March 2014 Headlines

Islamic Nigerian Militants Kill 1,500 this Year

The Islamic uprising in Nigeria is behind at least 1,500 deaths this year alone.

Objects Seen in Jet Search Are Fishing Equipment

A cluster of orange objects spotted by a search plane was just fishing equipment and not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, officials said Monday.

North, South Korea Trade Fire over Disputed Border

Tensions between North and South Korea are heating up again after Pyongyang announced it would conduct live-fire drills in the Yellow Sea.

US, Russia Talks Fail to End Ukraine Impasse

Russia may begin pulling back troops from the border of Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin offered the partial withdraw.

US, Russia Talks on Ukraine End in Deadlock

Meeting in Paris, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov fail to break the East-West deadlock over Ukraine. 

Christian Man Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

A Muslim man in Pakistan accused Sawan Masih of insulting Islam's prophet, Mohammed. Now he faces death despite concerns about the fairness of his trial.

Russia Build-Up Sparks Fears of Full Scale Invasion

Russia's military build-up along Ukraine's borders have many Western leaders wondering whether Moscow is planning another incursion into Ukraine.

What Did Pres. Obama Talk about with the Pope?

Differing accounts of Thursday's meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama are emerging in Italy.

Malaysia Jet Search Shifts in Light of New Data

The search for Malaysia Flight 370 has shifted closer to Australia. Investigators now believe it was going faster than normal and may have crashed earlier.

Brazil Slum "Pacification" Precedes World Cup

Brazilian Police and Marines invaded a lawless slum area in Rio de Janiero as part of a clean-up campaign ahead of this summer's soccer World Cup. 

Brave German Woman: Why Heidi Mund Rebuked Islam

Heidi Mund has gained notoriety for publicly standing up to Islam's creeping influence in her homeland of German. Now she's revealing why.

Jordan Set to Open Third Syrian Refugee Camp

The country of Jordan is preparing to open its third camp for Syrian war refugees.

Russia Aggression Growing Despite World Pressure

U.S. Congress is imposing harsher sanctions on Russia over its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula even as Russian aggression appears to be increasing.

Weather Slows Malaysia Search, 300 Objects Found

More debris has been spotted near the search area in the case of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

'Elpis School' Changing Lives of Burmese Migrants

Parents worldwide want their children to have a good education and a better future. But in some nations, it's hard enough just to stay alive.

Obama Preps for First Time Meeting with Pope

President Barack Obama arrived at the Vatican Thursday amid the pomp and tradition of the Catholic Church to meet Pope Francis for the first time.

Malaysia Search: Objects 'Most Credible Lead' Yet

Investigators continued to uncover new clues Wednesday in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Russia-Ukraine Crisis a Fulfillment of Prophecy?

Ukraine's defense minister resigned as thousands of Ukrainian soldiers withdrew from the Crimean Peninsula, leaving Russian forces in total control.

Political Limbo: Thai Court Chucks Election Results

A Thai court threw out the results of the nation's recent general election, a sign the country's political crisis is far from over.

Al Qaeda-Linked Islamists Capture Christian Town

Syrian rebel forces led by al Nusra Front captured the Armenian Christian town of Kassab in Latakia near the Turkish border this week.

Egypt Court Sentences Brotherhood Members to Death

Nearly 700 members of the Muslim Brotherhood are on trial in Egypt Tuesday, many charged with sabotage and murder.

Ukraine Withdraws from Crimea, G-8 Drops Russia

The G-8 officially became the G-7 after world leaders agreed to suspend Russia's 15-year membership in the group.

Christian Persecution Up Under Iran's New President

Iran's new self-proclaimed moderate president has done nothing to help the persecuted Christians in his country, according to a recent U.N. report.

Jet Victims' Families Accuse Malaysia of Cover-Up

Malaysia's prime minister said satellite data shows Flight 370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. But the victims' families are demanding proof.

Ukrainians Fear More Russian Incursions

Thousands of demonstrators in Kiev waved Ukrainian flags in a city square, hoping that the United States and Europe will go beyond words to repel the Russian invaders.

All Lives Lost on Missing Malaysia Flight, PM Says

New data on the the missing Malaysian jet with 239 people aboard shows the flight ended with no survivors, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed Monday.

Gunmen Launch Deadly Attack on Kenya Church

Gunmen opened fire on a Kenya church Sunday outside the coastal city of Mombasa, killing three people and wounding at least 10.

UK Sharia Rules May Open Door to Islamic Law

Guidelines for 'Sharia compliant' wills could open the door to recognizing Islamic law in the United Kingdom, Britain's The Telegraph reports.

Taliban To Hold Talks With Pakistani Government

Taliban leaders say they'll hold talks with the Pakistani government over violence in the country.

