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Watch the Yo-Yo World Champion’s Amazing Routine

Watch the Yo-Yo World Champion’s Amazing Routine

iStock/Thinkstock(PRAGUE) — Top yo-yo competitors gathered in Prague over the weekend to compete for the chance to be named a World Yo-Yo Champion.
A California native took home the title, and his winning routine is mind-blowing and a must-see.
Gentry Stein, 18, beat out more than 300 competitors from more than 35 countries in a close race, winning with 88.2 points, just 1.5 points ahead of runner-up Takeshi Matsuura.
Check out his routine here.
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Couple Dies After Trying to Take Selfie on Cliff Edge in Portugal

Couple Dies After Trying to Take Selfie on Cliff Edge in Portugal

iStock/Thinkstock(CABO DA ROCA, Portugal) — A Polish couple was killed after they tried to take a selfie on a cliff in Portugal and fell hundreds of feet, Polish Radio reports.The couple fell from the rocky edge of a cliff in Cabo da Roca, Portugal, on Saturday. They would have had to cross a safety barrier in order to reach the cliff edge, according to Polish Radio.Their young children, ages 5 and 6, were with them and witnessed the accident. They are currently under psychiatric care, Polish Radio reports.A Spanish couple that was also at the location called emergency crews, and rescuers tried to recover the bodies using a helicopter, but had to give up because of the rising tide on Saturday. The bodies were recovered on Monday.
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Yazidi Refugees from Iraq Flee to Camps

Yazidi Refugees from Iraq Flee to Camps

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — Members of the Yazidi minority group who were forced onto a mountain in order to escape from ISIS in northern Iraq have started fleeing to refugee camps and telling their stories.The Yazidis, a religious minority in Iraq, have been targeted by the Islamic army for being what they call “devil worshipers” who were forced to flee when they didn’t agree to convert to Islam.At a refugee camp in Dahuk, Iraq, 21-year-old Haifa Naif told ABC News that she had a phone call with her aunt who ISIS reportedly took as one of its captives. Her aunt said that ISIS separated the men and women, and then took the young girls — specifically the virgins — into a different undisclosed location. “I would rather all the girls of my family be killed,” Naif said sobbing, “than lose their honor by being made playthings for ISIS.”Air drops of emergency aid helped some stave off starvation and dehydration over the weekend, and now many have made it to refugee camps in Dahuk where they are cramped among dozens of relatives.Among the refugees are two Yazidis who previously worked as interpreters for the U.S. Army on the front lines.”I still believe they will come save us,” one of the men told ABC News of the American forces, without giving his name. Some of the missing may have been gunned down by militants during the escape. Others were lost as families scattered in panic under gunfire from extremists chasing them into the mountains.The Yazidis are an ethnic minority in Iraq made up mostly of ethnic Kurds and isolated from the rest of the population due to their ancient beliefs. Their belief system is thought to be a mix of different religions, including Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism, a Persian religion that was once the state religion in parts of ancient empires in what is now Iran.ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, issued an ultimatum to tens of thousands of Yazidis on Saturday to convert to Islam, pay a religious fine, flee their homes or face death.

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Kerry Gives Stern Warning to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

Kerry Gives Stern Warning to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

State Department photo/Public Domain(SYDNEY) — Iraq’s government is expected to pick a new prime minister on Monday, but current Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refuses to step down.Maliki says new Iraqi President Fuad Masum violated constitutional rules by failing to pick a successor by midnight Monday, Baghdad time.While in Australia Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Maliki of “stir[ring] those waters” by interfering with the constitutional process of picking a new prime minister. “There will be little international support of any kind whatsoever for anything that deviates from the legitimate constitutional process that is in place and being worked on now,” Kerry said in Sydney.”They need to finish that and give a new government an opportunity to be voted on, and move forward,” he said.Kerry added that the U.S. backs Masum as the person responsible for carrying out the constitution, and that Maliki should abandon his hopes of a third term.Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, called Haider al-Abadi on Monday to congratulate him on being selected as Iraq’s new prime minister.Earlier, Biden called Masum and expressed the United States’ “full support for his role as guarantor of the Iraqi constitution,” according to a readout of the call.
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Obama Authorizes Military Aid to France for Counter-Terrorism Efforts

