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September 2013

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The Christian Science Monitor Daily News Briefing provides an editorially curated perspective on important news of the day. Each issue provides a daily commentary from the editors, abridged versions of five key stories, an Editorial, the Christian Science perspective article, and a Top Headlines column. Insights gained from the Monitor can support and strengthen your prayers for the world. For the latest news and 24/7 access to Monitor content, you can also visit CSMonitor.com.

Hope stirs in Mideast

Two big opportunities have appeared on the international scene in recent days – one with Iran, the other with Syria.

Why go to the brink?

If you live in the United States, you know that there is a battle royal over the three-year-old Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

Behind Iran's new face

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s “charm offensive” is indeed charming.

A shift in the wind

Call it the baby cold war.

Freedom in the balance

Civil society needs protection from becoming a soft target, but it cannot pay for that protection with the loss of essential freedom.

Islam's silent majority

Radicals are aggressive by nature. Moderates are not. But moderates abound.

It's time to talk in D.C.

Once again, a fiscal cliff looms.

Testing Iran's intent

Yesterday, Iran released 11 political prisoners, including a prominent human rights lawyer and a reformist politician.

Raising hope in Italy

When big things break, a different kind of genius is needed: improvisation.

A Syrian step forward

Despite all the diplomatic twists and turns since the attack – and the logistical difficulties involved in securing the weapons in a war zone – the neutralization of Assad’s chemical arsenal is about to begin.