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Escape from ISIS: Former prisoners tell of life in terror army's dungeons

By day, they faced torture and the constant threat of execution at the hands of their ISIS captors. At night, they used a stolen piece of jagged metal to scrape the crumbling wall of their prison until last week, when they had fashioned a hole big enough to squeeze through.<p>A 30-year-old man who was …

$1m prize for heroic Burundi woman who saved 30,000 children from war

<b>(CNN) —</b> During the brutal Burundi civil war which claimed 300,000 lives, Marguerite Barankitse risked her own to rescue around 30,000 children from persecution.<p>At the outbreak of the 12-year war in 1993, Barankitse -- a Tutsi -- was forced to watch the execution of 72 of her Hutu neighbors.<p>That …

Africa

My Sensitive Daughter Doesn’t Need Thicker Skin

Loving her is like looking into the mirror sometimes—that face, her mannerisms, those looks and moments when she turns inward and her thoughts take …

The Campaign to Eliminate Hell

A new generation of evangelical scholars are challenging the idea that sinners are doomed to eternal torment—but traditionalists are pushing back.<p>Hell isn’t as popular as it used to be.<p>Over the last 20 years, the number of Americans who believe in the fiery down under has dropped from 71 percent to …

Theology

9 Healthy Reasons To Indulge Your Coffee Cravings

Coffee gets a bad rap, but studies show your java habit may actually be good for you. From a reduced cancer risk to fewer cavities, here are the best reasons to enjoy a cup or two.<p>There's no need to feel guilty about your morning cup o’ joe. On the contrary: People who drink four or more cups of …

Give Me Sex Jesus: young evangelicals' struggles with sex and church teaching

“Whatever it is, don’t let me die before I have sex” is a prayer that at first, sounds like a punchline. But for the young evangelicals portrayed in the new documentary Give Me Sex Jesus, it is a sincere petition to God.<p>The documentary, which premieres on Thursday 17 September on the streaming …

Faith

In the Name of God

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has been described by Prince Charles of Great Britain as "a light unto this nation," referring to his moral, spiritual and intellectual leadership in the United Kingdom. While recognizing Sacks' distinctive contributions to Britain, where he served from 1991 to 2013 as the …

Advocates protest Latina immigrant's arrest at Texas doctor's office

Blanca Borrego has been living in the U.S. illegally for a dozen years, so she didn't think she was risking arrest when she went to her gynecologist's office this month. Her husband works and has private health insurance for the family.<p>But sheriff's deputies surprised the mother of three, …

Jesus Really is the Point of the Whole Bible

<b>[Editor’s note: the following excerpt is taken from The Reckless Love of God by Alex Early, Bethany House, 2015, pages 151-156.]</b><p><b>The Reckless Love of</b> …

This Is What Will Happen When You Drink Honey Water Every Day

Water is good for you, we all know that. We hear no end that we should be drinking more and more water. After all, water is a vital component for our …

Wellness

New 'blue bastard' fish species found in Australia that fights by kissing

The blue bastard fish, long rumoured to exist among Australian fisherman, has formally been identified as a new species.<p>Queensland Museum …

Australia

This Waitress Paid a Cancer Patient's Tab and Left a Moving Note

"It's not often you hear about someone so young doing something with so much heart.''<p>Daniela Bossi, a 17-year-old high school senior and waitress at a New Jersey pizzareia, just left a customer a heartfelt note (and some free food) for "putting up the biggest fight," NJ.com reports.<p>Rick and Annette …

New Jersey

People Found This Syrian Man After His Photo Went Viral And Raised $50,000 In Donations

BuzzFeed News spoke to Abdul Haleem Al-Kader, who was selling pens to support his two children when a photographer snapped a picture of him in Lebanon.<p>"I talked to the guy I got the photo from, but he wasn't the original photographer," Simonarson said. "We haven't been able to find the original …

Arab Christians: Israel only state worth fighting for

Arab Christian residents of Nazareth who proudly serve in the Israeli army and encourage their children to do the same are coming under increasing …

Straight Christian Pretends to Be Gay for a Year in Unique Social Experiment

Although he grew up believing that homosexuality was a sin, in 2010 Timothy Kurek, of Nashville, Tennessee, spent the entire year pretending to be …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Mediterranean Diet cookbook claims to be the scientifically backed answer to weight loss

Forget the fads! New cookbook claims a Mediterranean Diet of olive oil, pasta and lashings of seafood will help you stay healthy, live a longer life …

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5 Important Tips for Making Really Great Burgers

In theory, making burgers is a simple process: buy your meat, shape it into a patty, season it, and toss it on the grill or stovetop to cook. But …

Cast Iron Skillet Corn Bread

This is a great recipe and tastes better, I find, when cooked in a cast iron skillet and served hot tableside. I have also served this recipe for …

How Did Sea Turtle Get a Straw Up Its Nose?

Scientists studying olive ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica recently helped the injured reptile.<p>In a cringe-inducing video that's gone viral, a team of scientists spent nearly ten minutes pulling a plastic straw from the nostril of an olive ridley sea turtle.<p>At first, "it looked like a worm," says …

Pastor Shares ‘a Couple Facts You Need to Know’ About Planned Parenthood and the Black Community at Anti-Abortion Protest

Camarones al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp) Recipe

"Quick, easy and delicious shrimp that can be served over white rice or mofongo."<p>Ingredients<p>1 tablespoon olive oil<p>1/4 cup butter<p>1/2 green bell …

Don't call this a 'fire rainbow'

A rare and colorful sight was spotted in the South Carolina sky last Sunday. Dozens of beachgoers photographed what many referred to as a "fire rainbow" above the Isle of Palms outside Charleston. Unfortunately, the term used to describe this display is incredibly inaccurate. This so-called "fire …

Fridge magnets: No baking necessary for these chilled cake recipes

In the chaos of a recent house move, I’ve found myself without a working oven. I’ve been pacing from stovetop to cupboard and back again, impatient to get cooking, trying to find a way to sate my baking appetite while I wait for the phantom engineer. So, this week, in defiance of this column’s …

Dessert

No-Bake Coconut-Mango Cheesecake

My sister’s birthday is at the end of April, and I normally do birthday baking for everyone in our family. However, this year it fell during the week …

Egg-Free Ice Cream is Less Temperamental (& Just as Delicious)

<i>Ashley Rodriguez from Not Without Salt is figuring out what makes our favorite classics work—and then making them even better.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>Think you need to temper eggs and dirty a million bowls to make creamy, buttery ice cream? Think again.</i><p>Pie making doesn’t give me pause. Homemade puff pastry? No …

How To Get Rid of Belly Fat if You Are Skinny.

The majority of adult Americans are overweight or obese, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. The small amount that are at a healthy …

How to Lose Belly Fat in 1 Week

With an important event coming up, you may want to get rid of your belly fat in one week. While it's impossible to lose a lot of fat in just one …