February 2014 Headlines

France's Reckoning: Rich, Young Flee Welfare State

France's day of reckoning has arrived: Its wealthy, best and brightest are saying goodbye to a nation they believe doesn't want them to succeed or become rich.

New Wave of Refugees Pouring over Syria's Borders

Failure to stop the fighting in Syria has led to a new wave of refugees fleeing that country. Their needs are overwhelming, but Christians are responding.

Global War on Christians the 'Elephant in the Room'

Persecution of Christians is rampant all over the globe, especially in the Muslim word. It's the "great elephant in the room" that few will talk about.

Miracle: Refugee's Family 'Raised from Dead'

One refugee shared the story of how his life was ripped to shreds in the Congo and stitched back together when he arrived in the land of opportunity.

Radical Muslims Force 'Protection' Tax on Christians

Radical Islamist rebels in the Syrian city of Raqqa are forcing Christians to pay for protection.

Al Qaeda Plotting a Comeback in Afghanistan

Al Qaeda's leader in Afghanistan is plotting a comeback once U.S. and international forces withdraw from the country.

Deposed Ukraine Leader Makes Defiant TV Appearance

Speaking from neighboring Russia, Viktor Yanukovych insisted he is still the elected leader of Ukraine and wasn't giving up his power.

Costa Rican Children Get Educational Boost

CBN staff spent a weekend visiting Costa Rica's indigenous Bribris communities. This small group has one of the lowest education rates in the country.

Seven Christians Found Executed on Benghazi Beach

Seven Egyptian Christians were killed execution style in the Libyan city of Benghazi. It is the second such incident this year.

Ukraine Installs New PM amid Crimean Take-Over

Ukraine's parliament is moving forward with building a new government, despite claims from fugitive President Viktor Yanukovychthat he's still in charge.

N. Korea Jails Third Missionary on Anti-State Crimes

Kim Jung Wook, a Baptist missionary from South Korea, was paraded before the media in Pyongyang, where he apologized for alleged anti-state crimes.

Ukraine President Becomes Fugitive from Justice

Ukraine's interim government issued an arrest warrant for Viktor Yanukovich after last week's mass killings, prompting the diposed leader to flee Kiev.

NATO: Peace Deal Required with US, Afghanistan

NATO will withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year if the country doesn't agree to a new security pact with the United States.

Pro-Russia Activists Protest Ukraine 'Bandits'

New unrest is brewing in Ukraine Wednesday on the Crimean Peninsula city of Sevastopol, a pro-Russian part of the country in the southeast.

Divided Country: Ukrainians Count the Cost of Change

President Viktor Yanukovych is still on the run as the country prepares for elections to replace him. Meanwhile, for many protesters, the future remains uncertain.

Eygpt's Interim Cabinet Resigns

The entire cabinet of Egypt's interim prime minister resigned Monday.

Surprise Victories, Defeats Mark Olympic Close

The close of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Sunday was marked with many surprising victories and disappointing defeats.

Nation Divided: Venezuela Enters Day 13 of Clashes

While the world has been focused on the Ukraine, another national rebellion continues to rage in Venezuela.

Mexico Nabs Top Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman

Mexican authorities captured "El Chapo," the world's most powerful drug lord, in a Pacific resort city Saturday.

Will Ukraine Deal End Violent Uprising?

After months of bloody anti-government protests, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich announced early elections Friday and promised a coalition government.

Protesters Control Kiev; President Calls it Coup

Opposition protesters took control of Ukraine's capital Saturday, as parliament votes to oust the president and form a new government.

Violent Protests Continue to Rock Venezuela

Anti-government protests continued Friday in Venezuela's main cities, leading to more violent clashes with government forces.

Operation Blessing Fights Human Trafficking in Nepal

CBN's Operation Blessing is supporting work against human trafficking in Nepal by partnering with the NepalI Rescue Project and supporting a border station between India and Nepal.

Typhoon Haiyan Victims Still Struggling, Months Later

This week marks 100 days since the deadliest typhoon on record hit the Philippines.

