Italian police have arrested 18 people who were allegedly part of a terrorist network with connections to al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. Authorities say the group, which had been working from the island of Sardinia since 2005, had been part of several terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including a 2009 bombing that killed over 100 people. They also said the group had planned to take down the Pakistani government and planned a 2010 attack on Pope Benedict that never got carried out. The members of the network were Pakistani and Afghan nationals, some of whom are believed to have been former bodyguards for Osama Bin Laden. “"In a wiretapped conversation, one of them ... boasted that Bin Laden sent him personally to Italy," a police official leading the raids told NBC News. "We believe they were in touch with people who knew the whereabouts of Bin Laden” ... Discuss

An MMA fight promoter may have just invented the world’s next great sport: Knight fighting. Russia’s M-1 Global recently launched a new division of their MMA tournaments—fittingly called M-1 Medieval—in which two fighters armed with dull swords and suits of armor fight it out in an octagon for three rounds of pure glory. After watching a video of the first bout, it’s undeniable that this is the true sport of kings. It is now only a matter of time before Knight Fights become the globe’s most popular game. The revolution has begun ... Discuss

Chile’s Calbuco volcano surprised authorities this week when it unexpectedly erupted. Video and images from the region are shocking. More than 4,000 people from surrounding areas have been evacuated from the area ... Discuss

Police in France have arrested a 24-year-old student, who they said was planning several terrorist attacks on "one, maybe two churches" in Paris. The French media has described him as an Islamic radical, who moved to France from Algeria six years ago. He was detained after he called an ambulance claiming he’d been shot during a robbery. However, police thought his story didn’t add up, and ended up finding a large cache of weapons and documents that indicated he was planning an attack on churches later that day. They now believe he accidentally shot himself. The student was already known to intelligence agencies in the country after he sought information about visiting Syria last year. The man is also a suspect in the recent murder of a 32-year-old woman ... Discuss

On Saturday night, a boat—carrying as many as 700 people—may have capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. Only a few dozen have been rescued. Officials fear that it could be one of the worst disasters ever involving migrants from North Africa crossing the Mediterranean in an effort to reach Europe. At a press conference this morning, the prime ministers of Italy and Malta revealed that rescuers were also responding to two more distress calls from two vessels carrying more than 450 people. As of this weekend, at least 1,500 people have died attempting to flee the region for Europe, and, according to The New York Times, “Officers intercepted 10,445 migrants from Jan. 1 to March 31, compared with 2,863 in the same period in 2014.” Though many of the migrants are believed to be fleeing the political turmoil and violence in countries including Libya, the president of the European Parliament said human traffickers and "the slave drivers of the 21st century” are responsible for the deaths this weekend. EU leaders will meet later this week to discuss the migrant crisis ... Discuss

This weekend, ISIS released another video showing militants slaughtering two large groups of Christians on a beach in Libya. The two groups of Ethiopian Christians were shot execution style and beheaded. The new half-hour clip is much like a video the radical Islamic group released in February, showing a mass execution of 21 Coptic Christians. In the latest a narrator says, “Despite the cross, we have returned,” adding, “You will not have safety even in your dreams, until you accept Islam. Our battle is a battle between faith and blasphemy, between truth and falsehood.”

Throughout the clip, a narrator quotes the Koran, and explains that the Christians are being killed for not paying a tax they say the book commands non-Muslims pay. “The Islamic state has offered the Christian community this many times and set a deadline for this, but the Christians never cooperated.” ISIS has targeted Christians, religious minorities and even fellow Muslims since spreading throughout Syria, Iraq and now Libya, enforcing their radical Islamic ideology ... Discuss