April 2015 Headlines

Armenian Betrayal? Obama Shuns the Word 'Genocide'

President Barack Obama is once again stopping short of calling the 1915 massacre of 2 million Armenians a genocide, prompting anger and disappointment on the 100th anniversary of the massacre.

It's Not Just Iran: China Warns of N. Korea Threat

As world powers focus on trying to curb Iran's nuclear pursuits, there's new evidence that North Korea is building nuclear bombs at an alarming rate.

New Details in Foiled French Terror Plot

New details are emerging about the man French authorities say had plans to carry out another terror  attack near Paris. This one was specifically targeting Christians.

Hostages Killed in US Drone Strikes Targeting Al Qaeda

Blaming the "fog of war," President Obama revealed that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, two hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two other Americans who had leadership roles with the terror network.

Ex-Muslim: Koran Revealed a Religion I Did Not Like

Mona Walter is on a mission. Her mission is for more Muslims to know what is in the Koran.  She says if more Muslims knew what was in the Koran, more would leave Islam.

Recruiting Campaign: ISIS Tentacles Spread Far, Wide

Despite tough battles in Iraq, with wins and losses, the influence of ISIS -- and other radical Islamist groups -- is still scoring victories by making new converts from other countries.

Italian Police Bust Al Qaeda-Linked Terror Ring

Italian police have arrested 20 people suspected of membership in an al Qaeda-linked terror ring in Italy. Cops say some members of the ring are responsible for "numerous bloody acts of terrorism in Pakistan."

Death Toll in Nepal Quake over 1,000

Tens of thousands of people prepared to spend a chilly night in the open after a powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 1,180 people.

CBN News Weekend: Mediterranean To Mexico, Focus On Immigration

On CBN News Weekend, April 25: The U.S. border patrol is bracing for another mad rush of immigrants. Meanwhile the Italian coast guard is having a hard time stoppping a dangerous human trafficking operation in the Mediterranean.

China Swallowing Up Territory, Neighbors in Fear

As the U.S.  focuses on the Mideast, China is gradually swallowing up territory claimed by its neighbors. Now there's fear that even a small disagreement could easily escalate into a larger regional conflict.

Saudis Resume Airstrikes on Houthi Rebels

The Saudi-led coalition resumed airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, less than 24 hours after announcing its air campaign was over.

France Foils Jihadist Attack on Paris Church

Top security officials in France say they've arrested an Islamic jihadist in Paris who was planning an attack on at least one church.

Declassified: Iran 'At Most' 2-3 Months from Bomb

The Obama administration says Iran is "at most" two to three months away from enriching enough nuclear fuel for an atomic bomb, an estimate that's been known for years but kept classified until now.

Italy Arrests Capsized Boat Captain, Crew Member

Prosecutors in Italy are building their case against the traffickers responsible for what may be the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster.

Ethiopia Mourns ISIS Christian Executions

Dozens of Ethiopian families are reeling after their loved ones were slaughtered by ISIS in Libya.

Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years

An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted Islamic President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, to 20 years in prison.

US Moves to Block Iran Weapons to Yemen Rebels

The situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, with Iran at the center of the latest developments.

Cuban Churches Thriving Despite Incredible Poverty

As relations between the United States and Cuba begin to thaw a surprising spiritual reality is emerging, the Cuban Church is thriving.

EU to Tackle Migrant Crisis after Boat Tragedy

A ship carrying nearly a thousand migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Seas.  It's believed only 28 people survived.

Graham: 'Snowball's Chance' Iran Deal Gets Approval

President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran may face serious troubles in Congress.

Bus Bombing in Somalia Kills at Least 10

At least 10 people are dead and many more wounded in Somalia after a bomb exploded on a bus carrying United Nations workers.

Video: ISIS Executes Ethiopian Christians in Libya

The Islamic State released a new video Sunday that appears to show the coordinated executions of dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

Muslims Burn 69 Churches; Christians Forgive

Christians in Niger are puting back the pieces of their lives after Muslims destroyed their homes and churches. But instead of seeking revenge, the Christians are offering forgiveness.

Pope and Hollande Call for International Action on Migrant Crisis

Pope Francis and French President Francois Hollande on Sunday both called for international action after a boat crowded with migrants capsized in the sea north of Libya overnight.

IS Video Purports to Show Killing of Ethiopians in Libya

A video released by ISIS on Sunday appears to show the killing of two different groups of captured Ethiopian Christians by the extremist group's Libyan affiliates.

S. Korean Church's 7-Day Service: Sundays Not Enough

For one church in South Korea, meeting only once a week on Sundays is hardly enough.  Myungsung Church in Seoul gathers for early morning prayer every day, and it's been doing it for 35 years.

