In an interview with CNN’s New Day anchor Chris Cuomo broadcast on August 23, President Obama — when asked about allegations made by anti-government activists in Syria that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons in an attack said to have killed more than 1,300 people — said that officials are “right now gathering information” and that “what we’ve seen indicates that this is clearly a big event of grave concern.”

President Assad’s regime is being accused of launching a chemical attack on the Syrian opposition, but impartial experts are casting doubt on the veracity of those claims.

Conflicting reports indicate that the Obama administration may have suspended military aid to Egypt.

Joe DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney, said that hundreds of surface-to-air missiles presumably meant for Syrian rebels were stolen by some “very ugly people.” 

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for August 19 - 25, 2013.

It is believed 24 Egyptian policemen were killed in an attack by unknown terrorists near the town of Rafah on the Egyptian-Gaza border.

President Obama is pushing for continuation of the U.S. cooperation with Egyptian authorities, while Senator Rand Paul aims to end the funneling of funds to radicals in Egypt that are murdering opponents.

Protests by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi continued across Egypt on August 16, as the Muslim Brotherhood staged a “Day of Rage.” The protests were often violent, and witnesses reported four protest-related deaths in central Cairo, four in the Mediterranean town of Damietta, and four more in the northeastern city of Ismailia. 

Using armored vehicles, Egyptian government security forces conducted operations to clear two camps occupied by supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

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.

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