It is Thanksgiving, one of the major holidays in the United States. Below are four points of interest regarding the development of the observance, on the last Thursday in November, and the practices therein.
Thanksgiving Used to Happen Any Time
The modern concept of Thanksgiving dates back centuries, deriving from religious traditions in Europe. more >>
A number of Yazidi refugees now living in various refugee camps across Iraq have detailed, in recent interviews with The Daily Mail, how their family members were lost at the hands of the Islamic State while trekking across Northern Iraq in search of the safety and peace found in Kurdish-protected refugee centers.
Many of the Yazidi refugees said that when ISIS had taken control of most of the Nineveh Province in Northern Iraq in early August, they and their family members had to walk continuously over the span of several days in the blistering August heat to escape from the militants.
Although the refugees who spoke with The Daily Mail were fortunate enough to escape safely, many of them recounted how their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters were either killed or are now missing after being caught by ISIS militants. more >>
While many people around the country are trying to raise awareness for social injustice, some Hollywood stars are looking to protest with their wallets by boycotting black Friday.
Entertainers such as actor Jesse Williams, singer John Legend, actresses Tika Sumpter and Kat Graham, model Chanel Iman, entertainment mogul Russell Simmons and television host Terrence Jenkins, have decided to skip out on black Friday after news broke that Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged for fatally shooting Michael Brown,18, last August.
A number of celebrities showed their support for the movement by using the hashtag #BlackOutBlackFriday on social media, in an attempt to boycott Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that sees many Americans shop in droves to find bargain deals. more >>
The death toll from a major Syrian airstrike on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa on Tuesday continues to rise and has almost reached 100 casualties. The dozens of wounded are meanwhile overflowing the last functioning hospital in the war-torn city, an activist has said.
"There are a lot of dead bodies and injured. There are just a few doctors, and because of that there are a lot of people dying from their wounds," an activist from inside Raqqa told BBC News.
"All the markets in the city closed after the air strikes. There is nobody walking in the streets — it's just like a zombie [film]," he added. "They are just afraid because they say in the morning there are regime air strikes and in the evening there are [US-led] alliance air strikes and it's very, very hard to live under IS." more >>
Russia appears to be taking serious moves to combat the "radicalization" of Muslims within its border.
Recent pro-Islamic reports are complaining that Russia is banning the Islamic hijab—the headdress Islamic law requires Muslim women to wear—and, perhaps even more decisively, key Islamic scriptures, on the charge that they incite terrorism.
In the words of Arabic news site Elaph, "Russia is witnessing a relentless war on the hijab. It began in a limited manner but has grown in strength, prompting great concern among Russia's Muslims." more >>
Pope Francis has said that he would "never close the door" on dialogue with terror group ISIS if there is any way it could end the suffering in the region. The pontiff was speaking to reporters on Tuesday following a speech at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, and added that states striking back against terrorism can lead to loss of innocent life as well.
"I never count anything as lost. Never. Never close the door. It's difficult, you could say almost impossible, but the door is always open," Francis said about talks with ISIS, responding to a specific question of dialogue with the jihadists.