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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

Latin America Prepares Hospitals, Airport Screenings to Fight Ebola Threat

With the world on high alert as West Africa continues to struggle against the wages of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) is warning affected countries to take extra precautions in containing the threat to their region. In response to the threat, the governments of Latin America are preparing quarantine spaces and airport screenings against potential carriers. Aug 18, 2014 9:56 AM PT

UN Blacklists Key Islamic State Members, Threatens Sanctions on Collaborators

The United Nations Security Council took proactive measures Friday to condemn the genocidal behavior of the jihadist terror group the Islamic State, blacklisting six individuals believed or confirmed to work with the terrorist group and threatening sanctions against those with financial or military ties to the Islamic State. Aug 15, 2014 6:53 PM PT

Outrage in Nigeria as Government Fires 16,000 Doctors on Strike Despite Ebola Crisis

The growing spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria remains serious enough to keep the nation in an official state of emergency, with thousands concerned that the virus will spread like it has in other West African nations. In what many are calling a massive failure of optics, however, the Nigerian government has chosen to fire up to 16,000 doctors due to an unrelated medical employee strike. Aug 15, 2014 4:51 PM PT

Report: Islamic State Sieges Threatening to Eliminate Aramaic, the Language of Jesus

The siege of northern Iraq against the nation's ethnic and religious minorities by jihadist terror group Islamic State threatens to significantly alter the composition of the nation and write yet another chapter on genocide in human history. The threat is also a cultural one, however, as Islamic State terrorists kill hundreds of the last remaining speakers of Aramaic. Aug 15, 2014 1:24 PM PT

Vian Dakhil, Iraq's Only Yazidi MP, Took to Mount Sinjar to Save Her People

It is near impossible to imagine a Western representative collapsing on the legislature's floor in tears or publishing unflattering hospital photos in the aftermath of a crash. Vian Dakhil, Iraq's only Yazidi member of Parliament, has become internationally acclaimed for both in recent weeks, fighting for her people's lives with a passion that has made her the living face of the Yazidi struggle. Aug 15, 2014 12:06 PM PT

'Loved Ones Turn Against Them': Ebola Survivors in West Africa Face Brutal Stigma

Amid the dearth of good news surrounding the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, one headline worth cheering about has finally surfaced: the news that Christian doctor Kent Brantly, currently being treated in Atlanta, Georgia for the disease, may be out of the hospital in the near future. Aug 15, 2014 11:13 AM PT

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