A three-day cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza is holding as of Monday morning, with negotiations for a longer-term truce set to begin later that day in Cairo.
The cease-fire agreement began midnight in Gaza, BBC News reported, following days of mediation by Egypt, whose previous endeavors for truce between the two sides had been rejected by Hamas.
President Barack Obama was praised Friday for acting to save refugees fleeing ISIS. Some have criticized his decision, however, to not have a broader strategy to combat ISIS.
After the U.S. military fired two 500-lb bombs as ISIS targets Friday morning, additional airstrikes on Friday afternoon took out ISIS mortars and a convoy. A Defense Department spokesperson said more strikes could continue throughout the weekend.
(ISIS, which stands for "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria," is sometimes called Islamic State or ISIL, for "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.") more >>
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced Friday that while the U.S. military might be conducting additional airstrikes Friday and over the weekend, he reiterated President Obama's statement on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq that the U.S. "will not be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq."
Earnest said during the White House daily briefing that the authorization Obama has given for military action is "very limited in scope," and didn't provide information on the possibility of additional military operations following the airstrike the Department of Defense confirmed Friday morning had already been carried out.
The protection of American military and diplomatic officials in Arbil is the administration's top priority, said Earnest, who added that their protection merits the use of military force. more >>
A publisher is offering a Bible that it claims can withstand much of the damage that comes from elements and time and even "literally walk on water."
Forever Publishing is marketing a "Life Proof" Bible that it claims uses the latest technology to make a Bible that can survive exposure to water, dirt, and other harms from heavy travel.
Jared Casey, founder of Forever Publishing, told The Christian Post that the "Forever Bible" was based off of advances in nanotechnology. more >>
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Ludian County in Yunnan, China on Sunday Aug. 3, 2014 around 4:30 p.m. local time. This is the strongest quake the country has suffered in 14 years.
According to Xinhua, the death toll has risen to 398 while around 2,000 more people were injured, and about 30,000 people from Ludian and the surrounding counties were evacuated. As for properties, the current figures say 12,000 houses collapsed and about 30,000 more buildings were damaged.
Rescuers are composed mainly of China's Troops and the Red Cross Society of China. Hong Kong and Macau's Red Cross are also supporting and even the Red Cross branch from Sichuan Province are joining in intensive efforts. more >>
WASHINGTON – Faith-based communities are a critical part of overseas aid and development, government officials declared at an event praising those efforts.
At the opening event for the multiday U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit, leaders in the government and faith-based organizations spoke about the efforts to aid development in the African continent.
The Friday morning opening breakfast event was hosted by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. more >>