Sunni jihadist forces, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), launched a major offensive in northern Iraq on June 9, resulting in the capture of Iraq’s second largest city on June 10. Counter-attacks by Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga slowed the offensive, and Shiite Iraqis have been volunteering in large numbers to fight ISIS. The US and Iran have been discussing the situation, and might work together to support the Iraqi government.
Jan. 13 Daily Brief: Macedonian carnival, Muslims celebrate Prophet Mohammed’s birth and a pantsless commute for thousands part of flashmob
Macedonian carnival, Muslims celebrate Prophet Mohammed’s birth, a pantsless commute for thousands part of flashmob and more in today’s daily brief.
Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr, Sumatran tiger cubs born at the National Zoo in D.C., Demolition Derbies and more in today’s daily briefs.
Rival rallies in Cairo mark the first Friday of Ramadan, while Brits eagerly await the arrival of the royal baby in today’s daily brief.
U.S. President Barack Obama visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, the world observes World Water Day with the theme “Water Cooperation,” adepts of Sufism, a mystical form of Islam, self-pierce to earn salvation, a pet tiger plays with a keeper at an Indonesian school and more in today’s daily brief.
Typhoon Bopha claims more than 300 lives in the Philippines, Sunni Muslims and Alawites clash in Tripoli, snowstorms in Sweden and Korea and more in today’s daily brief.
Nov. 20 Photo Brief: Toxic fashion show, Shiite self-flagellation, Afghanistan’s surplus of orphans and drug users
Greenpeace holds a “Toxic Thread” fashion show in China, Shiite Muslims in Kashmir remember the slaying of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, 1 million orphans in Afghanistan, 60,000 drug users in the Afghan capital city of Kabul and more in today’s daily brief.
Sifting through Sandy’s aftermath continues in New Jersey and New York, Hindus celebrate Diwali, the annual festival of lights, China’s People Liberation Army puts on an air show, Justin Bieber dons a pair of dj/rockstar angel wings and more in today’s daily brief.
Oct. 26 Photo Brief: Baltimore Halloween Brew-ha-ha, Islam’s Feast of the Sacrifice, zombies in Berlin, Halloween at the zoo, pregnant pigs in a cage
Baltimore Bike Party, Graphic animal slaughter images from the first day of Islam’s Eid al-Adha celebration, or “Feast of the Sacrifice,” a polar bear and white lion play with pumpkins in a Russian zoo, European pigs will soon have more room in their cages, zombies from the Middle Ages emerge from the Berlin Dungeon and more in today’s daily brief.
Oct. 2 Photo Brief: Gandhi’s 143rd birthday, Chanel’s alternative energy runway show, Hong Kong’s sunken ferry
School children dress up as Mahatma Gandhi to celebrate his 143rd birthday, Karl Lagerfeld presents Chanel’s Spring/Summer line at the Grand Palais in Paris during Paris Fashion Week, relatives pay their respects to the victims of Monday’s fatal ferry collision in Hong Kong and more in today’s daily brief.