The U.S. government will continue to provide military assistance to four African nations that were recently found to be actively recruiting child soldiers in their national militaries. Child protection experts condemned the decision.
The White House announced Tuesday that at least half of the countries listed on its Child Soldiers Prevention Protection list would receive national interest waivers and subsequently would not lose military assistance despite the Child Soldier Prevention Act, which was passed in 2008. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan will continue to receive millions of dollars in U.S. military assistance and arms sales.
CSPA was enacted by Congress to restrict U.S. military support to governments that recruit children or people younger than 18 in their armed forces; however, the United States has taken to using waivers for select nations considered to be critical partners in countering terrorism. Other nations on the list are Myanmar (formerly Burma), Sudan, Syria and Yemen. more >>
Award-winning journalist Wallace Henley and the great-grandson of Winston Churchill have teamed-up to write a book about the famed World War II leader that focuses on his spiritual life.
TitledGod & Churchill: How the Great Leader's Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours, the work argues that Churchill rose to prominence as part of a divine destiny.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Henley explained that the idea for the book came from a meeting he had with Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of Churchill, in Texas. more >>
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has fired back against Republican members of Congress who've criticized the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and several Western states, calling them "laughable" and suggesting that they don't even know where Iran is located.
"Sometimes when I would have time — some of it was broadcast live and I would watch it — some of it was quite laughable. It was very strange, the things that they spoke of," Rouhani told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an interview on Sunday, talking about ongoing Republican criticism of the deal.
"Some of them wouldn't even know where Tehran was in relation to Iran. Some of them didn't know where Iran was geographically, not distinguishing that one is the capital of the other," Rouhani added. more >>
A day after his measured showing in Wednesday night's historic Republican debate on CNN. which he called a "mud throwing," "reality TV show gone bad" that he "didn't much care for," retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential contender Ben Carson said he gained more than 500,000 new fans on Facebook and more than $1 million in small donations as a result.
"Darren (in Ohio) asks about the press stories today saying that with the debate yesterday our campaign picked up 300,000 new Facebook supporters. We announced that number last night after the debate but now the number has continued to grow. I checked when I sat down and the number was over 500,000," said Carson who celebrates his 63rd birthday Friday in a question and answer session with his followers on Facebook Thursday night.
"We are getting very close to 3,400,000 which is astounding. Even more astounding is that yesterday we raised over a million dollars in small contributions. We the People is growing!" he added. more >>
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has said in a series of recently released messages that although the Islamic State terror group is "illegitimate" and operating against his wishes, it is time for the jihadists on both sides to work together in cooperation against the West, and launch attacks "to the heart of the homes and cities" of America.
"I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate. We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America," al-Zawahiri says in one of the audio messages.
"We call for cooperation with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers," he continues, "to push back the attack of the enemies of Islam." more >>
NEW YORK — At 8:46 a.m. on Friday, the exact time when the first plane crashed into 1 World Trade Center, North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, the Rev. William Lupfer, rector of Trinity Wall Street church, rang the Bell of Hope in the churchyard of the historic St. Paul's Chapel. The chapel forms part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
He rang the bell in a solemn pattern of "four fives," the traditional firefighters' salute to the fallen, as a small gathering of people quietly bowed their heads as he remembered the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93 on the 14th anniversary of 9/11.
To remember the fallen, the bell, which was gifted to New York City in 2002 by the city of London, has been rung each year on 9/11 since the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. more >>