Wife of British aid worker held hostage in Syria issues plea to Islamic State group

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LONDON – The wife of a British aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State group has issued a statement pleading for the militants to release him.

Former taxi driver Alan Henning was kidnapped in December in Syria, shortly after crossing into the country from Turkey in an aid convoy. His wife, Barbara, said he was driving an ambulance loaded with food and water at the time.

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The Islamic State group, which has released online videos showing the beheading of two American journalists and another British aid worker, has threatened to kill 47-year-old Henning next.

In a statement released by the Foreign Office, Henning’s wife called on “the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband,” and described him as a “peaceful, selfless man.”

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Join This Care2 Member in Saving Baby Moneys From Torturous Research Study | Care2 Causes

Life or Lunch?

3112200.largeOne of my favorite things about being a part of the Care2 community is seeing our incredible members get behind issues they really care about. Take for example Care2 member Mary Elizabeth who recently launched a petition to stop the torture of baby monkeys in a new anxiety and depression study being conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

When you read the details of the experiment, it’s hard not to cringe. First, 20 infant rhesus macaques will be separated from their mothers within 24 hours of birth. For the next month, the infant monkeys will be raised alone is a shoebox-sized incubator with their only comfort being a cloth-covered inanimate object. Known as “surrogate peer-rearing,” this technique has been widely known for creating heightened anxiety in young monkeys.

At approximately two-weeks-old, the babies will then only be removed from their solitary existence to be frightened by various stimuli including human…

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