Obama Authorizes Military Aid to France for Counter-Terrorism Efforts

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has authorized up to $10 million in military assistance to France to assist the country in its counter-terrorism efforts in Chad, Mali and Niger.In a memorandum Monday, Obama said, “I hereby determine that an unforeseen emergency exists that requires immediate military assistance to France in its efforts to secure Mali, Niger, and Chad from terrorists and violent extremists.”The president noted that these requirements “cannot be met under the authority of the Arms Export Control Act or any other provision of law.””I, therefore, direct the drawdown of up to $10 million in defense services of the Department of Defense for these purposes and under the authorities of section 506(a)(1) of the Act,” he continued.
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Storm Capsizes Boats at International Boating Event in Ireland

Storm Capsizes Boats at International Boating Event in Ireland

iStock/Thinkstock(STRANGFORD LOUGH, Ireland) — At least 10 people were injured Monday when stormy weather struck an international boating event in Northern Ireland, causing boats to capsize.The Belfast Coastguard was first contacted before 2 p.m. local time to alert authorities about the strong winds and capsized vessels in Strangford Lough, officials said in a release. Bangor and Portaferry rescue teams, the Irish Coastguard and the RAF Valley also responded to the scene.Authorities believe all those in the water have been accounted for, but continue to search the area to be sure. Most of the injured who were treated on the scene showed signs of hypothermia.  The GP14 world championship is one of Northern Ireland’s largest events for single class twin crew dinghies. According to BBC News, more than 200 competitors come from as far as Australia to participate.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

US Airstrike Targets ISIS Convoy in Irbil

US Airstrike Targets ISIS Convoy in Irbil

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The United States successfully carried out another airstrike late Sunday near the Iraqi city of Irbil. U.S. military forces were targeting ISIL/ISIS vehicles that were part of a convoy attacking Peshmerga forces defending the city where U.S. personnel and citizens are located, the Defense Department said Monday.The military’s central command, or CENTCOM, says all aircraft exited the strike zone safely.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Israel, Hamas Agree to New 72-Hour Cease-Fire

Israel, Hamas Agree to New 72-Hour Cease-Fire

David Silverman/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israel and Hamas agreed to another Egyptian-brokered three-day cease-fire in Gaza, officials announced Sunday. Egyptian representatives succeeded in getting Hamas to lay down their arms and return to the negotiating table, while Israel accepted attempts to try at talks for a permanent cease-fire. The hold is anticipated to go into effect at midnight local time Monday. Israel is expected to send a delegation to Cairo to discuss a more comprehensive truce. Hamas has reportedly given up on some of its previous demands, according to Egyptian sources, as discussions for a Gaza airport and seaport have been postponed for a future date.
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UN Assists ‘Sudden Influx’ of Refugees in Kurdistan Region

UN Assists ‘Sudden Influx’ of Refugees in Kurdistan Region

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — Thousands of displaced Iraqis are flooding into the Kurdistan region, prompting the assistance of international aid organizations who say more food and water is needed. Supplies are running low for organizations in northern Iraq who are looking to help provide food and water for those fleeing ISIS militants. Great Britain and Australia are assisting the United States military in airdropping humanitarian aid to religious refugees, also reinforced by efforts from United Nations agencies. “We are responding to the sudden influx of displaced into the KRG [Kurdistan Regional Government] and bordering areas,” a U.N. envoy said in a statement. Hundreds of thousands have fled to the Dahuk Governorate in the Kurdistan region or to “disputed border areas” in the past days, where the World Food Programme has distributed more than 1,600,000 meals. Meanwhile, Iraqis remained trapped on a desert mountain, surrounded by ISIS fighters. U.S. cargo jets have delivered more than 3,800 gallons of water, along with 1,600 meals. “The U.N. will continue to do what it can to provide relief to those who have fled with little but the clothes they are wearing,” said U.N. Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov said Sunday. “The situation is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future and the U.N. will work with both the Central and Regional government to meet the needs of the hundreds of thousands already displaced and make preparations to receive many more who will arrive over the next few days.”
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US Officials Warn Against Travel to Iraq

US Officials Warn Against Travel to Iraq

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of State is warning American citizens against “all but essential travel” to Iraq as a result of ongoing security situations in the region. The Department of State relocated staff members from the Embassy in Baghdad and the Consulate General in Erbil to the Consulate General in Basrah and the Iraq Support Unit in Amman, officials announced Sunday. However, the Embassy in Baghdad and the Consulate General in Erbil are still operating.
In a statement, the agency cited the growing threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, along with cases of kidnapping and terrorist violence in the country. “The ability of the Embassy to respond to situations in which U.S. citizens face difficulty, including arrests, is extremely limited,” representatives said. U.S. citizens in Iraq face the risk of roadside improvised explosive devices on both people and cars, concealed mines, mortars, rockets, and shootings from direct fire weapons. Officials caution that such attacks occur in public places including cafes and markets. Citizens are also advised to avoid areas near the Syrian, Turkish, or Iranian borders due to “skirmishes with smugglers” that have become commonplace.
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At Least 46 Killed in Tehran Plane Crash

