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Iraq breaks Islamic State siege of Amerli - August 31, 2014 10:13AM ET Updated 6:30PM ET

Thousands of residents threatened mass suicide if extremists entered the town, which had been under siege for two months

Iraqi government forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters on Sunday broke a siege by extremist group Islamic State (IS) on Amerli, a town located between Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk, sources told Al Jazeera. 243 more words

Military

US mounts new wave of airstrikes - By Rachel Huggins - 08/30/14 10:10 PM EDT

The U.S. military launched a new round of airstrikes and emergency aid drops to help a beleaguered city in Iraq thwart Islamic militants, the Pentagon announced late Saturday night. 215 more words

Armed Conflict

Log Among Crocodiles

The wise Pulaar say, “Leggal, ko waalii ka ndiyam woo, wontataa noora,” which, when literally translated, means “No matter how long it sits in the water, a log doesn’t turn into a crocodile.” Though I’m not sure if English has an equivalent saying, I hope this blog explains the meaning. 353 more words

"Rand Paul’s Fair-Weather Compassion": How An Ideology Can Cause Terrible Misery

If you haven’t seen the video or photos yet, trust me, you will. Rand Paul in blue scrubs and hiking boots, bringing sight to the blind in an operating room in Guatemala — could there be a more perfect visual for a White House hopeful? 761 more words

Conservatives

Lawrence Solomon: The UN’s refugee welfare racket

(August 21, 2014) In UNRWA’s books, a refugee can be just about anyone who wants to be one. 960 more words

Lawrence Solomon

Japan ready to offer flu drug for Ebola treatment - By - Associated Press - Monday, August 25, 2014

TOKYO (AP) – Japan says it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as potential treatment to fight the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday that Japan can offer the anti-influenza tablet favipiravir, developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., any time at the request of the World Health Organization. 72 more words

Health

The West African Ebola Outbreak: Causes and Implications

The current outbreak in West Africa is estimated to have consisted of at least 2,400 cases so far, more than every other outbreak since the virus’s discovery combined. 1,000 more words

Health