Turkish authorities have charged an alleged Islamic State human trafficker with forcing Syrian refugee children, seeking safety from the terror group's wrath, into a prostitution ring in Southern Turkey.
In investigating an Islamic State attack last March that killed a police officer and Turkish soldier in the town of Niğde, local detectives uncovered communications between 29-year-old Ahmet Yumuşak and potential clients about the price of sex with underage Syrian refugee girls, the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet reported.
Turkish authorities, who have often been criticized for not doing enough to quell the flow of potential ISIS extremists across its borders into Syria, believe that Yumuşak was involved in the March ISIS attack and also accused him of helping to smuggle jihadi recruits into Syria to join the militant group. more >>
With four more weeks before "Game of Thrones" Season 5 premieres on HBO, spoilers for the show have emerged to give fans something to anticipate.
"Game of Thrones" Season 5 will be coming to HBO on April 12, preceded by spoilers of the new season's episodes. The upcoming season will be based on fantasy author, George R.R. Martin's epic novels, "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons."
With limited material left from the fifth book, and the sixth book's release still under speculation, several spoilers have emerged for the new season as the show makes its way into more unchartered territory. more >>
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.
"The threat exists. This is what has emerged from my conversations with Italian and foreign colleagues," said Domenico Giani, inspector general of the Corpo della Gendarmeria, Vatican City's state police force.
"At the moment, I can say that we know of no plan for an attack against the Vatican or the Holy Father." more >>
Icelandic atheist group Vantru has suggested it would like to register all newborn children as atheist members, mocking the National Church's practice of automatically registering babies if their mothers belong to the church.
"In a satirical statement to highlight the flaws of the National Church, the atheist society revealed that everyone would be a member of the organization until they deregistered their membership," Ice News reported.
"Soon-to-be parents were told any babies born from 1 March onwards would not be left out of their 'lively community' as they would automatically be registered at birth — even if parental consent had not been given. It added that this was the 'best and fairest' way to go about things." more >>
A Christian nursery worker in London, who was allegedly sacked for telling a colleague that God doesn't condone same-sex mariage, has challenged her former employer's decision.
Sarah Mbuyi, who says she was fired from her job at Newpark Childcare in Shepherd's Bush, after she told a lesbian co-worker that "God does not condone homosexuality" in January last year, has launched an unfair dismissal claim, according to Metro.
Mbuyi, 30, will argue at Watford Employment Tribunal that European Union law allows her to converse with adult colleagues subject only to the normal principles of engagement in speech. more >>
Islamic State's masked executioner "Jihadi John," who was recently identified as a Kuwaiti-born Londoner, sent emails to a Muslim advocacy group between 2009 and 2012 claiming he was "harassed" by British security agencies. An Islamic State defector says he was cold and remained aloof in Syria.
"I told them [security officer] that I want to be left alone, as I have an ambition of moving from the UK and settling in Kuwait. That is why I found a job and a spouse!! But they laughed," says an email sent by Mohammed Emwazi, who is now known as "Jihadi John" in the British press, on June 3, 2010, according to the recipient, Muslim civil rights group CAGE.
"One of them got aggressive with me, he pushed me to the wall. ... I was just baffled I did not know why he had done that after this long 6-hour interview, fingerprinting and searching. When I asked for their names they said 'We don't give out our names,'" Emwazi, a computer-programming graduate, wrote about his experience at a British airport while traveling to Kuwait in 2010. more >>