A British mother of two, now a Muslim convert associating with Islamic State terrorists in Syria, posted a series of tweets threatening Christians, with one specifically mentioning beheadings at the point of a "blunt knife."
The radical militant threats along with pro-Osama Bin Laden comments were posted to the Twitter account of a radical jihadist named Sakinah Hussain who uses the pseudonym Umm Hussain al-Britani. She is believed to be known in the United Kingdom as Sally Jones, 45, hailing from Kent in southeast England, according to investigators.
"You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at raqqa … Come here I'll do it for you!" the tweet stated. more >>
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko revealed on Wednesday that he has reached a ceasefire agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin, though a spokesman for Putin noted that no such ceasefire is possible since Russia maintains that it is not involved in the war in Ukraine.
"The conversation resulted in an agreement on ceasefire regime in the Donbas (eastern Ukraine region). The parties reached mutual understanding on the steps that will facilitate the establishment of peace," a statement from the Ukraine government said.
As Russia launched a series of events on Sept. 1 to commemorate the Beslan school siege, one of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in that country in which 300 people died, including 186 Christian children, a decade ago, Nurpashi Kulaev, the lone surviving Muslim jihadist who took part in the massacre, sahhhh hj he feels no guilt over what he did.
"I don't feel guilty that women and children died. … But I can say neither I nor anyone else could have saved them. Because the decisions were made by other people," Kulaev told RT.
According to RT, 10 years ago when the incident took place, 1,128 Beslan children, teachers and parents were celebrating the first day of school when they were taken hostage by terrorists who rigged the school with explosives. more >>
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has told western powers that there can be no military solution to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and urged continued political dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"I know the European Union, the Americans and most of the western countries are discussing very seriously among themselves how to handle this matter," Ban told journalists Tuesday during a visit to New Zealand, Agence France-Presse reported.
"What is important at this time is that they should know there is no military solution in this. There should be a political dialogue for a political solution, that is the more sustainable way," he added. more >>
The Church of England, which earlier this year approved women bishops in a historic vote, has signaled its strong commitment to tackling gender-based violence both in the church and across all levels of society.
"Gender-based violence is one of the greatest injustices in our world today. Every time an act of violence is committed, the inherent dignity of the women or girl affected is degraded. Having seen the after-effects of this violence during a recent visit to the DRC, I know all too well just how destructive it can be. The Church is already supporting and caring for those affected; it must continue in that work and must condemn the notion that such violence is ever acceptable," the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in a statement.
He added that the Church "cannot pretend that we are not aware of the reality of gender-based violence." more >>
A top European Union leader said Saturday that new sanctions are likely be proposed "within a week" against Russia because of its incursion into Ukraine, whose president has warned that the conflict might turn into a full-scale war if action is not taken soon.
"The European Council says that it stands ready to take further significant steps in the light of the evolution of the situation on the ground and it requests the commission to urgently undertake preparatory work ... and present proposals for consideration within a week," European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said at an EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium, according to CNN.
On Saturday, leaders of Germany and France also stressed the need for tighter sanctions against Moscow. more >>