A report by the Dutch Safety Board into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that fell in Eastern Ukraine in July, killing all 298 people on board, has found evidence that the plane was hit by "numerous objects." Separate eyewitness accounts said that Russians were operating the BUK missile launcher that is suspected of destroying the plane.
"Damage observed on the forward fuselage and cockpit section of the aircraft appears to indicate that there were impacts from a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," the report read.
"The pattern of damage observed in the forward fuselage and cockpit section of the aircraft was not consistent with the damage that would be expected from any known failure mode of the aircraft, its engines or systems. The fact that there were many pieces of aircraft structure distributed over a large area, indicated that the aircraft broke up in the air." 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 >>
A prominent Orthodox Church leader in Ukraine has stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin is being guided by Satan.
Patriarch Filaret of Kiev and All Rus-Ukraine, released a statement Friday titled the "New Cain," which is based off of the Genesis 4 account of Cain and Abel.
Filaret did not mention Putin by name, but he did refer in his statement to a "governor" who "is cynically lying" about his country's "sending killers mercenaries to our country." more >>
Upset with how the Obama administration has handled recent global conflicts such as the rising threat from the Islamic State, Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared to suggest he has an increased interest in seeking a 2016 presidential bid.
Cruz said in an interview on Sunday with ABC News that aired on "This Week" where he heavily criticized President Barack Obama's leadership and his lack of urgency in dealing with the terrorist group ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State, that the situation has caused him to more deeply consider a presidential run.
Cruz, who is in his first term, argued that the United States needs a leader that will not only lead within the American borders, but also must be capable of maintaining power and presence on the global front. more >>
As ISIS continues to pose a menace to religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, Christians from the region have spoken with horror about what the terrorist group is doing to their communities.
Auday P. Arabo, lay spokesman for the St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Diocese, told The New York Times that Iraqi Christians are calling it "a slow-motion genocide."
Pope Francis has said that war is never the right way to stop the injustices of the world and warned that it always leads to further problems, seemingly distancing himself from supporting U.S. airstrikes against terror group ISIS.
"War is never a satisfactory way to right injustices," the Roman Catholic Church leader said during an inter-faith colloqium hosted in Belgium by the St. Egido community, AFP reported on Sunday.
"War leads people into a spiral of violence which becomes difficult to control. It destroys what it has taken generations to establish and leads the way to even worse conflicts and injustices." more >>