Putin Signs Annexation as EU Announces Sanctions

President Vladimir Putin signed bills annexing Crimea into Russia Friday after the upper house of parliament gave its approval.

Malaysian Plane: New Images From France Show Possible Debris

New satellite images from France could show possible debris from that malaysian plane that's been missing for over two weeks.

Companies Embracing Drone Technology Worldwide

While the U.S. government figures out how to control drones, companies around the world are embracing use of the remote-controlled devices.

Women, Children Being 'Killed Openly' in CAR

African religious leaders say their country is facing a worse crisis, one that is claiming scores of lives each day.

Russia Second Most Fled Country in the World

Nearly 40,000 people left Russia last year in search of asylum, making it the second most fled country around the world, according to the U.N.

Exhibit Exposes Cuba's Communist Generation to Bible

Cubans recently flocked to a biblical exhibit by the thousands, curious about a book that had long been suppressed in the communist nation.

Russia Fomenting Unrest to Expand Grip on Ukraine?

The head of a Ukraine orphan ministry says Russia is sending men across the border to instigate chaos and create a reason for a broader invasion.

Russia Threatens to Shift Stance on Iran Nukes

Moscow is threatening to soften its stance in nuclear talks with Iran.

One in Four Christians Persecuted Worldwide

About a quarter of the world's Christians face persecution today, according to new research from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Venezuelan Gov't Cracks Down on Protesters

Venezuelan intelligence agents arrested and jailed opposition mayors who didn't stop rallies and barricades in their cities.

A Wary Ukraine Watches for Putin's Next Move

Russian President Vladimir Putin's bold military moves have left much of the world reeling and on edge.

Thailand: Radar May Have Detected Malaysia Jet

New clues are emerging Wednesday as the investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370 expands by air, sea, and land.

Satellite Image May Hold Clues about Malaysia Jet

Officials call the sighting of debris off the coast of Australia, "The best lead so far" in the search for Malaysian airline flight 370.

Crimea Annexation 'Robbery on International Scale'

Russian President Vladmir Putin formally signed a treaty Tuesday, annexing Crimea into Russian territory -- a move Ukraine called "robbery."

Malaysia Jet Probe: Signs Point to Deliberate Act

A new report reveals a communications system on that missing Malaysian plane shut down before one of the pilots communicated with the tower.

Ukraine Crisis Raises New Concerns for Iran Nuke Talks

Tensions between Russia and Western nations are leading some to worry about the progress in a nuclear agreement with Iran.

China 'Underground' Catholic Bishop Dead at 97

A bishop in China's underground Catholic Church has died after years of imprisonment.

Suspicion Falls on Pilots in Malaysia Jet Search

As evidence mounts that Malaysia Flight 370's disappearance was no accident, suspicion is falling on the jet's pilots.

Pro-Russian Separatists: Crimea Just the Beginning

The final results of the referendum in Crimea are in: More than 96 percent of residents voted Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia.

Over 100 Nigerian Christians Killed in Islamic Attacks

Members of a Muslim tribe attacked three Christian villages in northern Nigeria this weekend, leaving more than 100 people dead in Kaduna state.

Ukrainian-Americans Watch as Russian Conflict Grows

Close to a million people of Ukrainian-origin now live in the United States. For many watching from afar, the current conflict brings fears of history repeating itself.

Islamists Behead Two Christian Women in Somalia

Radical Islamists publicly beheaded two Christian women in southeastern Somalia, the Morning Star News reported.

Ukraine Boosts Defenses for Possible Russian Invasion

Once again, thousands of Russian troops are holding military exercises near the Ukrainian border.

Syrian Civil War Leading to Jihad in Europe?

Security officials in Europe are concerned the Syrian civil war could lead to jihad in their countries.

Three Years: Syria's War the 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis'

What began as isolated protests against the Assad government has become what some have called the worst humanitarian crisis in modern times.

'Samadhan' Brings Healing in South Asia

A Christian TV program broadcast in the Bengali language is poised to reach 250 million people in South Asia.

Search Expands to Indian Ocean for Missing Jet

Authorities are expanding their search of the Missing Malaysia Airlines jet much further west after new confirmation it kept flying long after its locator signal was turned off.

Iran Secret Police Beat, Arrest Another Pastor

Iranian authorities arrested another pastor last week, according to Present Truth Ministries.

Ukraine's Christians Standing in the Gap for Peace

Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov, a man of deep faith and prayer, is in the center of the storm in Ukraine, but he's not alone.

Iran Reverses, Calls Saeed's Shackling a 'Mistake'

Iran is calling the recent shackling of American Pastor Saeed Abedini a "mistake."

