December 2012 Headlines

Iranian Converts Bringing Life to German Church

Europe has been called the new dark continent with church attendance being very low. But revival has come to some German churches in an unexpected way.

'Mosquebuster' Takes on Britain's Islamists

In Great Britain, the spread of mega mosques has long been controversial. One man, known as the 'Mosquebuster,' wants to reverse the trend.

Christians 'On Top of the World' Facing Persecution

Nepal is known for being on top of the world. It's also a country Christians face widespread persecution. But God is on the move.

Putin Set to Ban Americans from Adopting Orphans

Americans may soon be banned from adopting Russian children as Russian President Vladimir Putin said he will sign a controversial bill denying them access.

Nigerian Church Suffers another Christmas Day Attack

Gunmen killed at least five people in an attack on Christmas morning just outside a village in northeast Nigeria.

Egypt's Morsi: Constitution Establishes New Republic

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said the country's disputed Islamic constitution establishes a new republic.

Iranian Pastor Youcef Re-Arrested on Christmas

Iranian authorities have arrested Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani again, this time on Christmas Day.

Diplomat: Philippines Key to Asia-Pacific Trade

Prepare to hear a little more about the Philippines as Washington places greater importance on Asia-Pacific trade.

Egypt's Islamists tighten grip on power

Egypt's Islamist-backed constitution received a "yes" majority in a final round of voting on a referendum that saw a low voter turnout, but the deep divisions it has opened up threaten to fuel continued turmoil.

Swedish Officials Order Iranian Christian Deported for Second Time

An Iranian convert to Christianity seeking asylum in Sweden is once again facing deportation to Iran.


Christmas Story Goes Viral with Bible App

YouVersion, a free Bible app for smartphones and tablets, is tracking the Christmas story worldwide this season.

ACLJ Calls on Iran to Free American Pastor

The American Center for Law and Justice has called for the release of Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned for his Christian faith.

Egyptians Vote on Islamist Backed Constitution

Egyptians voted on Saturday in the second and final phase of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution.

CBN Hosts Christmas in Dangerous Peruvian Prison

For the children of prisoners in Lima, Peru, it was an unforgettable day when volunteers from a local church brought a breath of fresh air to their sad and depressing world.

Clashes Continue in Egypt over Constitution

The final vote on Egypt's new Islamist Constitution is this weekend.

Canada Rules Muslim Veil Permitted in Court

Canada's Supreme Court ruled a Muslim woman can wear a veil while testifying in court.

Shoebox Dreams: Tween Brings Christmas to Needy Kids

One girl with a big dream traveled to the Dominican Republic to personally give a very special shoebox.

Pope Writes on Christmas for Secular Paper

For the first time Pope Benedict XVI published a Christmas-themed opinion piece for a secular newspaper, The Financial Times.

Philippines Typhoon Victims Receive Aide, Comfort

Operation Blessing workers brought disaster relief and medical assistance to Typhoon Bopha victims in remote villages that have been devastated and are difficult to reach.

Islamic 'Fear Campaign' Keeps Egypt Copts from Polls

Christians in southern Egypt say a campaign of fear and intimidation by radical Islamists prevented them from voting on an Islamist-drafted constitution.

Afghan President Welcomes UK Troop Withdrawal

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he's pleased with Britain's announcemnt that it will withdraw almost half of its troops from Afghanistan next year.

Lawmakers Demand More Answers on Benghazi

Members of Congress are demanding more answers following the scathing report about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Pakistan Halts Polio Efforts after UN Worker Killings

Gunmen murdered a woman in Pakistan who was working on a UN-backed polio vaccination campaign. She was just one of eight workers murdered in a 48-hour period.

Non-Religious Third Largest Group in World

Those who have no religion now make up the third largest religious group in the world, according to a new study by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Swedish Appeals Court Ends Parental Rights

First the Swedish government took their son away. Now an appeals court has terminated their parental rights -- all because they homeschooled their son.