At Least 46 Killed in Tehran Plane Crash

iStock/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — A passenger plane crash en route from Tehran to Tabas, Iran killed at least 46 people, according to Iranian relief organization Red Crescent. The incident occurred near Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport around 9:20 a.m. local time Sunday. The Antonov-140 aircraft was carrying 40 passengers and eight crew members. The plane, assembled in Iran, crashed four miles outside the airport after one of its engines caught fire, eyewitnesses reported.
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Kerry Proposes Action to Ease South China Sea Tensions

Kerry Proposes Action to Ease South China Sea Tensions

U.S. Department of State(NAYPYITAW, Myanmar) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Southeast Asian foreign ministers Saturday, calling on nations with claims to the South China Sea to refrain from provocative actions. Addressing representatives at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Kerry put forth the proposal to ease tensions over the maritime dispute. The Secretary of State urged China and its smaller neighbors to halt actions related to the conflict. “We’re encouraging claimant states to consider voluntarily agreeing to refrain from taking certain actions, which in the words of the 2002 Declaration of Conduct ‘would complicate or escalate disputes’,” he said. “The United States and ASEAN have a common responsibility to ensure the maritime security of critical global sea lanes and ports. We need to work together to manage tensions in the South China Sea and to manage them peacefully.”
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WATCH: Video Shows Air Strike in Iraq

WATCH: Video Shows Air Strike in Iraq

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The Defense Department released video of an air strike that took place Friday in Iraq.The video shows two F/A-18 fighter jets dropping laser-guided bombs on mobile artillery near Erbil. It begins with an overhead view over a target as a bomb drops before a flash of what appears to be a large cloud of smoke. Another shot, most likely from land, shows rising smoke from afar.The United States military carried out three rounds of air strikes on Friday against ISIS militants in Iraq in its renewed effort to bolster the Iraqi and Kurdish forces against Islamic militants. The strikes targeted ISIS fighters, a stationary convoy, mortars and artillery, according to statements on Friday from Pentagon’s press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby.Later on Friday, an armed drone struck an ISIS mortar position shortly after 10 a.m. local time. A follow-up attack was launched on the ISIS fighters when they returned to the location “and successfully eliminated” the target, Kirby said.A little more than one hour later, four F/A-18 aircraft hit a stationary convoy of seven vehicles and a mortar position near Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region. According to Kirby, the fighter jets conducted two passes, dropping a total of eight bombs on the target, wiping out the mortar and convoy.The attacks come one day after President Obama authorized air strikes in Iraq if necessary, adding that there will be no U.S. troops on the ground.

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Obama: No Timetable for US Airstrikes in Iraq

Obama: No Timetable for US Airstrikes in Iraq

White House(WASHINGTON) — U.S. airstrikes will continue against ISIS fighters in Iraq, President Obama announced Saturday, adding that humanitarian air drops will be sustained for minority refugees.”I’m not going to give a particular timetable because as I’ve said from the start, wherever and whenever U.S. personnel and facilities are threatened, it’s my obligation, my responsibility as Commander in Chief, to make sure they are protected,” Obama said.Before departing for Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, the President addressed the ongoing situation in Iraq, stressing that the U.S. will not be putting boots on the ground.Still, the threat of ISIS will not be solved in weeks, Obama said, emphasizing the importance of establishing a long-term peaceful solution through a stable and inclusive Iraqi government with Shiites and Sunnis.”It is very hard to get a unified effort by Iraqis against ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant],” he said. “We can conduct air strikes, but ultimately, there’s not going to be an American military solution to this problem.”For the short term, the president said Great Britain and France will move in to handle humanitarian air drops. The area of Erbil, where American government employees work, will remain under U.S. responsibility, along with the task of targeting ISIS convoys as they move across Iraq. “Ultimately only Iraqis can ensure the security and stability of Iraq. The United States can’t do it for them, but we can and will be partners in that effort,” Obama said.Obama rejected criticism that his administration could have prevented new violence in the country, saying that the decision to pull out from Iraq was made by the previous administration and the Iraqi government refused to sign the Joint Forces agreement allowing a small U.S. troop presence. “That entire analysis is bogus and is wrong, but gets frequently peddled around here.”
 

