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International Cycling Union Bans 'Unacceptable' Nude-Colored Colombian Uniforms

Colombia's female cycling team is causing quite a stir at a tournament in Switzerland, where they debuted flesh-colored outfits that give the appearance that their torsos and groin area are nude. International Cycling Union (UCI) President Brian Cookson has called the uniforms "unacceptable" and has launched an investigation. Sep 16, 2014 8:10 AM PT

Support for France's National Front on the Rise Among French Jews

Despite the right-wing party's history of tenuous ties to the nation's Jewish community, a new survey finds surging popularity for the National Front among France's Jews, likely triggered, in part, by a wave of anti-Semitism that is driving hundreds of French Jews to immigrate to Israel. Sep 15, 2014 10:08 AM PT

Sierra Leone Lost Fourth Doctor to Ebola After WHO Refused to Help Transfer Her to Safety

As the West African Ebola outbreak that has taken more than 2,000 lives continues to spread, the World Health Organization has increasingly warned that the international community has not done enough to stop it. This weekend, however, it was the WHO who did not do enough, as Sierra Leone lost a fourth top Ebola doctor to the disease after the WHO denied funding to bring her to safety. Sep 15, 2014 8:38 AM PT

Devastating Sectarian Conflict in Central African Republic Has Killed More than 5,000 This Year

In a new tally by the Associated Press, a longstanding but escalating conflict between rival Christian and Muslim militias in the Central African Republic has taken the lives of more than 5,000 people since December of last year. The oft-forgotten conflict, in which militias on both sides target and destroy civilian communities, has ravaged the nation's infrastructure and government. Sep 13, 2014 11:36 AM PT

John Kerry: 'War' Is Wrong Terminology for What US is Doing to Islamic State

Speaking to CNN on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry refused to describe the current undertaking against the Islamic State jihadist terror group as a "war," instead opting to call it "a very significant counterterrorism operation" and emphasizing the involvement of the international community in the effort. Sep 12, 2014 10:05 AM PT

Oxford Study: 15 Currently Uncontaminated Countries At Risk of Ebola Outbreak

The largest Ebola outbreak in history, spanning five west African countries, continues to spread and threatens to engulf the infrastructures of multiple nations. The situation could get worse for the continent, according to one Oxford University study that finds animals carrying the virus are being eaten in at least 15 different countries at risk for an outbreak. Sep 12, 2014 9:33 AM PT

Australian Ebola Scare Highlights Scope of Massive Outbreak

A suspected Ebola case on Australia's Gold Coast has raised concerns that the virus's spread across West Africa is not only incapable of being sufficiently contained, but it is a threat to every nation, including those half a world away. Sep 11, 2014 11:48 AM PT

As DR Congo's Ebola Death Toll Hits 35, a Look at Wildfire Spread of Deadly Virus

As West Africa teeters on the brink of disaster, the Ebola outbreak threatening to destabilize a region has begun to threaten other parts of the country. The World Health Organization announced today that an unrelated Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 35 people since it began, out of more than 60 diagnosed with the disease. Sep 11, 2014 11:07 AM PT

Mother of Slain Canadian ISIS Jihadist Founds Support Group for Mothers of Converts

Christianne Boudreau lost her son to the Islamic State. 22-year-old Damian Clairmont died fighting for the jihadist group in Syria after converting to Islam and radicalizing in Canada. Now, Boudreau is organizing a support group for Western mothers of slain jihadists, in the hopes of helping others cope with their pain. Sep 10, 2014 12:57 PM PT

Report: Turkey's Border Towns Provide a Welcoming Market for ISIS Oil

The Islamic State has established a market in the Middle East for oil stolen from conquered fields in Syria and Iraq, depending heavily on oil sales to pay for ammunition and basic goods for its mujahideen. Reports claim that it has established a major market in Turkey, a NATO country who should be at the forefront of the fight against ISIS. Sep 10, 2014 12:42 PM PT

Liberia's Largest Newspaper: US Dept. of Defense 'Manufactured' Ebola, AIDS

The largest newspaper in Monrovia, Liberia, has published an outrageous conspiracy theory column arguing that the United States is directly responsible for scientifically engineering the Ebola virus in a bioterrorism lab and injecting Africans with it through the guise of vaccinations. Sep 10, 2014 12:09 PM PT

Report: Boko Haram Receiving Advice from ISIS on Creating African Caliphate

In August, the leader of the terrorist jihadist group Boko Haram of Nigeria, Abubakar Shekau, shocked many with the declaration that northeast Nigeria was now an Islamic Caliphate, under his rule. The declaration--along with claims that Boko Haram would not harm villagers--sounded all too similar to that of another terrorist group: the Islamic State. Sep 10, 2014 11:30 AM PT

Ebola Horror: How HAZMAT Suits Themselves Can Contaminate Medical Workers

As the current Ebola outbreak's death toll continues to skyrocket, with almost half of all 2,288 deaths occurring within the last 21 days, the lack of sufficient medical personnel to treat all those affected threatens to spread the disease even further, as even the equipment used to keep safe from Ebola can carry the disease. Sep 10, 2014 10:32 AM PT

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