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ISIS: Slavery, beheadings in our religion

Monday, 22 December 2014 03:39
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • German journalist and author Juergen Todenhoefer journeyed deep into ISIS territory
  • He interviewed ISIS fighters, prisoners, and members of the public caught up in the battle for Iraq and Syria
  • One ISIS spokesman told Todenhofer: "slavery and beheadings [are] part of our religion"
  • ISIS "preparing the largest religious cleansing campaign the world has ever seen," says Todenhoefer
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • North Korea claims the U.S. government involved in making "The Interview"
  • It warns the United States of "counteraction" against its "citadels"
  • President Obama says the Sony hack was an act of "cybervandalism" not war
  • Sony has defended its actions, saying it had to pull the film as theaters backed out

(CNN) -- The blame game over "The Interview" is intensifying.

At the heart of the widening controversy are North Korea's role in the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures and the studio's decision to pull the film amid threats against moviegoers.

VATICAN CITY — An Italian man evaded Vatican security for the fifth time to reach a high ledge on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica to protest against laws he says caused him to lose his business. Marcello di Finizio apparently used mountain climbing ropes to lower himself down to the ledge late Sunday from a roof accessible to tourists. He was still there Monday morning.

Television footage showed him pacing on the ledge talking on a cell phone.

Sydney Gunman's Partner Taken Into Custody
Monday, 22 December 2014 03:38

SYDNEY — An Australian court on Monday ordered the bail revoked for the partner of a self-styled sheikh who last week stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead — including the gunman.

Amirah Droudis was ordered by a Sydney court to return to jail to await trial. Last year, Droudis was bailed after being charged in connection with the stabbing murder of hostage-taker Man Haron Monis' ex-wife, who was set alight in a Sydney apartment block.

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Dec. 21, 2014: Lucy Ramos, aunt of Officer Rafael Ramos, speaks during a news conference with members of the Ramos family in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A foundation founded by late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner reportedly will cover the education costs for the sons of one of the two NYPD officers murdered in a daylight ambush Saturday afternoon.

The New York Daily News reported that the Yankee Silver Shield Foundation will pay for the education of Officer Rafael Ramos' 13-year-old son Jaden and another son who is in college.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."

Such rhetoric is routine from North Korea's massive propaganda machine during times of high tension with Washington. But a long statement from the powerful National Defense Commission late Sunday also underscores Pyongyang's sensitivity at a movie whose plot focuses on the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, who is the beneficiary of a decades-long cult of personality built around his family dynasty.

  • Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis speaks in this still image taken from undated file footage. REUTERS/ABC via Reuters TV

  • Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis speaks in this still image taken from undated file footage. REUTERS/ABC via Reuters TV

By Matt Siegel

SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian court on Monday ordered bail revoked for the partner of a self-styled Sheikh who last week stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman.


Bill and Melinda Gates watch daughter Jennifer perform in an equestrian event during the Hollywood Reporter Trophy class at the Longines Los Angeles Masters on Sept. 27. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for EEM World)

Bill Gates is famous for many things, including spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop, promote and defend the Common Core State Standards. In 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded millions more for the Core, plus other issues in the education world.

Caroling in Jackson Square
Monday, 22 December 2014 02:38
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Two Kids, Two Adults Shot Dead in Home
Monday, 22 December 2014 02:38

A neighbor said she heard pounding on the door of the residence and then the sound of the door being forced open. The sound of gunshots immediately followed.

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