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Iran Sentences 'Happy' Dancers to Prison, 91 Lashes

Iran sentenced the three men and three women who danced to Pharrell’s song “Happy” to one year in prison and 91 lashes. The judge suspended the sentences for three years, but if any of them are arrested again, the government can impose the punishment during that time. Sep 19, 2014 12:40 PM PT

Turkish Nurse: 'I Am Sick of Treating Wounded ISIL Militants'

A nurse in Turkey told authorities she is tired of treating members from the Islamic State. The nurse, only known as E.G., works in a hospital in Mersin, which is on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and across the ocean from Syria. Sep 19, 2014 8:33 AM PT

Iran Sentences Blogger to Death Over Facebook Posts

Iranian blogger Soheil Arabi, 30, was sentenced to death due to numerous Facebook posts that insulted the Prophet Mohammed. One source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) that Arabi can appeal the verdict on September 20 and he might have a chance to win. Sep 19, 2014 7:42 AM PT

French Government Rejects 'ISIS,' Will Use 'Daesh' Instead

The Islamic State, IS, ISIS, and ISIL: it is hard for governments, journalists, and average citizens to keep track of the name of the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq. Adding to the confusion, the French government has come out against all of these names, opting instead for the acronym "Daesh." Sep 18, 2014 10:21 AM PT

Possible Tainted Vaccinations Kill Over 36 Children

Doctors in the rebel held north of Syria fear tainted measles vaccinations killed 36 children. The United Nations provided the shots in the rebel-held north. The children in Jirjanaz and Maaret al-Nouman showed symptoms only an hour after they received the shot. Sep 18, 2014 7:14 AM PT

Russia Makes a Move for the Oil Rich Arctic While Barack Obama Hesitates

What was once a battle for the moon has now become a race to the Arctic between the West and Russia. On September 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia’s military presence in the Arctic is one of nation’s top priorities, arguing that it will protect shipping routes between Europe and the Pacific. But a few Western countries are wary about Russian military in the Arctic. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said America would increase a presence in the Arctic while Canada expressed deep concerns. But a strong Russian existence puts Alaska and America’s access to natural resources at risk. Sep 18, 2014 6:17 AM PT

Russia Vows to 'Protect' Russian Speakers in Baltic States

The Russian government has announced it will "protect" Russian speakers abroad, specifically mentioning the Russian-speaking population of the Baltics. This is not the first time Russia has hinted that it would involve itself in the affairs of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia since Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March. Sep 16, 2014 1:16 PM PT

CDC: 'Time to Prepare' for a Possible Ebola Outbreak in America

Almost 2,500 are dead in West Africa from Ebola and now the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has told American hospitals to prepare for a possible outbreak on American soil. On Monday, the center released an updated checklist for all hospitals for Ebola preparedness. The CDC also wants America to provide more help to combat the disease in Africa. Sep 16, 2014 7:42 AM PT

Saudi Arabia Arrests 27 Christians at a Private Home

Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) arrested 28 people for using a home as a church. The officials confiscated Bibles and musical instruments. The Christians were at the home for a prayer meeting. Sep 15, 2014 3:37 PM PT

Liberia's Largets Newspaper Compares 9/11 and Ebola Outbreak

Nations facing the Ebola virus have experienced a devastation unprecedented in the history of the disease. To fully grasp the magnitude of the outbreak's disastrous affects on Liberia, a column in the nation's largest newspaper, the Liberian Observer, asks whether the loss of more than 2,000 lives to Ebola can compare to a similar death toll for Americans on September 11, 2001. Sep 13, 2014 11:50 AM PT

Islamic State Threatens to Behead Iraqi Journalist

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has announced that the terrorist group the Islamic State (ISIS) kidnapped Raad Mohamed Al-Azaoui, an Iraqi journalist, on September 7. The jihadist group is threatening to behead him if he does not agree to work for them. Sep 12, 2014 12:04 PM PT

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