March 2011 Headlines

Sex Ethics: Gay Lobby Tightens Grip on the UK

You can say a lot of things in Britain. You can mock the Bible and make fun of Christians. But don't suggest gays can change -- or you could lose your job.

Grass Greener? Americans Look Abroad to Retire

This tough economy has Americans worried about making ends meet. Consequently, more people are looking outside the U.S. for a better cost of living.

Stalin's 'Railroad of Death' Witnesses Revival

A local pastor is honoring the memory of Russian political prisoners by starting a church on the location of a 1949 Siberian labor camp. 

Makeover Show Rewards Deserving Missionaries

Joe and Cindy Hurston returned from a missionary trip to find their home flooded due to a broken pipe.  But that didn't stop their ministry and service to others.

Ripple Effect: Disaster in Japan

CBN News continues its coverage of the aftermath from a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that triggered a massive tsunami and damaged nuclear plants.

Radical Islam on Rise in Egypt, Christians Afraid

The Muslim Brotherhood is active throughout the Islamic world and there's concern that the group is taking over the revolution that swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt.

Iranian Video Says Mahdi is 'Near'

New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi--or Islamic messiah--is about to appear.

Boy:Girl Ratio in India Raises Concerns

A growing gender gap between children in India is sparking "grave concern" among officials that parents who prefer sons are getting abortions.

After Setbacks, Libyan Rebels Get Secret Help

American and British undercover operatives are inside Libya aiding rebel forces after President Barack Obama recently ordered the secret operation.

Group Slams Vietnam as 'Worst Persecutor'

Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.S. State Department to put Vietnam back on the list of the world's worst religious rights violators.

Mission Uncertain? U.S. Role in Libya, Mideast

Is history repeating in Libya? CBN News’ panel of experts examines the Obama administration's strategy and U.S. involvement there and across the Middle East.

Russian Ministries Molds Students for God's Work

The fall of Communism in Russia ushered a new era of religious freedom. Now, "Schools Without Walls" is reaching the next generation of Christians.

Confusion, Uncertainty Surround Japan Nuke Plant

A good news - bad news pattern of confusing reports concerning Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex continues to come from the island nation.

Radiation Dangers Slow Recovery of Japan's Dead

The human toll from the Japan earthquake of March 11 continues to rise with more than 19,000 estimated dead and another 16,000 still missing.

U.N. Body Drops Religious 'Defamation' Resolution

The U.N. Human Rights Council has dropped a resolution condemning religious defamation, putting in its place one that supports an individual's freedom of belief.

Officials Uncertain of Who the Libyan Rebels Are

The president has reportedly authorized covert operations to help Libya's rebels. What's still unknown is just who the opposition forces really are.

Setbacks Mount in Japan at Leaking Nuke Plant

The level of radiation in seawater near Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility has risen to more than 3,300 times what is normal. 

Malta's Christians Determined to Help Refugees

The small island nation of Malta is struggling to deal with the wave of people seeking asylum from the Libyan war.

French Religious Leaders Protest Debate on Islam

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being criticized for plans to hold a debate next week over the role of Islam in France.

As West Targets Gadhafi, Syrian Leader Grows Bold

While the West frets about Libya, Syria’s President Bashar Assad took a triumphal pose in facing down the protests that threaten his family's 40-year regime. 

EU Plans to Ban Cars from Cities by 2050

The goal of the new transportation plan is to cut carbon emissions by 60 percent over the next 40 years.

Japan on 'Maximum Alert' Over Nuke Crisis

Highly toxic plutonium is seeping from Japan's damaged Fukishima nuclear complex.

Missionary Recounts Haitian Jail Ordeal

Finally freed after more than five months in a Haitian jail, Danny Pye recounts his terrifying ordeal to CBN News as he and his family prepare to return to Haiti.

WorldReach Premieres 'Superbook' in Costa Rica

Superbook is an animated children's Bible series produced by CBN. It has been translated into multiple languages for broadcast throughout the world.

Thousands in Britain Protest Spending Cuts

Up to a half-million people flooded the streets of London Saturday to protest the British government's spending cuts, the toughest made since World War II.

Japanese Fear Radiation in Seawater Spreading

Plant workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex on Monday were trying to remove radioactive water from the nuclear compound and restart cooling systems for the dangerously hot fuel.

President Saleh: Yemen is a 'Time Bomb'

There is growing concern that Islamic militants are taking advantage of the unrest in Yemen.

Libyan Rebels Close on Key Gadhafi Stronghold

Libya's rebel forces closed in Monday on Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte.

Christian Relief Agencies Partner in Japan

This week, Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse flew 92 tons of aid into Japan to help victims of this month's earthquake and tsunami.

