Muslim migrants are converting to Christianity in droves at this German church

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BERLIN — Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. “Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?” pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. “Will you break away from Islam?”

“Yes,” Zonoobi fervently replies. Spreading his hands in blessing, Martens then baptizes the man “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”

Mohammed is now Martin — no longer Muslim, but Christian.

Zonoobi, a carpenter from the Iranian city of Shiraz, arrived in Germany with his wife and two children five months ago. He is one of hundreds of mostly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers who have converted to Christianity at the evangelical Trinity Church in a leafy Berlin neighborhood. Read more…

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Persistent Cyber Spies Try To Impersonate Security Researchers

An anonymous reader writes: Rocket Kitten, a cyber espionage group that mostly targets individuals in the Middle East, has been spotted attempting to impersonate security researchers. “We feel fairly certain that Rocket Kitten’s prime targets are not companies and political organizations as entire bodies but individuals that operate in strategically interesting fields such as diplomacy, foreign policy research, and defense-related businesses. We believe the espionage factor and political context make their attacks unique and very different from traditional targeted attacks,” researchers noted in a recently published new paper (PDF).

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Rock Cats’ Carle shuts down Sea Dogs

PORTLAND, Maine — Shane Carle worked eight scoreless innings and allowed just three hits, leading the New Britain Rock Cats to a 3-0 Eastern League baseball win over the Portland Sea Dogs in the series opener Friday night at Hadlock Field. After throwing 17 pitches in the first inning, Carle …

Rock Cats’ Carle shuts down Sea Dogs

PORTLAND, Maine — Shane Carle worked eight scoreless innings and allowed just three hits, leading the New Britain Rock Cats to a 3-0 Eastern League baseball win over the Portland Sea Dogs in the series opener Friday night at Hadlock Field. After throwing 17 pitches in the first inning, Carle …

Kelly wins his seventh straight for Red Sox

BOSTON — The new and improved Joe Kelly won his seventh straight start to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night at Fenway Park. Kelly, banished to Triple-A in June with a 2-5 record, has returned as a different pitcher and Friday …

Edward Little scores late TD — twice — to stun Bangor

BANGOR, Maine — The Edward Little of Auburn football team thought its 2½ hour trip to Cameron Stadium had gone unfulfilled in the final minute of play Friday night. A go-ahead touchdown pass from Matt Verrill to C.J. Jipson had been erased after the fact, the result of a late …

Self-Driving Cars Are Smarter Than Their Human Counterparts

I got a good laugh from a recent story in the New York Times (September 2) about the tribulations of Google’s experimental self-driving cars. It seems that the automated automobiles are too smart for their own good. Self-driving cars are miracles of modern technology, able to navigate the highways and …

This guy is having the best 1995 ever

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Dancing in public leaves even the best dancers vulnerable to potential embarrassment. Up the awkward with dance moves ripped straight from ’90s MTV

YouTube user Kyle Levo spent a good chunk of his day dressed in a neon windbreaker suit and dancing for the masses. Armed with a boombox and the right attitude, he covers the hits, from Digital Underground to Jennifer Lopez.

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Easton Girls Soccer 1 at Washburn 0

At Washburn, Izzy Morin scored a goal with 90 seconds left in the first half to give Easton the winning edge. Washburn goalkeeper Taylor Howe finished with 21 saves on 32 shots and Easton’s Blake Bradley made 13 saves on 22 shots.

Obama, Saudi king discuss Mideast crises

WASHINGTON — Hosting Saudi Arabia’s new monarch for the first time, President Obama said Friday the U.S. shares King Salman’s desire for an inclusive, functioning government in Yemen that can relieve that impoverished Arab country’s humanitarian crisis. Their talks also addressed the Iran nuclear deal, a source of lingering tension in the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

Since March, the U.S. has been supporting a Saudi-led intervention against Yemen’s Iran-aided Shiite rebels, who have chased the country’s U.S.-recognized president into exile. But the Obama administration also is concerned about the conflict’s rising death toll that is now in the thousands, while aid groups have lamented their inability to provide life-saving support to all Yemenis in need.

“We share concerns about Yemen and the need to restore a function government that is inclusive and that can relieve the humanitarian situation there,” Obama told reporters who were allowed into the Oval Office for brief comments from both leaders. The meeting, Obama noted, was taking place at a “challenging time in world affairs, particularly in the Middle East.”

On Friday, 22 members of the United Arab Emirates’ military were killed while fighting the rebels known as the Houthis, the official news agency WAM said. It was believed to be the country’s highest number of military casualties since its founding in 1971. Pro-government Yemeni security officials said the troops were killed when a Houthi missile hit a weapons storage depot.

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Beyond Yemen, Saudi Arabia wants the U.S. to increase support for Syrian rebels fighting not only the Islamic State, but also seeking to topple President Bashar Assad’s embattled government after four-and-a-half years of civil war. And the Saudis want assurances from the U.S. that the Iran nuclear deal comes with a broader effort to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.

Four years after Obama demanded Assad’s ouster, the Syrian leader remains in power through significant help from Iran. The U.S. has largely abandoned efforts to uproot the Iranian-backed militia Hezbollah from its dominant position in Lebanon. Washington has struggled to limit Tehran’s influence in Shiite-dominated Iraq. Despite the Saudi intervention in Yemen, the Houthis maintain their hold over much of the country.

The visit of King Salman, who ascended the throne in January, is forcing the administration to address these concerns. To that end, Secretary of State John Kerry said this week that the U.S was working with its Arab allies in the Persian Gulf on a ballistic missile defense system, special operations training and large-scale military exercises.

And Obama said Friday’s discussions would canvass the importance of implementing the nuclear agreement.

THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

The accord will provide Iran hundreds of billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions in exchange for a decade of constraints on the country’s nuclear program. Congress will soon consider a resolution of disapproval of the final package reached by the U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran in July, but Senate Democrats have enough votes to prevent the Republican-led measure’s success.

King Salman, in brief remarks through an interpreter, characterized his visit as symbolic of the deep ties between the allies.

“I’m happy to come to a friendly country to meet a friend,” he said. “We want to work together for world peace.”

While Obama will want to assure the king he’s well aware of the dangers Iran poses, White House officials have suggested the threat is being overstated.

Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, said Iran is in such a deep economic hole that the government will likely use much of its initial windfall to boost the economy. The defense budget of U.S. allies in the Gulf is eight times that of Iran and no amount of sanctions relief can close that gap, he said.