UN: CAR Violence Sparking Humanitarian Crisis

Violence in the Central African Republic is leading to a humanitarian crisis, with more than 2.5 million people desperately in need of aid.

Molotov Cocktails, Gunfire Shatter Ukraine Truce

Fierce fighting between anti-government protesters and police continued in Kiev Thursday after a potential truce between the sides fell through.

'Engage Sochi' Brings Gospel to Olympic Games

The United States moved into the top slot at the Sochi Olympics, with 23 medals overall Thursday morning.

Australian Missionary Imprisoned in North Korea

Australia is seeking the whereabouts of John Short, an elderly Christian missionary recently imprisoned in North Korea.

UN Blasts N. Korea Leader for Nazi-Like Crimes

The United Nations has implicated North Korea's Kim Jong Un in crimes against humanity "strikingly similar" to those Nazis committed in the world's most secretive nation.

Kazakh Court Suspends Pastor's Sentence

A retired Presbyterian pastor has been set free from a Kazakhstan prison.

Bangkok's Brutality against Protesters Unconstitutional

Aggressive police actions against peaceful protesters in Thailand are unconstitutional, according to a police report.

Obama: 'Consequences' if Ukraine Violence Continues

President Barack Obama is condemning the violence in Ukraine, warning there will be consequences if something doesn't change soon.

Canada, Mexico, US Presidents Meet at Summit

President Barack Obama met with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts for a summit of the North American Free Trade Agreement partners.

Australian Missionary Detained in North Korea

An Australian missionary is in police custody in North Korea.

Several Killed in Thailand during Clashes with Police

Five people were killed in Thailand, including a police officer, during clashes between police and demonstrators Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Jailed Venezuelan Vows to Expose Socialism's Damage

Venezuela leader Leopoldo Lopez told his supporters he doesn't fear years behind bars if that's what it takes to open eyes to the damage done to by socialist rule.

Syria's War a Growing Threat to US Security

The civil war in Syria is posing a growing threat to U.S. national security, and it's forcing the Obama administration to re-evaluate its strategy.

Ukrainian Violence Erupts After Peaceful Weekend

An eruption of violence in the Ukraine has left seven people dead and more than 100 injured. It was the worst violence in weeks.

Church of England: No Blessings for Gay Marriage

The Church of England will not give its blessings to people in same-sex marriages even after they become legal next month in the United Kingdom.

Venezuela Expels US Officials on Conspiracy Charges

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has expelled three U.S. consular officials after accusing them of encouraging violence and conspiring with protestors.

Terrorists Slaughter Dozens of Nigeria Villagers

Islamic terrorists murdered dozens of villagers in a northeastern state in Nigeria Sunday.

Sec. Kerry: Syria 'Stonewalling' Peace Talks

U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of stonewalling in peace talks.

Ethiopian Plane Lands in Geneva; Hijacker Nabbed

An Ethiopian Airlines plane destined for Rome was forced to land early Monday in Geneva, where the hijacker was arrested, authorities said.

US Policy Fuels Push for Legal Pot Worldwide

From the Americas to Europe to North Africa and beyond, the marijuana legalization movement is gaining unprecedented traction.

Belgium Child Euthanasia 'Opens Door None Can Shut'

The decision by Belgium's parliament to legalize child euthanasia has opponents warning the European nation has crossed a dangerous threshold.

Indonesia Volcano Erupts, 200K Evacuate

A powerful volcanic eruption killed two people in Indonesia Friday and forced up to 200,000 people to evacuate from their homes.

CAR Violence a Disaster of 'Unspeakable Proportions'

As violence escalates between Christians and Muslims in the Central African Republic, the U.N. is warning of a humanitarian disaster of unspeakable proportions.

Kazakh Christian Blocked from NRB Conference

Kazakhstan government agents have prevented a prominent Christian television broadcaster from leaving the country to attend this year's NRB conference.

World's Largest Religion Also Most Persecuted

Some of the top fighters against persecution from all over the world came to Capitol Hill this week to sound an alarm at a House hearing about the global war against Christians.

'Brave German Woman' Rebukes Islam's Lie

Islam continues to grow in power and influence across Europe. But in Germany one Christian woman has decided to stand up and declare Christ alone as Lord over her country.

