston as the Republican nominee for an open Senate seat, ending a bruising primary fight that may have roughed up the party’s prospects this fall in the battle for control of the Senate. Perdue, the former […]

White House Working On New Birth Control Insurance Rule

(MCT) – The Barack Obama Administration plans to make another change in the rules governing how employer healthcare plans cover birth control, one in a long series of efforts to accommodate religious objections to some contraceptives. Details of the new rules will not be set for a few weeks, a senior Administration official told reporters […]

Syrian Insurgents Linked To Al-Qaida Seize Towns From U.S.-Backed Rebels

ISTANBUL (MCT) — Fighters from the Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s official affiliate in Syria, on Tuesday seized three strategic towns on the border with Turkey in a major blow to U.S.-backed moderate rebels. Nusra’s seizure of Izmarin, Salkin and Harem in Syria’s Idlib province came only four days after the group seized Darkoush, another border town, […]

Ukraine Says Missiles From Russia May Have Shot Down 2 Military Jets

KIEV, Ukraine (MCT) — Ukrainian officials said Wednesday that two military jets have been shot down in the eastern part of the country, and the missiles that downed them may have been launched from Russia. There was no immediate response from Russian officials. The state-run Itar-Tass news agency reported that the planes were shot down […]


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