Talk about a very intimidating group of kids! Imagine tens of thousands of youths engaging in martial arts.
That is not some action movie plot, rather that is the reality at The Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Academy in the People's Republic of China.
The largest fight school of its kind in the Asian nation, the Shaolin Temple incorporates a strict regimen for its students. more >>
Pope Francis is set to begin his tour of several African countries on Wednesday, and will be visiting communities torn apart by Islamic militants and Muslim-Christian strife with a message that all people are one human family.
"We are living at a time when religious believers, and persons of goodwill everywhere are called to foster mutual understanding and respect, and to support each other as members of our one human family. For all of us are God's children," Francis said in his pre-trip message. more >>
The Islamic State terror group released 10 Assyrian Christian hostages Tuesday night in the Tel Temir town in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, but over 150 remain captured and threatened with death.
"The released Assyrians, who are residents of the towns of Tel Shamiram, Tel Jazeera, Qabr Shamiya and Tel Fayda, are in good health conditions," a statement from the Assyrian Network for Human Rights read.
"The total number of the released since the start of the negotiations has reached 98, mostly sick and elderly," the network added, noting that there are five women among the 10 most recently released. more >>
As students at Youngstown State University walked to class Monday morning, they were shocked to find Islamic State terror messages painted on a well-known on-campus boulder, which promised "We Are Coming."
Between Sunday night and Monday morning, a large rock on the Ohio campus that is commonly used to post messages, promote student groups and campus events had been vandalized with jihadi-themed graffiti.
The rock, which is located just outside Youngstown's Kilcawley Center, had been spray painted with IS' black flag logo and provocative pro-terror statements that included "France deserves destruction," "Jihad over God," and "YSU supports ISIS." more >>
President Vladimir Putin has condemned the Turkish government for shooting down a Russian warplane over Syria, saying the pilot never violated Turkish airspace as claimed.
The Russian Su-24 was shot down Tuesday morning in the Hatay Province that borders Syria.
As tens of thousands of refugees flee war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Europe, world leaders are deliberating on what actions, if any, to take against President Bashar al-Assad whose government has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in barrel bomb and chemical weapons attacks as the country fights a civil war and the Islamic State.
It is estimated that 240,000 people have been killed since the start of the Syrian civil war and millions have been displaced or have fled to neighboring countries and Europe.
Last week, as he has done for years, President Barack Obama announced that Assad must be replaced if Syria is to have a chance at peace and stability. more >>