A major debate between leading U.S. experts on refugee and migration issues, organized by the Intelligence Squared U.S. organization, produced drastically split results on the motion of whether the U.S. should let in 100,000 Syrian Refugees.
At the end of the event on Wednesday in New York, moderated by John Donvan of ABC News, viewers were asked to vote on who in their opinion won the debate. A first vote on the refugee question before the debate found that 52 percent of respondents were in favor of letting in 100,000 Syrian refugees, while 12 percent were against, and 36 percent were undecided.
Following the debate, the motion received even more support – 72 percent declared themselves in favor of more refugees, though the percentage against the motion also rose to 21, with only 8 percent undecided. more >>
A suicide bomber affiliated with the Islamic State killed at least 10 and injured 15 on Tuesday when he attacked a crowded tourist area in Istanbul, the Turkish government has confirmed.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed today that an IS militant, a Syrian national, carried out the attack in Istanbul's popular Sultanahmet district, a heavily-visited area by tourists due to its proximity to the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia.
Of the 10 killed in the Tuesday morning attack, nine have been identified as German tourists. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu contacted German Chancellor Angela Merkel to give his sympathies for the German lives lost. more >>
An ISIS document circulating online has advises their terrorist brothers in the Western world to pretend to be Christian to avoid detection by intelligence agencies.
The document, titled "Safety and Security guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen and small cells," was translated from Arabic to English from a series released by al-Fajr Media Centre a few years ago in Arabic, according a note from the translator.
"We present you this modest work for lone wolf Mujahideen and small cells of brothers who want to bring victory to this religion. … It was initially meant for Mujahideen groups (organizations) and not lone wolves, but we have tried to adapt it and pick what's important and leave what's not relevant for an individual Mujahid and small groups," explains the note from the translator. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has warned that the mass sex assaults on New Year's Eve in Cologne, Germany, can also happen in America, unless all incoming refugees are properly vetted.
"Gangs of Muslim men from North Africa and the Middle East roamed the streets of Cologne, Germany, on New Year's Eve attacking over 100 women — beating, groping, and raping," Graham wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.
"Unbelievably, authorities tried to cover it up because of fear and political correctness. Reports say that police were blocked from helping the women by groups of migrant men and were pelted by glass bottles and fireworks. This is a nightmare," he added. more >>
The North Korean government claimed on Wednesday that it has carried out successfully its first-ever hydrogen bomb test, sparking concern from leaders worldwide.
"If there's no invasion on our sovereignty we will not use nuclear weapon," the North Korean state news agency declared. "This H-bomb test brings us to a higher level of nuclear power."
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has released an official statement denouncing the recent takeover of a federal facility in Oregon.
Earlier this month a group of militia calling themselves the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom took over some government property as part of a protest.
While the Mormon Church said that the dispute between the CCF and the federal government was "not a Church matter," they took issue with the protestors invoking "scriptural principles." more >>