With less than four weeks to go before election day, the candidates for vice president faceed off in Danville, Kentucky last night for their only debate of the campaign. Vice President Joe Biden was under pressure to gain ground after President Obama's widely perceived loss in the first debate. two candidates—who are a generation apart in age—displayed drastically different styles. Biden often smirked and rolled his eyes.
Terry Jones, the U.S. pastor behind "International Burn a Koran Day" was turned back by Canadian border officers---- at the Windsor border crossing--- on his way to speak in Toronto yesterday. There was debate on whether he should be allowed in the country. He was already barred from the UK for the public good, but Canada lacks such a law and barred him on the grounds of some past criminal history over a fine in Germany.
A Yemeni security official who worked for the U.S. Embassy has been assassinated. Officials say the drive-by shooting by a masked gunman bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda's Yemen branch. Washington considers the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula the most dangerous offshoot of that network. The attack comes amid a sharp deterioration of security in Yemen and several other Muslim countries since the collapse of police states as a result of the Arab Spring.
The world's first International Day of the Girl was recognized yesterday. It's intended to bring attention to the abuses girls suffer globally and to encourage empowerment through education. Mission India highlighted the plight of girls in that country, faced with some of the worst abuses which includes: neglect, trafficking and prostitution. Dave Stravers of Mission India said : a very common name for a baby girl, if she survives, is 'Nekoosa; a Hindi word translated to mean 'unwanted'. Government stats indicate more than 3 million girls went "missing" in 2011.
Egyptian courts have closed the case of two young Christian boys accused of blasphemy for allegedly desecrating the Koran . Two brothers, Mina Nadi, 9, and Nabil Nadi, 10, were placed in juvenile detention on Oct. 2. Some type of undisclosed deal was reached between Muslims, Christians, and security officials in the case. The case served as another example of Egypt's recent exercise of its anti-blasphemy laws; and critics contend it could be a prelude to the country's new constitution, slated to be minted later this month. Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has made it clear that he will not stand for acts or language that insult one's religion.
It's anti-bullying month and it was a surprising moment in Maryland -- as a high school student trying to speak out about bullying at his school came under assault in front of a local news crew. As the boy was getting ready for his on-camera interview, several students came up and started harassing him.