June 2013 Headlines

Tanzanian Christians to Obama: 'Please Speak Out'

As President Barack Obama wraps up his outreach tour to Africa, Christians in Tanzania are hoping he will speak out against increased acts of persecution against them.

Anti-Islamization Activists Barred from England

The United Kingdom has barred two anti-Islam activists from entering England over concerns they might "foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence."

Evangelicals Tortured in Mexico Released

Thirty-three Mexican evangelicals are grateful to be alive after being captured and tortured by Catholic villagers in Chiapas, Mexico.

Islamists Slit Nigerian Pastor's Throat

Rev. Jacob Kwiza was a retired pastor with the Church of Christ in Nigeria. Last week, Islamists found him in the Gwoza hills, about 90 miles from Maiduguri.

Critics of Egypt's Morsi Reject His Call for 'Dialogue'

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi admitted he's made mistakes and promised to give political opponents and minorities more say in governing.

Obama Aims to Overcome Africans' Disappointment

President Barack Obama's Africa tour is aimed at overcoming disappointment that America's first black president didn't give the region more attention.

Syrian Christians: 'Why Is America at War with Us'

Syrian Christians are asking why the United States supports extremists who want to turn Syria into an Islamic state.

Terror Groups Shift Tactics after NSA Leaks

Al Qaeda is said to be shifting its tactics after the National Security Agency surveillance leaks.

Secret Believers Share Faith under Fire

CBN News gained exclusive access to a gathering of secret believers inside a former Soviet Republic to get a close-up look at what life is like for Christians who face daily persecution.

Taliban Attack Afghan President's Palace

Islamic insurgents attacked the presidential palace in Afghanistan early Tuesday morning. The palace is one of the most secure areas in Kabul, the capital.

Pakistan Taliban Kills 10 Foreign Mountain Climbers

The Pakistan Taliban said it killed 10 foreign mountain climbers, including one American, in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike that killed a deputy leader last month.

South Africa's Mandela Still in critical Condition

President Jacob Zuma said doctors are doing everything possible to ensure Nelson Mandela's wellbeing and comfort on his 17th day in the hospital.

Walk by Faith: Sightless Woman Leads Blind School

A brave Palestinian Christian is giving new meaning to the proverb of "the blind leading the blind."

Turkish Police Unleash Water Cannon on Protests

Turkish police used water cannon to disperse thousands in Istanbul's Taksim Square on Saturday to observe a memorial for four people killed during anti-government protests.

Baroness Urges Lawmakers Not to Betray Coptic Christians

Supporters of Egypt's Coptic Christians warned lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week that they face growing persecution and discrimination from Islamists under President Morsi.

Obama Taps former Bush Admin. Official for FBI Lead

President Barack Obama has chosen a new FBI director to replace outgoing chief Robert Mueller.

Calgary Flooding Could Prompt Mass Evacuations

Massive flooding could prompt widespread evacuations across western Canada.One person is reported missing.

U.S. Troops Send Warning Message to Syria

The United States military is making its presence known during training exercises near the Syrian border.

Pastor Saeed in Good Spirits as Threats Increase

The family of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini visited him in Iran's Evin Prison this week. They say he was in good spirits.

Massive Wave of Protestors Flood Brazil's Streets

Some of the largest protests in 20 years are breaking out across Brazil as more than 100,000 people took to the streets this week.  

Karzai Backs Out of Taliban, US Peace Talks

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said he wanted no part in peace talks, insisting that any discussions with Taliban insurgents must be Afghan-led and not U.S-led.

Obama Urges US, Russia to Cut Nuke Stockpile

President Obama said the U.S. and Russia should embrace the spirit that Berlin displayed when it fought to reunite during the Cold War.

God Reference Dropped in UK Girl Guide's Pledge

The long established British scouting organization Girl Guide are removing God from their pledge. The new pledge was unveiled Wednesday.

Iranian Court Convicts Six Christian Converts

An Iranian court convicted a group of Christians for being part of a house church.

Iraqi Suicide Bombers Kill Shiite Worshippers

Two suicide bombers killed 29 worshippers in a Shiite mosque in Baghdad Tuesday. At least 55 others were wounded.

Chilly G-8: Obama, Putin Agree to Disagree on Syria

A chilly mood prevailed between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin when they gathered for bilateral talks at the G-8 Summit.

Muslim Cleric Sentenced for Bible Burning

A hardline Muslim cleric in Egypt has been given an 11-year suspended sentence for tearing up and burning a Bible.

Syrian Conflict to Top G-8 Summit Agenda

Syria is expected to top the agenda at this year's G-8 summit taking place in Northern Ireland.

Snowden: UK Spy Agency Hacked Foreign Diplomats

The British electronic surveillance agency GCHQ reportedly hacked into the phones and emails of foreign politicians and officials.

Unions Urge Members to Join Turkish Protests

Turkish trade union leaders urged their members to walk off the job and join Monday's demonstrations against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

North Korea Proposes Nuclear Talks with US

After months of threatening to wage a nuclear war, North Korea did an about-face Sunday and issued a surprise proposal to the United States, its No. 1 enemy: Let's talk.

US OK's Aid to Syrian Rebels after 'Red Line' Crossed

The U.S. is giving aid to rebels after confirmation the Syrian regime had crossed President Obama's "red line" and used chemical weapons against its own people.

