Samuel Lamb, a leader in China's underground house church movement beginning in the 1950s and a hero of the faith to tens of millions both in and outside the communist country, died August 3 at the age of 88.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for August 12 - 18, 2013.

Japan's economic malaise is perhaps providing communism with its most fertile modern ground, as young workers there are increasingly embracing the Japanese Communist Party.

On August 8 the U.S. State Department warned U.S. citizens “to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan,” stating that “The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan.”

At least 30 people were killed in Yemen by U.S. drone strikes over the past 12 days. Among the dead was an eight-year-old girl who died in her father's arms.

The most important question that Americans need to be asking themselves is, Does the national-security state have any role in a free society? The Founding Fathers certainly didn’t think so.

Rajeh Badi, press advisor to Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa, announced on August 7 that government security forces have thwarted a plot by al Qaeda to seize oil and gas export facilities and a provincial capital in eastern Yemen.

The mainstream media in the United States have increasingly come to the conclusion that the Benghazi attacks were related to a secret gun-running operation managed by the U.S. government to ferry weapons that had been used by Libyan rebels to Syria. 

A report that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden wanted to join an organization of former KGB agents is false, according to Russian lawyer assisting him.

U.S. embassies and consulates in 19 Muslim nations will remain closed at least until the end of this week according to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

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