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ISIS Video Shows Mass Execution

Earlier this week, Islamic State militants publicly destroyed more priceless relics in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, reports the Washington Post. Today, the group released a video showing it making use of the city in an even more heinous way—to stage a mass execution of Syrian soldiers,...

Town Honors Its Hero Dog

Normally, Leo would run away at the sight of a bigger dog. But not on this day. When a raging bull-mastiff cross-breed attacked a 10-year-old girl last year, the small dachsund jumped to her rescue, barking and biting at the dog way above his size and strength. Leo paid with...

3 Afghan Girls Hit With Acid on Way to School

Another grisly reminder of the dangers girls in Afghanistan face for the simple act of going to school. Two men on a motorcycle threw acid on the faces of three girls, ages 16 to 18, as they walked to school today in Herat province, reports CNN. "This is the punishment...

Defector May Reveal Human Experiments in North Korea

A North Korean scientist has defected to Finland, and he may have evidence that his native country has been conducting ghastly experiments on humans involving chemical weapons, reports the South's Yonhap News Agency. The scientist is identified only as a 47-year-old named Lee who worked at a facility in Ganggye...

Greece Leader Asks People to Reject 'Blackmail'

Greece's top court has declared that Sunday's referendum on a bailout is constitutional, meaning the vote with huge implications for all of Europe will proceed. The latest polls show a dead heat, reports AP, as leaders on both sides try to rally support—especially Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, whose political...

2 Cuban Baseball Players Defect to US

Relations between the US and Cuba are warming, but apparently not fast enough for two Cuban baseball players. The pair defected while in the United States for a series of games against US collegians. Official sports website Jit says third baseman Luis Yander La O left the team in North...

Germanwings Offers to Pay, Families React in 'Horror'

Relatives of victims of the Germanwings plane crash say they're "appalled" by a compensation offer meant to ease their suffering. Parent company Lufthansa says it will pay $27,700 per victim—in addition to some $55,540 paid immediately after the crash—plus an $11,110 payment to each immediate...

Now Legal in Iceland: Blasphemy

Iceland has repealed an anti-blasphemy law that has been on the books since 1940, meaning its people are now free to ridicule religion to their heart's content. The country's parliament, the Althing, voted almost unanimously to remove blasphemy from the Icelandic Penal Code yesterday, the Iceland Monitor reports. The measure...

Depressed 24-Year-Old Granted Right to Die

Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium for more than a decade, and 2013 saw 1,807 euthanasia cases in the country, per the Guardian. Occasionally, individual deaths garner international attention, as in the case of the pair of deaf identical twins who were euthanized in December 2012 after learning they...

Boko Haram Slaughters Praying Victims

Boko Haram, newly affiliated with the Islamic State, has unleashed a series of gruesome terror attacks in Nigeria this week. In the latest, gunmen burst into mosques and homes in the town of Kukawa yesterday and killed 97 people who were praying or otherwise marking the holy month of Ramadan,...

Tragic Tale of the German Who Wouldn't Salute Hitler

Look at the black-and-white photo taken at a 1936 Nazi rally in Hamburg, Germany, and you'll see a wave of unbroken "Sieg Heil" salutes to Hitler, in town to christen a new German navy vessel, per Business Insider. Look even more closely, though, and you'll spot one man with his...

Report Shows What Brought Down This Plane

A pilot initially hailed as a hero for maneuvering to avoid buildings seconds before February's TransAsia plane crash in Taiwan accidentally turned off the aircraft's only working engine after the other lost power, Reuters reports. Captain Liao Jian-zong, 41, pulled back on the throttle for the healthy engine, then tried...

US Asks Swiss to Extradite 7 FIFA Honchos

The US has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body. Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice today said that the requests were received from the US embassy in Bern. The expected...

At 'Last Auschwitz Trial on Earth,' ex-Nazi Seeks Mercy—God's

Former Nazi accountant Oskar Groening failed to apologize yesterday for his role in the deaths of prisoners during the Holocaust. The 94-year-old is charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for acting as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz"—collecting and sorting money from those arriving at the death camp....

US Man Saves Lives in Philippines Ferry Disaster

A ferry carrying 173 passengers capsized today as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 people dead and 19 others missing, coast guard officials say. They say at least 118 passengers of the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by nearby fishing boats and coast...

8 Canadian Words You Won't Understand

Business Insider celebrates Canada Day with a list of Canadian phrases that would likely confuse Americans. A sample: Keener: Someone who is "extremely eager or keen." As in, a brownnoser. Mickey: A 375 ml bottle of booze. Hang a Larry: Turn left. Two-four: A case of beer with 24 bottles....

Robot Kills Worker in VW Plant

A story out of Germany is sure to spur lots of lines about our future overlords: A robot killed a worker inside a Volkswagen plant, reports the Financial Times. It seems to have happened as technicians were assembling the machine. "When the robot started up, it grabbed the man and...

Report: Women Slapped, Abused During Childbirth

Childbirth is generally accepted to be a painful experience, but a new study indicates that some of the pain may come at the hands of health care workers. Researchers analyzed 65 studies from 34 countries (one study was conducted in NYC in 1999; other locations included Cuba, England, Australia, Sweden,...

Saudi Prince Is Giving Away His Entire Fortune

The push by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to get billionaires to give away at least half their wealth to charity just got a major boost: Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he will give away his entire $32 billion fortune in the coming years, reports Bloomberg. That amounts...

Indonesia Crash Toll Hits 141; Plane Was Ancient

The death toll has skyrocketed to 141 after an Indonesian military transport plane slammed into houses and a hotel in Medan yesterday. Though it initially wasn't clear how many people were on board the Hercules C-130B, officials now say it was carrying 122 passengers—including "maybe five to eight children,...

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