May 2014 Headlines

Pyongyang U. Brings Western Ed to N. Korea's Elite

North Korea is the world's top persecutor of Christians, yet in the heart of the capital city of Pyongyang lays a Christian-backed university.

Girl Stands Strong after Boko Haram Killed Her Family

The Nigerian kidnapping of 276 school girls has raised renewed awareness of the notorious Boko Haram terrorist group.

Sudan Backpedals on Freeing Christian Mother

The Sudanese government is retracting a statement made over the weekend that Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death for her Christian faith, would be freed.

Indian Girls' Gang Rape, Murder Draws Outrage

Two teenage girls were gang raped and left hanging dead in a mango tree in India this week.

UN Seeks to Quell Muslim, Christian Tensions in CAR

United Nations peacekeepers are trying to ease escalating tensions in the CAR as Muslim and Christian groups launch fresh attacks on each other.

Syrian Government Bombings Killed Thousands

Nearly 2,000 Syrians have been killed by government bombings since the beginning of the year in and around Aleppo, a rebel-held city.

Critics: 'Moms Night Out,' Anti-Feminist, Offensive

The family friendly movie "Moms Night Out" recently enjoyed a successful debut in the theaters across the country, finishing in the top ten at the box office on Mother's day weekend.

Russia Pulls Back Most Troops But Many Remain

Russia has pulled most of its forces away from Ukraine's border, but there is still more work to be done, especially to calm tensions in Eastern Ukraine.

General Killed after Pro-Russia Rebels Down Helicopter

At least 14 Ukrainian soldiers are dead Thursday after pro-Russia insurgents shot down the helicopter they were flying near the city of Slovyansk.

Nigerian Leader Vows to Bring Home Kidnapped Girls

Nigeria's President Jonathan Goodluck is vowing to do whatever it takes to bring home the nearly 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than a month ago.

'Nightlight' Guides Thai Prostitutes Out of Sex Trade

Thailand is known for more than just military coups and political uncertainty. It's also home to the world's largest sex trade industry.

Does New India Gov't Mean More Christian Persecution?

The world's largest democracy is set to change governments as results of India's month-long election show the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) overwhelming winning.

Muslim Rebels Massacre CAR Church Refugees

Muslim rebels stormed a Catholic church in the Central African Republic, Wednesday, killing up to 30 people.

Canterbury Archbishop Meets with Pakistan Christians

In support for Pakistan's embattled Christian community, Rev. Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, is meeting with the country's faith leaders Thursday.

CIA Winding Down Drone Strike Program in Pakistan

The CIA's drone program in Pakistan is winding down, President Barack Obama suggested in a foreign policy address this week.

Area Where 'Pings' Detected Ruled Out in Jet Search

Investigators searching for missing Malaysian Flight 370 say they've found no trace of the jet in the part of the southern Indian Ocean where acoustic signals were detected.

Pres. Obama Defends Reluctance on Military Force

President Barack Obama is declaring American isolationism is not an option and  gave a broad defense of his foreign policy Wednesday at West Point Academy.

Pregnant Woman Stoned to Death by Family

A pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family outside a courtroom in Pakistan Tuesday.

Nigeria Divided on How to Save Kidnapped Girls

The country's military chiefs say a rescue operation is too dangerous and would get many of the hostages killed.

White House Considers Training Syria's Rebel Forces

The White House may increase its support for rebel forces in Syria trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Pregnant Sudanese Woman Gives Birth in Prison

Meriam Ibrahim, the pregnant Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death, gave birth to a baby girl early Tuesday morning while shackled to a prison floor.

Obama Says US Finishing the Job in Afghanistan

President Obama plans to greatly reducing U.S. forces in Afghanistan by the end of the year and then ending the U.S. military commitment there by the end of 2016.

Chem Weapons Inspectors Targeted in Syria Bombing

A team of chemical weapons inspectors was traveling to the site of an alleged chlorine gas attack when a roadside bomb hit one of their vehicles.

