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Online Marriages in Syria Spike Due to Ongoing Wars and Conflicts

Online marriages in Syria have risen in popularity significantly in the past few years, largely due to the Syrian civil war and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) attempting to spread their “Caliphate” across the area. The website Syria Deeply spoke with couples who told the stories of how they married after meeting online. Nov 4, 2014 8:51 AM PT

Russia's Purge of Textbooks Linked to Vladimir Putin's Inner Circle

Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science purged thousands of “unsuitable” school textbooks from schools, eliminating the business of many of the nation's book publishers. The purge is raising eyebrows, as the only company unaffected is the Soviet-era publisher Enlightenment, owned by close Putin friend Arkady Rotenberg. Nov 3, 2014 8:01 AM PT

Saudi Arabia Outlaws Female 'Tempting Eyes'

Saudi Arabia has developed an international reputation for regularly violating women's rights, one the nation continues to feed with a new law issued by the country’s religious police, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, outlawing “tempting eyes.” Nov 2, 2014 6:20 AM PT

People Greet Peshmerga in Kobane With Open Arms

The Peshmerga, the Kurdish army, arrived in Kobane from Iraq on Thursday. The local Kurds greeted the army with smiles and hugs. Journalists and people spread pictures of the joy on social media. The Kurdish army will defend the city from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). Oct 30, 2014 10:54 AM PT

Russia Launches Supply Rocket After Antares Crashes in Virginia

Russia launched a cargo vessel filled with food and supplies from Kazakhstan early Wednesday morning for the International Space Station (ISS). The launch occurred only hours after America’s attempt to refuel the station exploded on takeoff Tuesday evening. Oct 29, 2014 10:56 AM PT

Sierra Leone Member of Parliament Criticizes Ambulance Practices With Ebola Patients

Sierra Leone’s Ebola cases are showing no sign of slowing down, no thanks to significant negligence by some working to clear Ebola-stricken areas. The Member of Parliament representing eastern Kailahun, Mustapha Braima, told Parliament that ambulance drivers in the region are neglectful and their actions allow Ebola to spread. Oct 29, 2014 9:15 AM PT

Sierra Leone Ebola Cases Continue to Climb as Liberia's Cases Decrease

Liberian officials are reporting a reduction in Ebola cases as the United States completes Ebola Treatment Unites (ETUs) across the country. Officials claim twelve out seventeen ETUs promised have been completed. But as their cases decrease, Sierra Leone’s streets remain littered with dead bodies. Oct 29, 2014 9:09 AM PT

Iran Arrests Journalists Who Reported Acid Attacks

Iran arrested four journalists from the Isna news agency after they reported the acid attacks against women in Isfahan. Isna was one of the first to reach out to the attacked women. The reports caused international outrage. Oct 29, 2014 8:50 AM PT

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