October 2009 Headlines
The Dead Sea is a natural wonder, biblical landmark and mineral treasure-- but the unique body of water is getting smaller.
Muslim nations have pressed the UN to give special protection to Islam. Supporters say a proposed resolution forbidding defamation of religions would protect people of faith.
Top al Qaeda leaders are saying that if they get their hands on Pakistan's nuclear weapons, they'll use them - a threat that
On Friday, Obama met with Joint Chiefs of Staff in the last of his seven strategy sessions before announcing his decision on troop levels in Afghanistan.
A fourth typhoon is bearing down on the Philippines after a long month of pounding rains and wind crippled the nation.
President Hamid Karzai's challenger plans to call for a boycott of next weekend's runoff election, hoping to force a delay until spring to allow time to organize a fair vote.
Pauline Howe was shocked to be the target of a police investigation simply because she objected to a gay pride parade in her neighborhood.
After months of political paralysis -- a breakthrough in Honduras. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the current president and the ousted president have signed a deal.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled her department's annual report saying religious freedom is not just an American value, but a universal one.
Pakistani army officials say they've found a passport belonging to man linked to two hijackers in the 9/11 attacks.
Some residents in Indonesia have delayed plans to rebuild in order to help their fellow quake survivors.
To better protect troops, the Pentagon has ordered new vehicles to be rushed to Afghanistan.
The DEA has significantly increased their numbers in Afghanistan in recent months in a bid to deny funds to the opium-fueled insurgency.
Top al Qaeda leaders are saying that if they get their hands on Pakistan's nuclear weapons, they'll use them.
Suicide bombers stormed a United Nations guest house early Wednesday killing 10 people, including six U.N. staff members.
A Russian Orthodox priest is combing Moscow's club scene. He's not doing it for the music. Instead, it's all about the message.
A Paris court convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud and fined it more than euro600,000 ($900,000) on Tuesday.
An official says 22 Malaysian schoolchildren are feared drowned after they fell into a river when a bridge they were walking on collapsed.
Iran and North Korea were among the world's top offenders of religious persecution, according to the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.
Priests will perform same-sex marriages in Sweden for the first time beginning on Nov. 1.
U.S. Marines are employing a secret weapon in the heavily contested south, that they hope will help turn the tables on the Taliban influence in Afghanistan.
October has become the deadliest month for U.S. troops since the 2001 invasion against the Taliban.
If you live in Norway, and you want to know how much your neighbor paid in taxes last year, all you have to do is go online.
ASEAN leaders signed agreements this past weekend to strengthen relations and better the lives of their people.
Ruben Ortiz, 68, and Francisco Garcia Ruiz, 46, were arrested October 3 for "illicit financial activity."
A series of helicopter crashes in Afghanistan has left 14 Americans dead, even as elsewhere in Iraq, citizens mourn the worst attack to hit the capital in years.
U.N. nuclear inspectors are getting a closer look at a once secret Iranian nuclear plant that raised suspicions over the extent and purpose of the program.
The army claimed to be advancing on a main Pakistani Taliban stronghold along the Afghan border Sunday.
Afghanistan's president says a runoff presidential election must be held as planned next month.
A bomb killed an American service member in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Sunday.
Two powerful suicide car bombs blew up outside the Justice Ministry and city government offices in downtown Baghdad Sunday.
It appears Iran will turn down a nuclear agreement brokered this week by the United Nations.
Taliban fighters warned Afghans not to take part in the war-wracked country's upcoming presidential runoff, threatening to launch a fresh wave of violence on polling day to stop them.
The aid organization has recently distributed more than 1,700 anti-parasite pills to kids in schools and orphanages across the country.
A Malaysian woman who gave premature birth to a boy on board an airplane minutes before it landed will get free flights for life along with her child.
Typhoon Lupit has been zig-zagging around the northern part of the country, but no one is sure if or when it will make landfall.
Iran on Friday failed to accept a U.N.-drafted plan that would ship most of the country's uranium abroad for enrichment, saying instead it would prefer to buy the nuclear fuel it needs for a reactor that makes medical isotopes.
Christian groups are speaking out against a proposed U.N. resolution that they say can be used against Christians.
