April 2010 Headlines

Muslim Speaks Against Attacks on UK Christians

A Muslim leader in the United Kingdom has come to the defense of Christians facing attacks in the country.

Saving Africa from Its Deadliest Disease

A young girl's battle against AIDS is making waves across the continent of Africa, where millions have lost their life to the disease.

The Bible in Every Tongue: A 'God-Sized' Mission

Amber and Terrill Schrock are part of an ambitious mission by Wycliffe Bible Translators to translate the gospel into hundreds of remaining languages. 

Turkey's Islamic Ambitions Grip Austria

The Turks are exercising their influence through immigration and mosque building in Vienna and other Austrian cities and towns.

Volunteers Provide Homes for Haitians

Dozens of volunteers are building thousands of new houses for Haitians left homeless by January's massive earthquake.

EU Bails Out Greece, Crisis Far from Over

European leaders have agreed to help the debt-ridden Greek government with a $145 billion bailout. Even so the crisis is far from over.

Noah's Ark Discovery? Some Skeptical

Explorers in Turkey claim they have discovered the wreckage of history's most famous ship. But it's not the first time claims like this have been made.

Is Obama's Strategy in Afghanistan Working?

The U.S. military is expected to begin a major offensive in the country to turn the tide on the Taliban insurgency before the U.S. begins drawing down its troops.

Burqa Ban Could Be Headed to Belgium

Belgium is one step closer to banning Muslim women from wearing the Islamic veil known as the burqa.

Charity Lends Hand to Philippines Fire Victims

Operation Blessing International and Christian churches have been responding to meet the needs of thousands of people who lost their homes to a huge fire in Philippines.

China Sees Another School Attack

China witnessed another disturbing school attack, Friday-- this time involving a kindergarten class.

British PM Brown Third in Election Poll

Polls show Brown running third after Thursday's final debate. With the country's sky-high deficits, the electorate is not in a good mood.

Teacher Helps Meet Needs of Costa Ricans

Many groups and individuals have come to Talamanca to help the people meet their tremendous needs.

Commission Cites 13 Nations as Religious Violators

A U.S. government commission has turned the spotlight on countries that restrict religious freedom.

Christian Charity Helps Families in Egypt

Hundreds of families living in a garbage dump in Egypt are getting help from a Christian charity.

Terror Attacks Increase in Pakistan, Afghanistan

Terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan are increasing, meaning more civilian casualties.

Explorers Claim They Have Found Noah's Ark

Chinese and Turkish evangelicals said they found wooden remains of a huge ship on the slopes of Mount Ararat in Turkey.

Filipino Churches Hold Pre-Election Prayer Rally

As the Republic of the Philippines prepares for its national elections in May, the country's churches hosted a prayer rally that also served as a presidential forum.

Brawl Breaks Out at Ukraine Parliament

There was a bizarre scene during a parliamentary vote in the Ukraine on Tuesday.

Hungary’s Anti-Semitic Party Gains Foothold

A group with fascist, anti-semitic and anti-Gypsy views has gained political prominence in Hungary for the first time since the end of World War II.

Iraqi Boy Home After Surgeries in the U.S.

An Iraqi boy had an emotional reunion with his mother, Tuesday, after spending a year in the United States for a series of surgeries.

DEA Agents Target Afghanistan's 'Narco-Insurgency'

In recent years, the DEA has expanded its mission to tracking drugs to their source - a strategy which puts them at the center of the War on Terror.

Haiti Drops Missionaries' Kidnapping Charges

A Haitian judge dismissed kidnapping charges against 10 American missionaries detained for trying to take children out of the country.

Mexico's Drug War Enters New Deadly Phase

Drug gangs are raiding small border towns near the United States' southwest borders and have even burned down a church.

Turkey's Christians Emboldened after Martyrdom

Many believed the murders would stop the gospel in the Muslim nation. But a small, vibrant Christian community has worked to ensure that doesn't happen.

Activists Join for North Korea Freedom Week

Christian human rights activists are shining the spotlight on North Korea to bring attention to the country's human rights abuses.

Attacks Up in Iraq After Killing of al Qaeda Leaders

The bombings targeted Shiite Muslim worshipers and the largest attack hit a religious site where hundreds gathered for prayer.