Government, Protesters Clash in Latakia

Protesters and Syrian government forces clashed in the coastal city of Latakia, where demonstrators set fire to the offices of the ruling Baath party.

Radiation Rises Sharply inside Japan Nuclear Plant

Japanese officials reported a huge jump in radioactivity - levels 10 million times the norm - in water in one reactor unit.

Toward the Rise of an Islamic Caliphate?

The upheaval in the Arab world could create a climate to restore an Islamic Caliphate -- a political union of Muslims under one ruler, a Caliph.

Iran Fanning Islam's Messianic Hopes?

Millions of Muslims believe the Mahdi will one day return to save humanity. But before he can appear, Israel and America must be destroyed.

Shots Fired at Protesters in Syria

Witnesses reported hearing heavy gunfire in the city center after crowds set fire to a bronze statue of the country's late president, Hafez Assad.

Will Libyan No-Fly Zone Add to Christians' Woes?

The conflict is raising questions about Western intervention in Muslim nations. Specifically, charges have arisen of a Christian 'crusade' against the Islamic faith.

NATO Libya Deal Doesn't Mean Quick Exit for U.S.

NATO has agreed to take command of the Libyan no-fly zone this weekend, a goal the Obama administration has sought for days.

Va. College Students Fund Food Bank in Niger

A group of Regent University students is working to help fund food banks for families in the African nation of Niger.

Dangerous Breach Suspected at Japan Nuke Plant

A possible breach has been detected in the reactor core of one unit of the damaged Japanese Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex.

Egyptian: Despite Unrest the Gospel will Flourish

Many Christians in Egypt are concerned that members of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists are poised to takeover the unstable country.


Syria's Unraveling Regime the Next to Fall?

For decades, Bashar al Assad and his family have ruled the Syria with an iron grip. Now the president is facing a threat against his regime like never before.

Yemeni Leader to Step Down by Year's End

Yemen's president says he's ready to step down at the end of the year in an orderly transfer of power.

Death Toll in Myanmar Quake Rising

A strong earthquake in northeastern Myanmar has killed more than 60 people, and there were fears Friday the toll would mount.

Anxiety High Over Japan Water Contamination

Relief workers continued to distribute bottled water to families in Tokyo Thursday after officials discovered that radioactive iodine in the city's tap water has reached levels unsafe for babies.

Stakelbeck on Terror: Jihad on Campus

CBN News takes a look at one of the largest Islamic organizations in America and why it's being called a "gateway to jihad."

Libya Crisis: What Happens Next?

A CBN News panel examines the U.S.'s role in Libyan struggle and what's at stake for the Obama presidency. 

Japan Tap Water Tainted, Nuke Scare Continues

Japanese officials expressed concerns about the quality of Tokyo's drinking water Wednesday, as workers continued to face an uphill battle containing leaks at a local nuclear plant.

Libyan Air Strikes Costly for U.S. Taxpayers

The U.S. military's involvement in the crisis in Libya has already cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Japan Death Toll Climbs, 13,000 Still Missing

The death toll from Japan's March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami has now risen to more than 9,000 with thousands more still missing.

U.S. Military Jet Crashes in Libya, Crew Ejects

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle jet has crashed in Libya, the U.S. military said Tuesday. U.S. officials said two crew members ejected from the stricken aircraft.

Mullen: Chance Gadhafi Could Cling to Power

The U.S.-led international military assault on Libya could achieve its stated goals without forcing Moammar Gadhafi from power, the top U.S. military officer said.

Operation Blessing, Others Help in Japan Despite Risk

Despite the risk of radiation exposure, some aid groups are at work in the region, including CBN's Operation Blessing.

U.S. Army Apologizes for Shocking Photographs

The United States military apologized publicly, Monday, for graphic pictures released of American troops posing by the bodies of dead Afghan civilians.

Japan Quake Loaded Stress on Fault Closer to Tokyo

The recent monster quake that hit northeastern Japan altered the earth's surface, loading stress onto a different segment of the fault line much closer to Tokyo.

700 Club Costa Rica Welcomes New Co-Host

Sylvia Zuniga has joined current host Esteban Castro on the live one a week program.

Gadhafi Forces Quiet After Libya Strikes

The attacks included some of the heaviest firepower in the U.S. arsenal, including long-range bombers that were designed for the Cold War.

Japan Plant Workers Write Notes to Family

Messages from the workers inside the plant to their loved ones offers chilling insight into what's going through their minds.


Japanese Christian Leads Nuclear Response Team

Christian missionaries in Japan tell CBN News that the man given the task of fixing the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex is Naoyoshi Sato, who's a member of the country's tiny Christian community.

