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Egypt Demands Death Sentence for Muslim Brotherhood Head

The Egyptian government is adding to its already formidable number of death sentence requests to the Mufti, the nation's chief judicial authority, requesting that the head of the former Muslim Brotherhood be executed. The move is part of a larger crackdown on crime that ranges from Islamist activity to sexual assault and harassment. Jun 20, 2014 1:04 PM PT

Children Used as Props in Jihad

The offensive by the jihadist terror group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq has featured not only the murderous brutality expected in a war to impose fundamentalist Sharia law, but a shockingly rich library of Internet memes, propaganda posters, and on-the-ground journalism meant to persuade Muslims to join ISIS. One particularly alarming trend among self-proclaimed members and supporters of ISIS online is the repeated use of images of young children to promote the cause. Jun 20, 2014 11:35 AM PT

Modi Versus Obama: Governing Versus Golf

The government of India is considered among the worst bureaucracies of Asia, notorious for government inaction and general sloth. New Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking aim at changing the government's culture by keeping bureaucrats off the golf course and in the office. Jun 20, 2014 9:52 AM PT

Report: Radical Leftist 'Occupy' Party in Spain Received Funding from Hugo Chavez

The radical left-wing party Podemos ("We Can") of Spain, which became the sensation of the European Parliament elections after winning a stunning five seats and 1.2 million votes on its first try, accepted millions of Euros from Hugo Chávez's repressive socialist regime in Venezuela, money on which it never paid requisite taxes. Jun 19, 2014 2:00 PM PT

Biden Announces US Support for FARC Peace Talks in Colombia

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos is enjoying a victory lap after being reelected last week--an election that many interpret as a mandate to continue peace talks with the terrorist guerrilla, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The United States, Vice President Joe Biden asserted this week, also supports the talks. Jun 19, 2014 12:07 PM PT

Libyan Government Demands U.S. Return Detained Benghazi 'Mastermind'

The government of Libya is demanding that the United States return Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a man the Obama administration is calling the "mastermind" of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the American embassy in Benghazi, calling the arrest an "infringement" on Libya's sovereignty. Jun 19, 2014 11:51 AM PT

Mass Kidnapping by ISIS Pulls India into Iraq Debacle as Iran, U.S. Mull Options

Iran and Syria have reportedly already sent soldiers into Iraq to help fight the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and the United States has deployed 275 soldiers to help protect the embassy in Baghdad. With reports that 40 Indian construction workers have been kidnapped, the conflict threatens to go global. Jun 19, 2014 11:24 AM PT

Iraqi Fires Army Commanders En Masse as Government Fends off ISIS in Baqubah

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fired some of the nation's top army generals amid the growing territorial dominance of the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), hoping the overhaul would fend off future attacks from the terrorists threatening to overtake Baghdad. Jun 18, 2014 10:27 AM PT

Tensions Rise Between Sunnis and Maliki as Obama Weighs Sending Special Ops

After an official government statement accused Saudi Arabia of "genocide," it only took hours for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to release a unity statement video on Iraqi television. As America calls for the Iraqi government to do more to include Sunnis and Kurds, ISIS continues its threat to spread into Baghdad. Jun 18, 2014 9:17 AM PT

Critics Question Whether DC Insider Ties Damaged Benghazi Investigation

As news breaks of an arrest in the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi that killed, among others, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, questions continue to surface regarding those responsible for investigating the incident. Of particular note is House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers. Jun 18, 2014 5:51 AM PT

China Executes 13 in Uyghur Province for Alleged Terrorist Activity

The Chinese government announced a mass execution of 13 terrorism suspects in northwest Xinjiang province, home to many of the nation's ethnic Uyghur population. The group was involved in seven difference cases, according to state reports, and the executions follow the arrests of dozens more. Jun 17, 2014 3:15 PM PT

Marines Arrive at U.S. Embassy in Iraq

The United States has announced the arrival of about 100 troops in Iraq, en route to protect the U.S. embassy in the capital, Baghdad. The arrival follows President Obama's announcement that America will deploy up to 275 troops to Iraq in response to the growing threat by Islamist jihadist group ISIS. Jun 17, 2014 11:42 AM PT

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