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Crosstalk 04-15-2016 News Round-Up and Comment CD

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Each Friday, Jim Schneider presents listeners with stories that go uncovered by many news services. This week's stories included:


--U.S. Navy ship buzzed recently by Russian jets in the Baltic Sea could have

opened fire under U.S. military rules of engagement.

--China's military has deployed new fighter jets to a contested island in the

South China Sea.

--The U.S. and the Philippines will solidify a new and increasingly complex

military relationship driven partly by China's assertiveness in the South China


--India and the U.S. have agreed in principle to share military logistics.

--Budget cuts leaving Marine Corps aircraft grounded.

--The U.S. military charges a Taiwan born Navy officer with espionage for

allegedly passing military secrets to the Chinese or Taiwan.

--Switzerland is considering staging a tank battalion at its southern border with

Italy after news that Austria is ready to shut down the Brenner Pass between

Italy and Austria.

--Germany announced new integration reforms that will remove worker protections

from European Union and German citizens so that refugees can compete with them

for jobs.

--A former luxury hotel in Austria that was turned into a migrant center is the

site of an outbreak of a deadly bacterial disease.

--Number of children used by Boko Haram as human bombs has been rising.

--ISIS weapons cache found at a Spanish tourist hotspot and linked to a planned

terror attack.

--Syrian refugees are entering the U.S. at an average rate of 358 per week.

--A man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS

attended a Bloomington, Minnesota, mosque.

--The Harvard University law school hosted a Muslim Brotherhood organized

conference on April 13th.

--The Citadel is considering a request that a student be allowed to wear the hijab

in keeping with her Muslim faith.

--A Republican state lawmaker from Tennessee has come under attack because she

disseminated copies of a video that criticizes Islam.

--Al Jazeera America is off the air.

--President Obama appears to be planning revenge against Israeli Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu.

--Palestinian President will have nothing to do with a Jewish Israel.

--10 mayors across America to form a coalition united in protest against states

that are passing anti-LGBT laws.

--The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has issued a final ruling revising the

definition of 'spouse'.

--Louisiana governor signs an executive order that gives brand new protections to

homosexuals and transgenders from employment discrimination on state-tied places

of work including with contractors.

--North Carolina's governor signed an executive order that serves to affirm and

improve his state's commitment to privacy and equality in the wake of new

bathroom privacy bill.

--Missouri's religious liberty bill continues to draw criticism.

--The Department of Homeland Security's naturalization test says 'freedom of

worship' rather than 'freedom of religion'.

--A Christian small business owner in Texas will pay for labor and materials to

place 'In God We Trust' decals on city vehicles.

--A voluntary religious lunch effort for students in Middleton, Wisconsin, under


--The Bible was one of the top 10 most challenged books of 2015.

--The largest private coal company in the world filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

--President Obama to sign Paris global warming agreement next Friday.

--A new exhaustive study on precipitation levels from Stockholm University in

Sweden indicates that assumptions made by the United Nations and other climate

change activists are badly flawed.

--A lawsuit can go forward against the maker of the rifle that was used in the

Sandy Hook shooting.






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