President Barack Obama offered prayers and condolences today to the family of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker killed by ISIS, which posted a new video online boasting of the killing and showing the mass beheading of several men identified as Syrian soldiers. Kassig, the fifth Western hostage ISIS has claimed to have killed since August, changed his name to Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam, according to his parents. The aid worker and former Army Ranger was abducted in October 2013 while traveling to a town in eastern Syria. Kassig's parents, Ed and Paula, issued a statement: "We are heartbroken to learn that our son, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, has lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people and his desire to ease their suffering. Our heart also goes out to the families of the Syrians who lost their lives, along with our son." read more
President Barack Obama is sending up 1,500 more soldiers to Iraq to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIS, in a deployment that would bring the total number of American troops there to 2,900. The White House said in a statement that it will also ask Congress for another $5.6 billion to fund the fight against ISIS. The troops will not have a combat role, and will operate from bases outside Baghdad and Erbil. read more
President Obama announced on Saturday that he would nominate Loretta E. Lynch, the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, to be the next attorney general, paving the way for the first African-American woman to hold the job. Lynch, 55, a low-profile prosecutor, said that if confirmed she would "wake up every morning with the protection of the American people my first thought, and I will work every day to safeguard our citizens, our liberties, our rights, and this great nation." Lynch, a two-time federal prosecutor, has no personal ties to the president and has twice been confirmed by the Senate as a United States attorney -- in 2000 and again in 2010 -- suggesting that she might draw at least some level of bipartisan support.
Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been allowed to leave North Korea "and are on their way home," the U.S. government announced Saturday, leaving no more Americans detained in the reclusive East Asian nation. The pair were released after a rare, last-second trip by a top American official -- U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper -- to Pyongyang as an envoy of President Barack Obama, a senior State Department official told CNN. This came after North Korea contacted the U.S. government out of the blue and urged that the administration send a Cabinet-level official to Pyongyang to discuss the detained Americans, according to two sources close to the matter.
They may not be every parent's idea of a perfect furry companion for their children - but a company is offering furry Rectum' and Anus' toys this Christmas.
The anatomically correct furry organs cost £12.50 each on mail order from American firm I Heart Guts and come with amusing facts - and even theme songs.
The rectum's favourite song' is Drop It Like It's Hot by Snoop Dog - and it's job is described as waste disposal.'
Maker I Heart Guts describes the organ as, The Hershey Highway', referring to a popular American chocolate bar, and This fecal loading dock is lined with nerve endings that, when filled with poop, tell the brain to find a bathroom pronto. Strong muscles push the poop out of the rectum and through the anus and, if you're lucky, into the toilet!'
saying, The butt of many jokes, the rectum plays a serious role when it comes to pooping.