Benghazi Report Cites 'Grossly Inadequate Security'

A review of the Benghazi attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya faults "grossly" inadequate security and leadership failures.

Egyptian Protestors Rally against Draft Constitution

Thousands of Egyptian protestors marched on the presidential palace and Tahrir Square on Tuesday against a controversial Islamist-backed draft constitution.

Clinton's Benghazi Testimony Postponed over Illness

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya has been postponed due to an illness.

Swedish Missionary Shot in Pakistan Dies of Injuries

The Swedish Christian worker shot in Pakistan last week has died.

US Helps Block United Nations Internet Treaty

The United States and other Western countries have joined forces to block a controversial Internet treaty.

Pentagon Sending Patriot Missiles, Troops to Turkey

The United States is sending Patriot defense missiles and troops to Turkey.

UK to Legalize Gay Marriage as Early as 2014

Parliament leaders have unveiled a plan that will legalize gay marriage in Great Britain as early as 2014 while protecting churches that oppose it.

Pope Tweets Blessing in 140 Characters

Pope Benedict XVI reached an Internet milestone today sending out his first official tweet. One million followers were blessed in less than 140 characters.

Nigeria Christians Ask for Prayer amid Attacks

Nigeria's Christians are asking American churches to pray they'll be safe.

Chiang Mai a Gateway for Modern Missions

Amidst heavily Buddhist Chiang Mai, a powerful Christian community is strategically building the Kingdom, using the area as a launching ground for spreading the Gospel.

Philippines Comb Wreckage for Typhoon Survivors

The death toll is now over 900 after a major typhoon hit the Philippines earlier this week, and more than 400 people are still missing.

Sudan Renews Attacks on Christian-Populated Area

Armed forces of the Islamic regime of Sudan's Omar al-Bashir attacked at least 26 villages in the Nuba Mountains in November.

Navy SEAL in Afghan Rescue Gave Life for Others

The Navy SEAL who died after helping to rescue an American doctor in Afghanistan has been identified as Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque.

Christians Gather for 12-12-12 Global Day of Worship

The date 12-12-12 was designated as Global Day of Worship.

North Korean Rocket Launch Bodes Ill for Christians

North Korea's successful rocket launch is putting an end to some of the mystery surrounding its new leader.

Blogger Sentenced to Three Years for Blasphemy

A Cairo court sentenced a Coptic Christian blogger to three years in prison for blasphemy and contempt of religion.

UN Warns Afghan Women Still Targets of Abuse

The United Nations says while there has been some progress in the treatment of women in Afghanistan, more needs to be done.

French PM: 'Greedy Rich' Ducking Tax Hikes

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is criticizing those he calls the "greedy rich" for fleeing from high taxes.

US: N. Korea Missile Test 'Highly Provocative Act'

The White House is speaking out against a long-range missile test by North Korea, calling it a "highly provocative act" that threatens regional security.

Obama Admin. Recognizes Syrian Opposition Forces

America is now officially standing with the coalition of fighters opposing Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

Syrian Rebels Overtake Military Base

Syrian rebels took control of a military base Tuesday after a bloody two-day battle. Thirty-five Syrian soldiers were killed in the clash.

Wycliffe Reaches Milestone in Bible Translations

For the first time in history, there are scripture translation projects underway in more languages than are languages left to translate.

Gunmen Fire at Anti-Gov't. Demonstrators in Cairo

Masked gunmen fired into crowds of protestors in Cairo's Tahrir Square before dawn Tuesday, injuring nine people.

Experts: Christianity Marginalized in Europe, US

Religious freedom defenders say hostility toward Christianity is getting stronger in Europe and the United States.

Operation Blessing Saving Lives in the Philippines

Nearly 900 people are still missing after the devastating typhoon that swept through the Philippines last week.

Chavez Returns to Cuba for Cancer Surgery

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to Cuba for more cancer surgery, which may mean he'll miss his inauguration for a new presidential term next month.

