The Pulse: John Kerry Visits Iraq

The Pulse: John Kerry Visits Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Baghdad to discuss the growing crisis in Iraq.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Baghdad to discuss the growing crisis in Iraq.

As the crisis in Iraq continues, Secretary John Kerry was in Baghdad Monday talking to Iraqi leaders as the militant group ISIS gains control of more cities. Kerry urged government leaders put aside their sectarian differences and create a new, more inclusive government

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith has just been released. The lawyer representing Mariam Yahya Ibrahim has confirmed. She has now been reunited with her husband and is "ecstatic." Her marriage to a Christian man from the U.S. is considered forbidden under Sharia law. But an appeals court has found the initial judgment in the case was faulty.

A report reviewing the child molestation investigation of former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky was made public Monday. The review was ordered by State Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane said it was important for the people of Pennsylvania to find out why it took nearly three years after the first abuse allegation to bring criminal charges against the 70-year-old Sandusky. Kane says the investigation found miscommunication between various law enforcement agencies and lack of urgency in investigating the allegations against the former football coach.Attorney General Kane also revealed that two people were allegedly abused by Sandusky while he was under investigation.

In Egypt, a court sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to 7 years in jail Monday. The court found them guilty on charges including helping a "terrorist organization" by publishing lies. All three deny the charges. They include an Australian correspondent, the Al Jazeera bureau chief who is a Canadian-Egyptian national and an Egyptian producer. The Australian government said it would take up the case with Egypt's new leadership.

A tsunami warning was issued Monday for coastal Alaska following a major earthquake. The 7.9-magnitude quake was located about 15 miles from little Sitkin Island. It was expected to produce a "modest" tsunami, according to the pacific tsunami warning center. Residents in some areas were warned to move to higher ground.
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