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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

Russia Aid to Ukraine in Limbo as Shells Hammer Donetsk

A large Russian aid convoy is close to Ukraine’s borders as shells hammer in the eastern city of Donetsk. It appears the convoy allegedly filled with humanitarian aid to the war-torn east crossed into Ukraine. Aug 14, 2014 3:15 PM PT

Wives Attempt to Stop Husbands Deployment to Fight Against Boko Haram

Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram is still ongoing, but wives of the soldiers are retaliating because the government cannot properly arm their husbands. The wives surrounded a base in Maiduguri to stop deployment to Gwoza in northwest Borno state. Aug 13, 2014 3:04 PM PT

Islamic State Seizes Towns Around Aleppo in Syria

The Islamic State (IS) seized towns in the Aleppo province in Syria in an attempt to form a worldwide caliphate. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the terrorists snatched Masoudiyeh, Dabiq, Akhtarin, and Ghouz from rebel forces against President Bashar al-Assad. The capture of these towns could cut off supplies to the rebels. Aug 13, 2014 9:06 AM PT

Muslim Clerics Decry 'Abuse and Siege' of Muslims by Hamas

Kuwaiti Cleric Othoman Al-Khamis urged Hamas leaders to “show some regard” for the Muslims killed in the Gaza-Israel conflict. The terrorist group often places civilians, including women and children, in the middle of a fight. Aug 12, 2014 4:37 PM PT

Possible Cholera Outbreak Threatens Yazidi and Christian Refugees in Iraq

The Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, which monitors human rights in Iraq, released a report on the conditions of the people stranded in northern Iraq. Christians, Yazidis, and Muslims fled to the mountains after the Islamic State captured their towns. These people face horrible conditions, including the possibility of a cholera outbreak. Aug 12, 2014 10:30 AM PT

Russians & Mickey Rourke Wait Two Hours to Purchase Vladimir Putin T-Shirts

T-shirts celebrating the annexation of Crimea by Russian President Vladimir Putin were very popular in June, and have now begun to resurface as designers manufacture more. Enthusiastic customers, including actor Mickey Rourke, waited for two hours this week on line to purchase a t-shirt. Aug 12, 2014 10:28 AM PT

Islamic State Crucifies, Slaughters Civilians in East Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State (IS) destroyed resistance from local tribes in east Syria, crucifying 2 people and murdering 23 others, mainly from the al-Sheitaat tribe, in the last five days. Aug 11, 2014 6:24 PM PT

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