CBN Hosts Benefit Concert on Thai-Burma Border

The Christian Broadcasting Network is raising money for a tribal village on the Thai-Burma border through a benefit concert.

'Generation Identity' Wages War on France Islamization

CBN News has been the leader in reporting on the steady Islamization of France. Now there is another sign that France is breaking down: the rise of  'Generation Indentity.'

Egyptian Pastor: Egypt's Going Back to the Dark Ages

Thousands of protesters battled on the streets outside of the presidential palace in Cairo Thursday night, demanding President Mohammed Morsi be removed from office.

Syrian Rebels Step Up Attacks, Eye Damascus Airport

Syrian rebels stepped up their assault Friday on President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power. Amateur video shows rebels shelling on the streets in the capital of Damascus.

Despite Concessions, Morsi Protests Continue

Despite Concessions from President  Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's liberal opposition called for more protests Sunday.


Clinton Pushes for Religious Rights across the Mideast

The United States is pushing for religious freedom in countries that are in transition across the Mideast.

Tsunami Warning Lifted for Japan Earthquake

A strong earthquake Friday struck the same Japanese coast devastated by last year's massive quake and tsunami, generating small waves but no reports of heavy damage.

Philippine Typhoon Death Toll Exceeds 350

The death toll in the southern Philippines has now reached 350 after a typhoon brought floods and mudslides to the region.

Pakistanis Hold Prayer Rally for Wounded Missionary

Hundreds of Pakistani Christians rallied to pray for Bargetta Emmi, a Swedish missionary fighting for her life after a gunman shot her in the neck in front of her home.

Belgium Transitioning from Democracy to Sharia?

Brussels has sworn in two municipal officials from a new Islamic party who want to implement Sharia law.

Philippines Typhoon Death Toll Still Rising

The death toll continued to rise from a powerful typhoon that flooded much of the southern Philippines.

Gulf War Patriot Batteries Heading to Turkey

The anti-missile system used to defend Israel and Saudi Arabia during the 1991 Gulf War is headed to Turkey.

Deadly Typhoon Bopha Devastates Philippines

A powerful typhoon slammed into the southern Philippines Tuesday, killing at least 40 people. More than 50,000 were forced to flee from flooded villages.

US Denies Iran Captured American Drone

U.S. officials have denied claims by the Iranian government that it has captured an American surveillance drone.

Pakistan Gunman Critically Wounds Missionary

A Christian missionary to Pakistan is in critical condition after being shot in the city of Lahore.

US-Iran Nuclear Talks on the Horizon?

Iran may be willing to hold direct talks with the United States about its nuclear program, but only if the meeting is approved by the country's supreme leader.

White House Warns Syria on Chemical Weapons Use

The White House is warning the Syrian government about using chemical weapons against its their own people, saying such a move would "cross a red line."

Afghan Army, Police Take Increasing Casualties

More than 300 Afghan soldiers and policemen are dying each month as the Afghan national security forces assume increasing responsibility for the war.

Egypt's Constitutional Court Suspends Work Indefinitely

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court suspended its work indefinitely in response to protests and pressure from supporters of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Christians in Nigeria Suffer Another Deadly Attack

Ten people are were killed during an attack on Christians in northeast Nigeria in the village of Chibok in Borno State.

Egyptian Judges Boycott Supervision of Constitution Referendum

The Egyptian Judges Club, a union with 9,500 members, said late on Sunday that judges would not, as customary, oversee the national referendum Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi called for December 15 on a draft constitution.

Egypt Clashes

In Egypt's port city of Alexandria supporters of President Mohammed Morsi clashed with opponents on Saturday.

Clashes Over Mexico Inauguration

Protesters opposed to new President Enrique Pena Nieto's rule clashed with tear gas-wielding police outside Mexico's Congress early Saturday just hours before he was to take the oath of office.