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‘I went to join Isis in Syria, taking my four-year-old. It was a journey into hell’

Sophie Kasiki is one of the few women to escape from Raqqa, the stronghold of Islamic State<p>Sophie Kasiki stared at the photograph of a young English-speaking boy in a camouflage uniform and black bandana covered in Arabic calling for unbelievers to be killed in the latest Islamic State …

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How Children Are Forced To The Front Lines Of Yemen's War

And what it means for the future of the country.<p><i>Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Julien Harneis, UNICEF's representative in Yemen.</i><p>Throughout Yemen's turbulent history, children have been armed and sent into …

19 New Netflix Programs To Get Stupidly Excited About In 2016

"Luke Cage," "Fuller House," Brad Pitt, oh my!<p>Fun fact: Netflix plans to spend $6 billion this year developing original series, films and documentaries to keep us happily binge-watching our lives away.<p>Everyone who is anyone already knows old favorites like "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Orange Is …

Au revoir and shalom: Jews leave France in record numbers

<b>Ashdod, Israel (CNN) —</b> Yoav Krief remembers the day he knew it was time to move to Israel: January 9, 2015.<p>It was a Friday. Four Jews had just been killed in the Hyper Cacher, a kosher supermarket in Paris, two days after the Charlie Hebdo attack. One of them was Krief's friend.<p>"I was not good, …

11 Must-Read Books By Muslim Authors

Explore the richness and beauty of Islam.<p>The Islamic faith began with a series of divine revelations, which were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad beginning in the early 7th century CE. Muhammad's revelations went on to form the basis of the Qur'an, the holy book of Islam, and they gave rise to a …

What Is The One Thing That Makes You Who You Are?

New series gets people to think about who they really are.<p>Zack Braunstein was reading the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Hindu scripture, several months back when he stumbled upon a compelling term: <i>Shraddha</i>, a Sanskrit word that translates loosely as "faith" or "devotion" but can more broadly reflect …

The One Thing That Can Break Down Religious Barriers For Good

Hint: It has something to do with your neighbors.<p>"Is there hair under [your hijab]?"<p>"Are there black Buddhists?"<p>"[People suggested] I couldn't have a concept of right or wrong without a perception of God in my life."<p>These are just a few of the strange questions and comments about religion and …

I Should Be Engaged

I want to be engaged this year. As of yesterday, I've been on this earth for more than 23 years, and I think it's about time for me to be engaged.<p>I've been asking people on my Home Team what one word they want to hold true for 2016, and when the question was finally reciprocated by my friend …

Pope Francis Shared A Powerful Statement On Violence During His First Visit To A Synagogue

"Neither violence nor death will ever have the last word before God."<p>Pope Francis made his first visit as pontiff to a synagogue on Sunday, where, in a reference to Islamist attacks, he condemned violence in the name of religion.<p>Amid chanting of psalms in Hebrew and speeches underscoring the …

Three New TV Shows With Religious Subplots

Let the marathon begin.<p>Here’s your guide to three hot January shows:<p><b>You, Me and the Apocalypse</b><p><b>The premise in about 100 words:</b><p>The world is coming to an end in 34 days, thanks to an 8-mile comet hurtling toward Earth. Life as we know it is counting down to extinction, save a hodgepodge of unlikely …

Did Binge-Watching Fox News Inspire This Man To Threaten Muslims?

Rhetoric has consequences.<p>On Jan. 14, 2015, John David Weissinger called the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations -- a civil rights group that advocates on behalf of U.S. Muslims -- and left a terrifying voice mail.<p>“You're gonna be in the news. It's gonna be like Charlie …

This Organization For Greek Kids Is About Solutions, Not Charity

The Smile Of The Child puts children’s wellbeing at the heart of its operations.<p>Before losing his battle against cancer, 10-year-old Andreas Yannopoulos expressed in his journal the wish to create an organization that would bring a smile to the faces of all children who need it.<p>Andreas’ father, …

Researchers Unearth Shocking Hunter-Gatherer Massacre Scene

The findings challenge our understanding of the roots of conflict.<p>The area surrounding Lake Turkana in Kenya was lush and fertile 10,000 years ago, with thousands of animals – including elephants, giraffes and zebras – roaming around alongside groups of hunter gatherers. But it also had a dark …

