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In the second spacecraft disaster this week, one pilot is dead and another seriously injured after Virgin Galactic's tourism rocketship, dubbed SpaceShipTwo, exploded over the Mojave Desert. Virgin Galactic is owned by eccentric billionaire Richard Branson, who has long promised that the company would pioneer commercial space travel. The cause of the crash was not immediately identified, but the company said the craft "suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle" ... Discuss

In what is being called "the most horrific single atrocity ISIS has committed," the terrorist group lined up 600 Shia, Christian and Yazidi male prisoners in the desert, shot them at point blank range and threw them into a ravine, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. Allegedly, the victims were separated from about 1,500 other prisoners along religious and ethnic lines, and then the victims were searched for any valuables. The prisoners were then starved for 24 hours while they were driven out to the desert. Allegedly, they were repeatedly told that they would be given food and water once they reached their destination, only to then be told "You'll be given water in paradise."

The report was given by nine survivors, who faked death until the militants left ... Discuss

The president of Myanmar (also known as Burma) as well as the country’s military chief recently took a face-to-face meeting with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s the first time all three have discussed reforms together, despite Suu Kyi calling for the meeting for months. The political activist is not allowed to run in the nation’s upcoming presidential election (because her children are British citizens), but has been internationally recognized for her efforts to push for democratic reforms in the country.

The rare meetings come just two weeks before President Obama will meet regional leaders during an international summit host in Myanmar. Critics of the government and military have accused the nation’s leadership of only holding the meeting for show ahead of the talks with President Obama ... Discuss

Pope Francis’ Other Pro-Life Campaign

The Pope's idea of being pro-life includes a lot more than just protecting the unborn. Read More

Astronaut Reid Wiseman, who is currently on board the International Space Station (ISS), posted this amazing image of a sunrise shortly after a rocket bound for ISS exploded on its launch pad in Virginia. The spacecraft was supposed to send supplies, food, water and equipment to the astronauts. Though NASA said they aren’t at an immediate risk of running out of provisions, the explosion obviously took a toll on the crew. Wiseman added this caption to the stunning photo: “Not every day is easy. Today was a tough one.” Thankfully, no one was injured during the explosion ... Discuss

Teenage Pakistani activist and education advocate Malala Yousafzai has announced that she is donating $50,000 to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees to assist in the building of schools in Gaza. The agency is currently rebuilding more than 60 schools in the region that suffered damaged during the most recent, week’s-long violent conflict between Israel and Hamas. The 17-year-old, who just won the World's Children's Prize (which came with the $50,000 that is being donated), as well as a Nobel Peace Prize, for her work advocating for education rights for young girls—told reporters,

Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long. We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace.

Malala famously survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban after taking a stand for girls’ education, and has since started a global foundation dedicated to the cause ... Discuss