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ISIS Shows Off American-Made Vehicles in Parade in Mosul, Iraq

The jihadist terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) organized a parade to celebrate their advances in Iraq this week. The parade, down the streets of the large city of Mosul, showcased the stolen American-made military equipment ISIS may use to continue their march toward Baghdad. Jun 26, 2014 2:02 PM PT

Venezuelan Students Sew Their Lips Shut to Protest Mass Government Arrests

The oppression of young students protesting against President Nicolás Maduro's socialist regime in Venezuela has led some to begin a campaign to sew their mouths closed, hoping to attract international attention and force the government to free the more than 100 student political prisoners in the country. Jun 26, 2014 1:30 PM PT

Nigerian Pop Star Offers Boko Haram Her Virginity in Exchange for Kidnapped Girls

Nigerian pop star Adokiye Kyrian has offered the terrorist Islamist group Boko Haram her virginity in exchange for the freedom of more than 200 girls abducted by the group from the town of Chibok this year. The singer has been vocally critical of the hashtag campaign to bring awareness to the problem. Jun 26, 2014 1:08 PM PT

Homeless New Yorkers Boo Chinese Millionaire's Lunch Publicity Stunt

Eccentric Chinese millionaire Chen Guangbiao hosted a lavish luncheon for New York's homeless this week during which he sang, gave a speech, and declared himself the "world's greatest philanthropist." Unfortunately, many homeless who were told they would receive money in addition to food did not agree. Jun 26, 2014 12:52 PM PT

Female Sunni Iraqi Politician Killed Fighting ISIS with Rocket Launcher

Umayyah Naji Jabara, an adviser to the governor of Salahuddin and one of the most prominent female politicians in Iraq, was killed this week while leading an attack on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The politicians is said to have personally taken up a rocket launcher to ISIS after Iraqi military failed to stop their advance. Jun 25, 2014 4:38 PM PT

Egyptian President Will Not Overturn Jail Sentences for Al Jazeera Journalists

Citing the need to respect the independence of government institutions, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said this week that he would not interfere to overrule the sentences of three Al Jazeera journalists condemned to at least seven years in prison each for working with the Muslim Brotherhood. Jun 25, 2014 4:07 PM PT

ISIS Launches English-Language Multimedia Project 'Al-Hayat'

The jihadist terror group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has excelled compared to similar groups in its use of online social media to attract younger, Western minds to its apocalyptic philosophy and culture of death. It is now ramping up this initiative with a multimedia project targeting Westerners called 'Al-Hayat Media.' Jun 25, 2014 3:38 PM PT

Iran Ramps Up Military Support to Iraq

Iran is escalating its military presence in Iraq by flying surveillance drones over the nation to track the movements of Sunni jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that United States officials have confirmed the presence of Iranian drones in the country. Jun 25, 2014 3:35 PM PT

Woman in Scotland Receives Double Hand Transplant

Corinne Hutton has become the first person in Scotland to receive a double hand transplant. Hutton, who lost her hands during a bout of pneumonia last year, will be receiving a donor's human hands and is expected to almost immediately feel through them. Jun 25, 2014 12:59 PM PT

Kurdish Soldiers: ISIS Close to Surrounding Baghdad

While Iraqi government officials continue to claim that they are making advances in defeating the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), Kurdish forces on the ground report that ISIS has begun to slowly isolate Baghdad, targeting cities in the Sunni north as well as Shi'ite south. Jun 25, 2014 7:22 AM PT

Rand Paul Calls for Cutting Aid to Pakistan over Persecuted Christians, Women

Sen. Rand Paul called for an end to American foreign aid to Pakistan in the name of both persecuted young women and the many Christians forced to face the threat of violence and oppression in the country. Before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, Sen. Paul named several examples of women suffering for their gender and faith. Jun 25, 2014 6:56 AM PT

Malaysia Prime Minister's Pep Talk to Party: Be 'Brave' Like ISIS Terrorists

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is under fire for calling for members of his United Malays National Organization (UMNO) Party to follow the example of radical Islamist terrorists the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), complimenting the terrorists' "bravery." Jun 25, 2014 6:02 AM PT

British Teen Dubbed 'Osama Bin Bieber' Shills for ISIS on Instagram

As much as the story of Sunni jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is one of military victory, it is one of the jihadist movement evolving to learn the ways of online propaganda and social media. Among its most popular Internet users is a British teen known as "Osama bin Bieber" for his youthful image among jihadists. Jun 24, 2014 10:24 AM PT

$4 Billion Debt to Drug Companies Creates Medicine Lack in Venezuela

Like Cuba, socialist Venezuela often boasts of its free socialized medical system, with President Nicolás Maduro announcing in March the introduction of 60,000 new doctors to the Venezuelan medical force. For Venezuelans with medical needs, however, finding health care, or even a fully-stocked pharmacy, is near impossible. Jun 23, 2014 9:37 AM PT


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