BAGHDAD — The death toll from a suicide bombing in a Baghdad shopping district has risen to over 150, fuelling calls for security forces to crack down on Islamic State sleeper cells blamed for one of the worst ever single bombings in Iraq.
Numbers rose as bodies were recovered from the rubble in the Karrada area of Baghdad, where a refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up on Saturday night when people were out celebrating the holy month of Ramadan.
The toll in Karrada stood at 151 killed and 200 wounded by midday on Monday, according to police and medical sources. Rescuers and families were still looking for 35 missing people. more >>
DHAKA — Six gunmen were killed and 13 hostages, including three foreigners, were rescued on Saturday during a police operation inside a Dhaka restaurant that came under attack, Indian television channel Times Now reported.
Gunmen attacked the upscale cafe in the diplomatic area of Dhaka late on Friday and had been holding about 20 hostages, including foreigners, before police poured into the building to try to free those stuck inside. At least two police were killed, authorities said.
Security officials said two police officers had been killed, but denied a report by Islamic State that 24 people were dead in the assault. more >>
A woman who identifies as a left-wing academic says her parental rights are being denied by doctors who are planning to mutilate her 19-year-old autistic daughter's body by performing gender reassignment surgery, which includes having her breasts amputated and taking massive testosterone injections to "grow a penis."
"I am a lone voice in the academic and social work world speaking out against the [trensgender] transitioning of autistic people, what I feel to be both a crime against the disabled as well as their sterilization," Dr. Kathleen Levinstein, a clinical social worker teaching at the University of Michigan, told Breitbart News.
Levinstein revealed that her daughter has a functional age of 11, and argued that she was entirely unprepared to make such decisions herself. more >>
Secretary of State John Kerry has been slammed by several political commentators for "defying reality" in his claims that the Islamic State terror group attacked Istanbul's Ataturk Airport and killed 41 people because it is getting "desperate" and is "losing."
"Now, yes, you can bomb an airport, you can blow yourself up. That's the tragedy. Daesh and others like it know that we have to get it right 24/7/365. They have to get it right for ten minutes or one hour. So it's a very different scale," Kerry said on Tuesday following the attack.
"And if you're desperate and if you know you're losing, and you know you want to give up your life, then obviously you can do some harm." more >>
Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has listed three "national sins" that she believes are prompting God to back away from America.
"I feel our nation is in a mess at every level, and it's a Romans 1 type of judgment, because God has abandoned us because we have abandoned Him. And I think He weeps as He backs away, because He is turning us over to ourselves," said Lotz, the daughter of world renowned evangelist Billy Graham, on DayStar's "Joni Table Talk" show.
Lotz talked about the importance of prayer and her latest book, The Daniel Prayer: Prayer That Moves Heaven and Changes Nations, and advised Americans to follow the biblical example of Daniel and press through to God. more >>
Prominent conservative author and essayist Mary Eberstadt has released a new book that aims to show liberals of "reason" just how intolerant and incivil today's secularist political Left has become toward traditional religious beliefs on marriage, sex and abortion.
Eberstadt, the author of a number of books who has also been published in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, National Review, First Things and other news outlets, released her new book, It's Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies, last week and spoke in Washington on Tuesday to discuss the main takeaways from her work.
"Today, as opposed to 40 years ago, [social issues] are no longer contested. They are regarded as settled. The progressive secularists side has chalked up victory after victory on cases involving school prayer, obscenity, abortion and same-sex marriage," Eberstadt told attendees at a lunchtime discussion at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday. more >>