Christians Help Travelers Stranded by Volcano

Flights took off on schedule Thursday across most of Europe where travelers and airlines came to a standstill due to volcanic activity.

Report: Christianity Growing in Indonesia

Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim nation with 215 million adherents, but a new census shows that 10 percent of Indonesians are now Christian.

Kiddie Jihad: Child Bombers Terror's Newest Weapon

The growing phenomenon may soon spread beyond the Middle East to the rest of the world.

Charity Group Still Helping in Haiti Quake Recovery

Operation Blessing International is still helping Haitians recover from the devastating earthquake that hit the island nation in January.

Iran: Jailed Americans in Poor Health

Two of three American hikers jailed in Iran for nearly nine months are in poor health.

Pakistani Taliban Slaughter Four 'U.S. Spies'

Authorities suspect Taliban terrorists brutally murdered four men in northwest Pakistan accused of spying for the United States.

Belgium, France Prepare to Ban Islamic Veils

France and Belgium are seeking to ban Islamic veils that cover the face and lawmakers say the move will help preserve European culture.

European Airlines Return to Skies, Backlog Continues

Airliners were gradually returning to the skies over Europe Wednesday, but analysts say it will take a while to clear the backlog and get travelers home again.

Two N. Korean Spies Arrested in Murder Plot

Two North Koreans are in custody in South Korea after being accused of posing as refugees and plotting to kill the highest ranking North Korean official ever to defect to Seoul.

More Rescues Five Days After China Quake

Rescuers have pulled three survivors to safety, five days after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Yushu county in China's Qinghai Province.

Major Blow to al Qaeda after U.S. Attack in Iraq

U.S. and Iraqi forces killed Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi in a nighttime rocket attack over the weekend.

Report: Iran Missile Could Hit U.S. by 2015

Iran could soon be capable of hitting the U.S. with a long range missle and could have such a weapon by 2015, according to a report by the Defense Department.

Europe Reopens Airspace, Eruptions Continue

Airspace is gradually reopening throughout northern and central Europe, but stronger eruptions from the Icelandic volcano are threatening to unravel those plans.

Haitian Judge: Charges against Missionaries Stand

Despite previous reports, a judge in Haiti says he is still weighing the case against the 10 American missionaries accused of kidnapping a busload of children.

UK Sends Warships to Rescue Stranded Britons

Britain sent Royal Navy warships on Monday to rescue those stranded across the Channel by the volcanic ash cloud.

UK Sends Warships to Rescue Stranded Travelers

It's the longest delay in air traffic since World War II and matters could get worse as there are reports a second volcano may erupt.

Earthquake Kills At Least Seven in Afghanistan

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake killed seven and injured more than 70 people in northern Afghanistan early Monday morning.

Pope Meets Alleged Sex Abuse Victims in Malta

Pope Benedict XVI met and prayed Sunday with a group of victims who were sexually abused by pedophile priests in the Catholic nation of Malta.

Polish leader Buried in Ceremony of Patriotism

Tens of thousands of Poles bade farewell to President Lech Kaczynski on Sunday at a state funeral filled with pomp, pride and an outpouring of patriotism.

Political Protests, Clashes Continue in Thailand

Political protests in Thailand show no sign of ending, despite a brief lull for a national holiday.

Volcanic Ash Cast Uncertainty over Europe Travel

The Icelandic volcano that has kept much of Europe land-bound is far from finished spitting out its grit, and offered up new mini-eruptions Saturday that raise concerns about longer-term damage .

Christians at Work in Troubled Ex-Soviet States

Sergey Rakhuba of Russian Ministries talks about how the Church is reacting.

U.S: Iran Nuke Bomb Possible Within a Year

Iran could now possess enough uranium to build a nuclear bomb within the year, according to two top Pentagon officials.

Cuban Baptists Celebrate 100+ Years of Ministry

In spite of limitations under the Castro government, they're committed to continue planting new churches.

Poland Holds Public Memorial for President

Some 100,000 Poles filled Warsaw's biggest public square Saturday, joining together for a memorial and funeral Mass for the 96 people killed in a plane crash a week earlier.

