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Worship Artist Stephen B. Steward Releases Debut Album "Enter Your Gates"

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Singer, songwriter, and worship leader, Stephen B. Steward engages audiences and takes listeners into the presence of the Lord with his debut album, Enter Your Gates.  

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Unique Interactive "Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible"

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The Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible is an interactive prayer-focused edition of the Bible and is being revised and expanded. The new edition, which highlights over 400 verses and nearly 200 passages on prayer, will be published on November 28th. 

Prime Minister of Iraq Agrees to Step Down

Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to step aside and support his nominated replacement in the post, potentially ending the political deadlock that has plunged Baghdad into uncertainty as the country fights a Sunni militant insurgency.

Aug. 13, 2014: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, Iraqi acting Defense Minister Sadun al-Dulaymi, right, government officials and parliament members attend the funeral procession of Maj. Gen. Majid Abdul-Salam, a pilot who was killed in Tuesday's helicopter crash in northern Iraq, at the headquarters of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

Germany Starts Sending Humanitarian Aid to Northern Iraq

The first of four German air force cargo planes to deliver the aid took off from an airbase in the northern town of Hohn on Friday morning, bound for Irbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar August 10, 2014. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Ari Jalal)

9 Trapped Workers Rescued from Flooded Coal Mine in China

Rescuers on Friday pulled out nine of 25 workers trapped in a flooded coal mine, state media reported.

Rescuers stand by at the entrance to the flooded well of the Anzhishun Coal Mine at the Chengzihe district of Jixi, in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, early on Aug. 15, 2014. Twenty-three people have been trapped after the coal mine was flooded in Jixi City on Aug. 14. (PHOTO CREDIT: Xinhua/Wang Kai)

The Real Story Behind The Lion King: The 'Simba' and 'Nala' Tale of South Africa's Marakele National Park

The Lion King watches over his territory. Picture: Wikus Potgieter

Entertainment and natural science are easy companions among the rangers at safari reserves in South Africa.

So it is little wonder that our ranger, Michelle Sole, speaks easily of Mufasa one minute and encyclopedic details of the biology of lions the next. She knows her audience, including a delightful Belgian family of four on our first game drive, where the two young boys confess to watching The Lion King at least 20 times.

Disney has long captivated its audiences with a menagerie of animal characters and Sole is well-versed in The Lion King tale. She likes to point to Zasu in the baobab tree, the wildebeest idly chewing on some grass who causes the tragic stampede, or the herds of trotting impala and jumping springboks.

Russia Denies Its Military Vehicles Were Destroyed In Ukraine

NATO on Friday said a Russian military column ventured overnight into Ukraine, and the Ukrainian president said his forces destroyed most of it. Russia denied all of this, but the reports spooked global markets and overshadowed optimism driven by agreement over a Russian aid convoy bound for eastern Ukraine.

CORRECTS NAME OF TOWN TO KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY. Drivers prepare to show cargos to journalists in a field where the aid convoy is parked in Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

ISIS Massacres 90 Yazidis In Iraq, US Launches New Airstrikes

The U.S. military conducted new airstrikes against Islamic militants Friday as sources tell Fox News members of the group killed 90 male members of Iraq's Yazidi minority in a northern village and kidnapped "dozens" of women and children.

Aug. 10, 2014: Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at a camp at Derike, Syria.AP/File

Runaways to Runway: 'Ethical' Fashion Changing Lives of Africa's Poor

The muddy streets of Kenya's crowded Korogocho slums are a far cry from the fashion boutiques of Paris, Milan, New York or London, AFP reports.

But beneath a tin roof, workers from some of the country's poorest communities sew buttons and stitch cloth for top international designers, part of a not-for-profit "ethical fashion" project.

"Before Ethical Fashion, I couldn't educate my children," said Lucy, sitting in a circle of women, needles in hand as they deftly sew white seed beads to the surface of smooth, chocolate-coloured leather.

Nigerian Nurse Dead from Ebola, 5 Others Infected

A Nigerian nurse has become the second person to die of the Ebola virus in Africa's most populous nation, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.

Photographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Nigeria recorded its first known fatality from Ebola virus infection with the death of a nurse in Lagos.

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