January 2013 Headlines

Homeless to Hero: One Pastor Making History in India

Christians comprise a little more than two percent of India's population. But that has not stopped Pastor R. Abraham from helping transform the lives of thousands in his country.

Saeed's Wife: Every Day in Prison a Death Sentence

The wife of Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini said she's focusing her attention on fighting to get her husband released from one of Iran's most brutal prisons.

Pakistan Girl Shot by Taliban Faces Final Surgery

Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teen whose defiance of the Taliban almost cost her her life, is in the final stretch of recovery.

Iran Close to Producing Weapons-Grade Uranium

Iran is preparing to ramp up its nuclear program, according to an Associated Press report.

Egypt's El Baradei Calls for Talks to End Violence

Egypt's liberal opposition leader, Mohamed El Baradei, is calling for a broad national dialogue with the Islamist government, all political factions, and the military.

French, Mali Troops Make Gains against Islamists

French and Mali army troops made key gains against Islamic operatives in northern Mali in recent days.

Iran, Hezbollah Threat against West Growing

An elite Iranian military unit and a terrorist group backed by Iran are stepping up their efforts to attack Western targets.

Donors Back Offensive against Extremists in Mali

Donors from a conference held by the African Union have pledged more than $450 million and equipment to help fund the military push against Islamic extremists in Mali.


Defense Minister: Egypt on Brink of Collapse

Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi warned his country could be on the brink of collapse if the current protests continue.

Jakarta Residents Displaced by Indonesia Floods

People in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta are still homeless due to major flooding.

Iranian Judge Sentences US Pastor to Eight Years

Pastor Saeed Abedini's wife says she won't stop fighting for her husband's release.

Egypt's Morsi Declares State of Emergency

Two years after the bringing down the government of former President Mubarak, Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is facing a wave of protests.

More than 230 Perish in Brazil Nightclub Fire

Many of the 233 victims who died in a nightclub fire in Brazil Sunday were university students under the age of 20.

French, Mali Forces Head Toward Timbuktu

French and Malian forces pushed toward the fabled desert town of Timbuktu on Sunday, as the two-week-long French mission gathered momentum against the Islamist extremists who have ruled the north for more than nine months.

Egypt Riot Over Soccer Verdict Kills At Least 27

Egyptian security officials say 27 people have been killed in riots sparked by death sentences given to nearly two dozen soccer fans convicted of violence after a game in Port Said last year.

American Pastor Jailed in Iran Whereabouts Unconfirmed

American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been jailed in Iran since September for his faith, is still missing, according to the American Center for Law and Justice.

Experts Downplay N. Korea Nuclear Warnings

North Korea warned of "strong physical counter-measures" against its neighbor, South Korea, over U.S.-backed sanctions recently passed by the U.N., only a day after warning of rocket launches and nuclear missile test targeting the U.S.

Pope Benedict: Church Must Embrace Social Media

Pope Benedict XVI told said Thursday that the Catholic Church should embrace social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to spread faith to the next generation.

Thousands in Ireland Hold Vigil for 'Pro-Life Promise'

As many 30,000 people attended a pro-life vigil in Dublin's Merrion Square recently to oppose any changes to abortion legislation in the Republic of Ireland.

N. Korea Warns of Nuclear Test Aimed at the US

North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test designed to carry warheads aimed at striking the United States.

US Gives F-16 Jets to Egypt Despite Morsi Flap

Despite anti-Semitic remarks by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the United States has gone ahead with its gift of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt.

Morsi: Anti-Semitic Remarks Overblown by US Media

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi told U.S. senators Wednesday that anti-Semitic remarks he made in a 2010 had been overblown by the U.S. media.

Clinton Grilled on US Consulate Attack in Benghazi

More than four months after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced tough questions from lawmakers.

Britain Will Vote on Whether to Stay in the EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron promised Wednesday to hold a vote on whether or not Britain would stay in the European Union if he is re-elected.


White House Greenlights Gen. Allen's NATO Nomination

America's top commander in Afghanistan has been cleared of any wrong doing in the case that led to the resignation of former CIA Director Gen. David Patraeus.