Myanmar Considers Requiring Permission to Convert

The Myanmar government is considering a new bill restricting religious conversions.

Eastern Ukraine Clashes Leave Dozens Dead

TheEastern Ukraine city of Donetsk sees calm Tuesday after heavy fighting Monday between the government and rebels where dozens of people died.

Engineer: New Malaysia Plane Data 'Just Noise'

Malaysia's government released dozens of pages of raw satellite data Tuesday used to determine where missing Malaysian Flight 370 went down.

French, UK Polls Rocked by Anti-EU 'Earthquake'

There was a political earthquake in Brussels over the weekend: Parties opposed to the European Union won EU parliamentary elections in Britain and France.

Nigeria Says It Knows Location of Abducted Girls

Nigeria's military says it knows where the terror group Boko Haram group is holding the girls it abducted last month from their school in Chibok.

El-Sisi Expected to Win Egypt's Presidential Election

Egyptians are heading to the polls to pick their next president as the two day election kicks off Monday.

Belgium Launches Manhunt for Jewish Museum Gunman

Belgium has launched a nationwide hunt for a lone gunman who walked into the Jewish museum in Brussels on Saturday and shot to death four people.

Russia Open to Talks with Ukraine President-Elect

Exit polls Ukrainians elected 48-year-old businessman Petro Poroshenko as their new president.

Belgium on Manhunt for Suspect in Jewish Attack

Three people were shot dead and a fourth seriously wounded in an armed attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday.

EU Election Earthquake: Far Right, Euroskeptics Score Big

Far-right and Euroskeptic parties made sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday - parties that want to slash EU powers or abolish it altogether.

Darlene Zschech Finishes Chemo, Leads Worship Again

Four months after Darlene Zschech announced her breast cancer diagnosis, the Christian singer-songwriter is finishing up her last round of chemotherapy.

China Christians Face Renewed Threat of Jail for Faith

Christians in China are being thrown in jail for gathering to worship or possessing religious literature, according the U.S.-based China Aid.

Polls: Billionaire Elected Ukraine President

Exit polls suggest tycoon Petro Poroshenko was elected president Sunday in bitterly divided Ukraine, and he vowed "to bring peace" to the land.

Iranian Church Growing Despite Risk of Death

CBN News was given an exclusive, rare view that few outsiders witness: a secret meeting of new Iranian believers who face the threat of death every day for their faith.

Balkan Floods Kill Dozens, Displace Thousands

At least two dozen people are dead after five days of flooding in southeastern Europe, making it the worst flooding in more than a century.

Pastor Saeed Forcibly Returned to Prison after Beating

Saeed Abedini, a U.S. pastor imprisoned for his faith, was severely beaten at an Iranian hospital before being returned to the brutal Rajai Shahr prison.

Anti-Trafficking Efforts Ramp Up Ahead of World Cup

A global coalition of religious organizations from 79 countries plans to campaign against human trafficking at next month's World Cup in Brazil.

Victim: World Must Know How Horrible Boko Haram Is

A Boko Haram survivor recently told a House panel the heart-wrenching story of how the terror group murdered her family.

Officials Suspect Muslim Terrorists in China Blast

Chinese authorities believe radical Muslims are behind a Thursday morning attack that killed at least 31 people in the northwest province of Xinjiang.

Thailand Under Martial Law, Constitution Suspended

Thailand's military seized power of the country in a peaceful coup, suspending the constitution and dispersing groups of protesters Thursday.

Questions Rise over Upcoming Ukraine Elections

The legitimacy of a presidential vote is in question just three days before the election. Ukrainians also have new concerns about their safety after a pro-Russia insurgent attack.

Ukraine Navy Stripped, Facing Worst Crisis Ever

Ukraine's Navy is facing its worst crisis ever. Its fleet is down from 75 to 28 ships after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula two months ago.

Twin Bombings Target Nigerian Christian City

Two bombs exploding half an hour apart killed at least 118 people and injured dozens more in the Nigerian city of Jos Tuesday.

