The Kingdom will stay united. By a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent, the people of Scotland voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom alongside their nearby neighbors England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Following the official vote count, British Prime Minister David Cameron said, "Like millions of other people, I am delighted,” but he said the vote itself showed that the call for reforms needs to be taken seriously. He told citizens, “We hear you," ensuring that U.K. lawmakers would work to instill "change it for the better" regarding issues like taxes and government benefits ... Discuss

In truly sad, infuriating news, the Iranian government has sentenced the young men and women in the YouTube video below to six months in jail and 91 lashes for dancing to Pharrell's "Happy." Tehran's chief of police has reportedly called the video, "a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity" ... Discuss

As an apparent response to President Barack Obama's pledge to "degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS," the loose-knit terrorist group has released a big, explosion-filled, Expendables-style video that seems to imply they're ready to fight back. It even ends with a movie trailer-style fadeout before showing the words "The Flames of War: The fighting has just begun." We've chosen to not post the video on our site, but it is an interesting example of the American taste for highly stylized war violence being repurposed to promote and threaten actual war violence. The video seems like a dare to U.S. forces, but the President has said he has no intentions of putting American boots on the ground in Iraq ... Discuss

By a vote of 273 to 156—interestingly, with 40 percent of Democrats opposing the plan—the House of Representatives approved a new White House strategy that would arm and train moderate Syrian fighters. Today, the Senate will also take a vote on the new measures, but it could still face some opposition with many legislators unhappy with the prospect of sending American troops into the region ... Discuss

How the Church Is Helping in the Fight Against Ebola

A conversation with the CEO of Living Water International about the situation in West Africa. Read More

A group of massive companies including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Red Bull, Kroger, Honeywell and DuPont have come to a voluntary agreement with the White House to cut or eliminate the use of the powerful greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbon. The man-made gas is used in refrigeration and in air conditioners. The agreement, which says that the companies will stop using the gas in favor of cleaner alternatives over the course of 10 years, is a pretty big deal. As The New York Times notes, the 700 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions being eliminated by the new move “is about 1.5 percent of the world’s 2010 greenhouse gas emissions, or the same as taking 15 million cars off the road for 10 years” ... Discuss