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State Department Report: Displacement of Religious Minorities Hit Global High in 2013

The United States State Department International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 revealed some dire news about the state of religious tolerance in the world: with ongoing persecution in North Korea, Iran, China, Pakistan, and many other countries, 2013 saw the largest population of displaced persecuted minorities "in recent memory." Jul 29, 2014 12:47 PM PT

Experts Estimate ISIS Is Making Up to $3 Million a Day Selling Oil from Captured Fields

The terrorist group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), could be making up to $3 million a day in illicit oil sales using captured oil fields in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi officials are warning that the jihadists are selling their own oil in ISIS-controlled areas and shipping it out to shady buyers in nearby countries. Jul 29, 2014 12:21 PM PT

Ebola Patient Stolen from Hospital Dies After Family Takes Her to Local Healer

A woman being treated for Ebola in a Sierra Leone hospital died after family members forcibly removed her from the hospital to bring her to a trusted traditional herbalist. The incident is causing alarm in medical communities fighting the Ebola epidemic, as distrust of medical personnel could lead to a faster spread of the disease. Jul 29, 2014 11:05 AM PT

Mob Attacks, Violence from Villagers Threaten Ebola Aid Workers in Africa

Doctors, Western aid workers, and government officials in West Africa attempting to combat the growing Ebola epidemic are fighting not just the virus itself, but an intense distrust from villagers who believe the virus is a product of Western medicine and who attack any aid worker who attempts to come near them. Jul 29, 2014 10:24 AM PT

Iraqi Army Releases Video of Anti-ISIS Operation in Attempt to Win Propaganda War

For most of the ongoing war between the Iraqi government and the jihadist group now known as the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, ISIS), the latter has used a sophisticated propaganda campaign to win over many in the region. Now, the Iraqi government is slowly trying to fight back, posting videos of their victories. Jul 28, 2014 6:04 PM PT

In Fight for Independence, Iraqi Kurds Look to America for Support

The Kurdish Peshmerga forces-- a co-ed military considered the most organized military force in Iraq-- have been largely responsible for limiting the advance of the Islamic State in the nation. As the Kurds seek independence from a flimsy Iraqi government, they look toward the West, and America especially, for support. Jul 28, 2014 12:42 PM PT

Nigeria Becomes Fourth Country Hit by 'Out of Control' Ebola Outbreak

A 40-year-old Liberian man who died in Lagos, Nigeria has become the first victim of ebola in Africa's most populous country, according to the Nigerian government. His death makes Nigeria the fourth country to experience an ebola incident since the recent outbreak began in March. Jul 27, 2014 2:55 PM PT

ISIS Supporters Deny Female Genital Mutilation Fatwa Reported by UN

A report released by the United Nations' resident and humanitarian coodinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, suggested that the terrorist group Islamic State had issued a fatwa demanding all women between the ages of 11 and 46 undergo female genital mutilation. While conflicting reports followed the claim, some rushed to defend the terror group. Jul 26, 2014 6:34 AM PT

Venezuelan General Arrested on US Warrant for Drug Smuggling

General Hugo Carvajal, a high-ranking retired military general and former chief of Venezuela's military intelligence, was arrested in Aruba this week on charges of helping Colombian Marxist rebels smuggle cocaine into the United States. Carvaja is expected to be extradited to the United States. Jul 25, 2014 12:36 PM PT

Too Many Mujahideen, Not Enough Engineers Crippling ISIS's 'Socialist' Project in Syria

The Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), has had months to establish its jihadist rule of terror in Raqqa, Syria, its "capital." As The New York Times reports, ISIS is stealing from banks and redistributing taxes into social welfare and infrastructure, but has been set back by a lack of vocational education. Jul 25, 2014 10:02 AM PT

Doctor Leading Sierra Leone Efforts Against Ebola Hospitalized with Disease

Amid an ebola epidemic that Doctors without Borders is calling "out of control," a senior doctor working to help eradicate the disease has contracted it. Sheik Umar Khan tested positive for ebola while leading the team fighting to find a cure for the disease in Sierra Leone. Jul 25, 2014 6:13 AM PT

U.S. Running up to 50 Surveillance Drone Flights over Baghdad a Day to Combat ISIS

The continued spread of the jihadist terror group Islamic State has caused the United States to increase its supporting role with the Iraqi government in monitoring and combatting the group. According to the State Department, the U.S. is manning over 50 surveillance drone flights a day over the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Jul 24, 2014 1:41 PM PT

French Christians, Including 100 MPs, Rally for Christians in Iraq

A large crowd of Christians and supporters gathered in front of the French Parliament building yesterday to express support for the native Christian Assyrian communities of Iraq, currently under siege by the Sunni jihadist group Islamic State. Joining them were 100 members of the French Parliament. Jul 24, 2014 1:29 PM PT

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