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British Muslims Enlist with Islamic State, Militant Subculture Appears "Cool" to Youth

An estimated 800 British Muslims have joined the Islamic State’s ranks as fighters. The jihadi subculture has become “cool” with some British youth, a shift that has world leaders concerned.

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Tennessee Student Suspended for Saying, “Bless You”

A Dyersburg, Tennessee teenager recently received an “In School Suspension” for attempting to be polite.

Hunger in America: 1 in 7 Rely on Food Banks

One in seven Americans — 46 million people — rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families, a study found.

China to Pope Francis: Don’t ‘Interfere’ with Religion

China has reacted cautiously to a bid by Pope Francis to open new dialogue with Beijing, with some officials quick to warn the Vatican not to “interfere” with the country’s religion.

  • Josephine McKenna |
  • August 21, 2014 |
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Ebola Patients Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol Released from Hospital

Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol have both been released from Emory Hospital, after receiving an experimental Ebola treatment.

South Sudan Church Leaders: "The International Community has Forgotten Us"

Church leaders from South Sudan gathered in London on Tuesday (Aug. 19) to campaign for peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country.

Brain Imaging Shows Differences in Risk Taking Teens

New research found that connections between certain brain regions are amplified in teens more prone to risk.

Supreme Court Orders Stay on Virginia Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court granted opponents of Virginia gay marriage a stay on Wednesday (Aug. 20), preventing same-sex couples from legally marrying in the commonwealth while the court continues litigation.

Japan Landslides Leaves 39 Dead, Dozens Missing

Landslides in Japan have killed at least 39 people, officials report. 51 people near Hiroshima city are still missing; it is likely that the death toll will rise as search efforts continue.

President Obama Vows Justice for Islamic State After Journalist's Murder

President Barack Obama has now responded to the beheading of American James Foley, vowing that the United States will be relentless in its fight against the Muslim extremists.

Israel Airstrike Kills Three Hamas Leaders

An Israeli airstrike on Thursday (Aug. 21) struck and killed three senior Hamas commanders. The attack targeted a house in the town of Rafah, and killed six people total.

"There's No Off in This Season: Team Sports Are Taking Over Kid's Lives"

James Emery White was interviewed as part of an article that ran this past Sunday in The New York Times that was built off of a blog he wrote on the interplay of sports, faith and culture. Instead of his usual blog posting, we thought you might enjoy reading it.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 21, 2014 |
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Pope Francis Says Radical Islam Must Be Stopped

Pope Francis has stated that the international community must stop Islamic State militants on their quest for power and influence.

Ebola Crisis Causes Mercy Ships to Cancel Deployment

An international medical organization maintains that collateral hardship from the Ebola epidemic has forced the cancellation of medical teams to various locations around the world.

Physically Neglected Boys Are More Likely To Become Violent Adolescents

Boys, who are physically neglected by their parents during childhood, face a heightened risk of turning into violent adolescents, according to a Penn State study.

Rapture Film "The Remaining" Coming to Theaters

A thriller movie about the rapture, titled “The Remaining,” is slated to hit theaters soon.

Islamic State Massacres Dozens of Men, Abducts Women and Children in Iraq Village

The Islamic State has reportedly made good on a promise that they would kill Yazidis who did not convert to Islam.

Willie and Korie Robertson Respond to Duck Dynasty Ratings Drop, Will Let God Guide Future

A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty” has seen a significant drop in ratings; the show ended its sixth season last week with 50 percent less viewers than the previous season finale.

Islamic State Militants Claim to Have Beheaded American Journalist

Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for the murder of American journalist James Wright Foley.

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