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Conflicting Reports Claim Islamic State Used Chlorine Gas for First Time in Iraq

Reports from the town of Dhuluyia, Iraq, suggest that the Islamic State terrorists attempted to use a chemical weapon, chlorine gas, to attack Iraqi soldiers. While a Wall Street Journal reporter notes 12 were hurt in the incident, Spanish news agency EFE claims at least 14 jihadists died in the attack. Sep 17, 2014 11:59 AM PT

Rape as a Weapon of Jihad

The jihadist terror group the Islamic State has adopted a wide variety of violent tactics to subdue and ultimately destroy minority populations in Syria and Iraq-- from crucifixions to beheadings to the mass burning of symbols of Western "decadence." But it is the group's campaign of sexual violence against minority women that Foreign Policy magazine notes could be the most devastating to those affected. Sep 17, 2014 11:29 AM PT

As Obama Sends Troops to Fight Ebola, Expert Says 'Five Million Could Die'

The World Health Organization has declared that the official death toll for West Africa's Ebola outbreak is 2,288 as of September 9, with more than 1,000 deaths located in Liberia. As the nation prepares to welcome thousands of American soldiers to the effort against the virus, the nation's largest newspaper has declared the battle lost, and an Ebola expert says five million could die. Sep 16, 2014 11:35 AM PT

Obama Administration Denies Threat of ISIS Crossing Southern Border

In a written statement to the New York Times, the Department of Homeland Security denied that there was "credible evidence" to believe Islamic State terrorists could use the porous southern border to cross into the United States and wage terror attacks. While Democrats defend the sentiment, few question security at the even less protected northern border. Sep 16, 2014 10:09 AM PT

Latest Socialist Shortage: Venezuela Running Out of Breast Implants

Due to the socialist economic policies of President Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela has faced a severe shortage of everything from toilet paper to water. But now, the nation is facing a new type of economic hardship: Venezuela is running out of breast implants, and women are taking risks with shady products to make up for it. Sep 16, 2014 10:06 AM PT

International Cycling Union Bans 'Unacceptable' Nude-Colored Colombian Uniforms

Colombia's female cycling team is causing quite a stir at a tournament in Switzerland, where they debuted flesh-colored outfits that give the appearance that their torsos and groin area are nude. International Cycling Union (UCI) President Brian Cookson has called the uniforms "unacceptable" and has launched an investigation. Sep 16, 2014 8:10 AM PT

Support for France's National Front on the Rise Among French Jews

Despite the right-wing party's history of tenuous ties to the nation's Jewish community, a new survey finds surging popularity for the National Front among France's Jews, likely triggered, in part, by a wave of anti-Semitism that is driving hundreds of French Jews to immigrate to Israel. Sep 15, 2014 10:08 AM PT

Sierra Leone Lost Fourth Doctor to Ebola After WHO Refused to Help Transfer Her to Safety

As the West African Ebola outbreak that has taken more than 2,000 lives continues to spread, the World Health Organization has increasingly warned that the international community has not done enough to stop it. This weekend, however, it was the WHO who did not do enough, as Sierra Leone lost a fourth top Ebola doctor to the disease after the WHO denied funding to bring her to safety. Sep 15, 2014 8:38 AM PT

Devastating Sectarian Conflict in Central African Republic Has Killed More than 5,000 This Year

In a new tally by the Associated Press, a longstanding but escalating conflict between rival Christian and Muslim militias in the Central African Republic has taken the lives of more than 5,000 people since December of last year. The oft-forgotten conflict, in which militias on both sides target and destroy civilian communities, has ravaged the nation's infrastructure and government. Sep 13, 2014 11:36 AM PT

John Kerry: 'War' Is Wrong Terminology for What US is Doing to Islamic State

Speaking to CNN on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry refused to describe the current undertaking against the Islamic State jihadist terror group as a "war," instead opting to call it "a very significant counterterrorism operation" and emphasizing the involvement of the international community in the effort. Sep 12, 2014 10:05 AM PT

Oxford Study: 15 Currently Uncontaminated Countries At Risk of Ebola Outbreak

The largest Ebola outbreak in history, spanning five west African countries, continues to spread and threatens to engulf the infrastructures of multiple nations. The situation could get worse for the continent, according to one Oxford University study that finds animals carrying the virus are being eaten in at least 15 different countries at risk for an outbreak. Sep 12, 2014 9:33 AM PT

Australian Ebola Scare Highlights Scope of Massive Outbreak

A suspected Ebola case on Australia's Gold Coast has raised concerns that the virus's spread across West Africa is not only incapable of being sufficiently contained, but it is a threat to every nation, including those half a world away. Sep 11, 2014 11:48 AM PT


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