U.N. Official: ISIS is 'Institutionalizing Sexual Violence'

Zainab Bangura, a U.N. special representative, recently concluded a tour of refugee camps that house refugees largely from Syria and Iraq - countries where the Islamic State hold a large amount of territory. The Washington Post reports that she recounted the stories of sexual violence, rape and abuse to Middle East… » 5/24/15 12:19pm 12 minutes ago

Assad Regime Accused of Attacking Civilians in Syria with Chlorine Gas

Civil defense groups in Syria have accused Bashar al-Assad of using chlorine gas in at least 35 attacks on civilians since mid-March, the Guardian reports. “Whenever the regime loses an area or a city it arbitrarily takes revenge on civilians,” said White Helmets’ leader Raed Saleh. “It is targeting civilians.” » 5/24/15 11:26am Today 11:26am

Mom Jailed for Refusing to Circumcise 4-Year-Old Son Agrees to Surgery

A Florida woman arrested for a resisting a court order to have her 4-year-old son circumcised has reluctantly agreed to the procedure after spending a week behind bars, ABC News reports. » 5/23/15 5:15pm Yesterday 5:15pm

Tell Your Duggar Tales: Did Michelle Duggar Get a Gay Crew Member Fired?

Josh Duggar, the eldest child of the 19 Kids and Counting celebrity-evangelical clan, admitted Thursday that when he was a teenager he molested several underage girls, including some of his sisters. His admission was shocking to many—but not to all: Plenty of people have known about Josh’s abuse for years, including… » 5/23/15 12:12pm Yesterday 12:12pm

Cleveland Cop Who Fired 49 Rounds Into Car Acquitted of Manslaughter

On Saturday, an Ohio judge acquitted Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo of manslaughter, the New York Times reports. During a November 2012 car chase, Brelo, who is white, and other police officers, fired 137 rounds at Timothy Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams, who were black and unarmed. » 5/23/15 11:50am Yesterday 11:50am