Radiation-Tainted Food Serious Problem for Japan

The World Health Organization says Japanese produce tainted by radiation may pose a more serious problem than originally thought.

Top Nuclear Expert: Japan Reactor 'Stabilizing'

A top U.S. nuclear regulator had calming words today for those worried about the six nuclear plants damaged by Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami.

Obama Links Brazil Trip to U.S. Job Growth

President Barack Obama said Saturday the U.S. was eager to sell its goods and services to economically booming Brazil's growing middle class.

Latest on Japan's Disasters, Nuclear Crisis

Get the latest developments in Japan's 9.0 earthquake and tsunami disasters and the ongoing nuclear crisis.

Palin Warns of China's Rise in Visit to India

Palin told a well-heeled audience of Indian business leaders, professionals and socialites that U.S.-Indian relations were "key to the future of our world."

Yemen's Leader Fails to Stop Uprising

In the capital, the government had to bring out tank units and other military forces to protect key buildings as crowds swelled.

Snipers Fire on Protestors in Yemen

Government snipers in Yemen shot and killed at least 40 people on Friday.

Japanese Gov't Raises Nuclear Crisis Rating

International teams are trying to stabilize and cool down the crippled reactor to prevent a meltdown.

Obama, U.N Warn Gadhafi to Cease Fire 'Immediately'

The United States and its allies are preparing for a possible military strike against the Libyan government.

Commentary: Japan Tragedy an Act of God?

Natural disasters like the one in Japan were once called "acts of God."  But many Christians are uncomfortable saying God could allow such terrible destruction.

House Church Leader Released from China Prison

A Christian house church leader has been freed from a Chinese prison nearly three years after his arrest.

Malaysia to Release Bibles Marked 'Christians Only'

The government of Malaysia will release 35,000 Malay-language Bibles that were held up by customs officials.

Murderer of U.S. Teacher Gets Death Sentence

Mohamed Abdallahi Ould Ahmednah killed Christopher Leggett, 39, in the capital city of Mauritania, not far from the school he helped run.

Japan Asks U.S. For Help with Nuclear Crisis

Japan reached out Friday to the U.S. for help in stabilizing its overheated, radiation-leaking nuclear complex.

Japan Nuke Plant May Take Weeks to Control

Officials say it could take days and "possibly weeks" to get Japan's nuclear emergency at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant under control.

'Blood Money' Used to Free CIA Worker in Pakistan

A CIA contractor who shot and killed two men in Pakistan is free after the Untied States used a principle of Sharia law to appease the victims' family.

Gadhafi Gov't Claims Victory 'Within 48 Hours'

Forces loyal to Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi have reclaimed nearly all of the government's territory lost to rebels this month.

Israeli Aid Group Joins Operation Blessing in Japan

A faith-based Israeli team joined CBN's Operation Blessing International in Japan this week to help with relief efforts.

Clinton Praises Egypt as Libyan Rebels Falter

State Secretary Clinton urged Egypt’s interim government stay true to democratic ideals. Meanwhile, Libya's rebels struggled to hold their ground against Gadhafi's regime.

OBI Relief Worker: Situation in Japan 'Sinister'

David Darg, Operation Blessing's director of disaster relief and special projects, is in Sendai, Japan.  He writes about his experiences in his latest blog.

San Diego Man Trapped Near Japan Reactors

A San Diego man who claimed to be trapped near Japan's troubled nuclear reactors is pleading with the U.S. government to help him escape.

New York Times Journalists Missing in Libya

Four New York Times journalists covering the fighting in Libya were reported missing Wednesday.

Muhammad Ali Asks Iran to Free U.S. Hikers

In a letter, Ali asks Iran's supreme commander Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to free the men as a brother in Islam.

Bahrain Forces Expel Protesters from Capital

Protesters were expelled from the capital of Bahrain Wednesday, one day after King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa declared a state of emergency.

Japan Crews Restart Work after Radiation Scare

Japan workers had to withdraw from a stricken nuclear complex amid a surge in radiation, temporarily suspending efforts to cool overheating reactors.

Social Media Connects Japan Quake Victims

Thanks to the Internet and social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, some quake survivors have been able to send and receive information.

Glimmers of Hope: Japan Residents Reunite

In the shadow of Japan's devastating disasters, small glimmers of hope are emerging as victims are reconnected with their loved ones.

Quebec Missionary Killed in Japan Tsunami

A Catholic priest from Quebec was among those who died in the March 11 when a tsunami struck the coast of Japan.

