The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest charities in the world, has said that it will pledge $50 million to help fight the Ebola virus crisis in West Africa, which has killed over 2,200 people.
The foundation said in a statement that the money will help international relief groups and national governments "to purchase badly needed supplies and scale up emergency operations in affected countries."
It will also "work with public and private sector partners to accelerate the development of therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics that could be effective in treating patients and preventing further transmission of the disease." more >>
As the United States marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a nationwide poll has found that many Americans do not feel any safer today. The sentiment has been echoed by a number of politicians who continue ringing the warning bells on terror group ISIS and the rise of Islamic extremists who have the means to attack the U.S.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Monday found that 47 percent of Americans believe that the country is less safe now than before 9/11.
Only 26 percent felt that the U.S. is safer now than before the al-Qaeda-organized attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and hit the Pentagon in Washington, killing close to 3,000 people. Another 26 percent answered that about the same level of threat exists. more >>
President Barack Obama is reportedly planning to ask for congressional support to arm moderate Syrian rebels who are fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, and potentially launch new airstrikes against terror group ISIS. A global chemical weapons watchdog group has meanwhile found evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria again.
Ahead of Obama's planned speech to the nation regarding ISIS on Wednesday, Fox News noted that the White House faces a "strategically complex" situation in Syria, which has been locked in a civil war since 2011.
Assad's forces have been fighting against ISIS, which has captured territory in both Syria and Iraq in its mission to create an Islamic caliphate across the region. While the U.S. has launched airstrikes in Iraq to protect religious minorities and key strategic points from the Islamic militants, it has also spoken out strongly against Assad. more >>
A majority of Americans consider Barack Obama's presidency a "failure," according to a new poll.
Conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, the poll found that 52 percent of respondents considered Obama's presidency to be more a failure than a success, versus 42 percent who thought the opposite.
As expected, political affiliation contributed to the overall likelihood of a respondent considering the Obama presidency to be a success or failure, noted Aaron Blake of Washington Post. more >>
A new CNN/ORC International poll has found that most Americans are increasingly concerned by terror group ISIS and see it as a direct threat to the United States. Also, while most who answered the survey said that they support further airstrikes against ISIS targets, they are against sending ground troops into combat.
"Americans are significantly less reluctant to use military force than they were a year ago, and the number who say that terrorism is the country's most important problem has quadrupled, making it second only to the economy on the list of top problems in the public's mind," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.
Based on the results, seven in 10 Americans believe that ISIS, which has captured a number of cities across Iraq and Syria, has the capabilities to launch an attack on the U.S. more >>
Much of America is preparing for the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with hundreds of prayer rallies and memorial services planned for this week.
Cities across the nation are planning prayer services for Thursday, Sept. 11 in remembrance of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on that same day in 2001. In Greenville, South Carolina, concerned Christians will join together at the Peace Center plaza for a prayer rally that will focus on American families, the world and the future, according to organizers. The rally will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. and is nondenominational and nonpartisan, reported GreenvilleOnline.
Moreover, a candlelight prayer service in observance of Sept. 11, 2001 will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart Church in Klamath Falls, Oregon on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Other cities planning memorial services include Galveston, Texas; Burlington, New Jersey; and Staten Island, New York, among countless others. Check your local newspaper listing for more services near you. Habitat for Humanity is also using the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as a day to build interfaith understanding as Jews, Muslims and Christians have committed to an Interfaith Journey that begins this Thursday in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. more >>