Diplomats in Vienna say they are on the verge of a deal that could reduce fears about Iran's nuclear weapons by shipping uranium to Russia.
The Vatican is reaching out to Anglicans who have left the Episcopal Church and is inviting them to join the Roman Catholic Church.
A day after Afghanistan's incumbent President Hamid Karzai agreed to a run-off election, there is concern whether the nation can logistically pull off another round of elections.
Over the past year, the rate of HIV/AIDS infection among teenagers in Thailand increased from 11 to 17 percent.
Top American defense officials maintained a tough stand Wednesday against North Korea, calling its threat more lethal than ever even as an envoy from the communist regime was headed to the United States to discuss nuclear programs.
A Canadian judge has released video of terrorists, unloading what they thought was fertilizer to make three massive one ton bombs.
President Obama renewed his vow to remove all combat troops out of Iraq by next year in an announcement, Tuesday, from the White House.
A Christian couple in England is now at risk of losing their business after being prosecuted for debating Islam with a Muslim guest.
Afghanistan is gearing up for round-two of its disputed presidential elections, but a run-off will likely delay any White House decision on the U.S. military strategy there.
The Vatican has made it easier for Anglicans to join the Catholic Church, responding to the disillusionment of some Anglicans over the election of openly gay bishops and the blessing of same-sex unions.
The White House is changing it's Sudan policy. The new focus will be on working with the country's government instead of isolating it.
Iran has warned the U.S., Britain and Pakistan of retaliation after a suicide bombing killed 42 of its elite Revolutionary Guard, including five senior officials.
Although the devastating Philippines typhoons are no longer in the headlines, the country of islands still has an urgent need for aid.
Representatives from the U.S., France, Russia, and the U.N. nuclear agency will meet with Iranian officials on Monday to nail down details of a proposal that could see Iran send its enriched uranium to Russia.
There is growing fight over election results in Afghanistan. And in Pakistan, the military is ramping up its fight against the Taliban.
Human rights groups reported this week that at least 1,000 civilians have been killed in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Hurricane Rick churned up potentially dangerous surf along a swath of Mexico's coast early Sunday as an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 storm.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates himself is undecided - at least publicly - on whether to order more forces to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.
A 16-year-old Australian steered her bright pink yacht out of Sydney Harbor on Sunday to start her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world.
Pakistan's army claimed Sunday to have killed 60 militants on the first day of an operation against an al-Qaida and Taliban sanctuary.
France's foreign minister urged Afghanistan's political rivals Sunday to accept the findings of a fraud investigation.
A suicide bomber killed five senior commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guard and at least 15 others Sunday.
A suicide bomber driving a dynamite-laden truck destroyed a key bridge Saturday on a highway used by the departing U.S. military.
Pakistani soldiers attacked militant bases in the main al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold along the Afghan border Saturday.
Representatives of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya say they are close to an agreement with the interim government.
Voters in Afghanistan could be heading back to the polls to elect a president.
In Mexico, federal police are engaged in all-out war against powerful drug cartels and one group even uses faith to justify its criminal activities.
Five Muslim men could serve life sentences in Australia. A jury has convicted them of plotting the country's largest terrorist conspiracy.
An incredible and miraculous story about a baby is coming out of Australia.
A strong undersea earthquake rocked western Indonesia Friday. The 6.4 magnitude quake comes as recovery efforts continue from another powerful earthquake in September.
At least 12 people are dead in Pakistan after a car bomb exploded near a police station.
A radical Muslim group in London is demanding that Britain impose full Shari'ah law.
An Iranian judge has charged two women with the crimes of apostasy and propagating the Christian faith.
President Barack Obama is sending a $7.5 billion relief package to Pakistan after signing a bill granting the funds Thursday.
Three months after the removal of President Manuel Zelaya from power, Honduras seems to be closing in on a solution to its political crisis that goes beyond politics to include the country's churches.
Islamic militants are continuing their assault on the Pakistani government. Four attacks left at least 37 people dead Thursday.
A report from the U.N. found that declining aid and investment in agriculture had been steadily increasing the number of hungry people for more than a decade.
The 15th annual Salon Du Chocolat fashion show opened in Paris Wednesday and will run through Oct. 16.