N. Korea Rescinds US Envoy Invite to Visit Bae

North Korea has withdrawn its invitation for a top U.S. envoy to visit imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae.

US Condemns Afghan Taliban Prisoner Release

The United States denounced the release of 65 Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan, despite protests from the U.S. military.

Belgium Expected to Extend 'Right-to-Die' to Kids

The European country is one of the few countries where mercy killing is legal. Now, it is expected to abolish age restrictions.

Study: Churchgoers Less Likely to Commit Crime

A new study suggests that attending church cuts down on crime.

Obama Warns Businesses on Breaking Sanctions

President Barack Obama said the United States will come down on businesses that violate sanctions on Iran "like a ton of bricks."

Kenneth Bae Fears He Won't Survive Labor Camp

In a new video Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary imprisoned in North Korea, said he's concerned that his health won't stand up to the rigors of the labor camp.

How Credible Is the Threat at the Olympics?

The security threat in Sochi, Russia, is both credible and specific, with the greatest threat being the location of the Olympics itself, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said.

Court Frees Christian Accused of Proselytizing

A Moroccan court overturned the conviction of a Christian accused of proselytizing.

Darlene Zschech: 'Grace, Grace' as Chemo Starts

Zschech, who announced on her blog in December that she has breast cancer, recently finished round one of five chemo treatments.

Syria: Aid Workers Resume Evacuations from Homs

Syrian aid workers evacuated more civilians from the embattled city of Homs on Sunday despite continued gunfire, state media said, a day after convoys were halted when trucks carrying food and medical supplies came under fire.

Ex-Soviet Region Reneging on Religious Liberties?

Representatives from all over the former Soviet Union gathered on Capitol Hill to bemoan what's happening to religious liberty in that Eurasian region.

First Gold Medal of Sochi Games Goes to an American

Sage Kotsenburg tamed the treacherous slopestyle course, grabbing the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics.  Winning the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics.

Ceasefire in Syria Breaks Down

Renewed fighting in Holms breaks down, halting aid and evacuations.

Nigeria Towns Empty as Christians Flee Violence

The terrorist group Boko Haram is continuing its targeted attacks against Christians in Northeastern Nigeria.

 

Scotland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Gay marriage is now legal in Scotland. The parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that allows same-sex couples to wed later this year.

UN Report: Syria's War Children Raped, Tortured

A new United Nations report claims President Bashar Assad's forces tortured, maimed, and sexually abused children, while rebels recruited many for combat.

Dirty Hotels, Water Greet Olympic Athletes, Tourists

Terror threats aren't the only concern at this year's Sochi Olympic Games. Many tourists and journalists are wondering if the city's infrastructure is ready for the crowds.

Sochi Games Open amid Toothpaste Terror Threat

These games are a massive stage for President Vladimir Putin to project Russia's strength to the world, and he has vowed to crack down hard on any threats.

Ukraine Rebels Continue Fight, Demand Gov't Reform

Despite freezing temperatures and the threat of more violent clashes, the face-off in Kiev's Independence Square continues.

Philippines Releases Pastor Held in Trafficking Case

Tom Randall, the U.S. pastor and missionary held in connection with human trafficking at a Filipino orphanage, is back in Ohio after three weeks behind bars.

Peackeepers, French Troops Caught in CAR Violence

French troops and African peacekeepers have come under fire in the capital of the Central African Republic.

Parachute Bombs Rise as New Threat in Sudan

While peace talks are set to resume Friday in South Sudan, in neighboring Sudan, the Islamist government has stepped up attacks against civilians in the Nuba Mountains.

Ukraine Parliament Debates Constitution amid Protests

All eyes are on the Ukraine parliament Tuesday as lawmakers debate constitutional changes designed to weaken presidential powers.

Al Qaeda Breaks Ties with Syria Rebel Group

Al-Qaeda's announced it's breaking off ties from one of the most powerful rebel groups in Syria.

Boycott Forces More Voting in Thailand

Thailand's election voting results won't be known for at least a month, but they're unlikely to bring a quick end to the nation's political crisis.