Following a week-long advance on the city, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized control of most of Mosul — a city in northern Iraq and the capital of the Nineveh Province. With a population of one and three-quarter million, Mosul is Iraq’s second-largest city.

Exactly 25 years ago today, the ruthless Communist Party regime ruling over mainland China massacred thousands of innocent civilians in Beijing’s now-infamous Tiananmen Square. The protesters, like people around the world, just wanted freedom. The autocrats, however, whose bloody rise to power was facilitated by the U.S. foreign policy establishment, responded by deploying the military for a barbaric crackdown that went down in history as a dark and barbarous stain on all of humanity.

Russia and China signed a 30-year, $400 billion deal for Gazprom to deliver Russian natural gas to Communist China, highlighting the emergence of a new increasingly anti-Western Sino-Soviet bloc.

The United States accused five Chinese of espionage against American corporations, while China called the charges "overbearing and hypocritical."

Research shows that officially atheist Communist China is on track to become the world's most Christian nation in the next 15 years.