Egypt's branch of the Islamic State released a video Monday promising to continue attacking Christians there.

In December a suicide bomber attacked a Christian church, killing 28 and injuring dozens more. The 20-minute video features footage of that attack, saying it was "only the beginning." The narrator also says that Coptic Christians are ISIS' "favorite prey."

The video shows Christian leaders talking about how unsafe conditions have become—asking for protection for Christians, who are only 10 percent of the population, or speaking about Muslims derogatorily. The narrator also calls Christians "infidels" and says that they are no longer part of the class of people who get state protection.

According to ABC News, in just the last month, three Christians were killed in drive-by shootings. Discuss

A new clip from the upcoming big screen adaptation of The Shack has been released, and things get emotional.

The film—which is based on a novel by William Paul Young—tells the story of a grieving father who meets God in the form of three individuals who represent members of the trinity.

The clip appears to be from the same scene as another recently-released trailer where Sam Worthington’s character discusses what it’s like to lose a child during a conversation with God, portrayed by Octavia Spencer


Attention Star Wars fans. Lucasfilm has just released the first cast shot from its upcoming film about a young Han Solo.

From the official synopsis:

The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.

It stars Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) and Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), as well as, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in yet-to-be-revealed roles. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also pictured.

The movie drops on May 25, 2018. Discuss

The European Union is serious about cracking down on fake news. So serious that they've created East Stratcom, an 11-member team based in Brussels that tries to stem the barrage of fake news.

They look through social media and websites—seeing hundreds of claims and reports each day. The EU has specifically said the team was created in response to "Russia's ongoing disinformation campaigns," according to The New York Times.

The team, which was created just 16 months ago, is made up of former journalists and diplomats who looks through hundreds of reports and then sends out corrections to the public. Since it's beginning, it has debunked 2,500 articles and claims, many of them said to have come from Russia.

It's become especially important for the team to do its work because Germany, France and the Netherlands will elect new leaders this year, and fake news can definitely play a role in an election.

According to the Times, many of the fake news articles are about politicians who could pose the biggest threat to Russia. A large portion of them also try to turn people against the acceptance of refugees, calling them terrorists and rapists.

The team's size is not an advantage to them—they are overwhelmed and the amount of fake news out there is only increasing. They try to use social media to respond to fake news as its happening, and publish a weekly newsletter in addition to a shorter daily report.

Germany, which is also working to fight fake news, has considered fines against companies like Google and Facebook for allowing the fake news to be published, but Google and Facebook argue that they're not producing the fake news, they're just a place to publish the news. Discuss

Officials from the Libyan Red Crescent have reported that at least 74 bodies have washed up on the West Libyan shores—a popular, dangerous route for people to be trafficked to Europe.

The International Organization of Migration said the boat's engine was taken by the traffickers with the boat left to drift to its destination. The one survivor was taken to the hospital and is comatose.

A spokesman told the Associated Press he was afraid more bodies would wash up as time progressed. A rubber boat also washed up nearby, torn.

City officials have said more bodies are out further in the water, but they don't have the resources to get them.

Earlier this weekend, 500 people were rescued about 7 miles off the coast of Libya.

According to the AP, Libya's government is ran by local militia groups, and they profit from the trafficking. The EU is trying to work with the Libyan coast guard, as well as neighboring countries Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt to train and end the trafficking and dangerous journeys, but critics of the plan say that the plan discounts how dangerous it is to remain in Libya for some people. Discuss

Threats directed at Jewish people and Jewish community centers are increasing at alarming rates. This morning, at an event at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, President Donald Trump denounced these anti-Semitic acts as “horrible.” He said: “Anti-semitism is horrible and it’s going to stop. It has to stop.”

Here’s a video of Trump’s statement posted this morning by MSNC:

Yesterday alone, at least 10 Jewish community centers received bomb threats, which a part of a decided upward trend in anti-semitic activity in the United States. Discuss