Frances Martel

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Church Leader: 90 Percent of Orthodox Christians in Iraq Have Been Displaced

The Islamic State's (ISIS/ISIL) invasion of Iraq has left 90% of the nation's Orthodox Christians displaced, fleeing religious persecution and ethnic cleansing, according to Ghattas Hazim, Greek Orthodox Bishop for Baghdad, Kuwait, and their surroundings, who must now travel into that territory and unite his congregation. Oct 25, 2014 6:31 AM PT

Refugee: North Korea is 'the Same Thing as the Holocaust... and We are Ignoring It'

Twenty-one-year-old Yeonmi Park escaped the prison nation of North Korea by sneaking into China and walking with her mother across the Gobi Desert into South Korea. Her journey is laden with the bodies of old friends, relatives, and the thousands of victims of public executions she was forced to witness. Oct 23, 2014 11:10 AM PT

Dutch and German Biker Gangs Arrive in Kobani to Fight ISIS

Last week, the Netherlands legalized the choice of some members of No Surrender, a biker gang, to travel to Syria and Iraq and fight alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State. They are no longer the only European biker gangs to enter the fray, as German group Median Empire also announces its presence in Kobani, Syria. Oct 22, 2014 10:54 AM PT

UN Rapporteurs Investigating Water Shut-Offs in Detroit

Teen Yazidi sex slaves under control of the Islamic State; North Korea's torture camps for "re-education" of political dissidents; electric shock torture in the prisons of Uzbekistan-- the world is teeming with a wide variety of human rights violations. But this week, the UN is in Detroit, to investigate individuals who have not paid their water bills. Oct 21, 2014 9:31 AM PT

Sierra Leone's Largest Paper Accuses Government of Publishing 'Fake' Ebola Death Tolls

"We need to STOP announcing fake deaths numbers," writes the editor of the largest newspaper in Sierra Leone, Dr. Sylvia Blyden, in the Awareness Times. The paper had previously accused the government of fudging the math on the Ebola death toll, resulting in hundreds of missing patients, but now, Blyden claims the government is artificially deflating the Ebola death toll deliberately. Oct 21, 2014 8:36 AM PT

Dubai Court Grants Divorce to Man Claiming Genie Has Possessed His Wife

A Dubai man has been granted a divorce from a wife who, he alleges, refuses to engage in sexual activity with him. The difference keeping them apart, he argued, is impossible to settle, because her parents told him his wife was possessed by a genie who controlled her every move. Oct 18, 2014 11:44 AM PT

Islamic State Crucifies 17-Year-Old in Syria for Filming ISIS Training Sites

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadist terror group has crucified and placed on display for three days a 17-year-old boy in Aleppo--yet another public execution meant to scare into submission those under the Islamic State's rule. The boy reportedly accepted money for filming activity at ISIS training sites. Oct 18, 2014 10:57 AM PT

'Gigi' the Robot Fighting Ebola

A walking robot named Gigi is being used in hospitals around the country to sanitize rooms used by carriers of infectious diseases. In the wake of the arrival of Ebola to the United States, the Texas hospital affected has been using the robot's radiation powers to kill the virus wherever it may live. Oct 17, 2014 12:59 PM PT


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