Italian authorities have detained 15 people who they believe killed 12 others simply because they were Christians. The 15 Muslims who were arrested were among 105 migrants from North Africa on a rubber boat, attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Witnesses told authorities that the 12 victims were targeted and thrown overboard because of their faith. The vessel was intercepted by the Italian navy. Others on the boat said they formed a human chain after they opposed the murders ... Discuss
Rescuers fear that at least 350 people were killed when a boat carrying migrants from Libya capsized in the Mediterranean Sea this week. According to reports, the men on the boat rushed to one side when they saw a rescue vessel approaching, causing it to capsize. People who were in the hull to keep warm became trapped and drowned. Though 145 were rescued, many of the feared dead are women and children. The migrants were fleeing Libya, which has seen increasing unrest and violence following political instability and the rise of ISIS. Tens of thousands have made the dangerous journey to Europe in recent years, including 20,000 since January. In the same period, at least 900 have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea ... Discuss
The key Iraqi city of Ramadi is currently under attack and in danger of falling to ISIS. According to deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, Falih Essawi, government troops are attempting to hold their front lines and security is “collapsing rapidly in the city.” Ramadi is approximately 70 miles west of Baghdad and the capital of Anbar governorate, the majority of which has been under ISIS control for months. Militants have advanced in the areas to the north and east of the city, with routes south of the city already taken. Government forces are fighting to maintain control of the areas west of the Ramadi, but are currently under serious threat. There has been a steady stream of refugees leaving the city as violence has escalated. Discuss
We’ve all had bad days. We’ve all stumbled from time to time. But, it’s not that fall that matters—it’s how you recover. Allow this Buckingham Palace’s guard slip and quick recovery inspire you to get back up again ... Discuss
It’s been exactly one year since radical Islamic militants from Boko Haram stormed a school in the town of Chibok in Nigeria, and kidnapped 276 schoolgirls. And one year after the #BringBackOurGirls campaign became an international social media effort, no one is sure where most of them are. Though several managed to escape after the abduction, it is believe that many were forced to convert to Islam, forced to “marry” Boko Haram fighters, were sold into slavery or even used as human bombs. And despite the international attention, Boko Haram has continued their brutal campaign of mass murders, village raids and abductions.
A new report from Amnesty International says that in 2014 alone, more than 2,000 women and girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram. In a statement this week, Nigeria’s new president Muhammadu Buhari said that his administration would continue the battle against Boko Haram, but admitted, tragically, "We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown. As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them. But I say to every parent, family member and friend of the children that my government will do everything in its power to bring them home." Discuss
One of Islamic State’s latest videos released on Sunday shows the terrorist group destroying the archeological site of Nimrud, which was the capital of the Assyrian empire dating back to the 13th century B.C. Director of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Irina Bokova says, "Its frescos and works are celebrated around the world and revered in literature and sacred texts.” ISIS has taken to attacking archeological sites for the purposes of destroying idols or anything considered heretical to the worship of Allah. The seven-minute video shows militants using sledgehammers, jackhammers, bulldozers and explosives to bring down huge alabaster reliefs depicting Assyrian kings and deities. One militants states in the video, "God has honored us in the Islamic State to remove all of these idols and statutes worshipped instead of Allah in the past days.” Another militant adds, "whenever we seize a piece of land, we will remove signs of idolatry and spread monotheism." Discuss