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Islamic groups begin to target gays, and more

More than 130 gay Iraqi men have been murdered since the beginning of the year by hard-line Islamic groups that specifically target gays.

Islamic groups begin to target gaysMore than 130 gay Iraqi men have been murdered since the beginning of the year by hard-line Islamic groups that specifically target gays. “Animals deserve more pity than the dirty people who practice such sexual depraved acts,” said Abu Hamizi, a 22-year-old leader of one such group, who boasts of hunting gays on Internet chat rooms.  London ObserverMillions of children die under the age of 5Every year, about 8.8 million children under the age of 5 die of pneumonia, diarrhea, and other diseases worldwide, with 40 percent of the deaths occurring in Nigeria, Congo, and India. Associated Press

Anniversary of Hudson discovering ManhattanWhen Henry Hudson discovered Manhattan 400 years ago this month, the island was an Eden of hilly forests, bird-filled wetlands, and stream-crossed meadows, with more plant species than Yosemite has today. The human population was about 600 Native Americans.  The New York TimesWomen receive sexual advances from religious leadersAbout 3 percent of women who attend worship services regularly have been the target of sexual advances by a priest, minister, rabbi, or other religious leader, a new Baylor University study found. “Clearly the problem is more than simply a few charismatic leaders preying on vulnerable followers,” said study co-author Diana Garland.The Washington Post

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