What We Know Today: Hilary Duff Finalizes Divorce, Rand Paul Drops Out Of Presidential Race, & ISIS Offers Signing Bonus

What We Know Today: Hilary Duff Finalizes Divorce, Rand Paul Drops Out Of Presidential Race, & ISIS Offers Signing Bonus
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Rand Paul Decides To Quit Presidential Race


Rand Paul has decided to drop out of the Presidential race.

In a statement, the Kentucky senator said, “It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House. Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty.” According to a report from CNN, Paul is now expected to focus on his senate reelection.

ISIS Tries To Recruit African Soldiers With Signing Bonus

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ISIS is beefing up its efforts in amassing a formidable army in Libya. A new report reveals that the Islamic State is even offering a signing bonus to new African recruits.

According to a report from The Clarion Project, ISIS is trying to recruit as many soldiers as it can from three African countries, Chad, Sudan and Mali. And to make their recruitment campaign more attractive, the Islamic State is reportedly offering a signing bonus of up to $1,000. Today, ISIS has already taken control of the town of Sirte in Libya where Libyan intelligence believes the group has already managed to recruit between 2,000 to 3,000 fighters. Moreover, majority of the fighters are believed to be non-Libyans.

The Guardian Decides To Ban Comments On Islam, Race And Immigration

The Guardian has decided to ban comments on pieces written about today’s most controversial topics, such as Islam, race and immigration.

In an opinion piece written by Stephen Pritchard, the publication explained that comments would only be allowed on such topics if its moderators would have “the capacity to support the conversation and that they believed a positive debate was possible.” Mary Hamilton, The Guardian’s executive editor, said that they have received a great number of comments that reflect “abuse of vulnerable subjects, author abuse and trolling,” which only “cause consternation and concern among both our readers and our journalists.” This new policy will be made effective across the publication’s offices in the UK, U.S. and Australia.

Navy Seal To Be Awarded Medal Of Honor

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers will be awarded the Medal of Honor due to courageous actions he displayed when his team rescued an American civilian held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8 to 9, 2012. He will become the 11th living service member to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan.

Senior Chief Byers has been assigned to a number of SEAL teams in the east coast. To date, he has completed eight overseas deployments as well as seven combat tours. According to the Office of the Press Secretary, he has also received “five awards of the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V device, two awards of the Purple Heart, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor device, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V device, two additional awards of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two awards of the Combat Action Ribbon, three Presidential Unit Citations, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, two Navy Unit Commendations, and five Good Conduct Medals.”

On February 29, President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Byers during a ceremony at the White House that will also be attended by his family.

Hilary Duff Divorces Mike Comrie

The divorce between actress Hilary Duff and NHL star Mike Comrie has been finalized. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, the pair will be sharing custody of their 3-year-old son Luca and will also be splitting child-rearing costs. And while neither will be receiving spousal support, Hilary Duff would have to pay Comrie $2,408,786 to settle their split. In addition, the actress will also be keeping their Beverly Hills home and another property, while Comrie will be keeping his 2014 Bentley Coupe as well as a 2013 Mercedes G-Class SUV and some jewelry. The couple announced their split back in 2014.