Authorities in Bangladesh arrested more than 5,000 people over the weekend in connection to Islamic terror, seeking to stand up to the growing wave of attacks against minorities, including Christians and atheists, in the South Asian country.
The Telegraph reported that a number of those arrested in police raids are known Islamic militants who have organized a series of attacks on minority communities in the past year.
The murder of the wife of a police superintendent who had been investigating such attacks is believed to have prompted the large-scale response, which also led to shootouts with some of the militants, in which five suspected terrorists were killed. more >>
Early Sunday, an American-born man pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State and proceeded on gunning down people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Fifty people are already confirmed dead. The tragedy has been considered as the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the September 11 terror attack in 2001.
CNN reported that the gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, was already on terrorist watch as he was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014. However, he was not found as a threat and was released by the officials. more >>
As Christians, Jason and David Benham say they would have laid down their lives to save those who were killed in the Orlando gay nightclub massacre on Sunday morning.
"Here's the interesting thing — we as Christians believe that homosexuality is wrong, and the [Islamic extremists,] they believe it is wrong. But our response is different. We've been going to gay pride marches for the past decade, and we're planning on going this year to the Charlotte gay pride march. But we're going to bring the love of Jesus, to people who need Jesus," the brothers said in a Facebook video posted on Sunday.
"Look, these are our gay brothers and sisters, and we need to stand up for them now. That's our Christian response. We're here to tell you that if we were in that nightclub there — maybe they are pulling people out, hopefully, we would have placed our lives in front of those," they added. more >>
ORLANDO, Fla. - Family and friends of victims trapped in a gay nightclub by a gunman pledging loyalty to Islamic State waited anxiously on Monday to find out whether their loved ones were among the 50 people killed and 53 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
The FBI and other law enforcement authorities were poring over evidence that could explain the motives for the rampage in Orlando, Florida, a massacre that President Barack Obama denounced as an act of terror and hate.
The gunman, Omar Mateen, a New York-born Florida resident and U.S. citizen who was the son of Afghan immigrants, was shot and killed by police who stormed the club with armored cars after a three-hour siege. more >>
ORLANDO, Fla. — President Barack Obama on Sunday described the worst mass shooting in U.S. history as "an act of terror" and "an act of hate," saying the massacre of 50 people at a packed gay nightclub by gunman Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, Florida, was an attack on all Americans.
Islamic State's Amaq news agency said on Sunday that the Islamist militant group was responsible for the massacre.
"The armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter," Amaq said. more >>
A day after USA Swimming banned former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, 20, who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman and sentenced to six months in jail and probation, a group of witches dissatisfied with the sentence gathered online for a mass "hexing" of the swimmer on Tuesday.
"Brock Turner's membership with USA Swimming expired at the end of the calendar year 2014," USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said in an email to USA Today Sports. "He was not a member at the time of his crime or since then. USA Swimming doesn't have any jurisdiction over non-members.
"Brock Turner is not a member of USA Swimming and, should he apply, he would not be eligible for membership. ... Had he been a member, he would be subject to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct. USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, with firm Code of Conduct policies in place, and severe penalties, including a permanent ban of membership, for those who violate our Code of Conduct," he added. more >>