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Boko Haram Emptying Towns in Revenge for Vigilante Efforts against Them

The population of the town of Damboa in northern Nigeria has now become a mass of 15,000 internally displaced refugees. After the town organized a citizen vigilante effort to rid its region of the jihadist terror group Boko Haram, the terrorists returned, dressed as beggars, and ambushed the villagers. Aug 5, 2014 1:42 PM PT

Stuck Between Boko Haram and Ebola, Nigeria Faces a Perfect Storm of Disasters

“There's a kind of romance with Nigeria and [with] bad news," a Lagos resident tells the Christian Science Monitor. "Are we making Nigeria… from a Boko Haram country to a[n] Ebola country?" The dual threat is on many of the nation's minds, a challenge many fear may be insurmountable for Africa's largest economy. Aug 5, 2014 12:00 PM PT

U.S. Army General Killed by Afghan Soldier at Kabul Training Academy

An attacker wearing what Afghan officials deemed an "Afghan National Army uniform" shot dead a United States Army major general in a training camp in the capital, Kabul. The American-led military coalition there has said that multiple others have also been shot in the "incident." The general is the highest-ranking American soldier killed in Afghanistan to date. Aug 5, 2014 8:49 AM PT

Chinese Government Offering Rewards for Information on 'Terrorists'

Reports surfaced this weekend of the worst ethnic violence experienced in China since 2009, with more than 100 people killed in attacks by individuals the government claims are Uyghur Islamist extremists in Xinjiang. Chinese state media report the government is offering rewards for those who have information on "terrorists" in the region. Aug 4, 2014 2:46 PM PT

Israelis Honor IDF Lt. Hadar Goldin, Whose Death Ended Latest Ceasefire

Fears that Lieutenant Hadar Goldin of the Israeli Defense Forces had been captured by Hamas ended what would have been a 72-hour ceasefire between the terror organization and Israel. Over the weekend, however, Goldin was declared dead, and thousands of Israelis congregated to honor his life and sacrifice. Aug 4, 2014 12:17 PM PT

Islamic State's Holiday Greeting: 'We Don't Need Any Democracy'

The highly polished publicity wing of the terrorist group Islamic State, now trying to establish itself as a sovereign nation, continues to publish high-production videos to encourage Muslims around the world to abandon their lives and families and move to Islamic State-controlled lands in Syria and Iraq. Muslims, they say, "don't need any democracy" to be happy. Aug 4, 2014 12:14 PM PT

Police Clashes Escalate in Liberia as Ebola Victims Lay Dead in Homes, Streets for Days

The deadly Ebola epidemic that has stricken Western Africa is triggering major civil unrest in the capital of Liberia, Monrovia, where individuals have taken to forming roadblocks and preventing government vehicles from freely moving through the city in an attempt to bring attention to the abandoned bodies all over the city. Aug 4, 2014 9:26 AM PT

French Gaza Reporter Ducks for Cover as Hamas Rocket Interrupts Broadcast

Journalists reporting live on the scene from Gaza face the innumerable challenges of daily life for Palestinians there, including the constant threat of errant rocket fire from the terror group Hamas, which operates deep in the infrastructure of the area. On the news network France 24, reporter Maha Abu Al-Kas had her broadcast interrupted by a shock of white light and the unmistakeable sound of a rocket. Aug 3, 2014 4:34 PM PT

Netherlands Bans ISIS Flag After Anti-Semitism Surge

In anticipation of an anti-Israel rally organized for Sunday in Amsterdam, the government of the Netherlands added the flag of the terrorist group Islamic State to its list of banned political hate paraphernalia. Flying the flag in the nation will be considered a crime. Aug 3, 2014 1:07 PM PT

Lebanese TV Station Adds Arabic 'N' to Name to Protest Iraqi Christian Persecution

Lebanese TV station LBCI is adding the Arabic letter "N" to its name in solidarity with Iraqi Christians, who are being persecuted for their faith by the jihadist terror group Islamic State. Supporters of Christians on social media adopted the Arabic "N" as a symbol after Islamic State terrorists used it to mark the homes of Christians in Mosul. Aug 1, 2014 3:56 PM PT

Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks' After 9/11 Attacks

President Obama has weighed in on a secretive Senate investigation on the intelligence activities of the CIA in the wake of the September 11 attacks, telling the White House Press Corps Friday that "we tortured some folks." Aug 1, 2014 1:20 PM PT

Russian Deputy PM Mocks U.S. with Photo of Obama Holding a Puppy

"We have different values and allies," tweeted Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin yesterday of Russia and the United States. To illustrate, the Russian official posted a split-screen of photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama-- the former holding a leopard, the latter holding a Bichon Frise. Aug 1, 2014 12:18 PM PT

New Poll: Most Americans Disapprove of Obama on Foreign Affairs

A new poll released by the Associated Press and GfK Public Affairs finds that 55% of Americans disapprove of the way President Obama has handled foreign affairs, with only 37% approving of his handling of the conflict between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas. Aug 1, 2014 10:41 AM PT

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