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California Capitol Update – April 3, 2014

In This Issue Legislative Update Bill of the Week Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Contraceptive Mandate Cases Did You Know? News Clips and Articles City on the Hill Legislative Update Last week several bills were considered in the Assembly to address truancy in public schools including AB 1643, AB 1672, and AB 2141. These […]

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CBN to Yazidi Refugees: You’ve Not Been Abandoned

ZAKHO, Iraq — Northern Iraq is facing a refugee crisis, with an estimated 182,000 Yazidis fleeing to Kurdistan to escape the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) army. Many have sought refuge in Kurdish cities, dwelling in abandoned office buildings. Just behind the northern Iraqi city of Zakho are the mountains that lead to Turkey, which is […]

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Jihad Chatter Picks Up, US Admits ‘No ISIS Strategy’

Current and former U.S. intelligence officials say jihadi chatter has picked up among overseas terrorists organizations on phone lines and the Internet ahead this year’s 9/11 anniversary. “This is certainly concerning, but as of yet we can’t pinpoint what or if they are planning a particular attack,” one U.S. government official told The Blaze. The […]

Britain Raises Terror Threat Level to ‘Severe’

LONDON – Britain raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe Friday, meaning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely. Home Secretary Theresa Mays said the decision to raise the threat level was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but that there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent. Some […]

UK Sounds ISIS Alarm as US Admits to ‘No Strategy’

WARNING: Video contains graphic images. CBN News’s expert team discusses the contrast between the UK’s response to the ISIS threat vs. that of the United States. Authorities in London raised the terror level in the United Kingdom on Friday from “substantial” to “severe.” The move comes after Islamic State (ISIS) released video of some 150 Syrian soldiers, […]

CBN to Yazidi Refugees: You’ve Not Been Abandoned

ZAKHO, Iraq — Northern Iraq is facing a refugee crisis, with an estimated 182,000 Yazidis fleeing to Kurdistan to escape the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) army. Many have sought refuge in Kurdish cities, dwelling in abandoned office buildings. Just behind the northern Iraqi city of Zakho are the mountains that lead to Turkey, which is […]

Ukraine Accuses Russia of ‘Full-Scale Invasion’

Ukraine and its Western allies say Russia has started a “full-scale invasion” of the Eastern European nation. Russian forces, backed by pro-Russian separatists, have captured the key Ukrainian port town of Novoazovsk.      “It is an absolutely clear-cut case of a larger country bullying a smaller country,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. Samantha Power, […]

Ft. Hood Shooter Wants Islamic State Citizenship

Former army psychologist Nidal Hasan, convicted of the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting massacre, is asking to become a citizen of the Islamic State. His appeal comes one year after a military jury sentenced Hasan to death for a rampage on the Ft. Hood base in Texas that killed 13 people and injured more than 30. […]

Jihadi High: US Terrorists Attended Same School

Douglas McAuthur McCain and Troy Kastigar, the two American terrorists who died fighting in Syria and Somalia respectively, followed a similar road to becoming jihadists. McCain and Kastigar were best friends who attended Robbbinsdale Cooper High School together in the Minneapolis suburb of New Hope. One unidentified classmate remembered McCain as a being “goofball in […]

Life in the Fishbowl: Is New Orleans Storm Ready?

NEW ORLEANS — Nine years ago, Katrina roared in the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 5 hurricane, preparing to tear through the nation’s Gulf coast. New Orleans bore the brunt and nearly a decade later it’s still fighting its way back. Swimming a Life Skill Monique Voitier loves teaching people how to swim. She […]

Israel Leading the West’s War against Radical Islam

JERUSALEM, Israel — Israel is literally the West’s frontline in confronting radical Islamic groups, former Israeli National Security Advisor Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror said. Less than a day after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Hamas, following 50 days of fighting in the south, an Israeli army officer was moderately wounded along Israel’s northern […]

Friends Turn Foe: Iraq Minorities Can ‘Trust No One’

Religious minorities in the Middle East have become a huge target for terrorists in the last decade. Hadi Pir is a part of the Yazidi religious group – an Iraqi community viciously attacked by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Pir has been lobbying in Washington, D.C. for protection for religious minorities, saying that […]