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Islamic State group-based terrorist attacks kill 130 in Yemen

 
The fears of civil war in Yemen escalated over the weekend with reports of suicide bombings and the seizure of the city of Taiz, according to The New York Times.
 
The violence began Friday, March 20 during a prayer service when an affiliate of the Islamic State group carried out a coordinated suicide…

Islamic State group admits involvement in Tunisia terror plot

 
The Islamic State group has taken responsibility in an online audio recording for the deadly attack in Tunisia that ended the lives of  23 people, including two gunmen, and injured many more, according to The New York Times. Tourists from other countries who came to visit the famed National Bordo Museum were the majority…

United States-Israel relations worsen

 
The rift between President Barack Obama and newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has grown considerably in the past couple of weeks following a controversial interview.
 
The recent uproar began when Netanyahu, who, on the last day of his campaign for reelection, urged all far-right Israelis to mobilize and vote so the…

Looking ahead to 2016: candidate updates

Ted Cruz
 
First-term Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)officially announced his plans to run for the presidency in 2016. At midnight on Monday, March 2, he tweeted, “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!”
 
Cruz officially announced on Monday, March 23 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia that he is seeking…

Oklahoma fraternity closed following racist allegation

 
The University of Oklahoma disbanded the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter last week following a viral video showing its members partaking in a racist chat.
 
NBC reported over 100 students at the university were suspended after the school’s administration viewed the video, featuring members using slurs against African-Americans- one of which referenced lynching.…

What is really important

 
 
When you turn on your computer and bring up a soft-news site like Yahoo, what is the first “news” story that you see? For me, the story that is flashing on the screen as I write this article screams “Celebs without makeup” and begs me to watch a six-minute video where photos of…

Boko Haram allies with Islamic State

 
The Islamic State group is expanding into West Africa after accepting an allegiance pledge from Boko Haram.
 
The allegiance pledge was made public after an audio recording was released by the Islamic State on Thursday, March 12. According to Time Magazine, Flashpoint Intelligence, a global security firm, was able to independently verify the…

Real estate billionaire arrested for murder

 
Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst agreed Monday to be returned to Los Angeles to face a murder charge in the execution-style shooting 15 years ago of a mobster’s daughter who acted as his spokeswoman.
 
The heir to a New York real estate fortune shuffled into a New Orleans courtroom with his hands shackled at…

Walmart raises hourly page above minimum wage

 
Walmart, a multi-million dollar corporation employing 1.3 million United States citizens, announced on Thursday, Feb. 19 the company plans to raise wages to $9 per hour for its 500,000 lowest-level workers.
 
CEO Doug McMillon wrote a letter to Walmart associates posted on the company’s website announcing the wage increase, which is $1.75 more…

Turkey and U.S. join forces against Islamic State group

 
The United States and Turkey signed a pact Thursday, Feb. 19 to train and arm Syrian rebels to take on Islamic State group militants, according to The Associated Press.
 
The New York Post reported that the two countries have been in talks for a few months about such a deal. According to The…

Drug resistant ‘superbug’ could infect nearly 200 people

 
 
An 18-year-old student currently hospitalized as a result of the “superbug” outbreak originating at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is suing the makers of the medal instruments linked to the epidemic, according to NBC.
 
Contaminated endoscopes, manufactured by Olympus Corporation of the Americas, were used in nearly 200 procedures at…

France launches de-radicalization program

 
In light of the attacks last month against Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical magazine in France, the country is implementing a de-radicalization program in many of its prisons.
 
Two of the terrorists from the deadly assault last month were previously in Fleury-Mérogis prison, the largest correctional institution in Europe. Another terrorist, Amedy Couliblay,…

Obama faces backlash over war on Islamic State group

 
 
The Obama administration began its attempt to counter the actions of the Islamic State group five months ago. Now, with no end in sight, the president is requesting formal authorization from Congress to continue their fight.
 
According to CNN, this authorization would limit U.S. ground troops to be deployed in the Middle…

New HIV vaccine undergoes trial testing

 
 
American researchers may have made a breakthrough discovery in HIV prevention and treatment.
 
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in California have developed a vaccine. It releases a protein that actively targets HIV. The vaccine prevents it from spreading, rather than training the immune system to fight the infection, according to the…

Oklahoma attempts to ban AP history course

 
 
Lawmakers in Oklahoma are looking to ban the Advanced Placement United States History course offered at high schools across the country via proposed House Bill 1380. Advocates for this decision say the course does not cast a positive light on American history.
 
The bill would cut funding for the AP U.S. history…

Obama plans continued action against Islamic State

 
 
As many as 25 Islamic State group fighters were killed on Friday, Feb. 13 when they stormed an Iraqi military base in the highly-contested Anbar province, according to NBC.
 
American troops were stationed at the base, but were on the opposite side of the base during the attack. No Iraqi troops were killed.…

Keystone pipeline bill to be delivered to Obama

 
Following its passage in the Senate, the Keystone XL pipeline bill passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Feb. 11, by a 270-152 vote. President Barack Obama has stated on several occasions that he will veto the bill, according to the BBC.
 
Although the bill will likely be vetoed, many congressional members…

Three Muslim UNC Students gunned down

 
 
The murders of three American-born Muslim residents of Chapel Hill, North Carolina have sparked controversy.
 
An official news release on the Town of Chapel Hill website reports Craig Stephen Hicks, age 46, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 10 for the murders of Deah Shaddy Barakat, age 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, age…

Protecting diversity

 
Three Muslim students were killed on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina when a resident of their apartment building gunned them down, reportedly angry about a parking dispute.
 
The aggressor, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, has stated he was angry because the three students were parking on his side of the building,…

Philadelphia to host the 2016 DNC

 
The Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia in July 2016. On Thursday, Feb. 12, the Democratic National Committee confirmed their selection. Philadelphia was chosen over Brooklyn, New York and Columbus, Ohio.
 
According to CNN, the decision was announced through a Facebook video post, where DNC chairwoman and congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz…

Gunman dead after two shootings in Denmark

 
A free speech debate in Copenhagen was interrupted on Saturday, Feb. 14 when a gunman opened fire, killing one attendant and injuring three police officers.
 
According to witnesses, a 22-year-old unnamed gunman opened fire outside of the venue, attempting to enter it before armed guards returned fire. The gunman fled in response, Reuters…

Venezuelan leaders aim for better relations with U.S.

Over the last year, relations between the United States and Venezuela have reportedly been rocky and filled with growing tensions. While these tensions continue to escalate, Venezuelan leaders are calling for improved relations.

On New Year’s Day, Vice President Joe Biden met with President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela in Brazil, according to The New York…

Canada lifts ban on assisted suicide

 
The Canadian Supreme Court voted unanimously on Friday, Feb. 6 to lift the national ban against physician-assisted suicide. The ban, which was passed in 1993 according to The Washington Post, prohibits doctors from helping terminally ill patients end their suffering.
 
The International Business Times reported that the court ruled the two-decade-old ban on…

Russian-Ukrainian conflict persists

 
Heightened Russian aggression over the last three weeks of January in Ukraine has led to 224 fatalities and over 540 injuries.
 
World leaders have debated how Western nations should aid Ukraine.
 
The White House has considered sending weapons to assist with Ukrainian security in the hopes of defending against Russian separatist aggression.…

Jordan retaliates against Islamic State group with airstrikes

 
 
After the Islamic State group killed a Jordanian pilot, the Jordanian military retaliated by launching airstrikes against the militants. In addition, the Islamic State recently claimed an American hostage was killed by the airstrikes in Syria, according to USA Today.
 
The Islamic State released a statement saying Kayla Mueller was killed in…