Bahrain King Declares State of Emergency

A state of emergency was declared in the Kingdom of Bahrain amid intense pro-democracy uprisings that have threatened to topple the U.S.-backed regime.

Japan Rescues Give Relief Workers New Resolve

News of two rescues served as a bright spot amid an ever rising death toll. Japanese officials say the number of dead is already in the thousands.

Japan's Devastation Worst since World War II

The death toll from Friday's earthquake and tsunami continued to rise Monday as hundreds of bodies washed up along Japan's coastline.

Nuclear Fears Increase as Japan's Death Toll Rises

Japanese officials are keeping their attention on the threat of a nuclear disaster after a fire and explosion at a power plant caused a spike in radiation levels.

Charity Aid Group in Japan to Help Relief Efforts

Operation Blessing International has joined relief agencies from the U.S. and around the world for a massive humanitarian relief effort in Japan in the wake of Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

700 Club Hong Kong Used in Bible Study

Churches throughout Hong Kong and other areas of China have used episodes of the 700 Club Hong Kong as a teaching tool.

Japan's Recovery Could Take Years

Even though the country was prepared for a major quake, it has been clearly overwhelmed by the scale of this disaster.


SOS Japan Christians: 'Please Help Us'

Massive search and rescue efforts are underway in Japan following Friday's devastating quake and tsunami. Christians there are also joining the effort. 

Gadhafi Forces Shell Oil Town, Advance

Troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi shelled an oil town in eastern Libya on Sunday.

Cuba Sentences U.S. Jewish Contractor to 15 Years

Cuban courts sentenced Alan P. Gross, an American Jewish contractor, to a 15-year prison term for "subversive activities" against the state on Saturday.

Stakelbeck on Terror: Allen West Takes on Jihad

On this week's edition of Stakelbeck on Terror, CBN News sits down for an exclusive interview with Florida congressman Allen West.

Free Burma: Prayer is the Air We Breathe

As Christians around the world pray for Burma, one humanitarian group is risking it all to help those trying to flee their country's brutal military regime.

Death Toll in Japan Likely to Exceed 10,000

The death toll in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami will likely exceed 10,000 in the Miyagi prefecture alone.

Saudis Vow to 'Cut Off Any Finger' of Opposition

Saudi's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has sworn to "cut off any finger" raised against the royal family's regime.

The World's Strongest Quakes and Tsumanis

Earthquakes have triggered major tsunamis in many parts of the world over the years.

Malaysian Government Restricts Bibles

A Christian group in the majority Muslim nation of Malaysia say it's "fed up" with the government restrictions on Bibles.

Thousands Homeless after Radical Muslim Attack

A string of attacks by radical Muslims on Christians have left at least one man dead and thousands homeless in western Ethiopia.

Spirit-Led Revival Movement Sweeps Brazil

So many Brazilians have already been born-again that they've influenced all areas of life, even helped lower the divorce and alcoholism rates.

Aid Group Donates Parasite Pills to Mexican State

The charity aid organization, Operation Blessing International, played a part in Mexico's annual National Health Week by donating 400,000 anti-parasite pills.

Egypt Muslims to Build Mosque in Place of Church

The Egyptian Army has promised to rebuild a church destroyed in a bloody conflict last week, but Muslims say they will build a mosque where the church once stood.

Ivory Coast Violence Escalates as Gbagbo Digs In

Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo has barred the U.N. from flying over his country, complicating efforts to hand over power to the recognized winner of last year's election.

Death Toll Rises as Quake Strikes SW China

An earthquake toppled more than 1,000 houses and apartment buildings in China's southwest region near the border with Myanmar on Thursday.

Yemen's Leader Proposes New Constitution

The embattled leader of Yemen has offered to draw up a new constitution to end weeks of protests in his country.

Red Cross: Civilian Casualties Rising in Libya

A giant yellow fireball shot into the sky Wednesday after fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi set two oil installations ablaze.

Mideast Crisis: Discussing What Matters

CBN News analyzes the impact of the Mideast crisis, from the killing of a Pakistani Christian leader to the Muslim Brotherhood and threats toward Israel.

Baby Survives after SUV Crashes into Home

A 10-month-old Kentucky baby survived with nothing more than minor scratches after an SUV crashed inter her family’s Madison Country home.

Gadhafi: Libyans will Fight No-Fly Zone

Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi said imposing such restrictions would prove the West's real intention was to seize his country's oil wealth.

Suicide Bomber Kills Pakistani Mourners

A suicide bomber in northwest Pakistan killed at least 36 people and injured more than 100 others taking part in a funeral procession on Wednesday.

