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Australian Great White Shark Makes Beach Landing After Choking on Sea Lion

Australian beachgoers were disrupted this week with the presence of a thrashing, four-meter-long great white shark making its way ashore on Coronation Beach, in the western city of Geraldton. Experts say the shark appears to have choked on a large sea lion and found itself ashore in the final minutes of its life. Jul 17, 2014 11:12 AM PT

Russia, China, and Allies to Establish 'Mini-IMF' to Rival West

The countries forming the BRICS alliance – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – have agreed to develop a Shanghai-based banking institution to rival the International Monetary Fund. The organization would lend money to friendly nations and aspires to take power away from the Western nations governing the IMF. Jul 16, 2014 3:41 PM PT

China 'Hopes' U.S. Keeps Nose out of South China Sea Dispute

The government of China is making increasingly clear that it is not comfortable with the looming presence of the United States over its multiple disputes in the South China Sea against the Philippines and Vietnam, noting in a statement that it would rather "countries outside the region strictly maintain their neutrality." Jul 16, 2014 3:32 PM PT

Venezuelan Airport Imposes 'Breathing Tax' for Air Conditioning

The largest international airport in Venezuela has recently imposed a "breathing tax" on individuals currently in the building. The $20 tax is said to be necessary to pay for air conditioning in the impoverished socialist nation. Jul 15, 2014 6:39 PM PT

Report: ISIS Starving Out Christians in Mosul

Just one week ago, reports began to surface that residents of Mosul, Iraq – a town captured by the terrorist jihadi group Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS) – had returned to normal life and were even happier with the jihadist leadership than the Iraqi government. Reports this week indicate otherwise. Jul 15, 2014 3:42 PM PT

Former ISIS Jihadist: 'The Brutality of ISIS Terrifies Everyone'

A man who had left the terrorist jihadist group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), tells the BBC that the terrorist group uses young, brainwashed foreign men to impose a very specific, oppressive form of Sharia law-- and kill anyone who stands in its way. Jul 15, 2014 1:15 PM PT

Five-Year-Old Boy Dies after Brutal Gang Rape in Afghanistan

A five-year-old child in the Afghan city of Herat died this week after being the victim of a gang rape, from which he sustained fatal injuries. The incident has triggered another wave of outrage in the nation, which has struggled for centuries against cultural norms promoting rape. Jul 15, 2014 10:41 AM PT

Casablanca, Morocco Rabbi Beaten in Public over Israel's Gaza Initiative

Rabbi Moshe Ohayon, the leader of Casablanca's Jewish community was walking to his local synagogue on Friday night for Sabbath services when a young Muslim man stopped him and beat him, breaking his ribs and nose. The man allegedly told Ohayon while he was beating him that the attack was retribution for Israel's incursion into Gaza. Jul 14, 2014 10:02 AM PT

Cuba Arrests 100 Women for Commemorating Mass Drowning of Exiles

The Cuban communist government has arrested 100 women affiliated with the dissident group the Ladies in White--friends and family of male political prisoners--for organizing a march on Sunday to commemorate the mass drowning of refugees twenty years ago this weekend. Jul 14, 2014 9:44 AM PT

ISIS Jihadists Vow to 'Liberate' Spain in Spanish Language Video

The jihadist terror group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), has made clear their intentions to create an Islamic caliphate that extends across most of Europe and Asia. They are now further emphasizing their intention of capturing Spain, "land of our forefathers," in a Spanish-language video. Jul 11, 2014 6:43 PM PT

Report: Lebanese Al Qaeda Wing Active in Gaza Alongside Hamas

Reports have surfaced that Hamas, the Palestinian terror organization, is not the only group behind the mass launching of rockets out of Gaza and into Israel in response to the Israeli military's Operation Protective Edge. An al-Qaeda-linked group from Lebanon has also been spotted in video and photos in the area. Jul 11, 2014 1:31 PM PT

Egyptian Cleric: Muslim Brotherhood Authorizes 'Anal Jihad' for Lonely Terrorists

An Egyptian cleric formerly known as the "preacher of the revolution" during the revolt against President Hosni Mubarak warned Egyptian television viewers this week that Muslim Brotherhood sheiks have issued a fatwa permitting "anal jihad" for terrorists far from their wives, which is exactly what it sounds like. Jul 11, 2014 12:05 PM PT

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