December 2013 Headlines

Hungary Sliding Back to Nazi-Era Anti-Semitism?

Old scapegoats have come back to life in Hungary as an anti-Semitic party is a strong contender to finish second in upcoming elections. Evangelicals are very concerned.

Terrorists Targeting Russians, Winter Olympics

A suicide bomb exploded at a bus station Monday morning in the Russian city of Volgograd.

Attacks in Nigeria Attempt to Establish Shariah Law

Twelve people died in Nigeria after attacks on two Christian villages this weekend.

American Kidnapped in Pakistan Feels 'Forgotten'

An abducted 72-year-old American in Pakistan says he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten."

Activists: Syrian Airstrike Kills 20 in Aleppo

A Syrian government airstrike hit a crowded vegetable market in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo.

Chem. Weapons 'Not Biggest Problem' for Syrians

Struggling to survive is a greater issue in Syria than eliminating chemical weapons according to the leader of a Western-back Syrian opposition group.

Anti-Hezbollah Pol. Killed in Lebanon Car Bombing

Mohammed Chatah, a prominent anti-Hezbollah politician and an opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is dead Friday after a bomb targeted his convoy in Beirut.

Iran Calls for One-on-One Talks with US

The top foreign adviser to Iran's supreme leader, is calling for direct talks with the United States. Friday's request comes amid multilateral negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program.

South Sudan Gov't Agrees to Cease-Fire

South Sudan's government has agreed to end hostilities which have already displaced more than 120,000 people in the new country.

Christian Syrian Refugees Denied Visas to West

Christian Syrian refugees have found temporary shelter in Jordan, but their immigration requests have been rejected by Western countries.

On the Ropes, But No Obit for Muslim Brotherhood

In Egypt, the so called Arab Spring has given way to a violent winter.

Pope Urges Outcry on Bombings, Christian Persecution

Pope Francis is asking the world to speak out against the persecution of Christians.

Christmas Day Around World from Bethlehem to Vatican

Christ's birth is celebrated around the world. Pope's prays for peace and a better world.

Gaza: Israeli Civilian Shot, Israel Strikes Back

The Israeli military says it has carried out an airstrike in the Gaza Strip in response to the deadly shooting of an Israeli civilian who was working along the border fence.

Muslim Brotherhood Suspected in Egypt Bombing

Egypt's interim Prime Minister says the bombing of a police headquarters outside of Cairo that left 13 killed is the "worst kind of terrorism" against the state.

S. Sudan Violence Forces Americans to Evacuate

Violence in South Sudan is forcing the evacuation of Americans, including Christian aid workers.

Pres. Obama Weighs in on South Sudan Unrest

President Barack Obama says any effort in South Sudan to seize power through military force will lead the U.S. and others to cut off support.

Bomb Explodes on Israeli Bus

Police in Israel say a small bomb exploded on a bus in the central part of the nation.

 

New Mexico: Blocking Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

New Mexico is the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage.

South Sudan Rebuffs Coup Attempt

Was it a coup attempt or just skirmishes between troops in the world's newest country?

C-A-R Rebellion Creates Refugee Crisis

More than 200,000 people have been displaced in the Capitol of the Central African Republic in two weeks.

Central African Republic Rebellion Displaces Hundreds of Thousands

More than 200,000 people have been displaced in the Capitol of the Central African Republic in two weeks.

Pineapples Changing a Nation Economically, Spiritually

How do you help a West African Nation heal from its past wounds and move forward in economic and spiritual prosperity? World Hope is doing this with pineapples.

EU Seeks Tighter Restrictions on US Data Collection

Skeptics in the European Union are seeking a tighter flow of data after revelations of U.S. surveillance in European countries and around the world.

US Increases Military Aid to Philippines

The United States is pledging $40 million in military aid to help the Philippines protect its territorial waters.

UN: Iran Sanctions Remain Until Final Deal

The United Nations Security Council says sanctions against Iran will remain until a final deal is reached.

Starvation Now Threatening Syrian Population

Almost $13 billion are needed to help people in 17 countries in crisis in 2014, half of which is needed for Syria alone, the United Nations says.

South Africa Pays Final Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was laid to rest this weekend in the tiny village of Qunu where he grew up.

How did Faith Impact Mandela's Political Outlook?

The World said goodbye to former South African president and human rights icon Nelson Mandela this week.

Nagmeh Abedini: Iran Can't Take Saeed's Faith

Nagmeh Abedini describes herself as a normal, everyday mom. But for the past year and a half, her life has been anything but normal.

Belgium Senate Approves Euthanasia for Children

The Belgium Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow euthanasia for children.

North Korea's Dictator Orders Uncle's Execution

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered the execution his own uncle, state officials said.

Missing American on a Rogue CIA Operation?

New details are emerging about an American who has been missing in Iran since 2007.

Central African Violence Prompts Int'l Intervention

The escalating conflict between Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic has left hundreds dead.