Russian gays called on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to support their rights as she unveiled a statue of American poet and gay pride symbol Walt Whitman in Moscow on Wednesday.
The top military commander in Afghanistan is asking for up to 80,000 more American troops even as he warns that rampant government corruption there may prevent victory against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Concern has sparked in Manchester, England, that tensions between varying groups will continue to grow violent.
A British tribunal ruled, Tuesday, that the government was wrong to deny Dutch politician Geert Wilders entry into the United Kingdom.
Russia declared, Tuesday, that it is not on board with U.S. efforts to threaten tough new sanctions against Iran.
A deadly weekend attack on Pakistan's army headquarters is causing concern about the security of nuclear weapons there.
Franklin Graham arrived in North Korea Tuesday to deliver food and other aid to the impoverished communist nation.
Russian Foreign Minister said Russia's position is that under current conditions even the threat of sanctions against Iran would be counterproductive.
While President Obama considers whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, the situation next door in Pakistan continues to deteriorate.
More than 600 people have been killed in landslides and flooding in the Philippines and hundreds of thousands are still displaced.
Iranian officials have sentenced to death three people who took part in the post-election protests in June.
Yonhap news agency says that North Korea fired five short-range missiles off its east coast Monday morning.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the rival leaders of Northern Ireland's power-sharing government Monday to keep making their awkward coalition work for the sake of lasting peace.
A suicide car bombing targeting Pakistani troops killed 41 people Monday, the fourth grisly militant attack in just over a week.
A team of aid workers with Operation Blessing International uncovered a remote village that was devastated by the recent earthquake and had yet to receive help.
A series of bombings killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more Sunday in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday that Russia's economy was hit harder than expected by the global financial crisis.
Pope Benedict XVI canonized five new saints Sunday, including a 19th century priest who worked with leprosy patients on an isolated Hawaiian island.
The head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan acknowledged Sunday that there was "widespread fraud" in the August presidential election but refused to give specifics.
An audacious Taliban attack on Pakistan's army headquarters shows there is a growing terrorist threat to the nuclear-armed U.S. ally, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday.
Turkey and Armenia signed a landmark agreement to establish diplomatic relations and open their sealed border after a century of enmity.
The United Nations says a U.N. plane monitoring the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic crashed with 6 to 10 military personnel on board.
The announcement of the award not only shocked the White House, but also the rest of the world.
Many Afghans are angry at the U.S. military, which they believe needs to provide better security -- and more development.
American military helicopters ferried tons of aid Sunday to a northern Philippine mountain region.
Militants were holding up to 15 soldiers hostage inside Pakistan's army headquarters Saturday after they stormed the complex.
The report gives precise numbers on a religious population whose size has long been debated.
A physicist working at the world's largest atom smasher has been arrested on suspicion of links to al Qaeda.
Dozens of mudslides and new flash floods in the northern area of the Philippines have killed more than 160 people and that number is expected to rise.
In Honduras, representatives of ousted President Manuel Zelaya and interim President Roberto Michelletti are meeting Friday.
The explosion was detonated from a car in the northwest city of Peshawar, ripping through a crowded shopping area there.
Several hours after learning he had been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama sought to deflect some of the attention away from himself to those who he said are more deserving.
President Barack Obama is putting more focus on tackling al Qaeda in Afghanistan rather than emphasizing attacks on the Taliban.
Thus far, at least 10 families have left the Iraq town Kirkuk out of fear that kidnap-for-ransom gangs are targeting Christians there.
Floodwaters from Typhoon Ketsana are receding in parts of Manila, but in the village of Napindan, it's like the storm happened yesterday.
Thousands of villagers started returning to their homes on Thursday following the floods in South India.
Three powerful earthquakes rocked the South Pacific near the Vanuatu archipelago Thursday.
After eight years of fighting in Afghanistan, a majority of Americans still support the war, according to a new Associated Press poll.
Nearly 90,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged in last week's earthquakes in Indonesia. Entire villages were wiped out by landslides.
CBN's Operation Blessing and other aid organizations found their resources stretched as three major global disasters hit within one week.
Delegates from 10 countries are converging there to resolve a stand-off between ousted President Manuel Zelaya and current President Roberto Micheletti.
Somali pirates in two skiffs fired on a French navy vessel early Wednesday after apparently mistaking it for a commercial boat, the French military said.
