Vatican police force confirms ISIS threat against Pope Francis

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The inspector general of the Vatican’s police force has confirmed that terror group ISIS has threatened Pope Francis, but said he’s not aware of any specific plans to carry out an attack. Francis has, meanwhile, condemned the “intolerable brutality” of the militants. Continue Reading…

Thousands evacuated due to violent volcano eruptions in Chile

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One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people. Continue Reading…

Teacher Found Hanging in High School Classroom; Students Shocked by Apparent Suicide

CJ Holton places her candle into a group while people gather out front of El Dorado High School on Monday for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of El Dorado photography teacher Jillian Jacobson. (MATT MASIN)

CJ Holton places her candle into a group while people gather out front of El Dorado High School on Monday for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of El Dorado photography teacher Jillian Jacobson. (MATT MASIN)

A 31-year-old teacher died after she apparently hanged herself and was found by several students Monday morning inside an El Dorado High School classroom. Continue Reading…

Thousands protest Nemtsov assassination in Russia; Iranian Christian asked to leave country (UCNN #587)

Iraqi government at odds with U.S. on how to fight ISIS

Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen on Tuesday in Salahuddin Province, north of Baghdad. (Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters)

Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen on Tuesday in Salahuddin Province, north of Baghdad. (Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters)

Tensions between Iraq and the United States over how to battle the Islamic State broke into the open on Tuesday, as Iraqi officials declared that they would fight on their own timetable with or without American help, and as United States warplanes conspicuously sat out the biggest Iraqi counteroffensive yet amid concerns over Iran’s prominent role. Continue Reading…

Edward Snowden’s Lawyer says Man Who Revealed the NSA’s Secrets Wants to Return Home

File photo of Snowden appearing live via video during a student organized world affairs conference at the Upper Canada College private high school in Toronto

A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government’s mass surveillance programs was working with American and German lawyers to return home. Continue Reading…

Did the Obama-Netanyahu Relationship Just Get Worse? President Castigates Israeli Leader from the Oval Office

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This never happens.

U.S. presidents and Israeli prime ministers, however sharply they disagree, simply do not take public pot shots at one another for the world to see. Until now. Continue Reading…

Why Did ISIS Release 19 Christians in Syria?

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Igniting a live man in a cage; severing the heads of dozens; kidnapping, raping and selling women and children — ISIS’ shocking maltreatment of its captives has become regrettably predictable. Continue Reading…

Amish Men Jailed in Beard-Cutting Attacks Could be Set Free

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Members of a breakaway Amish community found guilty of chopping off the beards and hair of others they disagreed with could be let out of prison or have their sentences reduced Monday if a judge throws out their remaining convictions. Continue Reading…

After 15 Years, Nasdaq Hits 5000 Again

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Finally.

The Nasdaq Composite capped its long march back to 5000 Monday, eclipsing the level for the first time since March 2000. Continue Reading…

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