Different Syrian factions backed by the CIA and the Pentagon for different strategic reasons are now duking it out in and around Aleppo.

The Easter Sunday attack by a suicide bomber in a park in Lahore, Pakistan, that killed at least 69 people, targeted Christians, said a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban faction that claimed responsibility for the attack.

Reuters reported Thursday that China’s government plans to lay off between five and six million workers in its basic industries over the next two years. Will China's future mirror Japan's last lost 20 years?

A Chinese court sentenced a husband-and-wife team of Christian pastors to significant jail time and heavy fines for opposing the removal of their church's cross by the government.

Further illustrating what would at least appear on the surface to be the incredible absurdity of what passes for U.S. government “foreign policy,” Sunni jihadist “rebels” in Syria backed by al-Qaeda and the Obama administration have been battling against Shia militias that have also been backed by Obama. Both sides are fighting with American weapons, according to news reports. How much money U.S. taxpayers forked over to arm the two warring Islamic factions was not immediately clear. But the enormous human tragedy on the ground is growing quickly. 

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