A Fijan fisherman happened upon a misplaced cell phone in a taxi cab, and on that cell phone was a shocking, extremely graphic video of five mariners being shot to death on the open sea. The victims are clinging to the wreckage of a small boat, and are picked off one by one by a group of men who are laughing and chatting on several larger vessels. The identity and nationality of the victims and killers and the location of the grisly events are unknown, but Interpol and multiple governments are looking for answers.
Though the phone was found in Fiji, a Fijan naval commander told the press "I can't say how we were able to verify the information but I can confirm that they are not Fiji citizens." Investigators in New Zealand identified one of the ships and suggested the victims may have been failed hijackers, a claim Voice of America disputes ... Discuss
Dr. Kent Brantly, the American Christian missionary who contracted Ebola while helping patients in Liberia, will be discharged from an Atlanta hospital today. Brantly and fellow infected missionary Nancy Writebol—who may also soon be released from the hospital—both received an experimental medication called ZMapp. Two of Brantly’s blood test looking for the virus came back negative. At least 1,350 people have died from the outbreak in West Africa, where, according to CNN, the maker of ZMapp has “sent its entire stock of the experimental drug” in an effort to combat the spread of the virus ... Discuss
Yesterday Israeli TV aired a video of a senior Hamas official saying that the group’s military was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in June that set-off new rounds of violence in Gaza. The comments were captured during the World Association of Muslim Scholars. In the video, which aired on Israel’s Channel 10, Salach Al-Aruri reportedly says, the kidnapping was done in “show of support for the [Palestine prisoners’] hunger strike," adding, “It has been said that it is an Israeli conspiracy, and I say it isn't."
Earlier this week, ceasefire talks broke down as Israel resumed airstrikes in Gaza following rocket attacks from the region. Officials say that three Hamas officials were killed in yesterday’s airstrikes. Since the most recent violence began following the kidnapping, more than 2,000 Palestinians—many of them civilians—have been killed. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians have also died in the fighting ... Discuss
Israel has pulled delegation officials from peace talks in Egypt as a potential ceasefire between Hamas and Israel breaks down. The Israeli Defense Forces resumed their airstrikes after rockets were fired from Gaza during a temporary truce between Hamas and Israel. According to some sources, Israel may be preparing for a ground invasion in response to the new round of rocket launches ... Discuss
A video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday that appears to show James Wright Foley, an American journalist, being beheaded by ISIS militants. We have chosen to not post the awful video, but two friends of Foley confirm the man in the video seems to be him. The video begins with a clip of President Barack Obama announcing airstrikes against ISIS, before cutting to a clip of Foley, 40, kneeling in front an armed, masked militant, saying “I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers: the U.S. government," before being beheaded. The clip ends with a shot of journalist Steven Sotloff and an alleged militant saying, “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”
Foley was kidnapped in Syria in November of 2012. YouTube has since pulled the video ... Discuss
A senior religious affairs official in China recently revealed in a state-backed newspaper that the government may soon establish a “Chinese Christian theology” that will conform to “China's national condition and integrate with Chinese culture.” Christianity, particularly Protestantism, is growing rapidly throughout the country, and in some cases, has caused tension between the government and churches. The government only allows Christians to worship together in approved churches, though “underground” house churches are pervasive in China. So far no details about what the new “theology”—which will be created by a government that is officially atheist—would look like ... Discuss