May 2012 Headlines

North Koreans Responding Well to Ministry Balloons

Modern GPS technology is helping a Colorado-based ministry verify that its "gospel balloons" are actually reaching North Korea.

Massacre Pushes Syria Closer to Civil War

The killing of innocent children in Syria is forcing world leaders to take a hard line against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Philippines ask for Mercy, Forgiveness on Day of Prayer

Christians in the Philippines prayed in the streets of Manilla during the Global Day of Prayer, crying out to God for mercy and forgiveness for the sins of the nation.

Several African Nations on Brink of Starvation

The United Nations is asking the world to help millions of West Africans who are facing a crisis of epic proportions.

Bedouins Free 2 US Tourists Abducted in Egypt

Security officials say two American tourists who had been kidnapped by Bedouins in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula have been released.

Israel Eyed as Iran Hit by Computer Virus

A powerful computer virus known as "Flame" briefly affected Iran's key oil industry computers, a senior Iranian military official said Wednesday.

Who Will Stop Iran Before It's Too Late?

Nuclear talks continue despite a vow by Iran's military chief of staff that his country will pursue "the full annihilation of the zionist regime of Israel."

Japan, Turkey Join in Expelling Syrian Diplomats

Japan and Turkey joined the coordinated international protest of Syrian government oppression by expelling Syrian diplomats from their borders.

South Sudan Refugees Struggling Spiritually, Physically

The United Nations Refugee Agency warns that a major humanitarian crisis is now underway in South Sudan.

Last Body Pulled from Rubble of Italy Earthquake

People in northern Italy are digging out following a string of earthquakes that have rocked the country for 10 days.

Danish Police Arrest Terror Suspects

Danish police have arrested two brothers suspected of plotting a terrorist attack

Brotherhood Blamed for Egyptian Election Riot

Hundreds of rioters attacked the campaign headquarters of an Egyptian presidential candidate who's up against the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate.

Al Qaeda No. 2 Killed in NATO Strike in Afghanistan

NATO forces in Afghanistan have killed al Qaeda's second highest-ranking leader in the country.

North Italy Rocked by Second Deadly Earthquake

The death toll in northern Italy's latest earthquake has climbed higher than that of a 6.0-magnitude quake that hit the same region just nine days earlier.

Pakistan: US Missile Attack Kills 4 in Northwest

An American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in northwest Pakistan Saturday and killed four suspected militants.

Explosion in Downtown Nairobi Leaves Several Wounded

An explosion ripped through a one-story building housing small shops in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, Monday.

Syria Denies Houla Killings, UN Condemns Attack

Syria strongly denied allegations that its forces killed scores of people, including women and children, in one of the deadliest days of the country's uprising.

Dozens of Children Killed in New Syria Attack

Gruesome video showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in bloody shorts and T-shirts with gaping head wounds.

Vatican Confirms Pope's Butler Arrested in Scandal

The Vatican confirmed that the pope's butler has been arrested in its embarrassing leaks scandal.

Christians Prepare for Global Day of Prayer Events

Christians in more than 200 nations will gather in their churches and homes May 27 to pray for their countries.

Pakistani Christian Acid Victim Starts Over in US

At the age of 16, Julie Aftab's life changed when she was brutally attacked in Pakistan after refusing to renounce her faith in God.

UN Inspectors Find Higher Enrichment at Iran Site

United Nations diplomats are concerned Iran could be secretly raising its nuclear enrichment threshold.

Human Right Abuses Still Prevail after Arab Spring

The State Department hailed the 2011 Middle East revolutions in its but noted that it will take time to end human rights abuses in those Arab countries.

Kuwait Close to Okaying Death Penalty for Blasphemy

Kuwaiti lawmakers approved a measure that would mandate the death penalty in cases of blasphemy against Allah, the prophet Mohammad, or the Koran.

Billy Graham's Grandson Takes 'Reality' Down Under

Seventeen churches in the city of Orange, Australia, gathered recently for a series of "Reality' events with Will Graham.

Israel, Christians Fear Egyptian Election Outcome

There are serious concerns that if a hardline Islamist wins the Egyptian election, peace with Israel and stability in the Middle East could be in danger.

