Former Muslim: ‘If I were a Muslim today, I would be a member of ISIS’

Why young men and some young women join the brutal ranks of Isis, is something that’s hard for Westerners to understand. But native Saudi Al Fadi, has an interesting explanation. It’s because they want to. Fadi, founder [...]

Picasso painting declared as $37 Christmas present intercepted by US customs

Undated photo– A cubist painting entitled “The Hairdresser” by Pablo Picasso. Authorities say the painting– worth millions of dollars– was stolen in France and smuggled into the U.S. by someone who falsely [...]

Switzerland becomes 1st country to formally submit pledge for UN climate pact

STOCKHOLM –  Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The Swiss government said [...]

Students protest order allowing police to use deadly force on protesters after boy killed

CARACAS, Venezuela –  Venezuelan students are launching a signature-gathering effort to pressure the government to reverse a regulation that allows police to use deadly force against protesters. The socialist South American country adopted [...]

Swedes, Danes form human chains to show unity after attacks against Jews in Europe

COPENHAGEN, Denmark –  Thousands of people of different faiths have gathered in Denmark and Sweden in a show of unity after attacks against Jews in Europe. In Copenhagen, people formed a “ring of peace” Friday on the City Hall [...]

Rival protests grip Yemen in wake of Shiite rebel power grab as al-Qaida kills 4 soldiers

Warsaw city councilors ban 1945 Soviet army monument from returning to a Warsaw city street

WARSAW, Poland –  Warsaw city councilors have banned a 1945 monument of Polish-Soviet brotherhood in arms from being returned to its place on a city street. The move, a reversal of their own previous decision, comes as ties between Warsaw [...]

Activists: Kurdish fighters advance on IS-held town in northeastern Syria

BEIRUT –  Syrian activists and Kurdish representatives say Kurdish fighters have captured dozens of villages following days of clashes with the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria. The Kurdish fighters, known as the People’s [...]

Anti-terrorism body says Islamic State cash flow is ‘vulnerable,’ urges tougher global action

PARIS –  A global agency fighting terrorist financing says Islamic State extremists are financially vulnerable as oil prices have fallen and their ability to extort resources in Iraq and Syria is peaking. The Paris-based Financial Action [...]

South Africa: Kidnapped as a baby from a hospital, girl reunited with parents 17 years later

JOHANNESBURG –  A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997. Her parents never gave up hope and, 17 years later, they have found her. She was living just a couple miles (kilometers) from her parents but, as the Cape Argus [...]