The Rev. Franklin Graham has decried Chicago's homicide rate of over 500 people killed this year alone as a "grim milestone."
In a Facebook message posted on Wednesday, the head of Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association reflected on the nearly 3,000 shootings that have resulted in 546 deaths this year, as reported by the Chicago Tribune and other local and national news outlets.
"This is a grim milestone. So far in 2016, more than 500 homicides have been committed in the city of Chicago. Ninety people were murdered just in August alone. One of them was a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade," wrote Graham. more >>
President Barack Obama's administration admitted on Tuesday that it paid as much as $1.7 billion to Iran earlier this year, but has continued denying the charge that at least part of that money was used to ransom hostages held by the Islamic Republic.
A Treasury spokeswoman told the Associated Press that an initial payment of $400 million was sent to Iran on January 17, while the remaining $1.3 billion was delivered over two more installments on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5.
Several Republicans, such as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., have accused the White House of using that initial $400 million to secure the release of four American prisoners that had been held hostage by Iran, including pastor Saeed Abedini, who had been imprisoned for his Christian faith. more >>
European Council President Donald Tusk has warned that Europe is close to its limits when it comes to the ongoing refugee crisis, with new waves of migrants fleeing war and terrorism in Iraq and Syria continuing to come onto the continent.
"The practical capability of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention irregular economic migrants, is close to limits," Tusk said at the end of the G20 summit in China, AFP reported.
He added that there are close to 65 million displaced people around the world, and urged economic leaders as part of the G20 summit to take responsibility and help those who are most in need. more >>
German police have warned that there is a rising threat of children being brainwashed by Islamic jihadist factions to carry out acts of terror, and urged lawmakers to find a way to stop it.
Wolfgang Trusheim, head of the Frankfurt state police, pointed to the finding of radical Salafist schools that take in young Muslim boys and train them on the path to terrorism, the German publication Die Welt reported.
The terror threat in Germany has been growing over the past year, after 1.1 million migrants entered the country in 2015, many of them seeking protection from the ongoing war with the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria. more >>
After intense scrutiny and a wide debate across Europe on the increasing number of refugees coming to the continent, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted that she made some mistakes in the open door policy that welcomed record numbers of migrants.
"We didn't embrace the problem in an appropriate way. That goes as well for protecting the external border of the Schengen area," Merkel said in an interview, according to Breitbart News, on Thursday.
"In Germany we ignored the problem for too long and blocked out the need to find a pan-European solution," she added. more >>
Islamic State recruiters are praying to Allah and calling on him to ensure that Donald Trump wins the presidential election in November, according to an analysis of postings on messaging services used by the heinous terrorist outfit.
Foreign Affairs magazine reports that interviews with IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) supporters and recent defectors indicate that the jihadis are rooting for Trump to defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton because they think the Republican nominee will help lead the United States and the West toward destruction.
In a post on the IS-linked Telegram chanel, "Nashir," an IS spokesman wrote that he prayed for Trump to win the 2016 general election. more >>