Pakistani leaders jousted Wednesday over a multibillion-dollar U.S. humanitarian aid bill that the ruling party praises as a lynchpin to strengthening democracy here but that opponents say will lead to greater American interference in Pakistani affairs.
On the eve of 8th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, some worry that the U.S. may be at risk of losing the war.
In hopes of improving relations between China and the U.S., President Barack Obama has delayed this week's meeting with Tibet's Dalai Lama.
Some residents of the Samoas are just beginning to see relief following last week's deadly tsunami.
General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been treated for prostate cancer.
In rural areas of the Philippines, the floodwaters have kept relief from reaching people in remote villages -- until now.
A spike in Afghan violence over the weekend is adding pressure on President Barack Obama to act quickly on the war against al Qaeda and the Taliban.
This year Germany celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, marking the day with festivals, concerts and parades - and tight security.
At least five people are dead after a suicide bomber blew himself up in the lobby of a United Nations building in Pakistan Monday.
About 1,000 people from various denominations met at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in the town of Tafuna to pray for the victims and survivors of the tsunami.
A top U.S. commander's public plea for more troops in Afghanistan prompted a mild rebuke from the White House national security adviser.
Asian stock markets fell Monday after a worse-than-expected U.S. jobs report.
In Pasig, one of the hardest-hit districts of metro Manila, there are signs Monday that life is slowly returning to normal.
After an earthquake left thousands of people dead in Indonesia, authorities have called off the search for life under the rubble.
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Sunday there is a "shifting of gears" in Iran's confrontation with the West.
Kim greeted Premier Wen Jiabao at Pyongyang's airport, a rare honor for a non-head of state and an indication that Kim remains firmly in charge despite recent reports of failing health.
Medical teams rushed Sunday to flood-devastated southern India where five days of torrential rain have left at least 205 people dead and 750,000 displaced.
Pope Benedict says Africa is the world's spiritual center but is threatened by materialism and religious fundamentalism.
Landslides buried two families in the Philippines as they sheltered in their homes from Asia's latest deadly typhoon.
In Indonesia, CBN's Operation Blessing is on the ground delivering help to the victims of disaster.
Teams of Operation Blessing volunteers are dispatched everyday to attend to the different needs of the flood victims.
Iran's president said that Obama made a big mistake when he accused the country of hiding a newly revealed nuclear site that Iran claims it reported to the U.N. earlier.
Irish voters have decisively approved a 27-nation treaty that would reshape European Union institutions to make them more effective.
The death toll from Indonesia's massive earthquake will likely double as officials reached rural communities wiped out by landslides.
Typhoon Parma cut a path across the Philippines' northern edge on Saturday, killing four people but sparing the capital from a second flood disaster as the storm churned toward Taiwan.
Ronald Dinio hasn't seen his family in days. He's worried that they're running out of food at their flood-drenched home, so Dinio is on a personal relief mission.
Aid workers continue to search for survivors in Indonesia and Samoa, while in the storm-ravaged Philippines, villagers are bracing for a possible super typhoon.
Chicago spent millions on its bid and had the backing of President Obama, but the International Olympic Committee was not won over.
The meeting with Gen. Stanley McChrystal gave Obama a chance to step outside the circle of advisers he has convened to study the problem of Afghanistan.
For the first time in 30 years, representatives from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States held a high-level meeting on Thursday.
China celebrated its rise to a world power over 60 years of Communist rule Thursday.
President Obama called Thursday's historic meeting between Iran and the U.S. over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program a 'constructive beginning,' but said Iran's words must match its deeds.
In Manila, they are comparing the devastation to Hurricane Katrina, after a typhoon left the city under water and hundreds of thousands of people homeless.
Emergency response teams are preparing evacuation plans as they track Typhoon Parma.
A human rights group now fears nine leaders from a Chinese megachurch have been kidnapped by local authorities.
Obama's big government programs have caused some fears that the U.S. may be headed for European-style socialism. But Europe seems to be going in the opposite direction.
Two violent earthquakes in Indonesia have left hundreds, possibly thousands of people dead.
President Obama heads to Denmark late Thursday to make his Olympic pitch for his adopted hometown of Chicago.