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Student Raises $60,000 for Homeless Man Who Offered to Pay for Cab to Get Her Home Safely

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Dominique Harrison-Bentzen is an art student at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England. Not long ago, Dominique was wrapping up a night out when she discovered that she had lost her bank card. While trying to figure out what to do next, Dominique was approached by a homeless man known only as Robbie. Robbie offered the 22-year-old his last £3 ($4.67) so that she could pay for a cab to take her home safely. Dominique ended up declining the offer,

Australians Offer to Ride by Muslims’ Side Amidst Fears of Retaliation for Hostage Situation

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Yesterday, Man Haron Monis, a self-described extremist Muslim cleric, entered a Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney, Australia and took all of the store’s occupants hostage. The siege ended just a few hours ago after police stormed the cafe. As news spread that the hostage-taker was a Muslim, a coalition of Australian Muslim groups released a statement condemning the man’s actions. “We reject any attempt to take the innocent life of any human being, or to instil fear and terror into their hearts,”

Were Our Most Celebrated Leaders All Good, Moral People? (Opinion Piece)

Before I really get into this piece, I just want to warn you that after reading it, you may never look at some of history’s most honored figures the same way ever again. That being said, let’s start off in the present. Next Tuesday, November 4th, Americans will vote in the midterm elections to decide the political fate of the American Congress. As usual, underhanded, and just downright offensive mud-slinging tactics have been being used for political gains all over the

Nigerian Military Kills Boko Haram Leader and Captures Hundreds of Militants

Earlier today, the Nigerian military announced that nearly 270 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered this week following a military offensive against the Islamic militant group in northeast Nigeria. A military spokesman also announced that the Nigerian military had killed Boko Haram’s current leader, Mohammed Bashir. The group’s original leader, Abubakar Shekau, is thought to have died back in 2009. Nigerian officials say that following Shekau’s death, Bashir (who looks a lot like the late Shekau) began to impersonate the leader. “[Bashir] had been

5 Months After the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign, Nothing Has Been Done

Do you remember back in April when social media was flooded with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls following the kidnapping of 270 girls from a school in Nigeria by the militant group Boko Haram? Everyone got in on the hashtag, from Queen Latifa to Malala Yousafzai and Michele Obama. But what has been done since then? Pretty much nothing actually. Though 57 of the girls managed to escape within the first few days, not a single girl has actually been rescued. How could this be,

There Are More Single Americans Than Married Ones for the First Time On Record

The U.S. government first began collecting data on the number and proportion of single and married citizens in America back in 1976. In this first year of record-keeping, 37.6% of people reported being single. Since then, that number has been steadily rising year by year. This summer, single Americans officially became the majority. As of August, 124.6 million Americans (~50.2% of the population) are single, marking the first time since record-keeping began that there are more single Americans than married ones. The percentage

A “Burn the ISIS Flag Challenge” Has Gone Viral in the Arab World

First there was the ALS ice bucket challenge. Then, India introduced their own creative version, the rice bucket challenge. Now, yet another social media challenge is rapidly gaining momentum: the burn the ISIS flag challenge. It began a couple days ago when three young men from Lebanon took pictures of themselves burning the Islamic State flag in the middle of Sassine Square in Lebanon’s capital Beirut and then posted the pictures to social media. Not long afterwards, a Lebanese YouTube user

This Recovered ISIS Laptop Includes Plans for A Bubonic Plague Bomb, Among Other Things

Back in January, a group of moderate Syrian rebels raided an ISIS hideout in the Syrian province of Idlib, not far from the Turkish border. Though they didn’t find massive heaps of guns or cash, they did find something that may prove to be much more valuable: a laptop left behind one of the Islamic State fighters. Earlier this week, Abu Ali, the commander of the group that led the raid, handed over the laptop to reporters from Foreign Policy. The contents

India’s RICE Bucket Challenge Just Totally Nailed It

The ALS ice bucket challenge has become a global phenomenon this summer, with people dumping buckets full of water and ice on their heads to raise awareness and funding for ALS. Now, India has adopted the challenge, adding their own spin: instead of filling the buckets with ice and water, they fill them with rice. And instead of dumping the bucket over their heads, they give the bucket of rice to a person in need. The new challenge was started by

Despite All the Depressing News, The World Is Not Getting Worse, It’s Getting Much, Much Better

Today, I woke up and skimmed the world news headlines. 80% of the stories were about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis or the Malaysian aircraft shot down in Ukraine. The other 20% was mostly news on the Air Algerie flight which disappeared earlier this morning and ISIS’s exile and persecution of the Christians in Mosul. It was a very depressing experience. But then, I thought to myself: are things really that bad? And I realized, the answer is undoubtedly NO. What we must realize here

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