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Officials: ISIS Beating Iraqis and Kurds As One Lacks ‘Heart’ and the Other Ammo

Officials: ISIS Beating Iraqis and Kurds As One Lacks ‘Heart’ and the Other Ammo

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The Islamic militia ISIS has been able to roll back both the Iraqi army and the Kurdish peshmerga force because one lacks the “heart” for a fight while the other lacks the firepower, according to Americans familiar with both forces.ISIS has easily swept the Iraqi army from Anbar province in the southwest of Iraq as well as much of northern Iraq and then blunted attempts by the Iraqi government to retake cities.The Kurdish peshmerga was expected to be a more formidable force, but they have also lost ground to ISIS, including the vital Mosul dam, in recent days.”It is not clear whether either the peshmerga or the ISF (Iraq Security Force) can prevent ISIS from seizing villages and outlying infrastructure that ISIS desires to control,” said Jessica Lewis, the research director at the Institute of the Study of War.On paper, ISIS should be no match for the Iraqi and Kurdish forces. The ISF had more than 270,000 troops and about 340 tanks, while a conservative estimate of the peshmerga force is 80,000.”ISIS is strategically dividing the military forces of the ISF and the peshmerga in order to compromise their defenses and prevent them from mounting effective offensive campaigns,” Lewis told ABC News.But the problems go deeper than coordination, particularly with the Iraqi army.”They are very weak and if it’s left up to them, it’s over,” a source who served in the U.S. Army in Iraq and has continued to work there as a contractor told ABC News.He said that he has found the Iraqi people to be more dedicated to their ancestral ties as opposed to their national identity, saying they “are loyal to their tribes, not their country.”The army’s problems are compounded by the practice of appointing officers based largely on their Shiite backgrounds and their political ties instead of competence.”They’ve been a checkpoint army,” Lt. Gen. Mike Barbero, the former deputy commander of U.S. Forces-Iraq, told ABC News in June. “If you’re not training all the time or maintaining your equipment, you’re not going to be effective. Counter-insurgency requires very active and targetable intelligence, which they didn’t have, and the skills to go in there and attack the network.””An army runs on skill and will, and they didn’t have the will,” Barbero said.Barbero said that the peshmerga, which roughly translates to mean “those who face death,” have the “guts” to fight, but they have very little ammunition. Barbero speaks with Kurdish officials regularly and said that he was told they lost control of the Mosul dam because they ran out of bullets.State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Friday, “The Kurdish forces have played a critical role in addressing this threat. We understand their need for additional arms and equipment, and are working to provide those as well so they are reinforced. So we are bringing a lot of firepower to bear against this threat, mainly by helping the Iraqis.”The former military source told ABC that the peshmerga are strengthened by their dedication to their cause.”They are the kind of guys you want having your back. They are battle-hardened… and mostly U.S. trained. They are actually loyal to their country, unlike regular Iraqi troops,” the former military source told ABC. “They are solid. They have been fighting since Saddam era and they have one interest – to have Kurdistan left alone.”The U.S. State Department said Friday that they have been “advising and assisting” both the Iraqi security forces and the peshmerga.Harf said that the Iraqi army and the peshmerga are working together “in an unprecedented way… to counter this threat together.”
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US Carries Out More Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq

US Carries Out More Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The United States military has carried out three rounds of airstrikes Friday against ISIS militants in Iraq in its renewed effort to bolster the Iraqi and Kurdish forces from the Islamic militants.The strikes targeted ISIS fighters, a stationary convoy, mortars and artillery, according to statements from Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.An armed drone struck an ISIS mortar position shortly after 10 a.m local time. A follow up attack was launched on the ISIS fighters when they returned to the location and they were “successfully eliminated,” Kirby said.A little more than one hour later, four F/A-18 aircraft hit a stationary convoy of seven vehicles and a mortar position near Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region. According to Kirby, the fighter jets conducted two passes, dropping a total of eight bombs on the target, wiping out the mortar and convoy.The strikes came after an ealier attack reported Friday morning. Kirby said two fighter jets dropped 500 pound laser guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece. Kirby said the artillery was being “used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near U.S. personnel.”The fighter jets that dropped the bombs came from the USS Bush aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, according to the U.S. Navy.The attacks come one day after President Obama authorized airstrikes in Iraq if necessary. “We intend to stay vigilant, and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq,” Obama said Thursday.The president said there will be no U.S. troops on the ground.”I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq. And so even as we support Iraqis, as they take the flight to these terrorists, American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq,” he said. It has been nearly three years since U.S. forces left Iraq, and three years since Obama announced the war there was over. The last convoy of U.S. soldiers left Iraq in December 2011.Administration officials believe the Iraqis are best-suited to deal with the threat of ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — over the long term.”We’re laying down a marker here that even though [ISIS] is not penetrating Erbil, just their presence on the periphery, and the potential threat they pose, could lead us to take action if the targets present themselves,” an official told ABC News.U.S. forces are conducting a difficult and dangerous humanitarian mission, with three U.S. Air Force cargo jets escorted by two F-18 fighter jets dropping critical supplies. Thousands of families who fled to the top of a mountain in Sinjar face a worrisome predicament, battling blistering heat, pleading that there is no water or bread. Nearly 20 children have already died. They are trapped 3,000 feet up with no escape.Down below, ISIS terrorists have taken over their homes, warning of a slaughter if they return.The U.S. aircraft dropped 5,300 gallons of water and 8,000 ready-to-eat meals. Senior administration officials said airdrops and humanitarian aid will continue “as we see need,” and the administration expects that need to continue. The White House believes any action would be consistent with international law, because U.S. input was requested by the Iraqi government. Additionally, the administration believes that the president has the legal authority under the Constitution to act to protect U.S. citizens.At this point, the United States is not evacuating Americans from Erbil, confident that the consulate is safe, administration officials said.The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice Friday prohibiting U.S. operators from flying in airspace over Iraq “due to the hazardous situation created by the armed conflict.”Last week, the FAA restricted flights at or below 30,000 feet.

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How Iraq Spiraled Out of Control

How Iraq Spiraled Out of Control

Jared Rizzi(BAGHDAD, Iraq) — When the last U.S. troops left Iraq in 2011, the American combat role in that country came to an end after nine years of fighting.The U.S. left behind an Iraqi army largely trained and armed by the U.S. and a country mostly at peace at the expense of 4,480 dead U.S. soldiers, more than 32,000 others wounded and a cost the U.S. more than $700 billion.On Friday, the U.S. dropped bombs again on insurgent forces in Iraq as the country is threatened by the forces of ISIS, an al-Qaeda offshoot intent of establishing a caliphate – an Islamic country – in Iraq and neighboring Syria.Here’s a look back at how the situation in Iraq has spiraled out of control since the last American troops departed:2011:Dec. 15, 2011: U.S. declares end of mission in IraqIn a small ceremony in Baghdad, the U.S. military formally ended its mission in Iraq after nearly nine years of war. “This is not the end, but the beginning,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a small group of U.S. service members and dignitaries gathered to watch the “casing” of the flag of U.S.-Forces-Iraq.
2012:July 23, 2012: Obama touted ending the war in Iraq on bloody dayPresident Obama’s reelection campaign released a video praising the president for ending the war in Iraq on what proved to be the deadliest day of the year in that country. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Qaeda’s top leader in Iraq, released an audio message announcing, “We are setting off a new stage of our struggle, with the launch of a plan named ‘breaking the walls.’”2013:March 19, 2013: 10th anniversary of Iraq invasionThe 10th anniversary of the start of the U.S. war in Iraq was a muted affair with no official commemorations in either Washington or Baghdad. The anniversary is marred in Iraq by a wave of bombings that killed at least 59 people in Baghdad and injured 221 others.
2014:January 2014: ISIS Forces Take of FallujahThe predominantly Sunni city in western Iraq was overrun by ISIS. The city had previously been taken by U.S. Marines in one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq war. Iraq vows to take back the city. Instead, ISIS moves on to take part of the city of Ramadi.Jan. 17, 2014: U.S. in talks to train Iraqi forcesThe Pentagon announced “discussions” with Iraq about the possibility of training Iraq’s security forces. Instead, Iraqi security forces receive training in Jordan from other countries in the region.June 11, 2014: ISIS tightens its gripIn a shocking blitzkrieg, ISIS chased the Iraqi army out of Mosul and swept south to take Tikrit and menace Baghdad. ISIS is aided by Sunni tribes and former members of the Saddam regime.
July 12, 2014 Kurdish Forces Take Control of KirkukKurdish forces take advantage of the departure of the Iraqi army in the north and take control of the oil-rich city that Kurds had long claimed. The Kurds secure Kirkuk’s oil fields, boosting Kurdish hopes to become independent of Iraq.
June 13, 2014 Shiite Cleric Calls for VolunteersAyatollah Ali al-Sistani calls for Shiite Muslims to volunteer to fight and protect Shiite shrines. Tens of thousands join militias — not the army — to fight Sunni Iraqis.June 16, 2014: Marines, U.S. warships head toward IraqAbout 275 Marines and Army troops were deployed to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and four warships steamed towards Iraq. ISIS captured the city of Tal Afar.June 19, 2014: Obama announces the deployment of 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq
President Obama sent military advisers to Iraq to assist in training and advising Iraqi forces, but ruled out ground troops returning to Iraq. On June 20, there are growing calls for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite accused of marginalizing Sunnis and Kurds, to be replaced in order to be able to unite the country against ISIS. The choice of a new prime minister is still deadlocked.June 29, 2014: U.S. rushes missiles to IraqThe U.S. rushed 75 Hellfire missiles to the Iraqi government as it battled to take back the city of Tikrit. The government’s effort to recapture Tikrit was repelled by ISIS and its allies.Aug. 7, 2014: President Obama authorizes airstrikes in IraqThe president said the U.S. was poised to use air strikes to prevent ISIS from moving on Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish capital where a U.S. consulate is located, or to annihilate stranded members of the Yazidi community who were hiding in mountains.
Aug. 8, 2014: U.S. launches first airstrikes in yearsThe U.S. carried out an airstrike against ISIS militants in Iraq, targeting artillery that was firing on Kurdish forces defending Erbil.
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak an International Health Emergency