Clinton to Face More Questions in Algeria Aftermath

Algerian forces continue to scour the Sahara Desert in search of five missing foreigners from last week's natural gas plant attack by Islamist terrorists.


French Intervention Opposed by Egyptian Pres. Morsi

Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi said he is opposed to France's military intervention in Mali fearing that it could create further unrest.


Trial Starts for American Pastor Jailed in Iran

The prosecutor charged Pastor Saeed Abedini with attempting to undermine the Iranian government by creating a network of Christian house churches.

Power Outage Hits Damascus as Fighting Continues

The Syrian government blamed a rebel attack Monday for a blackout that hit much of the country's south overnight.

Death Toll in Algeria Siege Continues to Climb

The death toll from the terrorist siege at a natural gas plant in Algeria has climbed past 80.

Official: 'Numerous' Other Bodies at Algeria Plant

Algerian bomb squads scouring a gas plant where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage found "numerous" new bodies on Sunday.

Egyptian Family Jailed for Becoming Christian

In Egypt a court has sentence a woman and her seven children up to 15 years in prison for converting to Christianity.

US Officials Pressure Iran to Free American Pastor

American leaders are pressuring Iran to free Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who faces trial Monday.

Outcome of Algeria Hostage Rescue Still Unclear

Algeria reported late Friday that nearly 100 of 132 kidnapped foreign workers have been freed in the hostage standoff, even as at least one American was confirmed dead.

CBN Indonesia Offers Children Free Surgeries

CBN Indonesia is giving free cleft and hernia surgeries to suffering children, the majority from poor Muslim families.

Morsi Apology for Anti-Israel Rant Insufficient

The United States wants more than an apology from Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi regarding his anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Morsi: Anti-Semitic Remarks 'Taken Out of Context'

After coming under fire from the Obama administration, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is trying to explain away his racist remarks about Jews in a 2010 speech.

French Military Pounds Islamist Targets in Mali

A radical Muslim group in Africa is vowing to attack France in revenge for air strikes the French military launched against them last Friday.

Landmark Rulings Mixed Blessing for UK Christians

Landmark rulings on the cases of four U.K. Christian workers were both good news and bad news for believers who want to wear their crosses in the workplace.

Cubans Flock to Agencies Over New Visa Law

A highly anticipated new law took effect in Cuba this week, ending the country's hated exit visa requirement causing Cubans to flock to agencies over new visa law.

Jailed U.S. Pastor Says He 'Will Hang' for His Faith

An Iranian-born American pastor imprisoned in Iran is set to go on trial Monday, Jan. 21.

Some Hostages Killed in Algerian Rescue Raid

At least four foreigners and 13 others were wounded after Algerian forces launched an operation to free a group of hostages from their al Qaeda-linked kidnappers.

US Considers Sending Military Assets to Mali

The Obama administration is considering sending military intelligence assets to help the French fight al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali.

American Pastor Turned Over to Iran's 'Hanging Judge'

An Iranian-American pastor imprisoned in Iran has been handed over to a judge who is notorious for violating human rights.

Severe Beijing Smog Prompts Unusual Transparency

Beijing's air pollution kept schoolchildren indoors and sent coughing residents to hospitals Monday, prompting a transparent response from the government.

Russians Protest Ban on US Adoptions

Thousands of people gathered in central Moscow for a protest against Russia's new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children.

Hundreds of Thousands in Paris Protest Gay Marriage

Hundreds of thousands of protesters streamed into Paris on Sunday to oppose the French president's plan for legalizing gay marriage.

Hope Emerging after India Rape Sparks Outcry

In New Delhi, India, a case of gang rape and murder has gained international attention.

Obama, Karzai Discuss US Role in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Friday to discuss America's future military role in Afghanistan.

France Attacks Islamist Rebels in Mali

France has sent additional troops to Malli and conducted airstrikes to drive back Islamist rebels threatening a key city. 

African Christians Face Huge Surge in Persecution

Christians in African nations are facing a significant increase in persecution, according to Open Doors USA.

