Late night comedian Stephen Colbert has mocked Republican presidential candidates who are calling on President Obama to give amnesty to Christian refugees over Muslims fleeing Syria amid fears that Islamic State terrorists might be among them.
Following the terror attacks in Paris, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush both suggested that only Christian Syrian refugees be taken in since IS-trained fighters could trickle in with Muslim migrants.
During a segment on "The Late Show" that aired last month, Colbert played a clip of Bush speaking to the press in which he assured them that Christian refugees could be identified. more >>
The Southern California couple who killed 14 people and wounded 17 others on Wednesday at a San Bernardino office building, but were later shot dead by police, have been identified as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that the couple were believed to have been married or engaged, though an investigation into the motives behind the attack is only just beginning.
Arizona Sen. John McCain has warned that GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump is turning Muslims around the world against the U.S. because of his rhetoric.
McCain, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that Trump's comments about Muslim people "has an interesting effect of turning Muslims all over the world against the United States of America."
He also alleged that Trump is making America's mission against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria more difficult, and at the same time pushed for 10,000 combat troops to be deployed to the region. more >>
Pope Francis has warned that there will be "catastrophic" consequences for the planet unless global leaders agree on a plan to reduce the use of fossil fuels and tackle climate change.
"'Particular interests,' the pontiff insisted, should not be allowed to prevail over the common good in the fight against global warming and climate change," Crux reported on Francis' words at a U.N. campus in Nairobi, Kenya. "He also took an indirect shot at global warming skeptics, warning against 'manipulating information' to serve someone's 'plans and projects.'"
The Vatican leader's comments come just days ahead of the global climate change meeting that will take place Nov.30-Dec. 11 in Paris, where representatives from 194 countries will attend. more >>
President Barack Obama has warned state governors that he will take enforcement action against them if they turn away Syrian refugees.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement noted that the U.S. government plans to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing civil war and terrorism in the U.S. during 2016, but acknowledged that some state and local leaders have "expressed concerns" at the resettlement program.
"Accordingly, states may not categorically deny ORR-funded benefits and services to Syrian refugees," the letter from Wednesday read. "Any state with such a policy would not be in compliance with the State Plan requirements, applicable statutes, and their own assurances, and could be subject to enforcement action, including suspension and termination." more >>
A spokesman for the Nigerian government has admitted that the Boko Haram Islamic terror group will not be defeated by the previously set December deadline, and warned citizens that suicide attacks may continue.
Although back in June President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his high hopes that the militants will be driven out of the country by the end of the year, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas of the Center for Crisis Communication has now said that the December deadline "may be unrealistic," The Associated Press reported.
"The timeline on when to stop the insurgents from activating sleeper cells and detonating bombs into soft targets in any part of the country, especially in the front-line states, is therefore not tenable," Anas added, warning citizens that more suicide bombings are likely to come. more >>