Bombing Of Blind School Shows Cruel Toll Of Yemen's War

An airstrike hit the only school for kids with visual disabilities earlier this month.<p>Shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 5, as dozens of blind children lay sleeping in their school dormitory in the capital of Yemen, the unmistakable sound of an aircraft roared past, followed by the crackle of …

Paid Family Leave Laws Aren't Crushing Business, Despite What Ted Cruz Says

Another conservative talking point is falling apart.<p>Paid family leave is finally getting serious attention in Washington and on the campaign trail, as politicians are waking up to the financial struggles of people who need time away from work to care for newborns, newly adopted children or sick …

How A Filmmaker Is Using Movies To End Pakistan's Honor Killings

The brutal practice of murder or violence to punish “shameful” acts results in the deaths of at least 1,000 women in Pakistan every year.<p>Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is using her Oscar nomination as a call to arms for her country to fight a very serious, brutal and prevalent problem -- …

Why You Need To Be Worried About This Week’s Terror Attack In Pakistan

In the country's long fight against armed extremism, people are beginning to run out of hope.<p>KARACHI, Pakistan -- In the aftermath of a Wednesday terror attack at a university in the northwest, Pakistan is going through familiar motions: remembering the dead; celebrating heroes, like a professor …

These Major Cities Prove Going Green Is Not Only Possible But Profitable

This week, NOAA and NASA announced that 2015 was the hottest year on record globally, by a wide margin. Earlier this month, NOAA reported that 2015 was the second hottest year on record in the United States, driving increasingly costly and frequent extreme weather events. Local record high …

What Everyday Iranians Have To Say About The Nuclear Deal Now That It’s A Reality

In August, these Iranians told us what they thought about the agreement. Now, they tell us what they think about its implementation.<p>“The best resolution.” “A path to the progressive world.” “Nothing more than a piece of paper.”<p>These are just some of the ways Iranians inside Iran described the …

'Japanese Schindler' Who Saved 6,000 Lives During World War II Finally Gets A Movie

"He just did what he thought was right."<p>Steven Spielberg's 1993 film "Schindler's List" told the story of German businessman Oskar Schindler, whose determination to stand up for what was right saved approximately 1,100 Jews from the Nazis.<p>Twenty-three years later, another hero who saved lives …

If You Could Invent A Religion, What Would It Look Like?

One organization is paying $5,000 for the best suggestion.<p>If you could start a new religion that would change the world for the better, what would it look like?<p>If some ideas are bubbling to the surface, then now is the perfect time to sit down and write an outline. Jewish nonprofit and cultural …

WATCH: Survey Reveals a Startling Truth About White Christians

Most polls don't matter much. But this one does. A recent Public Religion Research Institute survey has revealed a devastating truth: While about 80 percent of black Christians believe police-involved killings -- like the ones that killed Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, and so many more -- are part of …

Losing My Religion

When did this happen? When did I lose faith in the fundamental beliefs of Christianity that I'd been raised to respect? What caused me to lean toward atheism? Did I miss something in confirmation class?<p>My pre-teen brain wrestled with the lessons that I hoped would bring me closer to participating …

Why Are There So Many Misconceptions About Muslim Americans?

Peaceful American Muslims are unfairly and ignorantly being lumped together with evil extremists in the aftermath of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks. Last month, Donald Trump -- dismayingly, still the Republican frontrunner -- further poisoned already toxic political discourse by proposing the …

Here Are The Canceled And Renewed TV Shows For 2016 - 2017

TV is coming.<p>So far, 2016 has proven that TV is our one true King in the North.<p>Even though many shows pull a <b>(spoilers!)</b> Jon Snow and come back to life, there are some that go the way of Ramsay Bolton by becoming dog chow getting canceled.<p>But don't fret, sweet summer child. Even with all these …

12 Marines Missing In Hawaii Declared Dead (UPDATE)

The young men are nearly all in their 20s, still fresh in the memories of high school teachers.<p><b>UPDATE:</b> Jan. 21 -- The U.S. Marine Corps declared the 12 missing Marines dead on Thursday, two days after a massive five-day search for the men was suspended. The Marines went missing on Jan. 14 after two …

Modern-day slaves are suing the traffickers

<b>(CNN) —</b> Strategic litigation broke the back of the British slave trade. In 1772, James Somerset, an escaped slave brought to England by his owner, Charles Stewart, sued for his freedom. In the case Somerset vs Stewart, the Chief Justice, Lord Mansfield, ruled that no slave could be forcibly …

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