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US Condemnation of UN School Attack Plays into Hamas's Hands, Again

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has once again triggered a series of events leading to the deaths of children and innocent civilians – this time, an attack on an area including a UN school that has left 15 people dead. After a third discovery of Hamas rockets in a UN school this week, the White House nonetheless condemned the attack. Jul 30, 2014 3:05 PM PT

West African Newspapers Warn: Don't Eat Bats, Take Ebola-Stricken Victims 'to the Bush'

The West's coverage of the African Ebola outbreak-- now claiming more than 600 lives-- has focused extensively on the facts: the symptoms, victims, and the potential of it spreading past the continent. In the four affected countries, however, the media has written everything from warnings to avoid witch doctors to urgent calls for prayer. Jul 30, 2014 12:26 PM PT

Wave of Pro-Hamas, Anti-Semitic Vandalism Hits Miami

Two separate instances of anti-Semitic vandalism are outraging the communities of Miami and Miami Beach. This week, multiple occurrences of anti-Semitic graffiti at synagogues in Miami-Dade County were reported, in which the perpetrators painted swastikas and the word "Hamas" on the property. Cars have also been victims of these attacks. Jul 30, 2014 12:23 PM PT

National Geographic: African Ebola Outbreak Will 'Likely' Reach US

Experts speaking to the National Geographic suggest that it is "likely" that the dreaded Ebola virus spreading across West Africa will make its way to the United States, but once here, it is unlikely to spread far, due to advanced American medical technology and the preparedness of medical personnel. Jul 30, 2014 9:28 AM PT

State Department Report: Displacement of Religious Minorities Hit Global High in 2013

The United States State Department International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 revealed some dire news about the state of religious tolerance in the world: with ongoing persecution in North Korea, Iran, China, Pakistan, and many other countries, 2013 saw the largest population of displaced persecuted minorities "in recent memory." Jul 29, 2014 12:47 PM PT

Experts Estimate ISIS Is Making Up to $3 Million a Day Selling Oil from Captured Fields

The terrorist group Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), could be making up to $3 million a day in illicit oil sales using captured oil fields in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi officials are warning that the jihadists are selling their own oil in ISIS-controlled areas and shipping it out to shady buyers in nearby countries. Jul 29, 2014 12:21 PM PT

Ebola Patient Stolen from Hospital Dies After Family Takes Her to Local Healer

A woman being treated for Ebola in a Sierra Leone hospital died after family members forcibly removed her from the hospital to bring her to a trusted traditional herbalist. The incident is causing alarm in medical communities fighting the Ebola epidemic, as distrust of medical personnel could lead to a faster spread of the disease. Jul 29, 2014 11:05 AM PT

Mob Attacks, Violence from Villagers Threaten Ebola Aid Workers in Africa

Doctors, Western aid workers, and government officials in West Africa attempting to combat the growing Ebola epidemic are fighting not just the virus itself, but an intense distrust from villagers who believe the virus is a product of Western medicine and who attack any aid worker who attempts to come near them. Jul 29, 2014 10:24 AM PT

Iraqi Army Releases Video of Anti-ISIS Operation in Attempt to Win Propaganda War

For most of the ongoing war between the Iraqi government and the jihadist group now known as the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, ISIS), the latter has used a sophisticated propaganda campaign to win over many in the region. Now, the Iraqi government is slowly trying to fight back, posting videos of their victories. Jul 28, 2014 6:04 PM PT

In Fight for Independence, Iraqi Kurds Look to America for Support

The Kurdish Peshmerga forces-- a co-ed military considered the most organized military force in Iraq-- have been largely responsible for limiting the advance of the Islamic State in the nation. As the Kurds seek independence from a flimsy Iraqi government, they look toward the West, and America especially, for support. Jul 28, 2014 12:42 PM PT

Africa's Ebola Crisis: Two Americans Infected as Liberia Goes on Lockdown

The growing ebola virus epidemic in Africa has claimed a second American victim, an aid worker infected while treating patients. As Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and now Nigeria work to isolate and defeat the disease, keeping the more than 1,000 people infected from spreading the illness has become an uphill battle. Jul 28, 2014 11:35 AM PT

Nigeria Becomes Fourth Country Hit by 'Out of Control' Ebola Outbreak

A 40-year-old Liberian man who died in Lagos, Nigeria has become the first victim of ebola in Africa's most populous country, according to the Nigerian government. His death makes Nigeria the fourth country to experience an ebola incident since the recent outbreak began in March. Jul 27, 2014 2:55 PM PT

ISIS Supporters Deny Female Genital Mutilation Fatwa Reported by UN

A report released by the United Nations' resident and humanitarian coodinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, suggested that the terrorist group Islamic State had issued a fatwa demanding all women between the ages of 11 and 46 undergo female genital mutilation. While conflicting reports followed the claim, some rushed to defend the terror group. Jul 26, 2014 6:34 AM PT

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