Suicide Attack in Afghanistan Kills 30 People

A security official says that at least 30 people have been killed after a suicide bomber attacked a bank branch in eastern Afghanistan.

Australia Arrests 5 Men on Terror Plot Charges

Police in Australia say they have arrested five men on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks on police officers.

CBN News Weekend: Cuba's Churches Spiritual Growth Emerges

As the U.S. and Cuba relationship begins to thaw, a surprising spiritual reality is emerging. Also, could a new Medicare bill could cause doctors to join in "mini death panels," according to some health care analysts?

Recant or Else: Saeed Faces New Psychological Torture

Iranian prison guards holding American Pastor Saeed Abedini have reportedly given him a warning: deny Jesus Christ and return to Islam or stay imprisoned for life.

'Recycled Orchestra' Turns Trash into Music

The young musicians in this story have performed around the world. They've even met European royalty. Yet they live in a garbage dump in South America!

Italy: Muslim Migrants Tossed Christians into Sea

Italian authorities arrested 15 Muslims for throwing 12 Christians overboard a migrant boat traveling from Africa to Italy this week.

'We're Not Dogs': Immigration House Offers Safe Place

The U.S. Border Patrol is bracing for another spike in the number of people trying to cross America's southern border. As people make the dangerous trek, a network has developed to help them along the way.

US Missionary Injured in Apparent Terrorist Shooting

A Christian missionary is fighting for her life after being shot in the head in Karachi, Pakistan, in an apparent terrorist attack.

Sacred Ground App: Triumphing over Holocaust, Hate

Seventy years have passed since the liberation of the Nazi death camps. The number of Holocaust survivors is dwindling, but a new technology is keeping their stories alive in a surprising way.

Pastor Escapes ISIS-Inspired Kidnapping

Kidnappings, beheadings and rape.These acts carried out by the Islamic State are inspiring evil beyond the Middle East, even as far as Southeast Asia.

Nuba People Targeted in Sudan Genocidal War

The forces of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir have bombed the Christian and black African populations in the Nuba. Thousands have been killed in the attacks. 

Activists Sound Off on Pakistan Faith Persecution

The perils of religious minorities took center stage in Washington, D.C., as speakers from around the world met at the International Christian Concern press conference.

Yemen's Al Qaeda Says Top Cleric Killed in Strike

Al Qaeda in Yemen says its top Islamic leader has been killed in a drone strike.

ISIS Takes New Iraqi Villages, Advancing to Ramadi

Islamic State fighters have captured three villages and a power plant near the city of Ramadi in western Iraq.

Obama Removes Cuba from Terror Sponsor List

The White House says President Barack Obama is removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a key step in President Barack Obama's bid to normalize relations between the two countries.

One Year Later: Nigerian School Girls Still Missing

Tuesday marks one year since 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria.

Iraq Seeks More US Aid in Fight against ISIS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is visiting the White House Tuesday to make an in-person appeal to President Barack Obama to invest more in the fight against ISIS.

Fighting in Ukraine Continues Despite Peace Talks

In eastern Ukraine, fighting rages on in the outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk despite peace talks this week.

Experts: US Overlooking its Biggest Threat, China

A growing number of national security experts say China may actually pose the greatest long-term national security threat to America than some of the more talked about threats in today's headlines.

ISIS Pillages Nimrod, Destroys Historic Treasures

The jihadist group posted an online video that shows them taking sledgehammers and jackhammers to artifacts and even using explosives to destroy items dating back to the 13th century B.C.

Criticism Mounts over Obama's Cuba Plans

President Barack Obama is facing stiff opposition at home over his plans to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba.

ISIS Demands $30 Million to Release Christians

The Islamic State is demanding a $30 million ransom to release hundreds of Christian hostages.

Kerry to Congress: 'Hold Your Fire' on Nuke Deal

Secretary of State John Kerry is urging congressional opponents of the emerging nuclear deal with Iran to "hold their fire" until they see a final agreement in two months.

Pope Stirs Armenian Genocide Controversy

Pope Francis drew a sharp reaction from Turkey on Sunday by calling the slaughter of Armenians "the first genocide of the 20th century".

US, Cuba Hold Highest Level Talks in 50 Years

The U.S. and Cuba have engaged in the highest level meeting between the two governments in more than half a century.

Ex-Hostage Heads to ISIS Frontlines to Bring Relief

Remember Heather Mercer? She was one of several Christian aid workers held hostage by the Taliban back in 2001.She's back in the Middle East with a new enemy -- ISIS.

Christ+Coffee: Changing the World Twice as Fast

A couple of churches about 1,500 miles apart are helping poor farmers in countries about a thousand miles apart, and it's all for Christ and coffee.

