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The Briefing 09-23-13

1) Chilling and symbolic terrorist attack at western-style mall in Kenya 

Kenyans Move to End Siege of Mall in Nairobi, New York Times (Nicholas Kulish)

2) Christians targeted by suicide bombers in Pakistan

Scores Are Killed by Suicide Bomb Attack at Historic Church in Pakistan, New York Times (Ismail Khan and Salman Masood)

3) Angela Merkel election marked by avoidance of political issues and controversy

Angela Merkel makes gains in German elections, CNN (Frederik Pleitgen and Stefan Simons)

4) Stephen Hawking says individual should have right to choose how to die

The right to die will put us on a very slippery slope, Financial Times (Christopher Caldwell)

5) Despite cultural criticisms, Christians understand adoption saves children and pictures the gospel 

The Evangelical Orphan Boom, New York Times (Kathryn Joyce)