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UN Head Calls ISIS Gains 'Deeply Worrisome,' Suggests Sanctions on Jihadist Group

The jihadist group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), rose to prominence in June as it swept through northern Iraq, conquering major cities like Mosul and Tikrit. One month later, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon suggested that the group is "deeply worrisome" and countries should sanction it. Jul 17, 2014 7:01 PM PT

Australian Great White Shark Makes Beach Landing After Choking on Sea Lion

Australian beachgoers were disrupted this week with the presence of a thrashing, four-meter-long great white shark making its way ashore on Coronation Beach, in the western city of Geraldton. Experts say the shark appears to have choked on a large sea lion and found itself ashore in the final minutes of its life. Jul 17, 2014 11:12 AM PT

Kurdish Female Elite Forces Prepare to Battle ISIS in Iraq

Since the jihadist terror group the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham-- ISIS) began its onslaught on Iraq and conquered large swaths of northern Iraq, Iraqis opposed to their murderous jihadist agenda have relied on the Kurdish army, the Peshmerga, to fight back, while the Iraqi military fled or was massacred. Jul 17, 2014 8:30 AM PT

Russia, China, and Allies to Establish 'Mini-IMF' to Rival West

The countries forming the BRICS alliance – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – have agreed to develop a Shanghai-based banking institution to rival the International Monetary Fund. The organization would lend money to friendly nations and aspires to take power away from the Western nations governing the IMF. Jul 16, 2014 3:41 PM PT

China 'Hopes' U.S. Keeps Nose out of South China Sea Dispute

The government of China is making increasingly clear that it is not comfortable with the looming presence of the United States over its multiple disputes in the South China Sea against the Philippines and Vietnam, noting in a statement that it would rather "countries outside the region strictly maintain their neutrality." Jul 16, 2014 3:32 PM PT

Turkey Legalizes Peace Talks with Kurds in Step Towards Independence

In a sign that the Kurdish ethnic minority in the Middle East is increasingly closer to establishing a sovereign state, the Turkish government, a longtime opponent of the Kurdish independence movement, passed a law this week allowing peace talks with Kurdish rebels in the nation. Jul 16, 2014 9:55 AM PT

Venezuelan Airport Imposes 'Breathing Tax' for Air Conditioning

The largest international airport in Venezuela has recently imposed a "breathing tax" on individuals currently in the building. The $20 tax is said to be necessary to pay for air conditioning in the impoverished socialist nation. Jul 15, 2014 6:39 PM PT

Report: ISIS Starving Out Christians in Mosul

Just one week ago, reports began to surface that residents of Mosul, Iraq – a town captured by the terrorist jihadi group Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS) – had returned to normal life and were even happier with the jihadist leadership than the Iraqi government. Reports this week indicate otherwise. Jul 15, 2014 3:42 PM PT

Colombian Troops Eliminate 14 FARC Terrorists Ahead of Peace Talks

The Colombian government resumed peace talks today with the Marxist terror group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia(FARC), a day after a sophisticated military operation wiped out fourteen FARC guerrillas, bringing the total of FARC leaders eliminated in the past four years to 53. Jul 15, 2014 1:58 PM PT

Video Shows Accused Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Laughing in Dorm After Attack

The prosecution in a case peripheral to the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two men accused of committing the April 15, 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon, have released video showing the younger Tsarnaev returning to a college dorm nonchalantly and exhibiting no signs of fear of being arrested. Jul 15, 2014 1:39 PM PT

Former ISIS Jihadist: 'The Brutality of ISIS Terrifies Everyone'

A man who had left the terrorist jihadist group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), tells the BBC that the terrorist group uses young, brainwashed foreign men to impose a very specific, oppressive form of Sharia law-- and kill anyone who stands in its way. Jul 15, 2014 1:15 PM PT

Shocking Footage from IDF Shows Hamas' Rocket Barrages from Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have released video footage from Monday clearly depicting numerous rockets being fired out of Gaza by Hamas terrorists into Israel. The rockets are fired into civilian territory--often from civilian territory--and force Israelis to seek shelter and save their lives within seconds of receiving an alert. Jul 15, 2014 12:10 PM PT

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