UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced to reporters in New York on January 19 that Iran had been invited to the Geneva II peace conference, a conference between Syrian government representatives and opposition leaders, meant to transfer power from Syria's ruler, Bashar al-Assad, to a transitional government.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for January 20 - 26, 2014.

Israel’s Foreign Minister called in the ambassadors of four EU countries, criticizing their  "one-sided stance against Israel in favor of the Palestinians.”

The number of Christians murdered for their faith almost doubled in 2013 over the previous year, according to an annual survey by Open Doors, a non-denominational ministry that monitors the persecution of believers and supports persecuted Christians worldwide. 

Preliminary results indicate that more than 97 percent of Egyptian voters have voted “yes” to approve the nation’s new constitution, national officials and the media announced on January 16.

Obama-backed Mexican troops fired this week on civilians trying to keep guns to rein in the ruthless cartels.

Former Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon, who died on January 11 after spending eight years in a coma following a major stroke in 2006, was laid to rest on January 13.

Israel’s housing ministry published plans on January 10 to build 1,400 new housing units in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. 

Sen. Rand Paul is seeking co-sponsors for his bill to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force that allowed the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

McCain and Graham were among those blaming President Obama's administration for the capture by al-Qaeda-affiliated forces of territory in Iraq.

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