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak an International Health Emergency

iStock/Thinkstock(MONROVIA, Liberia) — The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a “public health emergency of international concern” and is calling for aid to those areas directly affected.
The WHO said in a statement on Thursday, “a coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola.”The virus has a 60% mortality rate and has killed at least 932 people, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

Karli Johns, a photographer from Wisconsin, has returned to the United States after spending a month working in Liberia. Johns says even though she never came into contact with anyone who had Ebola, some of her friends and family are still afraid to be near her.”People would message me on Facebook and say, ‘hey I just want to make sure you’re okay. Did you come in contact with anybody who had this disease? Is there any risk we can get it?’” Johns said.
In Atlanta, doctors at Emory University Hospital are continuing to treat two health care workers, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia. ABC’s Steve Osunsami reports that Writebol’s husband says he’s optimistic about her recovery.
In Monrovia, Liberia, six college students from Tuskegee University in Alabama are stranded because of the outbreak, as British Airways suspended flights to the U.S. out of the country. The students plan to fly through Ghana on August 17.
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Israel, Gaza Resume Attacks as Cease-Fire Ends

Israel, Gaza Resume Attacks as Cease-Fire Ends

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — The three-day cease-fire between Israel and Gaza is officially over.Less than two hours after the cease-fire expired on Friday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said more than a dozen rockets were launched from Gaza. The IDF responded by resuming its attacks on terror sites across the Gaza Strip.Diplomatic efforts in Cairo, meanwhile, have failed to secure an extension of the cease-fire.Despite Israel’s willingness, Hamas refused to go on negotiating, claiming its demands over lifting the blockade of Gaza were not met.After the rocket attacks began, Israel pulled out of the talks. A source at the prime minister’s office said Israel will not negotiate while under fire from Hamas, adding that rocket attacks can not be used as diplomatic leverage.Since the cease-fire ended on Friday, several people have been injured in Israel and Gaza and at least one person — a 10-year-old boy in Gaza — has been killed, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
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Pope Francis Calls on World Leaders to Help Christians in Iraq

Pope Francis Calls on World Leaders to Help Christians in Iraq

Buda Mendes/Getty Images(ROME) — Pope Francis on Friday called on world leaders to move to protect and help Christians who have been forced from their homes in northern Iraq by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).His appeal comes amid reports that Islamic militants have trapped as many as 40,000 Iraqi minorities in the area and forced tens of thousands more to flee.Most residents fled Iraq’s largest Christian city Qaraqosh as the convoys of extremists approached. Other nearby Christian towns have also been abandoned. “I ask all men and women of goodwill to join me in praying for Iraqi Christians and all vulnerable populations,” Pope Francis tweeted Friday.Most of those under attack, however, are members of one of Iraq’s oldest religious groups, the Yazidi, which reveres both the Bible and the Koran.”Please take a moment today to pray for all those who have been forced from their homes in Iraq. #PrayForPeace,” the pope added.
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