Thousands Gather in Support of Chavez

Newly re-elected President Hugo Chavez was supposed to be inaugurated January 10th, but is being treated for cancer in Cuba and was too sick to return home for the event.

Brother Andrew: Christians Should Risk Lives for Muslims

The man who started Open Doors ministry is challenging Christians to risk their lives to preach the gospel in the Muslim world.

Warning! America May Be Going the Way of France

France should be a warning to Americans who have just voted for four more years of big government spending.

China Relaxes Censorship Controls after Protests

In response to protestors, China's local government propaganda authority has reportedly made a deal to relax censorship controlsfor a well-known liberal newspaper.

Admin. Officials Push for Complete Afghanistan Pullout

Officials in the Obama adminstration are pushing for a dramatically reduced force in Afghanistan after 2014.

Chavez Death Rumors Fly ahead of Inauguration

Venezuelan lawmakers have postponed this week's inauguration for Hugo Chavez, who hasn't been seen since he went to Cuba for cancer treatment.

Translators Use Technology to Combat 'Bible Poverty'

More than 1.2 billion people don't have access to the Bible in their language. Now, several ministries have joined together to use digital technology to combat the problem.

UK Hospital Rocked by Health Care Scandal

A two-year-long inquiry has exposed widespread neglect and malpractice that led to the unnecessary deaths of up to 1,200 patients.

Iranian Pastor Youcef Free after Christmas Arrest

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani has again been released from jail and is now at home with his family, according to the American Center for Law and Justice.

Thai Orphans Benefiting from Family-Based Care

Child advocates say it's a tragedy: thousands of Thai kids growing up without a parent. It's led some to begin advocating for what's called family-based care.

Syria's Assad Slams West in Rare Speech

Syria's President Bashar Assad slammed the West and called for political dialogue to end the fighting and for peace talks to begin, during a rare speech made Monday.

Egypt's Morsi Boosts Islamic Presence in Cabinet

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi appointed Islamists to key posts in his government this weekend.

Iran Denies Ailing Imprisoned Pastor Medical Care

Prison authorities in Iran reportedly are denying medical care to imprisoned Christian pastor, Benham Irani.

Syrian President Outlines Peace Plan

Bashar Assad has outlined a new peace initiative that includes a national reconciliation conference and a new constitution.

Family in Limbo after Russia Bans US Adoptions

Russia's president signed into law a ban on US adoption of  Russian orphans. That's creating heartbreak for some would-be parents who are now waiting for their child.

Girl Shot by Taliban Released from Hospital

The 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last October has been released from a hospital in the United Kingdom where she was being treated.

Sudan Warplanes Bombed Christian Villages

Sudanese warplanes bombed Christian villages in the Nuba Mountains during the Christmas season.

US Drone Kills Senior Taliban in Pakistan

A U.S. drone strike in Pakistant has killed senior Taliban commander Mullah Nazir, along with five of his lieutenants.

Nigeria Leader: Islamists Won't Stop Godly Worship

The president of Nigeria said "the church is one of the main targets" of terrorist attacks by the radical Islamic group Boko Haram.

Syria Civil War Death Toll Reaches 60,000

The United Nations estimates that more than 60,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war, which is much higher than recent estimates by anti-regime activists.

Al Gore Sells Current TV to Al-Jazeera

The Arabic news network Al-Jazeera has bought U.S. cable channel Current TV, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore.

Warsaw's Adolph Hitler Statue Draws Outrage

A statue of Adolph Hitler in the former Warsaw Ghetto is stirring outrage. Thousands of Polish Jews died when the Nazi regime razed the ghetto and sent survivors to the death camps.

Ex-Satanic Russian Hitman Fights for Peace

Gennady Terkun, a former Satanist and Russian hit man, has been on a mission to bring peace to the southwest corner of Russia.

Funerals Held for Slain Pakistani Teachers, Workers

Five female teachers and two aid workers shot by Islamic gunmen New Year's Day were buried Wednesday in Pakistan.

Taliban Equates US Afghanistan Pullout to Vietnam

The Taliban is comparing the United States' withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan to America's pullout from Vietnam in the 1970s.