Adoptive Mom to be Investigated for Neglect

A Tennessee woman is being investigated for child neglect after sending her adopted son back to his native country of Russia alone.

Female Christian Converts to Face Iranian Judge

Two young women who converted from Islam to Christianity will soon face an Iranian court.

British Christians Targets of Discrimination

Leaders of the Church of England have accused Britain's judges of being prejudiced against Christians and Christianity.

Volcanic Ash Disrupts Air Travel World-Wide

A volcanic eruption in Iceland is continuing to disrupt air traffic around the world Friday, leaving an ever-widening trail of grounded flights.

Charges Dropped Against 9 U.S. Missionaries in Haiti

A lawyer for three American missionaries, said the Haitian government has dropped kidnapping charges against nine of 10 Americans arrested in January.

Hijacking Plot Uncovered in Iraq

A plot to fly planes into religious shrines in Iraq has been foiled.

Obama Snubs Foreign Press at Nuke Summit

Members of the international press community are complaining about restricted access to President Barack Obama during this week's nuclear summit.

Iceland's Volcanic Ash Halts Flights Across Europe

An erupting volcano in Iceland is disrupting air traffic across the U.K. and northern Europe on Thursday, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded.

Int'l Agreement Needed on Russian Adoptions?

Russian officials say an agreement is needed if Americans want to continue adopting children from their country. But is it a good idea?

Poles Turn to Christ After Plane Tragedy

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Phil Roberts just returned from Poland and says people in the Catholic country are turning to their faith.

Earthquake Kills Hundreds in Western China

At least 400 people are dead in China after a series of earthquakes struck the western part of the country.

Vatican to Bishops: Follow Law, Report Abuse

The Vatican has made it clear that bishops and other Catholic Church officials must now report any allegations of sexual abuse to the police or other proper authorities.

Al Qaeda-Linked Group Targets Philippine City

Abu Sayyaf militants attacked targets on the southern Philippine island of Basilan on Tuesday.

Peace with Israel Pays Off for Jordan

Peace with Israel has paid big dividends for Jordanian industries and exports.

Pilot Error Cause of Polish Plane Crash?

Russian investigators suggested pilot error may have played a role in the plane crash that killed the president of Poland on Saturday.

Hungary's Ruling Socialists Defeated

Hungary's center-right party reclaimed the right to govern on Sunday, handing the ruling socialists a humiliating defeat.

Thai Protesters Reject Talks After Deadly Clashes

Thai soldiers and police fought Saturday night with anti-government demonstrators in streets enveloped in tear gas, but troops later retreated.

Afghan President Urges Taliban to Air Grievances

Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged Taliban insurgents on Sunday to lay down their arms and air their grievances.

Kyrgyz Leader: No Guarantees for Ousted Ruler

The stalemate has left Kyrgyzstan's near-term stability in doubt, a strategic worry for the West because of the U.S. air base in Kyrgyzstan.

Former Muslims Find Newfound Faith in Christ

Former Muslim rebels are veering away from violence as they discover Jesus and experience his peace and miracles.

Poles Go Silent to Mourn Crash Deaths

Thousands of people stood silent in the streets to mourn President Lech Kaczynski and the dozens of Polish leaders killed in a Russian plane crash.

Hundreds Gather for Hungary 'Resurrection Dance'

As millions of Christians around the world gathered in churches to celebrate Easter, one Hungarian congregation took the message to its town square.

Charity Organization Keeps Villagers Warm in Peru

Operation Blessing International has been helping the villagers living in Junin, Peru by keeping them warm with clothes and boots.

Afghan Gov't Seeks to Ease Tension with U.S.

The Afghan government assures it's committed to defeating the Taliban, despite reports that President Hamid Karzai was upset over reform efforts by the U.S.

U.S. Christian Gets 8 Years Hard Labor in N. Korea

An American Christian has been sentenced to eight years of hard labor in North Korea for entering the country illegally and committing "hostile acts."

Hundreds Feared Dead in Rio de Janeiro Mudslides

Mudslides in Rio de Janeiro have wiped out neighborhoods and buried people alive.

