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Christian Doctor in Atlanta Cured of Ebola: 'I Serve a Faithful God who Answers Prayers'

Ebola patients Dr. Kent Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol left Emory University hospital after doctors declared the two are not a public health risk. Brantly and Writebol contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia. Brantly spoke to the press before leaving the hospital. In a speech touching heavily on Christian themes, he lavished praise on God and those on Earth who treated him. Aug 21, 2014 11:01 AM PT

James Foley, Family Relied on Catholic Faith, Rosary

The Islamic State (IS) slaughtered American journalist James Wright Foley, whom many remember for his fantastic contributions to the media. But there is one aspect of Foley’s life outlets allow to be overshadowed: Foley relied on his Catholic faith, especially the Rosary, when Qaddafi’s forces kidnapped him in Libya in 2011. Aug 20, 2014 5:50 PM PT

Vin Diesel Challenges Vladimir Putin to the Ice Challenge for ALS

The “Ice Challenge” has exploded onto social media, succeeding as a popular way to bring awareness to the neurodegenerative disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Celebrities, too, have accepted the challenge, “tagging” other celebrities along the way. Hollywood star Vin Diesel took the celebrity tag chain a step further and challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to dump a bucket of ice water on his head. Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM PT

Islamic State Celebrates James Foley's Death on Social Media

Twitter is suspending any account that tweets graphic photos of American journalist James Wright Foley’s execution in Syria along with accounts linked to the Islamic State (IS). IS beheaded Foley and uploaded the video to YouTube, which took it down by late Tuesday evening. However, some accounts slip by Twitter, leaving IS members and supporters' celebratory tweets about Foley’s execution available. Aug 20, 2014 12:02 PM PT

Ebola: Liberia Issues 'Shoot-on-Sight' Order at Sierra Leone Border

The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) received orders to shoot anyone who crosses the border from Sierra Leone at night. Liberia closed the borders against the spread of Ebola but also because a medical ward was looted Saturday night. Patients who fled the looters and went missing returned to the hospital on Tuesday. Aug 19, 2014 1:13 PM PT

Chinese Hackers Steal Patient Records From Health System

Chinese hackers allegedly stole 4.5 million patient records from the Community Health Systems (CHS), which works with 206 hospitals in 29 states. They acquired sensitive information that could be used to steal identities such as names, social security numbers, phone numbers, and addresses. Aug 19, 2014 11:39 AM PT

Ebola Survivors Face Stigma But Educate Communities to Fight the Disease

The battle against Ebola does not end after a patient is cured. Many survivors are shunned by their villages and fired from their jobs. But these people do not allow the stigma to take over their lives. Instead, the people use their survival to educate others about the deadly disease in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Aug 18, 2014 3:41 PM PT

Syrian Rebels Demand US Airstrikes Against Islamic State

The Syrian rebels in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) asked the United States for airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria similar to those the US performed in Iraq. The terrorist group is closing in on Aleppo, the last rebel stronghold in Syria. The group already captured towns around the huge city. Aug 17, 2014 11:34 AM PT

US Strikes Near Mosul Dam, Islamic State Massacres 80 Yazidi Men in Iraq

On Saturday, the US struck the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq in an attempt to retake the Mosul dam. These strikes came a day after IS massacred 80 Yazidi men and kidnapped over 100 women and girls in Kocho village in northern Iraq. The terrorists rounded up the men who refused to convert to Islam and shot them. Aug 16, 2014 10:39 AM PT

Aid Groups Run Out of Room for Ebola Patients

Doctors Without Borders and other aid groups are comparing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to a war zone as the official death toll surpasses 1,000. Yet large as that number is, many West Africans fear taking sick relatives to the hospitals, which means the death toll might be higher. Aug 15, 2014 12:09 PM PT

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