Daniel Lagerwaard

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China issues first-ever red alert for fog

<b>(CNN) —</b> As if recent red alerts for smog weren't bad enough, China has now issued its first-ever red alert for fog to go along with them.<p>China's national observatory issued the fog alert Tuesday in a number of northern and eastern regions.<p>That followed some 24 cities issuing red alerts for air …

China
Israel
Mein Kampf

'Terrorists' freed in Bahrain prison raid

<b>Gunmen in Bahrain have attacked a prison, killing a policeman and freeing 10 inmates convicted of terror offences, officials say.</b><p>A security lockdown has been imposed around Jaw prison, south of the capital Manama, the interior ministry said.<p>A second policeman was injured, when between four and six …

Extremism

100s protest in Baghdad against Saudi crown prince's visit

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Hundreds gathered in Baghdad to protest the upcoming visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.<p>Protesters gathered Friday afternoon following midday prayers, some carrying signs calling him a war criminal, blaming the kingdom for crimes committed by the Islamic State group in …

Saudi Arabia

Syrian held in Germany 'sought ISIL funds for terror attack'

German prosecutors say a Syrian man arrested at the weekend in the west of the country tried to get funds from ISIL to carry out a terrorist attack.<p>The 38-year-old was detained on Saturday in the province of Saarland and is said to have contacted the so-called Islamic State seeking money to buy …

North Korea

Why Is Israel Withholding Palestinian Militants' Bodies? Netanyahu Says Political-Security Cabinet Discussed Policy

Israel announced Sunday it would not return the bodies of Hamas militants who were killed during an attack against Israelis. The move aims to …

China

Syrian cease-fire crumbles as government forces advance around Damascus

BEIRUT — A Syrian cease-fire backed by Russia and Turkey is crumbling five days after it began, with government forces pushing offensives around Damascus and rebels threatening to suspend participation in new peace talks.<p>The truce was to have been followed by a meeting between government …

Middle East

Former Atheist Mark Zuckerberg Gets Religion

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has eschewed his atheist beliefs and now asserts that “religion is very important.”<p>Zuckerberg, whose Facebook profile once identified him as an atheist, revealed his change of heart on his social media network after he wished everyone on Dec. 25 a “Merry …

Religion
Africa

Scholars team up to dispel 400-year-old 'fake news' about US

Leading scholars from around the globe are teaming up to shed more light on how America got its start.<p>Nineteen prominent museums and historical societies from the U.S. and Europe that specialize in the 17th century have formed New England Beginnings .<p>The group is using mobile phone apps, searchable …