Premature Congrats? Iran Pans 'Meaningless' Deal

The much-touted preliminary nuclear deal with Iran just hit a major stumbling block: Iran's supreme religious leader and the man who calls all the shots in this hardline Islamic country.

Islam World's Fastest Growing Faith by Birth

Islam is the world's fastest growing religion, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. And it's mainly due to much higher Muslim birth rates.

On Easter, Christians Remember the Persecuted

Christians around the world celebrated Easter Sunday, taking time to also remember those who suffer for the faith.

Kenya Freezes Suspicious Companies' Assets

The Kenyan government is continuing its crackdown on individuals and groups suspected of financing Islamic extremists.

Islamic State Releases over 200 Captive Yazidis

The Islamic State released more than 200 Yazidis Wednesday who had been held captive for eight months.

ISIS Hackers Strike French Media Group

A television network in France has been hacked by a group claiming ties to the Islamic State.

Report: White House Hacked Courtesy of Russians

Russian hackers were behind the electronic break in of the State Department in recent months, according to a CNN report.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Obama ISIS Strategy 'Incoherent'

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim and an outspoken critic of radical Islam, is taking her message of the need for an Islamic reformation to the news media.

Iran's Yemen Power Grab Leading to Regional War?

U.S. and Middle East officials are warning that Iranian involvement in Yemen could lead to a greater regional war in the Middle East.

Kenyan Warplanes Avenge Al-Shabab Massacre

Kenyan warplanes bombed suspected al-Shabab terrorist camps in Somalia Monday. The strikes are retaliation for the group's brutal attack last week on Kenya's Garissa College University that left 148 dead.

White House Under Pressure over Iranian Deal

There's growing pressure today on the White House's so-called "historic understanding" with Iran.

Nicaragua Canal: A Game Changer in Central America?

The Panama Canal has represented the shortest route to global shipping between the east and the west for more than 100 years. Now other countries are looking to get into the game, creating big changes in Central America.

Two UK Teens Arrested on Suspicion of Terrorism

British authorities have arrested two teenagers in northern England suspected of planning acts of terrorism.

Apostle Paul's Shipwreck: A Tale of Four Anchors

In recent years, archaeological discoveries from Israel and across the ancient Roman Empire are confirming stories from the Bible.

Obama Defends 'Once in a Lifetime' Deal with Iran

President Barack Obama is defending the framework agreement with Iran in the face of tough criticism from Israel and its supporters.

Thousands Brave Rain for Easter in St. Peter's Square

In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, while expressing deep worry about bloodshed in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa.

Al Shabab Warns of More Attacks in Kenya

Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab on Saturday warned of more attacks in Kenya like the assault on Garissa University College in which 148 people were killed.

UN: Hundreds Dead from Yemen Unrest

More than 500 people are dead and tens of thousands displaced because of fighting in Yemen, according the United Nations. At least 90 of the deceased are children.

Kenya Imposes Curfew after University Massacre

Kenyan authorities have imposed a curfew in the northeast part of that country a day after radical Muslims slaughtered at least 147 Christian university students.

Critics: Iran Deal a 'Step in Dangerous Direction'

After eight days of negotiations, President Barack Obama says a framework nuclear agreement has been reached between Iran and the six world powers.

Russia Threatens Nuclear Force to Defend Crimea

Russia threatened to use nuclear aggression to defend its takeover of Crimea, the London Observer newspaper reports.

Foreigners Joining Jihadist Groups at Record High

The number of fighters leaving home to join al Qaeda and the Islamic State is higher than it has ever been before, according to a recent U.N. report.

US, Iran Reach Preliminary Nuclear Agreement

After months of negotiations, the Obama administration has reached what it calls a "historic understanding" with Iran over its nuclear program.

Kenya Attack: Christians Were 'Shot on the Spot'

At least 147 people were killed and some dozens of others injured Thursday after Al-Shabab gunmen launched an attack at Garissa University College in eastern Kenya.

Tragic Family News Erased at Easter Play

Jenelle and her husband adopted Makalynne from China and were later told she had only a few years to live due to her illness. After they received a heavenly revelation during an Easter play, they knew Makalynne would be okay.

Netanyahu on Iran: Now's the Time for a Better Deal

Nuclear negotiations with Iran are now running into overtime and it's unclear what type of deal will be reached -- if any.

Iraqi Forces Close to Recapturing Tikrit

Iraq's interior minister said the city of Tikrit will be recaptured from ISIS "within the coming hours."

Clues Shed Light on Co-Pilot Motive in Plane Crash

Company execs visited the site of the Germanwings crash Wednesday amid mounting questions about the co-pilot and how much his employers knew about his mental health.