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Sierra Leone's Hundreds of Ebola Deaths Traced to One Herbalist Claiming Magical Powers

The spread of the Ebola virus out of Guinea and into Sierra Leone has been traced back to one woman in a remote border village who advertised herself as an herbalist with magical powers that could defeat Ebola. Through encounters with patients crossing the border, the herbalist died, and spread the virus at her funeral to others. Aug 21, 2014 8:59 AM PT

Email from Islamic State Warned of James Foley Execution Last Week

The family and freelance employer of slain photojournalist James Foley received a "vitriolic" email from the Islamic State last week declaring their intent to kill Foley, GlobalPost President Philip Balboni said at a press conference yesterday. Aug 21, 2014 8:47 AM PT

Saudi Grand Mufti: Extremist Jihadi Groups 'Enemy Number One of Islam'

In what is widely being regarded as a strong rebuke of the jihadist terror group Islamic State, Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, has called fundamentalist Islamism "the number one enemy of Islam" and warned Imams against convincing young men to fight in Syria. Aug 20, 2014 11:28 AM PT

CDC: US Has Had 'at Least 68' Ebola Scares, Three Still Awaiting Results

Amid the news that two patients-- one in New Mexico and one in California-- are currently being tested for Ebola in hospitals due to matching symptoms, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that there have been "at least 68" such scares in the past three weeks. Aug 20, 2014 11:02 AM PT

Report: North Korea Moving Tanks to Chinese Border

A mysterious report in one of South Korea's largest newspapers claims that the North Korean government fears that China will "betray" them, and as a result has moved a large number of tanks and other armored vehicles to the border with China. Aug 20, 2014 10:22 AM PT

Report: Islamic State Expanding at Record Rate

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group dedicated to following the developments on the ground in the Syrian Civil War, tells Reuters that the jihadist terror group, the Islamic State (IS), has expanded by "at least 6,300" jihadists in the past month, the fastest expansion of the organization to date. Aug 20, 2014 10:05 AM PT

Egypt, Cuba, Iran, Russia Use Ferguson to Attack US 'Human Rights Record'

A sad array of failed states, quasi-failed states, and successful tyrannies have boldly come out against the United States for law enforcement action taken to curb violent looters and rioters in Ferguson, Missouri. The list includes such iconic human rights defenders as Cuba, Iran, China, and Russia. Aug 20, 2014 9:23 AM PT

Mother of American Journalist Beheaded by Islamic State: 'We Have Never Been Prouder'

American journalist James Wright Foley, believed to have been abducted in Syria in 2012, became the subject of a harrowing propaganda video released Tuesday in which Islamic State jihadists beheaded him to "send a message" to the United States. In a public statement on Facebook, Foley's mother, Diane Foley, honors her son and requests privacy for her family at this time. Aug 19, 2014 8:32 PM PT

Yazidis Grow Desperate to Leave Iraq: 'We Are Done with This Country'

The small minority of Iraqi Yazidis – a religious minority of Kurdish ethnicity singled out by the terrorist group the Islamic State for extermination – is ready to move on from Iraq. After mass killings, starvation, enslavement, and a history of being the targets of slaughter, many say they see no reason to remain in Iraq. Aug 19, 2014 3:20 PM PT

84-Year-Old Yazidi Woman Crawls for Two Days to Escape Islamic State

As international media focus on the harrowing plight of Iraq's Yazidi people as they attempt to escape genocide at the hands of the Islamic State terrorists, much has been made of the suffering of the thousands taking refuge on Mount Sinjar, without food or water. One octogenarian, threatened with death by the Islamic State, crawled for two days to reach the sanctuary at the foot of the mountain. Aug 19, 2014 1:06 PM PT

China Cracks Down on Murderous 'Christian' Cult

The Chinese government is cracking down on a group known as the Church of Almighty God, which believes a woman exiled in the United States is a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Chinese state media announced the arrests of nearly 1,000 members of the cult this week for various crimes, including fraud and murder. Aug 19, 2014 11:14 AM PT

India Sets up Ebola Quarantine at Delhi Airport for 'Medical Tourism' Cases

The Indian government has established a special Ebola care and quarantine facility at Delhi Airport, designed for patients with Ebola symptoms, but it is mindful that most who enter the country with similar symptoms are eventually diagnosed with malaria, typhoid fever, or other dangerous diseases. Aug 19, 2014 10:33 AM PT

Emory Ebola Facility Doctor: Patient Rooms Receiving '20 Air Changes Per Hour'

When two Christian charity workers arrived in the United States from West Africa for treatment to combat Ebola, many wondered why that transfer was chosen--and why, specifically, Emory University in Atlanta had chosen to treat them. In conversation with NPR, the director of Emory's Serious Communicable Disease Unit explains why. Aug 19, 2014 8:37 AM PT

Ebola Fear Prompts Testing in Spain

As the Ebola virus continues to take a devastating toll on West Africa, the rest of the world has begun taking extra precautions to fight the disease should it appear on their soil. Reports from the Spanish Ministry of Health suggest that at least ten, and possibly more, individuals in the country have been tested for the virus. Aug 19, 2014 8:02 AM PT

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