Pakistan Convicts Man Who Helped Find Bin Laden

The Pakistani doctor who helped the United States hunt for Osama bin Laden was convicted Wednesday of high treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison.

After Bombing, Somber Yemen Marks National Day

Grieving Yemenis held somber ceremonies Tuesday to mark the country's National Day following a suicide bombing a day earlier.

Hundreds Die in Yemen Suicide Bombing

A soldier in Yemen blew himself up Monday at a military parade practice near Sanaa's presidential palace. The blast killed nearly 100 people and wounded at least 200 others.

Pakistan Restores Twitter after 'Blasphemy' Claims

The government of Pakistan has restored access to Twitter, after briefly blocking the social networking site for what it labeled "blasphemous" material.

UN Nuclear Chief in Iran ahead of Talks

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano is meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili.

More Aftershocks Follow 6.0 Italy Earthquake

Aftershocks in Italy continue following a magnitude-6.0 earthquake. The quake struck Northern Italy on Sunday morning shortly after 4 a.m.

Blind Chinese Activist Recuperating in New York

Chen, whose plane arrived late on Saturday, will be staying with his family in an apartment at New York University, where he will be studying law.

Indonesia Believers Cry Out to God in Historic Rally

Indonesia's largest sporting arena became one big giant prayer house Thursday. The event was televised across the world's most populous Muslim country.

Socialist French President Could Anger Allies

Hollande will visit the White House Friday, where he is expected to announce he is withdrawing all 3,300 French troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Pacquiao: Loves Gays But Against Gay Marriage

World champion boxer Manny Pacquiao says he loves homosexuals, even though he does not support gay marriage.

Chinese Dissident's Case Exposes One-Child Horror

It appears that China's government is doing little to change the one-child policy that Chen often protested against.

Iran Launches New Wave of Attacks on Christians

Agents are identifying pastors and other Christians, targeting them for arrest and torture in prison.

Thousands Hope for Revival through Prayer Event

 Thousands of the world's Christian leaders are joining forces in Indonesia to cover the world in prayer.

Muslim Indonesia Hosts Historic Christian Gathering

Thousands of the world's Christian leaders are in Indonesia seeking God's guidance on how to transform the nations with Christ's message of love.

UN Observers Leave Syrian Town After Roadside Bomb

A team of United Nations observers were finally evacuated from the northern Syria town of Khan Sheikhoun  after their convoy was hit by a roadside bomb.

UN: Africa Must End Hunger to Sustain Growth

African economies won't sustain growth unless a solution to the continent's hunger crisis is found, according to a new United Nations report.

Top LRA Leader Linked to Joseph Kony Captured

A top commander of Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army was taken into custody by Ugandan forces following a fight with rebels.

Britain's Drinking Problem Costing Billions

Health experts say excessive alcohol abuse is costing the cash-strapped national health service almost $4.5 billion a year.

Iran Hangs Man for Murder of Nuclear Scientist

Majid Jamali Fashi, the man accused of killing an Iranian scientist, was hanged Tuesday morning, according to Iranian State TV.

US Steps Up Attacks Against Al Qaeda

The United States is stepping up its attacks against al Qaeda in Yemen, helping government forces in clashes Monday that killed several suspected militants.

Ex-Sudan Envoy: US Should Weaponize South Sudan

A former U.S. special envoy to Sudan says America should supply weapons to South Sudan's army in an effort to stop brutal killing and "bullying" by the North.

Blast Chamber Image Reveals Iran's Nuke Intentions

There are new signs of Iran's defiant nuclear activity.

Talk of Taliban Trade for American Grows

There is growing talk of a proposal to trade five terrorists held captive at the Guantanamo Bay prison for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

International Adoptions Drop to 15-Year Low

Poor economic times and a set of strict international guidelines are shutting down adoptions around the world, putting many orphans potentially at risk for sex trafficking.

Twin Bombs Threaten Civil War in Syria

Eyewitnesses described the explosions as highly coordinated, with the first blast detonating in morning rush hour and a second, larger blast following close behind.

