A Christian man in Iraq has reportedly been beaten, tortured, and killed by terror group ISIS for refusing to renounce his faith and convert to Islam.
Ankawa.com reported on Tuesday that the 43-year-old man, Salem Matty Georgis, remained in the Syriac Christian town of Bartella after it was captured by ISIS on August 7. A relative said that the man was suffering from heart disease and could not leave the town with his family because of his illness.
Georgis hid in his home for three weeks, but eventually had to venture outside in search of food. He was then confronted by an ISIS patrol in town. more >>
A 23-year-old Islamic State suicide bomber who botched his attempt to take his own life because his bomb only partially detonated, says the terrorist group has members from all over the world. The United Nations Deputy Human Rights Commissioner Flavia Pansieri said Monday that ISIS terrorist have committed "serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law," such as targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, slavery, sexual and physical abuse and torture.
According to Sky News, the bomber, Horr Jaffer from Chechnya, is being treated at a wing of Sulaymaniah's military hospital in Iraq and is under 24-hour security.
"There are nations from all over the world there. There is British amongst them. They are from Asian countries, Europe and America. From everywhere," the captured militant told Sky News. more >>
The Islamic State has beheaded Steven J. Sotloff, an American journalist held hostage by the terrorist organization.
A video posted online Tuesday purportedly shows Sotloff, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, being executed by a masked ISIS member clad in black.
The family of Sotloff made a statement via a spokesmen that they believe the video of his beheading to be authentic. more >>
The Church of England, which earlier this year approved women bishops in a historic vote, has signaled its strong commitment to tackling gender-based violence both in the church and across all levels of society.
"Gender-based violence is one of the greatest injustices in our world today. Every time an act of violence is committed, the inherent dignity of the women or girl affected is degraded. Having seen the after-effects of this violence during a recent visit to the DRC, I know all too well just how destructive it can be. The Church is already supporting and caring for those affected; it must continue in that work and must condemn the notion that such violence is ever acceptable," the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in a statement.
He added that the Church "cannot pretend that we are not aware of the reality of gender-based violence." more >>
Sometimes the words "too soon" apply strongly to a crude joke or a statement made about something tragic that has happened. Although the National Rifle Association (NRA) wasn't trying to strike controversy when it tweeted from its @NRAWomen Twitter handle a link to an article about "7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at The Shooting Range," it received a storm of backlash on social media for its poor timing, coming just two days after a shooting instructor in Arizona was killed by a 9-year-old girl wielding an automatic uzi.
The ensuing backlash from Twitter users in response to the incident and the NRA tweet has added fuel to the debate over whether children should be allowed to possess guns – especially those with bullet-spraying capability like an uzi – even under the supervision of their guardians or licensed instructor.
The article that the NRA Women account linked to its tweet was published by Women's Outdoor News five days before the shooting instructor's accident occurred, and details various objects kids can use as targets to get them interested in firing guns. The tweet was later deleted from the account because many fired back with angry remarks on Twitter, claiming the tweet was in poor taste due to its timing. more >>
North Korea's government has called American society "a graveyard of human rights" over the race riots in Ferguson, Missouri, resulting from the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the police response.
"The U.S. is indeed a country wantonly violating human rights where people are subject to discrimination and humiliation due to their race, and are in constant fear that they may get shot at any moment. ... It should not seek solutions to its problems in suppressing demonstrators, but bring to light the real picture of the American society, a graveyard of human rights, and have a correct understanding of what genuine human rights are like and how they should be guaranteed," North Korea's foreign ministry told AFP.
"The U.S. had better ... mind its own business, instead of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries." more >>