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US Military Conducts Eight Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq


Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The U.S. military continued its attack against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Iraq and Syria, launching eight more airstrikes on Thursday and Friday.According to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), four of the strikes were in Syria, near Kobani. They damaged four fighting positions and one building.  The remaining four airstrikes in Iraq hit a small unit near Fallujah; struck a small unit near Bayji; destroyed a checkpoint and one v

Monster Costumes Could Lead to Arrest in Beijing on Halloween


iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- Dressing up as a monster or a zombie for Halloween might get you arrested Friday night in Beijing because authorities fear the costumes could cause "panic."Expats in Beijing had organized Halloween parties on the subway in the past two years. Each year, the weekend before Halloween, “ghouls” and other Halloweeners would hop on subway Line 2 carrying bottles of beer and mixed drinks. When subway security personnel tried to stop the crowds, they were often

UK Fireworks Factory Blaze Caught on Camera


Jacob Willcox/YouTube(STAFFORD, England) — A large blaze at a fireworks factory in the United Kingdom sent two people to the hospital, with one person missing.Video shows fireworks exploding and smoke pouring from the building in Stafford Thursday night.About 50 firefighters battled the blaze at its peak. Firefighters remained at the building overnight after extinguishing the blaze.One person remains missing.The building will be searched as investigators try to figure out what caused the f

An ISIS Group Ashamed of Its Name


iStock/Thinkstock(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) — For years, the Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services agency in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has assisted new arrivals in settling in the Canadian province. As CBCNews reports, the agency will continue to do its work but under a new name since its acronym ISIS is apparently scaring off people.ISIS, as the world has come to know, also stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the militant Sunni extremist group that has become the new scourge

ISIS Blamed for Mass Graves, Prison Inmate Slaughter


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Mass graves found in western Iraq contain the bodies of possibly hundreds of Sunni tribesman who partnered with the government in its ongoing battle against the Islamic State.Although there was no claim of responsibility for the deaths of Al Bu Nimr tribe members, it's believed they were killed by ISIS fighters who have taken over large portions of Anbar province.In Washington, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters during a press briefing that these w

UN Relief Efforts in Syria Hampered by Lack of Access


MatthewBrosseau/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs for the United Nations, briefed the U.N. Security Council on the situation in Syria on Thursday, highlighting fighting, insecurity and a lack of access as reasons the humanitarian situation is deteriorating."Food, medicines, and other assistance is just a short distance away from those who desperately require it," Kang said. "And if the parties grant access, we can deliver. We

Russia, Ukraine Agree to Natural Gas Deal


berean/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Following a long period of negotiations, a $4.6 billion dollar agreement was made between Russia and Ukraine, by which Russia will supply sufficient natural gas to Ukraine to ensure heating during the winter.Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission said he was "delighted" to announce the "major success." The deal represented an, "agreement on their outstanding energy debt issues, and on an interim solution that enables supplies to continu

Few Arrests of Americans Who Fought in Syria or Iraq; Feds Focus on "Small Group


zabelin/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Of the dozens of Americans who traveled to war-torn Syria or Iraq and then returned home, only a “small group” of them fought with a terrorist group and might be inclined to launch an attack back in the U.S., federal counterterrorism officials are claiming.Putting potentially dangerous returnees like that behind bars, however, has been a slow and painstaking process.In the past 16 months, not a single returnee has been arrested -- even se

Pope: The Devil is Real, Must Be Fought


neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis said in a homily on Thursday that the devil is really and must be fought.Noting that multiple generations have been led to believe that the devil is simply an idea, Francis said on Thursday that Christian life must be defended from the devil, who is very real. Part of that life, the pope said, "requires both strength and courage...it's a continuous battle against the three main enemies of Christian life which are the devil, the wor

Burkina Faso Parliament Set on Fire Amidst Protests, President Declares State of


ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images(OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso) -- President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency on Thursday and dissolved the country's government after protests broke out over his efforts to extend his 27-year rule for five more years.Compaore came to power in 1987, deposing his predecessor in a coup. Demonstrators upset by his attempt to extend his own term set fire to parliament and government buildings. BBC News reports that Army Chief Gen. Honore Traore

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