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What President Obama Should Do About Israel

Until now, Obama has actually encouraged Hamas by restraining Israel, elevating Hamas’s preferred mediators (Qatar and Turkey), condemning Israeli counter-attacks that inadvertently kill Palestinian civilians, and urging ceasefires while terror tunnels remain intact. 19 Aug 2014

Yazidis Grow Desperate to Leave Iraq: 'We Are Done with This Country'

The small minority of Iraqi Yazidis – a religious minority of Kurdish ethnicity singled out by the terrorist group the Islamic State for extermination – is ready to move on from Iraq. After mass killings, starvation, enslavement, and a history of being the targets of slaughter, many say they see no reason to remain in Iraq. 19 Aug 2014

Iraqi Military Clashes with Islamic State Terrorists in Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) — Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic militants from a strategic dam in the country's north. 19 Aug 2014

Populist Movement Grows in Australia Against China Domination

Clive Palmer (pictured), Australian mining magnate and leader of the nation’s United Party, accused China of trying to take over the nation’s resources. Although he was quickly lambasted by ruling Liberal Party Prime Minister Tony Abbott, it seems that there is now a populist movement against China’s state-owned industries' aggressive acquisition of foreign companies and infrastructure. 19 Aug 2014

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. 19 Aug 2014

84-Year-Old Yazidi Woman Crawls for Two Days to Escape Islamic State

As international media focus on the harrowing plight of Iraq's Yazidi people as they attempt to escape genocide at the hands of the Islamic State terrorists, much has been made of the suffering of the thousands taking refuge on Mount Sinjar, without food or water. One octogenarian, threatened with death by the Islamic State, crawled for two days to reach the sanctuary at the foot of the mountain. 19 Aug 2014

Russia & China Launch Era of Floating Nuclear Power Plants

Russia began a campaign in 2000 to construct seven floating nuclear power plants, but Moscow only built one due to strong Western environmental opposition and Russia’s weak economy. But now that Russia is under Western financial sanctions and China recently admitted its huge domestic effort to frack for natural gas has failed, the two nations are teaming up to launch a new era of floating nuclear power plants. 19 Aug 2014

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. 19 Aug 2014

China Cracks Down on Murderous 'Christian' Cult

The Chinese government is cracking down on a group known as the Church of Almighty God, which believes a woman exiled in the United States is a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Chinese state media announced the arrests of nearly 1,000 members of the cult this week for various crimes, including fraud and murder. 19 Aug 2014

Ebola Fear Prompts Testing in Spain

As the Ebola virus continues to take a devastating toll on West Africa, the rest of the world has begun taking extra precautions to fight the disease should it appear on their soil. Reports from the Spanish Ministry of Health suggest that at least ten, and possibly more, individuals in the country have been tested for the virus. 19 Aug 2014

World View: Hamas Cracks Down on Political Enemies in Gaza

The Palestinian factions Hamas and PA/Fatah have been bitter enemies since Hamas defeated Fatah in a 2008 war that wrested complete control of Gaza from Fatah. Theoretically, Fatah and Hamas have reconciled and are part of a "unity government," but unity has always been a fantasy, and the Gaza war has split them further. 19 Aug 2014

Survey: .4% of Israeli Jews Believe Israel Should Accept All Hamas Ceasefire Demands

JERUSALEM - The results of the latest Israeli Peace Index--a monthly survey conducted by Tel Aviv University and the Israel Democracy Institute--reveal that just .4% of Israeli Jews believe that Israel should concede to all of Hamas' demands for a lasting ceasefire. Meanwhile, 57.8% of Israeli Jews believe that Israel "does not have to meet any of Hamas' demands and should continue to fight until Hamas surrenders." 19 Aug 2014

Tripoli, Libya, Area Bombed by Unidentified Planes

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The Libyan capital of Tripoli was struck by bombs dropped from unidentified aircraft early Monday, with the government unaware of whose planes carried out the attack. 19 Aug 2014

Protesters Set to March on Pakistan's Parliament

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of protesters demanding Pakistan's prime minister step down prepared Tuesday to march on parliament in the capital, as authorities beefed up security to prevent possible violence. 19 Aug 2014

Nigerian Woman Suspected of Ebola Dies in UAE

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The national airline of the United Arab Emirates said Monday it has disinfected one of its planes after health authorities there announced that a Nigerian woman who died after flying in to the capital, Abu Dhabi, may have been infected with the Ebola virus. 18 Aug 2014

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. 18 Aug 2014

China's National Effort in Oil and Gas Fracking Fails

China’s “economic miracle” faces an existential threat now that the nation is the world’s largest importer of oil. The Chinese central authorities mandated a $275-billion crash investment in fracking to develop cheap energy from China’s 30 trillion cubic meters of natural gas trapped in the world's largest shale fields. But China’s effort to knockoff America’s oil and gas fracking boom appears to have failed. China seems doomed to continue to destroy its industrial competitiveness by relying on high-cost energy imports. 18 Aug 2014

Latin America Prepares Hospitals, Airport Screenings to Fight Ebola Threat

With the world on high alert as West Africa continues to struggle against the wages of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) is warning affected countries to take extra precautions in containing the threat to their region. In response to the threat, the governments of Latin America are preparing quarantine spaces and airport screenings against potential carriers. 18 Aug 2014

Iraq Forces, Kurdish Peshmerga Retake Mosul Dam

BAGHDAD (AP) — Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex. 18 Aug 2014

Dozens Killed in Nepal, India Flooding

(Reuters) - Floods triggered by heavy rains in the Himalayas have inundated nearly 1,500 villages in Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 28 people and leaving thousands homeless, officials said on Sunday. 18 Aug 2014

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