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Vladimir Putin Celebrated as Hercules on His Birthday

Russian President Vladimir Putin has cultivated an international image based heavily on his self-worship. He criticizes anyone who attempts to be exceptional or powerful, but he has no problem when people celebrate him. Mikhail Antonov, a political science graduate at Moscow University, collected paintings of Putin as Hercules in an art exhibit for the President’s 62nd birthday on Tuesday. Oct 7, 2014 9:15 AM PT

ISIS Flag Raised in Key Syrian Town as Kurds Warn US Airstrikes Not Enough

The Syrian Kurds claim the United States-led airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are not working. The terrorist group is still advancing on Kobani, a key city on the Syria/Turkey border. The black flag of the group was raised in the eastern part of the city, but the Kurds said the town did not fall. Oct 6, 2014 10:00 AM PT

Patient with Ebola-Like Symptoms in Washington, DC

A Howard University Hospital spokesperson confirmed a patient is being treated with Ebola-like symptoms. There is no confirmation the patient has Ebola, but the person did recently travel to Nigeria. Oct 3, 2014 10:50 AM PT

Report: Three Soldiers in Liberia Infected With Ebola

FrontPageAfrica learned Ebola recently hit the Armed Forces of Liberia. Unidentified sources told the news publication that three soldiers died of Ebola and others are in quarantine at the Edward Binyah Kesselley (EBK) Military Barracks. Oct 3, 2014 10:11 AM PT

Experts Worry Outbreak Could Trigger Ebola Evolution into Airborne Virus

Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for the Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said Ebola is only transmitted though direct contact with bodily fluids, but he is worried it could evolve. This means there is a slight possibility it could be transferred through a cough or a sneeze. Oct 3, 2014 9:36 AM PT

ISIS Attacks Leave Hundreds of Yazidi Children Orphaned

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has destroyed towns, villages, temples, and tombs in Syria and Iraq. They have also torn families apart and left many children orphans in the wake of their destruction. The Yazidi minorities suffered the most in northern Iraq. Hundreds of children are without parents. Oct 3, 2014 7:34 AM PT

Turkey Vows to Protect Suleyman Shah Tomb Against ISIS

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is known to destroy tombs and sacred temples held dear to Christians and Muslims in Iraq and Syria because the buildings, they claim, are idolatrous. Their next victim might be the Suleyman Shah tomb in Aleppo, Syria, built in Turkish territory in 1921 under a treaty with France when the French ruled Syria. Oct 1, 2014 9:16 AM PT

Iran Postpones Rayhaneh Jabbari's Execution for Killing Attempted Rapist

Iranian courts have decided to uphold a death sentence by hanging for Rayhaneh Jabbari, a woman found guilty of murdering a man who attempted to rape her. New reports indicate that the hanging will be postponed, however, from its originally scheduled date, September 30. Sep 30, 2014 9:39 AM PT

China Blocks Instagram over Hong Kong Protests

China blocked the photo-sharing site Instagram over the weekend due to massive pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. People posted pictures of police using tear gas on the demonstrators. Sep 29, 2014 9:27 AM PT

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