Russia Masses Troops, West Warns to Back Down

Russia is gathering thousands of troops at the border with Ukraine, calling the move practice for combat missions.

New Lead Widens Search for Missing Malaysia Jet

The search for a missing Malaysian plane is widening once again as searchers pursue a new lead.

House Backs Bill Making it Easier to Sue the President

The Republican-led House of Representatives have passed a bill that would make it easier for Congress to sue a president for not enforcing federal laws.

Syrian President Vows to Keep Up the Fight

Syrian President Bashar Assad has vowed his regime will continue fighting in the country's bloody civil war.

Congress Condemns Russia's Ukraine Invasion

Ukraine's new prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is meeting with President Obama and members of Congress to seek U.S. support in the standoff with Russia over control of Crimea.

Search Expands for Missing Malaysia Flight

Search efforts continue for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. Authorities are not ruling out any possible cause for the sudden disappearance of the plane.

Missing Malaysia Jet Turned Back Before Disappearing

Authorities say a missing Malaysia Airlines flight turned around and flew hundreds of miles back toward land before disappearing.

Japan Tsunami: 'I Regretted Leaving My Father Behind'

Across Japan, people observed a minute of silence at 2:46 p.m. in memory of the devastating tsunami and earthquake that hit the country three years ago.

'Veil of Tears' Unmasks Women's Unspeakable Suffering

A new documentary tells the plight of millions of women who face all kinds of abuse, like dowry-related homicide, bride burning, infanticide, and sex trafficking.

Spain Marks 10 Years Since Worst Terror Attack

Spain is commemorating the 10-year anniversary of Europe's worst Islamic terror attack.

Venezuela Pres. Slams Biden for 'Vigilante' Remarks

Venezuela's president is lashing out against comments by Vice President Biden on clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces.

Syrian Rebels Release Nuns Held Since December

Islamic rebels in Syria have released 13 Greek Orthodox nuns they had been holding hostage since December.

Mystery Deepens in Search for Missing Malaysia Jet

There are still more questions than answers Monday surrounding the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing this weekend.

Ukraine President Urges Prayer Ahead of Referendum

Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't responding to increasing international pressure to back away from his invasion into parts of Ukraine.

'Goblin' Gains Fame as Ukraine Protests Turn Violent

Tensions remain high between Russia and Ukraine in advance of a referendum on Crimean independence. Rallies in both countries Monday turned violent.

Iran Allows Surgery on Ailing, Imprisoned Pastor

The Iranian government has finally allowed doctors to perform surgery on imprisoned Pastor Benham Irani.

Fragile Peace Enables Ministries to Return to S.Sudan

Gunfire in an Army barracks disturbed the fragile peace in Juba, South Sudan, earlier this week.

Syria Speeds Up Chemical Weapons Removal

Nearly one-third of Syria's chemical weapons have been destroyed or removed, according to the group in charge of destroying the country's stockpile.

UK Spy Agency Hacks Millions of Webcam Users

New revelations have surfaced about the ability of spy agencies to monitor ordinary people online.

Muslim Tribe Suspected in Nigeria Christian Massacre

Muslim tribesmen are suspected in the murder of 16 Christians in northern Nigeria.

Obama Warns Crimea Vote a Violation of Int'l Law

President Barack Obama is condemning a referendum for Ukraine's Crimea to become part of Russia. The vote is expected to take place March 16.

High Stakes: West Scrambles to Calm Ukraine Crisis

World powers are engaged in high stakes diplomacy, as Russian President Vladimir Putin hints that he might move on eastern Ukraine, as well.

Russia Buildup Pushes Ukraine to Brink of War

Even in the face of comprehensive sanctions from the United States and other nations, Russia's military has tightened its grip on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

UN Urges Syria to Allow Critical Aid Through

Thousands of Syrians are without food as heavy clashes have disrupted the delivery of humanitarian aid in some regions.

Australian Missionary Released from N. Korean Prison

North Korea has released a 75-year-old Australian missionary after three weeks in detention.

Russia Takes Southern Ukraine in 'Act of Agression'

Secretary of State John Kerry is calling Russia's seizure of Crimean airspace, airports, highways, and regional government an "act of aggression."

Muslim Group Blamed for China Train Station Attack

A group of 10 terrorists slashed at least 29 people to death with knives and machetes at a train station in southern China this weekend.

Crimean Leader Claims Control, Asks Putin for Help

The pro-Russian leader of Ukraine's Crimea region claimed control of the military and police there Saturday and appealed to Russia's President Vladimir Putin for help in keeping peace, sharpening the discord between the two Slavic neighbor countries.

Russia Approves Military Action in Ukraine

Russia's parliament approved a motion to use the country's military in Ukraine after a request from President Putin as protests in Russian-speaking cities turned violent.