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EBOLA: Sierra Leone Places 2 Million People Under Quarantine

Sierra Leone has again instituting a massive quarantine to stem the deadly Ebola outbreak. The country put travel restrictions on northern districts Port Loko and Bombali and southern district Moyamba. The quarantine affects up to two million people. Sep 27, 2014 1:08 PM PT

Russia Considers Joining the Fight Against ISIS

Russian leaders are sending mixed messages about their take on the United States' airstrikes in Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted to Secretary of State John Kerry that the United States must respect Syria’s sovereignty after President Barack Obama announced the United States would conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State. Yet, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia may join the fight against the jihadist group. Sep 23, 2014 10:54 AM PT

US Airstrikes in Syria Light Up Social Media

On Monday night, the United States and five Arab countries--Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Jordan--conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) and other radical Islamist terrorist groups in Syria. Social media immediately lit up with alleged photos and videos of the attacks. Other social media accounts uploaded videos that allegedly showed the aftermath of the airstrikes, none of which have been confirmed. Sep 23, 2014 10:24 AM PT

Nurse Bitten by Ebola Patient Flown to Switzerland for Treatment

An unidentified nurse bitten by an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone was flown to Switzerland on Monday. He arrived at Geneva’s University Hospital to receive medical treatment. The bite occurred during a three-day shut down in the West African country in an effort to slow down the deadly disease. Sep 23, 2014 7:22 AM PT

Report: ISIS Purges Kurdish Jihadists Who Refuse to Attack Kurds in Syria

The Islamic State has reportedly massacred dozens of Kurdish members of their group because the men refused to extend their participation in jihad to the ethnic cleansing of Kurds in Syria. The jihadists are moving towards the north to capture strategic northern towns such as Kobane. Sep 22, 2014 11:53 AM PT

Turkey Takes in Over 60,000 Syrian Refugees

The government of Turkey is reporting that between 45,000-60,000 Syrian refugees have crossed the border in the past 24 hours to escape the Islamic State. The majority are from the Kurdish town of Kobane and surrounding villages, which is considered an important border town. Sep 21, 2014 5:49 AM PT

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

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