Jana was a 19-year-old in her final year of high school, with dreams of becoming a doctor. Then, ISIS came to her village last August, and her world collapsed.
She described to me in chilling detail, how the jihadis first demanded that members of her Yazidi religious minority convert to Islam. Then they stripped villagers of their jewelry, money and cellphones. They separated the men from the women.
A United Nations report explained what happened next. ISIS "gathered all the males older than 10 years of age at the local school, took them outside the village by pick-up trucks, and shot them."
Among those believed dead were Jana's father and eldest brother.
A different fate lay in store for the women.
About 200 Syrian rebels entered the besieged city of Kobani at dawn Wednesday with weapons that included mortars and heavy machine guns, a Syrian rebel commander said.
Col. Abdul Jabar Okaidi spoke to CNN by phone from inside Kobani, a Syrian border city.
Okaidi said the rebels are using weapons from the Free Syrian Army supplies, but did not disclose which brigades offered the weapons or assisted.
This is the first group to enter, and more fighters will come in if required, he said.
"Today, 200 is enough," he said. "But we can send more today if needed."
Could John Berman be related to the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza, noted as the Prince of Philosophers?
Berman travels to Amsterdam, the country where his ancestors, the Spinozas, lived for 140 years in search of his “inner Spinoza”… and the truth.
To see more familiar faces of CNN share their own stories, visit CNN.com/Roots.
“As a journalist, I interview and write about newsmakers – but in my family, the real newsmaker was just an ordinary girl who had the courage ... to leave everything she knew and start all over again in America." – Christine Romans
See Romans trace her history from Iowa back to Denmark where she learns her great-great-grandmother was a risk taker and a giver.
The Danish Archives collects and stores historic sources and makes them available to the public.
Almost all of the documents revealed on Christine Romans journey is found online.
If you have lineage that dates back to Denmark, go online to www.sa.dk for more information!
And for more history from other familiar faces of CNN, visit CNN.com/Roots
What are you doing to celebrate this holiday weekend?
NASA makes a surprising discovery: a new planet, a so-called "Mega-Earth."
The planet is known as Kepler-10c.
It has a mass 17 times that of Earth, partly since the surface and mass is made of rock, as opposed to gas.
The planet is believed to be about 11 billion years old.
Don't get too excited though, Kepler-10c isn't likely to sustain life since it's too close to its parent star, 560 light-years away.
From earthquakes to asteroids, air turbulence to ocean currents, Indra's reporting doesn't just tell us what's happening outside, but why it's happening. It's nice having a self-proclaimed weather nerd around!
Here, Indra shares 10 things you didn't know about her:
1. Indra is the Hindu God of Weather but also just a place in Latvia. I got the second one
2. I rescued two dogs. A pit bull and a chihuahua. The chihuahua runs the house
3. I’m either a health freak or a foodie, just depends on what day of the week it is or how fun the party is
4. My dad REALLY is a brain surgeon
5. My husband is a marine sniper
6. Latvian was my first language. I speak English but I do know what you’re saying about me in Spanish
7. In my free time I’m either traveling the world or at home scrapbooking it. Adventurous or a hermit? You decide
8. I was playing the piano and skiing by age 3
9. Most of my friend’s say I’m the best guy friend they have, without the love of sports
10. You’ll know you’re in yoga with me when you hear the instructor remind the class, “some people aren’t genetically flexible,” but I bet I can do as many pull-ups as you can. Well, maybe round one
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