Hundreds Killed in Stampede Near Mecca

Muslim pilgrims gather around bodies of people crushed in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Hundreds were killed and injured, Saudi authorities said. The crush happened in Mina, a large valley about five kilometers (three miles) from the holy city of Mecca that has been the site of hajj stampedes in years past. (AP Photo)

On Thursday, more than 700 people were killed and 863 were injured in a stampede near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, with the death toll expected to rise. The Saudi civil defense directorate first reported on the accident on social media.

Major Clinton Foundation Donor Insists: Blogger Must Be Flogged

Hillary Clinton visits Saudi Arabia (AP)

The government of Saudi Arabia, one of the largest donors to the Clinton Foundation, has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years imprisonment handed down against blogger Raif Badawi, who was convicted in 2012 of “insulting Islam through electronic channels.” Badawi’s crime was encouraging open debate on cultural and religious issues on his blog, the Liberal Saudi Network. The decision to uphold his sentence comes despite widespread international outcry:

Rand Paul Calls for Declassification of Congressional 9/11 Inquiry

Sen. Rand Paul calls for the declassification of the redacted pages at a press conference. / AP

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) called in a press conference on Tuesday morning for the Obama administration to declassify information related to terrorism financing in a redacted section of a report from an inquiry conducted jointly by the Senate and House intelligence committees, becoming the most high-profile politician yet to join the declassification effort.

Clinton Foundation Donors Are Having a Bad Week


It’s been a bad week for donors to the Clinton Foundation, the so-called charitable organization run by members of the Clinton political dynasty. Clinton Foundation donors who are currently dealing with adversity include: