The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has said that the bombing of a Russian airliner by the Islamic State terror group last week can be seen as Russia's 9/11, referencing the terror attacks on the U.S. that prompted the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"All indicators are pointing to the fact that it was ISIS putting a bomb on an airplane," Texas GOP Rep. Mike McCaul said on "Fox News Sunday."
"I have a high degree of confidence. It's been my gut (feeling) all along. … This is comparable to 9/11 for" Russia, he added. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments from a group of nuns who want to be exempted from having to indirectly provide birth control and abortion-inducing drugs to employees.
Little Sisters of the Poor will present their case as one of seven cases pertaining to the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate.
In their granting of certiorari on Friday, court opted to consolidate the cases, which include legal challenges by Priests for Life, Geneva College, East Texas Baptist University, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington. more >>
Despite the recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Education against a suburban Chicago high school, no school has to allow boys in girls locker rooms, or vice-versa. That's according to Matt Sharp, legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF — a group that offers free legal counsel to any school that adopts its policy on transgender issues and gets sued.
"We believe (our policy) is legally sound," Sharp said. "And, to show you how serious we are, if you adopt our policy and you get sued, the Alliance Defending Freedom is willing to represent you free of charge, so that you're not out-of-pocket for taking a stand on what is right and what common sense says we ought to do."
The ADF advocates separate changing facilities for transgender students and sent its sample policy to Palatine Township High School District 211, where a male student, who identifies as female, is demanding use of the girls locker room. more >>
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei continues to claim that the infamous "Death to America" chant is not actually against the American people.
Khamenei told students in Tehran earlier this week that the slogan, often chanted at anti-American rallies, is aimed at U.S. foreign policy, and not at actual Americans.
"Your 'Death to America' slogan, and the cries by the Iranian nation, have strong logical support behind them," he said, according to The Associated Press. "Obviously by 'Death to America,' we don't mean death to the American people. The American nation is just like the rest of the nations. It ... means death to U.S. policies and its arrogance." more >>
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has said that evidence recovered by investigators from the downed Russian passenger plane in Egypt strongly suggests that a bomb was responsible for the deaths of 224 people.
Reuters reported that President Barack Obama is also taking the possibility "very seriously," though Russian authorities have said the investigation needs to continue before concluding that a terror attack is indeed to blame for the crash.
The Kogalymavia/Metrojet Flight 9268 was headed for St. Petersburg on Saturday when it broke-up mid air over the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, killing all passengers and crew. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has captured the Syrian town of Maheen in the central Homs Province, reports have said, and is now advancing toward the nearby town of Sadad, which is home to nearly 15,000 Syriac Orthodox Christians.
BBC News reported that the terror group, which has captured significant territory across Syria and Iraq, has been focusing on expanding from its mainly northern and eastern strongholds toward Homs in central Syria in recent months.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the fall of Maheen started with two suicide blasts on Saturday, with government forces eventually being driven out of the city. The watchdog group said that at least 50 government soldiers were killed or wounded in the fighting. more >>