The Independent

Putin Resurfaces: ‘It Would be Boring Without Gossip!’

Russian President Vladimir Putin finally emerged in public on Monday after a mysterious ten-day disappearance. Speculation grew as Putin canceled multiple public appearances over the weeks, though Putin indulged none of them on Monday, safe a remark that “it would be boring without gossip.”


ISIS Forces Syrians, Yazidi Sex Slaves to Donate Blood to Fighters

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is forcing residents in Raqqa, Syria, the capital of their “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq, to donate blood for their injured fighters. In January, Yazidi sex slave girls told the media the militants also forced them to donate blood.

Iraqi government forces celebrate while holding an al-Qaeda affiliated flag after they claimed they have gained complete control of the Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, on January 26, 2015 near the town of Muqdadiyah. Iraqi forces have "liberated" Diyala province from the Islamic State jihadist group, retaking all populated areas …