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 >>
President Barack Obama has reportedly secured enough support in the U.S. Senate to pass the much-debated nuclear deal with Iran, despite widespread conservative opposition. GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has responded to the news by warning of a "mushroom cloud" to "wake up" Americans.
BBC News reported that Democrat Barbara Mikulski of Maryland declared her support for the deal on Wednesday, making her the 34th senator to do so. Obama now has enough votes to prevent Congress from overriding his potential veto of a bill to kill the Iran deal. The deal cuts off "every pathway to a nuclear weapon" for Iran, Obama noted.
While Congress is scheduled to vote on the deal later in September, Obama is confident he will secure the seven additional votes needed for a filibuster, which would mean the anti-Iran-deal bill would never pass in the first place. more >>
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently condemned the British paparazzi amid concerns that their two children are constantly being subjected to ongoing harassment by photographers.
In a statement released Friday on behalf of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Kensington Palace Communications Secretary Jason Knauf said "a line has been crossed" while issuing a stern warning against the "increasingly extreme lengths" photographers go to get photos of 2-year-old Prince George and 3-month-old Princess Charlotte.
In one example of the alarming tactics employed by the paparazzi, Knauf said one photographer was caught by police just last week in the trunk of a rented vehicle that was parked outside of a children's playground where he has been snapping pictures of the royal heir, who is third in line to the throne. more >>
Islamic State commanders in Syria are plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth during VJ Day celebrations in Central London on Saturday, according to the U.K.'s security services and MI5.
Intelligence gathered reveals that IS is planning to use a pressure cooker bomb to attack the Queen of England during public ceremonies to commemorate Britain's victory over Japan during World War II.
High profile locations including St. Martin in-the-Fields Church in London's Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey are said to be targets of the attack. So far, police have not reported any arrests. more >>