Iran Threatens Military Strike Against U.S. Troops

Iran's top general is threatening to strike American troops in the Middle East if threatened militarily.

Obama, Medvedev Sign Treaty to Cut Nuclear Arms

President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a landmark treaty to reduce both countries' nuclear arsenals.

Taliban Releases Video of Captured U.S. Soldier

The Taliban have released a video of A U.S. soldier who's been held prisoner by the militant group since last June.

Opposition Ousts Kyrgyzstan President

Kyrgyzstan's president fled the capital city of Bishkek on Wednesday, after violent protests by opposition forces overthrew the government.

French Lawmakers to Vote on Burqa Ban

The debate over Islamic garments is landing in the French Parliament.

Death Toll Rising in Brazil Floods, Mudslides

Torrential downpours causing flooding and mudslides have killed at least 95 people in Rio de Janeiro, with the death toll expected to rise.

Powerful Quake Strikes Off Indonesian Island

Wednesday's quake is the latest in a series of significant global tremors since the beginning of 2010.

Terrorists Blamed for Latest Series of Iraq Blasts

Terrorists set off a series of bombs in Iraq Tuesday, killing at least 50 and wounding 160 others.

New Spate of Bombings Strikes Baghdad, Killing 49

At least five bombs ripped through apartment buildings across Baghdad Tuesday and another struck a market, killing 49 people and wounding more than 160.

Pakistani Taliban Militants Attack U.S. Consulate

Muslim terrorists have been blamed for Monday's attack on the U.S. consulate in Pakistan.

Video of Attack on Iraqi Civilians Leaked on Web

A gritty war video apparently showing U.S. troops firing on a group of civilians in Iraq has been leaked on the Internet.

Afghan President Threatens to Join Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened over the weekend to quit the political process and join the Taliban.

Pope Remains Silent on Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope Benedict greeted pilgrims and delivered a prayer from his retreat, but made no mention of the sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church.

Miracle: Miners Rescued in China After Eight Days

More than 100 miners were miraculously rescued in China, Monday, after being trapped underground for eight days.

Archbishop Criticizes Cross Ban in the Workplace

The leader of the Church of England is urging Christians not to over react to recent wrangling over wearing crosses in the workplace.

British PM Says Global Tax Deal at Hand

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says some of the world's largest economies have agreed to a global tax on banks.

Back-to-Back Suicide Bombings in Baghdad

Three back-to-back suicide bombings killed at least 38 people in central Baghdad on Sunday morning.

Men in Iraqi Army Uniforms Kill 25

Gunmen wearing Iraqi military uniforms raided homes in a Sunni village south of Baghdad, killing 25 people, including five women, execution-style.

Thai Protesters Occupy Capital's Commercial Center

Thousands of anti-government protesters occupied the commercial heart of Thailand's capital, forcing the closure of major shopping malls.

Supporters Rally Around Pope Amid Crisis

It's been a rough Holy Week for Pope Benedict XVI as he faces serious allegations about sex abuse and the Catholic Church -- but he has supporters.

Six Al Qaeda Leaders Killed, Captured in Iraq

Six suspected al Qaeda leaders are dead or in jail, following a joint mission by U.S. and Iraqi troops.

Charity Organization Opens School in Haiti

Operation Blessing International opened one of the first schools at Camp Dadadou, one of the many tent cities in Haiti.

U.S. Happy China to Attend Nuclear Summit

The Obama administration called China's decision to attend a summit on nuclear security later this month in Washington 'an important step.'

New Evidence on WWII Mystery Revealed

The fate of Wallenberg, who was arrested in Budapest in January 1945 by the Soviet army, has remained one of the great mysteries of World War II.

Belgium Parliament Approves Burqa Ban

The Belgium parliament has voted to ban Muslim women from wearing burqas in public.

China, Iran Discuss Nuclear Ties

China invited Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, to Beijing for discussions on the country's nuclear program.

Chechen Islamist Claims Moscow Terror Attacks

A Chechen Islamic leader claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks on the Moscow subway in an Internet message posted Wednesday.

Eighteen Gunmen Killed in Mexico Attacks

Dozens of gunmen mounted rare and apparently coordinated attacks targeting two army garrisons in northern Mexico.