ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack Friday near the U.S. Consulate in the Kurdish Iraqi city of Irbil, according to several Twitter accounts linked to the terror group. The U.S. Consulate was the target of the attack, ISIS said.
At least four people were killed and 18 injured, police said. All U.S. Consulate personnel were safe and accounted for following the explosion, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Anadolu, Turkey's semiofficial news agency, reported Saturday that the blast killed two Turkish citizens and wounded five.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said he believes that President Barack Obama’s first executive amnesty for so-called DREAMers—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—is “important” and he won’t reverse it himself if elected president. He delivered these remarks in a Spanish-language interview he gave to Univision’s Jorge Ramos.
“I believe DACA is important. It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it,” Rubio said in Spanish on Ramos’s television program, according to an English translation provided by the media service Grabien. “But yes, it is going to have to end. It can’t be the permanent policy of the United States, and I don’t think that’s what they’re asking either. I think everyone prefers immigration reform.”
Fifteen Muslims from different African countries have been arrested in Sicily for allegedly murdering 12 Christians and throwing their corpses into the sea during a crossing from Libya to Italy. They are being charged with multiple homicide “aggravated by religious hatred.”
According to eyewitnesses, the boat was ferrying 105 immigrants from Libya to the Sicilian coast on the night of April 14 when a group of Muslims on board began harassing the Christians, from Nigeria and Ghana, threatening to toss them into the sea. The harassment soon became physical assault, resulting in the deaths of the 12 men.
A survey conducted by John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center shows a profoundly favorable view of concealed carry as a tool for a safer society.
When asked, “In the United States, are guns used in self-defense more often than they are used in the commission of a crime?” North American respondents agreed answering 88% yes, to 12% no.
Respondents, at a rate of 91%, felt that gun-free zones were more likely to attract criminals than they are to deter them. Gun-free zone was defined as an area where “civilians are banned from having guns.”
Progress made so far in the Iran nuclear negotiations has added an interesting new element to the discussion: Russia’s proposed delivery of a new missile system to Iran, which might render Israeli air strike capabilities largely ineffective.
Even before any final agreement has emerged as a result of the negotiations, Moscow has moved to restart its delivery of the Russian S-300 missile defense system to Tehran. Russia initially agreed to impose a shipment ban in 2010, owing to outside pressure after UN sanctions kicked into gear against Iran. Russian President Vladimir Putin officially lifted that ban on Monday, despite a warning from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the threat the S-300 system may pose to security in the Middle East.
Another effort at a taxpayer-funded American high school to persuade female students — but only female students — to wear Muslim headscarves has failed disastrously. The scene of the hijab hurly burly this time is Mason High School in a pleasant, family-friendly suburb of Cincinnati.
A now-cancelled event called “A Covered Girl Challenge” had been scheduled for Thursday, April 23, reports The Cincinnati Enquirer.
The intent of the Covered Girl Challenge was to celebrate diversity and “promote open mindedness,” explained a letter the school sent to parents.
NASHUA, N.H. — Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told Republicans at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit he does not expect an easy ride from primary voters should he decide to run for president.
“I don’t see a coronation coming my way,” he objected to a New Hampshire Republican woman who charged he was an establishment Republican who should not expect a “coronation” and that he was not a “Republican In Name Only” (RINO).
“I hope you saw the record. It’s a conservative record. It’s not a ‘Republican In Name Only’ record. The funny thing is, in Florida, those that are on the left are really upset that people are calling me something I’m not,” he said.
Public school officials in South Bend, Ind. are segregating elementary schools students by race and ferrying black students — and only black students — on visits to local colleges.
The students facing racial segregation in America in the year 2015 are third graders at seven elementary schools, reports local ABC affiliate WBND.
School district officials say they do not intend for the taxpayer-funded reenactment of Jim Crow-era race segregation to be discriminatory. Instead, they say, the intent is to inform black students about college because low numbers of black students attend college.
Dartmouth lawyer and conservative writer John Hinderaker poked all kinds of holes in the logic of the New York Times editorial board this week, after it published a piece criticizing Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ argument that legal immigration should be slowed.
In a time when most Republicans wouldn’t dare say they oppose legal immigration, Mr. Sessions, in the words of the Times, chooses “instead to echo an uglier time in our history, when nativists wielded the spurious argument that the more immigrants taken in by America, the worse off America is,” the board wrote in an editorial Wednesday.
Irked by Pope Francis' statement on the Armenian mass killings, Turkey is planning to convert the historic Hagia Sofia Catheral into a Muslim prayer house, a top Turkish Islamic leader said.
Pope Francis listens to Rahmi Yaran, Mufti of Istanbul (right) during a visit to Hagia Sophia in IstanbulReuters File
Turkey had reacted with outrage after Pope Francis called the mass deaths of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915 a genocide. On Wednesday, the European Parliament also voted in favour of using the term to describe the killings.