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(CNN) - Iraq's largest Christian town has been overrun by the same militant Islamists who have gained a foothold in parts of eastern Syria and western and northern Iraq.
The latest advance by ISIS (or the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has caused thousands of Christians in the city to flee, just as other minority groups targeted by ISIS have done, as well as Shiite Muslims.
By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper
Jerusalem (CNN) – This week, Israel announced an arrest in the kidnapping and murders of the three Israeli teens. Hussam Kawasme was a resident of Hebron in the West Bank, and a senior member of Hamas, the Israelis say.
"His arrest will lead, I hope, to further arrests, and we'll get to the bottom of the murder of the three teenagers," Israeli spokesman Mark Regev told CNN Wednesday.
The Israeli government has long maintained that Hamas was behind the kidnapping and murders. Hamas in Gaza, to this day, denies any involvement.
(CNN) - Missionaries from Samaritan's Purse had hoped they wouldn't have to become involved in the clinical care of Ebola patients in West Africa. But by June, they realized they had no choice, says Ken Isaacs, vice president of international programs and government relations for Samaritan's Purse.
The deadly Ebola virus had spread from Guinea to Liberia and Sierra Leone. At the time, nearly 400 cases and more than 200 deaths had been reported.
(CNN) – It will be difficult, if not impossible for the pro-Russian rebels to win the war in Ukraine without more of Russian leader Vladimir Putin's help.
And with 20,000 troops standing at the ready, the big question is: Will Putin ramp up direct involvement in the war, or will he blink?
New Republic editor Julia Ioffe penned a piece titled "Vladimir Putin Might Fall. We Should Consider What Happens Next."
Is this the kind of man that's ever willing to back down?
(CNN) – Like their Israeli counterparts, Palestinian officials say they are very concerned with Hamas' public announcement that it will not extend the cease-fire, and is "ready for a long war," as a Hamas spokesman said Thursday.
"I'm not only concerned because of what Hamas had said. I'm concerned that (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu has not scored enough points for him to win victory on the ground," said Dr. Sabri Saidam, former adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.