Gadhafi Forces Score Key Victory against Rebels

Libya dictator Moammar Gadhafi's forces scored a major victory, recapturing the closest city to the capital Tripoli from pro-democracy rebels.

Chile Wins U.N's 'Protect Life Award'

A pro-life U.N. panel has selected Chile as this year's recipient of the Protect Life Award for its low mortality rate and constitutional protection of the unborn.

U.S. Pastor Held in Haitian Jail without Charges

An American pastor who has been held in a Haitian jail by local authorities since October says no reason has been given for his detainment.

Muslim Mob Attacks Coptic Village, Church in Egypt

Christian homes in the southern Egyptian village of Soul were attacked Saturday evening by a mob of Muslims, according to unconfirmed reports.

New Egypt PM Names Most of New Cabinet

Egypt's prime minister-designate named a caretaker Cabinet on Sunday to help lead the country through reforms and toward free elections.

Quake Makes Irreparable Damage in Christchurch

Parts of New Zealand's second largest city will be abandoned because of last month's earthquake.

Muslim Brotherhood 'Godfather' Makes Appeal

Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi urged his people of Egypt to "protect your revolution" and stand against any "hypocrites" who want to take over.

Satellite Images: 300 Burned Buildings in Sudan

Fighting has broken out in the disputed, oil-rich region between North Sudan and South Sudan. The latter will be become an independent nation in July.

Portuguese 700 Club Program Broadcast in HD

The Portuguese TV version of The 700 Club is now being broadcast in high definition across the South American country of Brazil.

Defense Sec. Gates in Kabul amid Tension

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived unannounced in Kabul Monday amid rising tension between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Gen. David Petraeus.

Obama: Military Action against Libya Possible

President Obama warned the Libya that U.S. and NATO allies are still considering a military response to nation's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy rebels.

White House Preparing for Islam Mideast Takeover?

An article in the Washington Post is drawing concern that the Obama administration is preparing for Islamic radical governments to take over in the Mideast.

Christians in Shock over Pakistani Minister's Murder

The slaying of Pakistan's only Christian cabinet member has shocked the Christian community. See exclusive coverage on the impact of Shabaz Bhatti's death.

Mideast in Crisis: Spotlighting Religious Persecution

The recent murder of Pakistan's Christian cabinet minister Shahbaz Bhatti has helped bring the issue of religious minority persecution into the global spotlight.

Fear of Libyan Civil War Continues to Rise

People are leaving Libya by the thousands as the threat of civil war continues to grow in the country.

Gadhafi Forces Fight to Retake Rebel-Held City

Gadhafi loyalists fired tear gas at protesters in Tripoli as a fierce crackdown seemingly smothered attempts to revive demonstrations calling for the Libyan leader's ouster.

Pakistanis Bury Slain Christian Cabinet Minister

Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday in Pakistan for the funeral of Shahbaz Bhatti, the country's government minister for religious minorities and the only Christian member of Pakistan's cabinet.

UK Court: Foster Parents Must Uphold Gay Rights

A British court has ruled that a Christian couple cannot be foster parents because they believe homosexuality is a sin.

Obama: 'It's Time for Libya's Gadhafi to Go'

President Obama says it's time for Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to relinquish power, as intense fighting continues to ravage the north African nation.

Drug Wars Dampen Tourism to Mexico

The death of a U.S. Immigration and Customs special agent south of the border last month is the latest example of the kind of headlines that could keep tourists away.

Two U.S. Airmen Killed in Frankfurt Shooting

Two U.S. Air Force servicemen were killed and two others were seriously injured Wednesday after a gunman opened fire on their bus outside the Frankfurt, Germany airport.

Germany: Islamic Terrorism Behind Airport Attack

German prosecutors said Wednesday's attack on U.S. Air Force security personnel outside Germany's Frankfurt Airport appears to be motivated by Islamic extremism.

Libyan Forces Detain Three Dutch Marines

Three Dutch marines are being held by authorities in Libya after they were captured by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

Why is Libya so Important to the World?

As the West appears to be edging towards a military confrontation with Libya, Iran is working on quelling its own anti-government rebellion.

NZ Quake Death Toll at 160, More Missing

The official death toll from last week's 6.3 New Zealand earthquake has reached 160 -- but authorities estimate the number of victims may be closer to 240. 

Pope Exonerates Jews for Christ's Death

Pope Benedict XVI has made a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ in a new book, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity.

Clinton: Mideast Religious Minorities Under Threat

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wants governments in the Middle East to protect Christians and other religious minorities.

Libya's Gadhafi Denies Protesters Even Exist

Even as protestors closed in around the capital city of Tripoli, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi insisted he's "loved" by his country and no uprising exists.