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This image provided by U.S. CENTCOM shows al-Nuri mosque destroyed by the Islamic State group, in Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The Islamic State group destroyed the mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures Wednesday night, Iraq's Ministry of Defense said. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted early Thursday, June 22, 2017 that the destruction was an admission by the militants that they are losing the fight for Iraq's second-largest city. (U.S. CENTCOM via AP)

ISIS militants destroy 12th century mosque in Iraq's Mosul

- Associated Press

The Islamic State group blew up a historic landmark in Mosul -- the city's famed 12th century al-Nuri mosque with its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba, from where the ISIS leader proclaimed the militant group's self-styled caliphate nearly three years ago.

Dominique Dawes at Belmont-Paul.  (National Park Foundation)

Olympic champ and capital-area native Dawes advocates for National Parks and discusses motherhood

- The Washington Times

Former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, but a few miles from some of the most important sites in America such as the White House, National Mall and the Capitol. But what the three-time Olympian never realized what exactly how many National Parks were located but a short drive from the Maryland suburb where she still lives.

Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says evangelical Christians must lead on criminal justice reform. (Sarah Nelson / The Washington Times)

Time for justice reform is now, leading evangelicals say

- The Washington Times

A Christian group that focuses on prison issues declared Tuesday that followers of Christ have a duty to repair the nation's broken criminal justice system, which relies too much on locking people up in order to keep the public safe.

'There's no glory. There's just hard work -- and you have to have a heart.'

In the end, Campbell says it is about being called to servant leadership. "There's no glory. There's just hard work--and you have to have a heart," Campbell said. "And humility! Like Gideon, who said, 'I'm the least of the tribe, and I'm the least of my tribe. Why are you talking to me?' That is a key component of a Christian being involved in the public square."

Pope Francis prays in front of the tomb of Don Lorenzo Milani, in Barbiana, near Florence,  Italy, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Pope Francis is making a pilgrimage to northern Italy to honor two 20th-century parish priests, Don Primo Mazzolari and Don Lorenzo Milani, whose commitment to the poor and powerless brought them censure from the Vatican.. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francis to visit Chile, Peru in January

- Catholic News Agency

The Holy See Press Office announced Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Chile from January 15 to 18 and Peru from January 18 to 21, 2018.

This undated image provided by the Hassanen family shows Nabra Hassanen in Fairfax, Va. Police in Fairfax, Va., said Monday, June 19, 2017, that "road rage" was to blame for the slaying of a 17-year-old muslim girl who was walking with friends to her mosque between Ramadan prayers this weekend. Police have not identified Hassanen, but her father confirmed she was the victim in Sunday's attack. (Courtesy Hassanen Family via AP)

Brutal slaying near Virginia mosque stemmed from road rage, police say

- Associated Press

What was supposed to be a morning of prayer and reflection in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan ended in tragedy when 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was fatally attacked as she headed back to a Virginia mosque after enjoying a pre-dawn meal with friends.

FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 6, 2011 file photo, a traditional dhow floats in the Corniche Bay of Doha, Qatar, with tall buildings of the financial district in the background. Qatar says it has pulled all of its troops from the border of Djibouti and Eritrea, East African nations that have a long-running territorial dispute which Doha had helped mediate. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

U.S. Christians, Jews lobby for more pressure on Qatar over terror

- The Washington Times

An organization of American Jews and Christians on Monday announced a campaign to lobby the Trump administration to strongly back a pressure campaign organized by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies against Qatar over its suspected support for Iran and terror groups in the region.

A police officer ties police tape to a handrail. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Murder charge for Virginia man in attack on Muslim girl

Associated Press

A 22-year-old Virginia man was held on a murder charge Monday in the slaying of a teenage Muslim girl who was attacked during a breakfast break from an all-night prayer session at her mosque.