Japanese coast guards have reported a string of North Korean vessels containing dozens of dead bodies washing up on its shores, believed to be the victims of forced labor.
Japanese police reported at least 12 incidents of wrecked wooden boats since October, which have carried on board as many as 22 dead bodies – including five skulls.
Reuters noted that North Korean authorities have not reported any missing boats, but critics have pointed out that leader Kim Kong-Un has been forcing fishermen to work harder and harder and earn more foreign currency. more >>
A Maryland veterans memorial with a large cross is constitutional, a federal court ruled.
U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow ruled Monday that the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial could include a forty-foot tall Latin cross.
In her decision, Chasanow concluded that the Bladensburg cross was constitutional since it passed the legal precedent of not having an exclusively religious purpose. more >>
GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump has posted a video seemingly mocking President Barack Obama by inter-cutting the President making funny faces with footage of the Paris terror attacks and Islamic State militants.
Trump posted the 15-second video on Facebook on Monday with the single comment "We need a great leader-now," and by Tuesday morning it had been viewed over 600,000 times.
The video inter-cuts clips of Obama smiling and laughing with various footage related to IS, including militant training videos, threats being made against the U.S. and Europe, pictures of the downed Russian airliner over Egypt, and footage from the night of November 13 in Paris, when IS attackers killed 130 people. more >>
GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson has said that he spent time with Syrian refugees at a Jordanian camp over Thanksgiving weekend, where the people told him they would rather go back home, than be relocated to America.
"I had an opportunity to talk to many of the Syrian refugees and ask them, 'What is your supreme desire?' And it was pretty uniform: They want to go back home," Carson told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "I was a little bit surprised with the answer, because it wasn't what we're hearing a lot. We're hearing that they all want to come here to the United States. And that's not what they want. They want to go back home."
Carson, who has spoken out against allowing more Syrian refugees to come to the U.S., said that Jordan is doing a great job of hosting 1.4 million refugees, but needs more of the world's support. more >>
Arizona Sen. John McCain has warned that GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump is turning Muslims around the world against the U.S. because of his rhetoric.
McCain, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that Trump's comments about Muslim people "has an interesting effect of turning Muslims all over the world against the United States of America."
He also alleged that Trump is making America's mission against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria more difficult, and at the same time pushed for 10,000 combat troops to be deployed to the region. more >>
An European Parliamentarian is working on a resolution calling on EU members to recognize that the Islamic State terror group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities, and act upon that reality.
Lars Adaktusson of the Christian Democrats party in Sweden wrote in an op-ed published by Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that there is clear evidence IS wants to eradicate all Christains from the territory it has captured across Iraq and Syria.
Adaktusson recalled a number of IS' deadly actions against Christians in the past year and a half, including forcing all Christians to flee from the Iraqi city of Mosul, and marking homes with a visible "N," for Jesus' hometown of Nazareth. more >>