Would-Be al Qaeda Bomber a Spy for CIA

The man al Qaeda hoped would carry out an attack on a U.S. bound airliner with an improved bomb was actually working for the CIA and Saudi intelligence.

Wilders: Islamization of Europe Can Happen in America

Dutch politician Geert Wilders warns that Islam and its teachings are a problem - not only for Europe but for America as well.

Saudi Muslims Venting Radical Beliefs on Facebook

A growing number of Wahhabi Muslims in Saudi Arabia are now expressing their radical views on social media sites like Facebook, according to a new study.

US, China Join Forces as Cyber Allies

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said cooperation was imperative between the cyber-advanced countries in order to avoid miscalculations that could lead to future crises.

China, Philippines Tensions High in Oil-Rich Land Dispute

A stand-off between China and the Philippines over territories rich in oil is threatening international relations.

Blind China Activist Confident He'll be Released

The blind Chinese activist at the center of a diplomatic dispute between China and the U.S. says he is confident China will allow him to leave the communist nation.

American Hostage Pleas for Help in al Qaeda Tape

The former aid worker was kidnapped last year, and his forced plea to President Obama is the latest reminder that al Qaeda is still a threat.

Chinese Students Given IV Drips for School Exams

A Chinese high school is being criticized for taking extreme measures to help students prepare for exams.

Yemen Rocked by Deadly Al Qaeda Attack

Al Qaeda killed 20 Yemeni soldiers and captured 25 others in a surprise attack on an army base Monday in the southern Abyan province.

Vladimir Putin Returns as Russia's President

Putin took the oath of office for a third term as Russia's president on Monday, saying he considers "service to the fatherland and our nation to be the meaning of my life."

Arraignment of Sept. 11 Mastermind Turns Chaotic

The self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks repeatedly declined to answer a judge's questions at a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay.

Bomb kills NATO service member in Afghanistan

A bomb killed a NATO service member Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, the coalition said.

Tentative Deal Forged for China Activist's Release

The United States and China are outlining a deal that will allow blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng to leave the communist nation with his family.

Clinton In Bangladesh to Push For Stability

Hillary Clinton is in Bangladesh to press tolerance, unity, democracy and development in one of the world's most impoverished nations.

Explosion in Syria Kills 5

Activist say an explosion in a car wash in Aleppo killed at least five people on Saturday.

Al Qaeda Magazine Encourages Forest Fire Attacks

In issue No. 9 of al Qaeda's English language "Inspire" magazine, there's a section called "Open Source Jihad."

Pastor Youcef's Lawyer Sentenced for Defending Client

Mohammad Ali Dadkhah has been representing Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been sentenced to death for refusing to renounce his Christian faith.

Faith Leader: Nigeria Christians' Restraint at an End

The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria said that if the government won't put an end to the radical Muslim violence, Christians may take matters into their own hands.

Somali Jounalists Remember World Press Day

After the fifth killing of a Somali journalist, others gather to celebreat World Press Freedom Day.

Osama bin Laden Letters Now Available Online

The correspondence by Osama bin Laden is said to show a leader struggling to command the attention of his far-flung terror network

UN Approves Sanctions Against Sudan, South Sudan

The U.N. has agreed on non-military sanctions against Sudan and South Sudan if the countries don't stop ongoing border violence and return to negotiations.

Chinese Activist Leaves US Embassy Amid Threats

The Chinese activist at the center of diplomatic back and forth between the U.S. and China has left the U.S. embassy in his country amid death threats.

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch Deemed 'Unfit' to Lead

Richard Murdoch could soon lose his media empire after a British parliamentary panel released a report saying he was no longer fit to run News Corp.

Taliban Attacks Kabul after Obama's Afghan Trip

Hours after President Obama's Afghanistan visit, Taliban terrorists disguised in burqas attacked a compound housing hundreds of foreigners in Kabul.

Eleven Killed in Syria Mortar Attacks

Syrian activists say at least 11 people were killed Tuesday, including four women and two children, when Syrian forces fired mortar shells into a farming village.