Not only was Tuesday Election Day, but it was also the 35th anniversary of the first day of the Iran hostage crisis.
All week, the CIA has been tweeting historical factoids about the 1979 crisis, the Washington Post reports. Then Friday, the spy agency’s social media team spent the better part of the day correcting the record on some Hollywoodized parts of the 2012 Academy Award-winning movie “Argo,” the Ben Affleck film about the CIA’s risky, yet successful rescue of six diplomats during the crisis.
A team of Tulsa doctors from In His Image Family Medicine Residency returned Monday from a 10-day medical missions trip to Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, where they helped people displaced by the Islamic State, Tulsa World reports.
The team partnered with World Compassion, a Tulsa-based ministry that has had a long history of providing humanitarian relief in Kurdistan, according to the Tulsa World.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as "an act of pure evil."
Cameron confirmed Haines' death in a statement after the British Foreign Office had said earlier that it was "working urgently to verify the video." Haines is the third Westerner beheaded in recent weeks by the Islamic State group, which has seized vast swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.
By MAHMOOD KHICHI, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014
From the Tulsa World: As a Muslim, I am saddened by the brutal murders of two American journalists by ISIS. I am also heartbroken at the terrible loss of thousands of other civilian lives and property by their fanatic criminal acts.
In the last week, 1,700 people died in Syria, making it the deadliest seven days since the conflict started three years ago, Mic reports. Of those casualties, 700 died in two days. Experts say this week marks a shift in the pattern of fighting, as opposition groups increasingly fight each other , leading to higher death tolls.
And yet, when you think of the heartbreaking and significant news reported in the last week, the death toll in Syria doesn't spring to mind. But this week has left civilians even more vulnerable, and the world should be paying attention.
TEHRAN — Down a dirt road in a back corner of a vast Tehran sports complex, several dozen young men recently took part in tryouts for Iran’s national baseball team, Washington Post reports. These ballplayers, some of them fasting for the holy month of Ramadan in the scorching July heat, are part of a small but growing number of Iranians taking up America’s pastime despite long odds.
(Newser) – A Tampa high school student protesting his cousin's murder in Jerusalem this week is now the center of an international story himself. Tariq Khdeir, 15, who is spending the summer with Palestinian relatives in Jerusalem, was beaten by Israeli forces during a protest on Thursday and is still being detained, reports WTSP. "You can see video of them really stomping on his face," says an official with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has circulated video of the arrest and photos of the teen's swollen and bruised face. Police say the video is "edited and biased."
The Syrian Electronic Army took credit July 3 for hacking the Twitter account of the Israel Defense Forces, Circa reports. One hacked tweet read: "#WARNING: Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets Dimona nuclear facility." The hacked tweets were quickly deleted. The hacker group has attacked the online accounts of several prominent organizations in recent months including, including those belonging to Spanish soccer team FC Barcelona, Forbes, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and the Guardian, among others, according to Circa.