“Top 5 World News” is a new kind of article on Veritas News. If you’re feeling out of the loop with what’s happening in the world, read this article to get a quick catch-up on a few important events that have occurred in the past several days. 

Mormons advocate for LGBTQ+ rights – with stipulations

On Jan. 27, the Mormon Church announced a campaign intended to implement new laws that would protect the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination, while still aiming to protect and express their religious beliefs. This campaign is the latest in a growing legal compassion and acceptance for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, stemming from the legalization of gay marriage in over 36 states.

For more information, check out this MSN article.

ADDITION Gay Marriage Mormons

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ISIS threatens Obama

A member of the Islamic extremist group, ‘ISIS’ personally threatened President Obama this week. The fighter stated in a recent beheading video, “Know, Oh Obama, that we will reach America.” He continued to say, “Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House, and transform America into a Muslim Province.” This is continuing a string of terror from the jihadist group, who has been threatening and beheading hostages from America, Jordan, and Japan just during 2015.

Read this article at Fox News for more details.

Boko Haram continues to inflict pain and death

Boko Haram, a group of militant Islamists, strike another village as they continue their massacre of women, children, and the elderly in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state. Boko Haram is now making use of social media, videoing and displaying the kidnapped child soldiers that they employ in training camps. This media tactic mirrors the publicity of ISIS, and begins public outcry for a major world power to step in.

For more information, head over to CNN.

Air pollution induces hospitalization for thousands

The Asia-Pacific region has recently gone through another period of extreme haze pollution, sending thousands to the hospital. Air pollution in Southeast Asia killed nearly 1 million people in 2012 and is still a major concern today. The diseased air is plaguing nearly 40% of the population with high risk of strokes and cancer. Crops have fallen in numbers and area, signifying the change of these countries from farm-oriented to technology, factory centered production.

Read up on more details about this story on CNN.

Haze AP

Photo credit: AP/Rony Muharrman

Treasure hunter on the run finally caught

The fugitive treasure hunter, Tommy Thompson, was finally apprehended and arrested after being on the run for over two years. He discovered the 280-foot SS Central America shipwreck containing 10 tons of gold. He and his crew hoisted of gold bars and coins, selling most of it for about 50 million dollars. However, he cheated his investors out of their cut, and fled south, and has been on the evading the law since 2012.

Wanna know more? Check out Fox News for the details.