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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

Ebola Medical Worker Forced to Turn Away Patients in Liberia

Medical worker Pierre Trbovic helped run an Ebola clinic in Liberia. Specifically, he helped keep patients out, as the facility was far too small to harbor the number of patients storming in. In a column for The Guardian, Trbovic attempts to explain the feeling of turning Ebola patients away. Sep 12, 2014 11:49 AM PT

Jabhat Al-Nusra Releases Fijian UN Peacekeepers in Syria

The jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is linked to al-Qaeda, released 45 Fijian United Nations peacekeepers in Syria to Israeli military in Golan Heights. The terrorists captured the group on the Syrian and Israeli border. Sep 12, 2014 6:37 AM PT

Escaped Yazidi Sex Slaves Tell of Harrowing Abuse by Islamic State

Recently, seventy members of Iraq's Yazidi religious minority escaped a brutal Islamic State (IS) prison after a month of captivity in Mosul, Iraq. Some of those prisoners, including young girls, chose to tell the media about the horrific treatment Yazidis suffered at the hands of IS. Sep 10, 2014 1:06 PM PT

Islamic State Releases Video with Youngest Female Fighter

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has debuted a video of a girl it claims is the youngest female fighter in its ranks. The video, posted online by the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC), features both a speech from the girl and other children at a training camp. It is the terrorist group's latest propaganda video featuring children. Sep 10, 2014 10:45 AM PT

US State Department Releases Graphic Anti-Islamic State Video

The U.S. State Department released a video to counter the numerous propaganda videos from the Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS. The department’s “Think Again, Turn Away” campaign developed the video with graphic images of the Islamic State murdering people in the streets and beheading bodies. It is meant to dissuade future jihadists from joining the terror group. Sep 9, 2014 12:45 PM PT

Egypt Arrests Seven Men in Connection With a Gay Marriage Video

Egypt’s prosecutor general arrested seven men who participated in a “gay marriage” video on YouTube. Homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, but it does violate morality laws. The men are charged with inciting debauchery and violating public decency. Sep 8, 2014 2:03 PM PT

Christians in Lebanon Prepare for Invasion by ISIS

Lebanese Christians are taking precautions as the Islamic State (ISIS) continues to terrorize Iraq and Syria. Men grabbed weapons and set out for the hills to prepare for an eventual attack by the terrorist group. Sep 7, 2014 7:48 AM PT

The Women of ISIS

The Islamic State (ISIS) Sharia Law in their self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq include laws that treat women as second-class citizens. Yet, somehow this terrorist group manages to recruit women from around the world to participate in their jihad. Sep 6, 2014 12:20 PM PT

South Sudan Faces Hunger Crisis

South Sudan’s civil war is forcing people to flee towns and villages, leading to a devastating food crisis. Over 4 million of the 11 million citizens in South Sudan face starvation, including 50,000 children. Sep 6, 2014 8:45 AM PT

Qatar Accused of Torturing Missing Human Rights Workers Observing 2022 World Cup Prep

British human rights activists Krishna Upadhyaya, 52, and Gundev Ghimire, 36, are missing in Qatar. The two men went to the country on behalf of The Glabal Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) to investigate the country’s treatment of migrant workers for the 2022 World Cup. Ghimire’s wife Bandana has accused Qatar of torturing the missing men. Sep 5, 2014 12:53 PM PT


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