Iran's Presidential Election Sparks Mixed Reactions

Millions of Iranians cast their votes Friday for a new president.

Prayer Alert: Pastor Irani Imprisoned with Saeed

According to Truth Ministries, Pastor Saeed Abedini is not alone in Iran's infamous Evin Prison. Officials say Benham Irani has been in jail longer than Pastor Saeed.

Sweden Grants Iran Christian Reza Jabbari Asylum

The Swedish government has decided not to deport Reza Jabbari, an Iranian Christian facing possible prison and torture in Iran.

Saeed's Wife Uses UN Speech to 'Plant Gospel'

The wife of Pastor Saeed, the man jailed in Iran for his faith, said she wanted to use her UN appearance to plant the seeds of the Gospel before the world.

Czech Faith Groups Get Billions for Seized Property

The Czech Republic's highest court upheld a government plan to pay billions of dollars to religious groups.

'House of Grace' Rescuing Thai Girls from Sex Trade

Thailand has become a hub for sex trafficking in southeast Asia. Now Global Servants is saving potential victims through its House of Grace home in Chang Mai.

UN Estimates Syria Death Toll Approaching 93,000

The United Nations says nearly 93,000 people have now been killed by the Civil War in Syria -- and that's just the confirmed death toll.

Turkish Crackdown Angers Protestors, Worries US

An angry quiet has settled in Taksim Square after protestors were attacked by police with water cannons Tuesday night.

UN Seeks Host Countries for Syrian Refugees

The United Nations is asking the United States and Europe to take in thousands of Syrian refugees.

South Korea Scraps Talks with North Korea

South Korea has scrapped talks with North Korea a day before they were scheduled to begin.

Riot Police Crack Down on Turkish Protestors

Hundreds of Turkish riot police moved in on anti-government protestors in Istanbul Tuesday, blasting them with rubber bullets and tear gas.

Boston Bomb Trail: Answers in Russia's Islamist South

The Boston bombing suspects lived in Russia’s terror-riddled south before moving to the United States. Radical Muslims are still fighting for control of the region.

Violence Erupts As Taliban Provoke Afghan Security

Three attacks were attempted Monday against state facilities by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

Obama, China's Xi to Talk Nukes, Cyber Security

President Obama and his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, are set to meet to discuss the future of the two countries relationship.

UN Launches $5B Aid Effort for Syrian Victims

The United Nations launched a record relief effort Friday to raise $5 billion in aid for the millions struggling due to the Syrian civil war.

The Bible Unexpected Best Seller in Norway

Norway is one of the most secular nations in Europe, but the best selling book of 2012 was the Bible.

North, South Korea to Discuss Improving Relations

North and South Korea are set to hold talks after months of tension over an April shut down of the Kaesong complex, a jointly run factory, located in the North.

Deadly Floods Wreak Havoc on Parts of US, Europe

From Florida to the Midwest to central Europe, heavy rains and major flooding are causing havoc for millions of people.

Assad's Regime Regaining Ground in Syrian War

President Bashar Assad's regime appears to be gaining power in the Syrian civil war.

New Pakistani PM: Stop US Drones in Tribal Areas

Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced Wednesday that he wants to put an end to American drone strikes in his country's tribal areas.

Egyptian Court Convicts Americans of Inciting Unrest

A court in Egypt convicted 43 nonprofit workers, including at least 16 Americans, of illegally using foreign funds to incite unrest.

 

UN Report Confirms Chemical Weapon Use in Syria

Chemical weapons have been used in at least four attacks in the Syrian civil war, according to a new United Nations report.

EU Gone Bad: Islam, Tribalism & Economic Crisis

Europe is coming unglued: societies are descending into tribalism, people are rioting -- all the rotten fruit of political correctness and multiculturalism.

Scotland Mom Gives Birth to Three Sets of Twins

A mother in Scotland defied the odds by giving birth to three sets of twins.

Mass Protests Erupt over Islamization of Turkey

Turkey is in the grips of unprecedented protests. For days tens of thousands of Turks have taken to the streets demonstrating against their government.

Fmr. Tiananmen Leader: Christ China's Best Hope

Tuesday marks the 24th anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square protests.

Pastor Saeed's Wife Pleas with Human Rights Council

The wife of the American Christian Pastor, Saeed Abedini, jailed and tortured in Iran for his faith, pled her case before the UN Human Rights Council Monday.

Spike in Iraq Violence Echoes the Past

UN mission to Iraq reports over 1,000 people killed in violence last month, escalating fears of renewed sectarian conflict.

Turkish Protesters Clash with Police, Swarm Square

In a scene reminiscent of the Arab Spring, thousands of Turkish protesters flooded Istanbul's main square after clashes with police.

Japan Pledges Aid to North Africa

Japan announced Sunday a plan to provide 100 billion yen ($1 billion) in aid over the next five years to northern Africa.

Egypt: Court Rules Legislature Illegally Elected

In a blow to Islamist control, Egypt's highest court ruled on Sunday that the nation's legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected.

Floods Inundate Central Europe

Authorities in parts of central Europescrambled to reinforce flood defenses Sunday as rivers swelled by days of heavy rain threatened to burst their banks.