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U.S. Diplomats Barred from Ice Bucket Challenge

The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun. 21 Aug 2014, 12:39 PM PDT

National Journal: America Should Declare War on ISIS

When a centrist Democrat, a Republican hawk, a libertarian, and a tea partier all find common ground on Capitol Hill, it's worth noting this rare outbreak of bipartisan consensus. Sens. Tim Kaine, James Inhofe, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz all believe the White House should seek new approval from Congress for U.S. military operations in Iraq. 21 Aug 2014, 11:41 AM PDT

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. 21 Aug 2014, 11:01 AM PDT

Jewish Student 'Punched' by Pro-Palestinian Student at Temple University

Philadelphia – “Temple Fest” is marketed as your “first taste of Temple” to students as they settle in for the upcoming academic year. But for one student checking out campus organizations and activities, his first taste was an act of anti-Semitism—a punch to the head, alleged anti-Semitic slurs and a trip to the hospital. 21 Aug 2014, 9:32 AM PDT

5 Ways Hamas is Like ISIS

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared ISIS (Islamic State) and Hamas, calling them "branches of the same tree." The Obama administration, in the person of Marie Harf, declined to do the same. Yet while Hamas is focused on destroying Israel and ISIS is trying to build a new Sunni caliphate, there is little else to distinguish them, and several reasons both ought to be considered part of the same terror threat. 21 Aug 2014, 7:24 AM PDT

Illness with Ebola-Like Symptoms Kills Several in Congo

KINSHASA, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo has sent its health minister and a team of experts to the remote northern Equateur province after several people died there from a disease with Ebola-like symptoms, a local official and a professor said on Wednesday. 21 Aug 2014, 6:06 AM PDT

Thai Army Ruler Nominated as Next Prime Minister

BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. 21 Aug 2014, 6:03 AM PDT

Israeli Airstrike Kills 3 Senior Hamas Leaders

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services. 21 Aug 2014, 6:02 AM PDT

Militants Attack Major Air Base in Eastern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is a stronghold of the Islamic State group, activists said. 21 Aug 2014, 6:00 AM PDT

World View: Australian MP Clive Palmer Shocks Country with Anti-China Rant

MP and business mogul Clive Palmer has shocked Australia with some rather raw remarks about the Chinese. He was appearing on a TV talk show and was asked about a corruption charge by a Chinese company. He said, "It's not true, it's false," and said the Chinese wanted to take over Australian ports and control Australian resources, adding: "I don’t mind standing up against the Chinese bastards and stopping them from doing it." 21 Aug 2014, 5:41 AM PDT

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. 20 Aug 2014

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. 20 Aug 2014

U.S. Announces New Strikes After Foley Beheading

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against Islamic State extremists Wednesday and weighed sending more troops to Iraq as President Barack Obama vowed to be relentless in pursuit of the terrorist group that beheaded an American journalist and is holding other U.S. citizens hostage. 20 Aug 2014

Jihadis and Fellow Travelers Want a USG Re-Education Program

In a chilling 14 August 2014 letter to Lisa O. Monaco, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism advisor at the National Security Council (NSC), reminiscent of the Red Chinese and Soviet gulags, a group of 75 signatories urged the Obama administration to “implement a mandatory retraining program for all federal, state, and local law enforcement officers” who have been exposed to “anti-Muslim” training. 20 Aug 2014

Report: Hamas Doesn't Want Further Escalation with Israel

A diplomatic source told the Jerusalem Post that Hamas doesn’t believe it is currently within its best interests to spark further conflict with Israel. “It is very unlikely that a full-blown military conflict between Hamas and [Israel] will reignite, even if no deal is reached in Cairo,” the source said. 20 Aug 2014

Ebola Death Count Surpasses 1,200

Ebola killed 84 in the first three days of this week, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN’s health body, said Tuesday. The total number of confirmed deaths due to the Ebola virus has now risen to 1,229, according to WHO. 20 Aug 2014

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. 20 Aug 2014

Hamas Likely to Emerge Stronger Despite Losing War against Israel

As yet another temporary ceasefire went up in the smoke of three Hamas terror rockets launched Tuesday against the Israeli city of Beersheba, the debate inside Israel regarding what lessons can be learned from this ongoing 31-day war will only intensify. While almost everyone agrees that Hamas suffered a devastating battlefield defeat at the hands of the Israel Defense Forces, many fear that, like so many other Arab defeats in their long history of wars against the Jewish state, Hamas’ present "defeat" will only increase its influence in--and control over--its Palestinian subjects. 20 Aug 2014

Obama: Islamic State 'Has No Place in the 21st Century'

In a statement delivered from his vacation site in Martha's Vineyard, President Barack Obama reacted on Wednesday to the execution of American journalist James Foley by the terrorists of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). While he proposed no specific American action in response to Foley's murder, Obama said: "One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century." 20 Aug 2014

Report: North Korea Moving Tanks to Chinese Border

A mysterious report in one of South Korea's largest newspapers claims that the North Korean government fears that China will "betray" them, and as a result has moved a large number of tanks and other armored vehicles to the border with China. 20 Aug 2014

Report: Islamic State Expanding at Record Rate

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group dedicated to following the developments on the ground in the Syrian Civil War, tells Reuters that the jihadist terror group, the Islamic State (IS), has expanded by "at least 6,300" jihadists in the past month, the fastest expansion of the organization to date. 20 Aug 2014

Muslim Works with Jews to Save Christians in the Middle East

Kasim Hafeez understands hate. Growing up with a father who believed “Hitler was a great man whose one mistake was that he did not kill enough Jews,” the British-born Muslim of Pakistani descent has experienced firsthand how an innocent child becomes an Islamist dedicated to the death and destruction of those who are different. 20 Aug 2014

Israel, Hamas Trade Fire After Talks Fail

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier. 20 Aug 2014

36 Dead, 7 Missing in Hiroshima Landslide

TOKYO (AP) — Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, police said. 20 Aug 2014

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

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