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Official WHO Ebola Toll Near 5,000 with True Number Nearer 15,000

(Reuters) - At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. 22 Oct 2014, 12:43 PM PDT

Ebola Outbreak Forces Liberians into Exile

BUDUBURAM CAMP, Ghana (AP) — Henry Boley left Liberia to attend a conference in Nigeria just days after his twins were born. Now, weeks later, he can't get home. Amanda Johnson, a 50-year-old Liberian living in Ghana, awaits her fiance's departure from their home country for their wedding, but refuses to return home because of Ebola. 22 Oct 2014, 12:28 PM PDT

Iraqi Forces Clash with Islamic State Fighters West of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi army tanks and armored vehicles on Wednesday fought off an advance by Islamic State militants on the town of Amiriya Fallujah, west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, army sources said, part of a multinational effort to check the group's progress. 22 Oct 2014, 12:02 PM PDT

South Korea Scraps 'Christmas Tree' Tower Hated by North

(AFP) South Korea said Wednesday it had dismantled a Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea which had previously been used for a seasonal lights show that drew angry protests from the atheist regime in Pyongyang. 22 Oct 2014, 11:59 AM PDT

WWII Ships Found Deep in 'Graveyard of the Atlantic'

(AFP) Two sunken ships from World War II -- a German U-boat and an American merchant vessel -- have been found deep in the ocean off the coast of North Carolina, officials said Tuesday. 22 Oct 2014, 11:51 AM PDT

Poland's Sikorski Under Fire over Russia Interview

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's former Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski came under fire Tuesday from the prime minister and political opponents over a U.S. magazine interview in which he allegedly said Russia's president offered Poland the opportunity to jointly carve up Ukraine in 2008. 22 Oct 2014, 11:47 AM PDT

Dutch and German Biker Gangs Arrive in Kobani to Fight ISIS

Last week, the Netherlands legalized the choice of some members of No Surrender, a biker gang, to travel to Syria and Iraq and fight alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State. They are no longer the only European biker gangs to enter the fray, as German group Median Empire also announces its presence in Kobani, Syria. 22 Oct 2014, 10:54 AM PDT

Yazidi Sex Slave Begs West to Bomb ISIS Brothel Where She Is Being Held

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) ravaged Yazidi villages, kidnapping women to use as sex slaves or concubines, as they spread their “Caliphate” through Iraq. One of these women managed to phone the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to beg them and the West to designate as their next target the brothel where she is being held. 22 Oct 2014, 9:13 AM PDT

Israel Confirms Thwarting Massive Hamas Tunnel Attack

Hamas planned to carry out a massive attack on Israel by penetrating Israeli communities via tunnels dug under the border from the Gaza Strip, then killing or kidnapping as many people as possible, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officials confirmed Tuesday. The plan was thwarted by Israel’s destruction of the tunnels during this summer’s Gaza war. 22 Oct 2014, 8:18 AM PDT

FBI: Denver Girls May Have Tried to Join Jihadis

DENVER (AP) — Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents' money and flying to Germany, authorities said Tuesday. 21 Oct 2014

Australian Teen Threatens PM Tony Abbott in Latest ISIS Video

Australian teen Abdullah Elmir, 17, threatened Prime Minister Tony Abbott in an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) video. He calls himself Abu Khaled and tells Australia, Britain, and the United States nothing can stop the terrorist group. It is the first time Abbott is mentioned in any Islamic State video. 21 Oct 2014

‘I Am Not a Spy,’ says US Businessman Attacked in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung claimed Sunday that local democracy protests raging for over a month are, “not entirely a domestic movement, as external forces are involved.” American businessman Mark Simon has been thrown into the eye of this storm as one of the alleged external forces. 21 Oct 2014

American Released from North Korea over Bible Thanks to Sweden's 'Tireless Efforts'

WASHINGTON (AP) — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held. 21 Oct 2014

UN Rapporteurs Investigating Water Shut-Offs in Detroit

Teen Yazidi sex slaves under control of the Islamic State; North Korea's torture camps for "re-education" of political dissidents; electric shock torture in the prisons of Uzbekistan-- the world is teeming with a wide variety of human rights violations. But this week, the UN is in Detroit, to investigate individuals who have not paid their water bills. 21 Oct 2014

Sierra Leone's Largest Paper Accuses Government of Publishing 'Fake' Ebola Death Tolls

"We need to STOP announcing fake deaths numbers," writes the editor of the largest newspaper in Sierra Leone, Dr. Sylvia Blyden, in the Awareness Times. The paper had previously accused the government of fudging the math on the Ebola death toll, resulting in hundreds of missing patients, but now, Blyden claims the government is artificially deflating the Ebola death toll deliberately. 21 Oct 2014

The Real Ebola Panic: Denialism Triggering Mass of Unreported Cases in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 4,493 deaths from Ebola and 8,997 cases in West Africa. Outlets mostly say the lack of money and resources are the main reasons, but they either skim over two important reasons or skip them all together. Even if the hospitals and countries had all the money and resources they need it would mean nothing until Africa overcomes the horrific stigma associated with Ebola and countries stop denying that people died of the disease. 20 Oct 2014

Report: Hamas Rebuilding Gaza Terror Tunnels

The Gaza Strip-ruling terrorist group Hamas is reportedly rebuilding much of its tunnel network, which was used to transport weapons, murder innocents, and attempt kidnappings. Much of the tunnel network was believed to have been destroyed during the jihadi outfit’s recent 50-day war with Israel. 20 Oct 2014

NYT: Obama Wants Iran Deal that Avoids Congress

The New York Times reported Sunday that President Barack Obama "will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on" a potential nuclear deal with Iran. Congress must approve a cancelation of sanctions, one of Iran's key demands. Therefore the president is seeking an arrangement that would allow him to use his administrative powers to ease sanctions rather than canceling them outright, fearing congressional rejection. 20 Oct 2014

Joko Widodo Sworn in as Indonesia's New President

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots support that swept him to power. 20 Oct 2014

Australia Reverses Hijab Ban

(AFP) A controversial plan to make women wearing the burqa or niqab sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia's Parliament House due to security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry. 20 Oct 2014

North and South Korea Exchange Gunfire Along Border

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said. There were no reports of injuries or property damage, but the 10 minutes of shooting highlighted rising tensions between the divided countries. 20 Oct 2014

US-Led Strike Kills 8 in ISIS-Held Syria Town

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — A U.S.-led coalition airstrike on a gas distribution facility in a stronghold of the Islamic State group set off a series of secondary explosions and killed at least eight people in eastern Syria, activists said Saturday. 20 Oct 2014


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