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ISIS Advances, Amazon Tax Probe, Butchered Anthem

Kurds flee Kobani, Syria for safety in Turkey.
Kurds flee Kobani, Syria for safety in Turkey.

ISIS fighters advanced into the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani overnight after a three-week siege and amid intense street fighting with the Kurds, and are now occupying southwestern neighborhoods, Reuters reports. Karwan Zebari, a representative of the Kurdish regional government, told the BBC that the town could fall into ISIS hands unless military aid comes, and he urged Turkey to step up and fight the jihadist group, even as Turkish tanks posted on the border have watched without intervening. In an interview aired yesterday on CNN, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he wanted a Syrian no-fly zone, a move that would require the U.S.-led coalition to attack the Syrian government forces’ air defenses before intervening.

A nurse in Spain has tested positive for Ebola after treating two missionaries who later died of the disease at a Madrid hospital. She is the first person to have contracted Ebola outside of Africa. According to Spanish newspaper La Razón, her condition is stable, and her life is not in danger. It is unclear how she contracted the disease, as she is said to have worn protective clothing when she was in contact with the missionaries, but daily El País reports that the clothing was not adapted to this purpose, as it wasn’t fully impermeable and didn’t have its own breathing apparatus.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the government would increase passenger screenings in the United States and Africa, though he repeated his opposition to a travel ban. This came amid more bad news from Uganda, where the government said it was monitoring a group of eight people believed to have contracted Marburg, a virus similar to Ebola, after the death of a patient.

The Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan is set to be sold to a Chinese insurance firm for $1.95 billion, one of the highest prices ever paid for a hotel. Hilton Worldwide Holdings, the seller, will continue to manage the famous Art Deco landmark for another 100 years.

After targeting Apple and Starbucks, the European Commission is set to confront Amazon over its sweetheart tax deal in Luxembourg that allowed the retailer to pay taxes of less than 1% on its European income, the Financial Times reports. The case is “particularly sensitive” for Brussels, as the 2003 deal was reached under the leadership of former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, president-elect of the European Commission.

Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, has been suspended by USA Swimming for the next six months. The American swimming body said Phelps violated its code of conduct when he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding last week.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics to three Japanese scientists — Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura — for inventing the blue LED, “a new energy-efficient and environment friendly light source.” Here’s a list of potential laureates for the Chemistry Prize, set to be announced tomorrow.

An Argentinian tenor thought he could get away with not knowing the lyrics to the Australian anthem, as the two country’s rugby teams prepared to face each other. But as impressive as his vocal performance was, his take on the anthem left the Australian players laughing.

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Is Disney's "Wish" Spreading A Subtle Anti-Christian Message To Kids?

Disney's new movie "Wish" is being touted as a new children's blockbuster to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. But some Christians may see the portrayal of the villain as God-like and turning wishes into prayers as the ultimate denial of the true message of Christmas.

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For the Christmas holiday season?

Joseph Holmes

Christians have always had a love-hate relationship with Disney since I can remember. Growing up in the Christian culture of the 1990s and early 2000s, all the Christian parents I knew loved watching Disney movies with their kids – but have always had an uncomfortable relationship with some of its messages. It was due to the constant Disney tropes of “follow your heart philosophy” and “junior knows best” disdain for authority figures like parents that angered so many. Even so, most Christians felt the benefits had outweighed the costs.

That all seems to have changed as of late, with Disney being hit more and more by claims from conservatives (including Christian conservatives) that Disney is pushing more and more radical progressive social agendas, This has coincided with a steep drop at the box office for Disney.

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