Ukrainians Protest Pro-Russian President’s Stance

A popular uprising in Ukraine is shaking pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich and his government.

Pope Francis Named Time's Person of the Year

Pope Francis is Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013.

Nigeria Gov't Blamed for Allowing Mass Murders

The Nigerian government has ignored years of sectarian violence, leading to mass murder in two central states, according to Human Rights Watch.

Church Building a New Right for Egypt's Christians

Egypt's Christians will have more freedom under the new constitution being drafted, according to a Protestant leader on the Constitutional Committee.

Bible Translator Gunned Down in Central African Republic

A Wycliffe Bible translator has been gunned down in the war-torn Central African Republic.

India Keeps Ban on Homosexual Behavior

India's Supreme Court has struck down an attempt to decriminalize gay sexual behavior.

A Victory for Traditional Marriage in Australia

Australia's high court has overturned the legalization of gay marriage in the country.

Mandela Memorial Interpreter 'Hearing Voices'

The man accused of faking sign-language interpretation at Nelson Mandela's memorial said he was hallucinating and hearing voices.

Evangelist: Gospel Profoundly Affected Nelson Mandela

One of South Africa's leading evangelists says he believes the Gospel profoundly affected Nelson Mandela's outlook as he re-entered politics after his years in prison.

Slain Benghazi Jogger Was US Church Staffer

Ronnie Smith, the American teacher killed in Libya last week, had served on the staff of a Texas church before moving to the North African country.

UK Beheading Suspect Says He's a 'Soldier of Allah'

The Muslim man on trial for beheading British soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby on a London street last spring said he's fighting a holy war.

Tens of Thousands Honor South Africa's Mandela

Mourners streamed into South Africa's 95,000-seat World Cup soccer stadium early Tuesday to honor the man considered by many a symbol of reconciliation.

South Africa Prepares Epic Memorial for Mandela

South Africa is preparing an epic tribute to former president Nelson Mandela as tens of thousands, world leaders, plan to attend Tuesday's memorial service.

Saeed's Wife to Testify Before House Panel

The hearing on the plight of Pastor Saeed, who's been imprisoned in Iran for his faith, is set for Thursday morning in Washington.

Pakistani Protests Jeopardize Billions of Aid Dollars

Protests along the border with Afghanistan could jeopardize billions of dollars in aid to Islamabad, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned.

Ukraine Anti-Gov't Protestors Topple Lenin Statue

Anti-government protestors in Ukraine toppled a landmark statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in central Kiev on Sunday.

South Africa's Greatest Son: World Mourns Mandela

Leaders and ordinary citizens across the globe are paying tribute Friday to South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

Christians in Central African Republic Flee Violence

French troops deploy as foreign minister warns the Christian-Muslim situation in the Central African Republic is "on the verge of genocide."

Bishop: Sudan's Christians 'Are On the Cross' Daily

Twenty-two years of war between North and South Sudan ended when southerners gained independence in July 2011.

Algeria Forces Kill Top Al Qaeda Leader

Algerian army helicopters killed a top al Qaeda leader and four associates Thursday as they sped through the southern part of the country, a government official said.

American Teacher Slain While Jogging in Benghazi

Unknown assailants shot an American teacher to death as he was jogging on Thursday in Benghazi, a hospital official said, underlining persistently tenuous security in the eastern Libyan city.

Truck Thieves Could Die from Radioactive Exposure

Authorities in Mexico say men responsible for stealing a truck earlier this week are in grave danger.

Egypt Arrests Most Famous Christian Convert

Bishoy Armiya, Egypt's most famous Christian convert from Islam, has been arrested by national security forces.

Saeed Robbed, Threatened at Knifepoint in Prison

Deadly threats to American pastor Saeed Abedini, who is imprisoned in Iran, are increasing since being transferred to a brutal prison.

VIRAL: Man Attributes Miracle Survival to Psalm 54

Video of a man's miracle survival after being trapped underwater for three days has gone viral.

Pope Francis Urges Prayer for Kidnapped Nuns

Pope Francis has asked for prayer for 12 nuns abducted from their convent in the ancient Christian village of Maaloula, Syria.

Parents Outraged over 'Racist' Threat for Islam Workshop

Parents in the United Kingdom are still fuming after being told their child could be labeled a "racist" for not attending a workshop on Islam.

Filipinos Determined to Rise above Disaster

It's a long road back for people of the Philippines who were devastated last month by a catastrophic typhoon.

Croatia Voters Ban Gay Marriage with Amendment

Voters in Croatia overwhelmingly approved a measure to define marriage as a "union of a man and woman."

Christian Boy's Tortured Death in India 'Unthinkable'

A seven-year-old boy was tortured and murdered for his Christian faith in India.

US Concerned about Detained Elderly American

The White House National Security Council is urging North Korea to release two detained Americans.