Historian: Espionage Not Just for CIA, KGB Anymore

Get ready to live in a world without privacy or secrecy, warns historian Richard Aldrich, who specializes in intelligence gathering and espionage.

Skeptics: Nigeria In Over Its Head with Boko Haram

Nigeria has vowed to rescue the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. But doubts are growing whether the Nigerian military is up to the task.

US Lawmakers Seek Asylum for Pregnant Sudanese

Several U.S. senators are speaking up for Meriam Ibrahim, the pregnant woman sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith.

Iranian Nuclear Talks Yield Nothing

Three days of nuclear talks with Iran produced zero results, diminishing chances to reach an agreement before this round of talks end on July 20.

S. Korea to Disband Coast Guard after Ferry Disaster

South Korea president plans to disband the country's Coast Guard, saying she'll work to root out the regulatory corruption that many believe led to last month's ferry disaster.

China: US Biggest Attacker of Cyber-Space

China warned the United States Tuesday that it's jeopardizing its military ties by charging five Chinese officers with cyber-spying.

N. Korea Apologizes for Deadly Building Collapse

A North Korean apartment building under construction in Pyongyang collapsed, garnering a rare public apology in the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency.

US Missionary Murdered in Haiti, Killer Missing

Police in Haiti are looking for the killer of a well-liked American missionary, George Knoop.

New Indian PM Celebrates Landslide Win

The Indian People's Party (BJP) swept to victory in a landslide political win in the world's second most populous country. But it could me more hard times for Christians there.

Libyan Troops Deployed after Parliament Take-Over

Libyan troops were deployed to Tripoli Monday after militia loyal to an ant-Islamist general took control of the parliament building and suspended the legislature.

Suicide Bomber Kills at Least Four in Nigeria

A suicide car bomber struck a Christian neighborhood in Kano, Nigeria, killing at least four people Sunday.

Sudan Relenting after Outrage over Death Sentence?

There may be new hope for Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant mother sentenced to death in Sudan for being a Christian.

Egypt: Homemade Bomb Hits El-Sissi Rally, 4 Hurt

A homemade bomb has exploded at an election rally for Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

18 Detained in Turkish Mine Disaster Probe

A Turkish news report says 18 people, including company executives, have been detained as part of an investigation into the Turkish mining disaster.

S. Sudan Cease-Fire in Shambles after 48 Hours

A months-long civil war is plunging the world's newest nation, South Sudan, into a humanitarian crisis.

State Dept. Makes Boko Haram Top Priority

Because of growing security concerns, Nigeria's president has cancelled a trip to the town where nearly 300 school girls were abducted by Boko Haram.

Biblical Archaeology in Brazil? Secrets on Display

What can ancient artifacts displayed in Brazil tell us about the life of Jacob and other biblical patriarchs? You might be surprised.

Steelworkers Help Clear Ukraine City of Separatists

Pro-Russian insurgents have retreated from government buildings in the city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine.

Honduras Police Combat Crime with Prayer

Gang members recently took the life of a pastor in northern Honduras for not paying what they call a "protection tax."

More Bodies Recovered in Turkey Mine Explosion

Rescue teams have recovered more bodies from the Soma Mine explosion in western Turkey, bringing the death toll to 282.

Vigilante Villagers Gear Up to Fight Boko Haram

Some villagers in Nigeria are taking the fight against Boko Haram into their own hands.

European High Court Places Limits on 'Googling'

Google and other search engines are now facing some major limitations there after a ruling by Europe's highest court.

Ukraine Government Mulls Decentralizing Power

The Ukrainian government has reluctantly agreed to a series of talks aimed at ending the crisis by giving eastern regions of Ukraine more independence.

Hopes Dimming for Trapped Turkish Miners

Rescuers are in a race against time Wednesday to reach more than 200 miners trapped in a coal mine in western Turkey.

Nigeria Open to Talks with Terror Group Boko Haram

Nigeria says is ready to open a dialog with the terrorist organization Boko Haram in hopes of securing the release of the nearly 300 girls abducted by the group in April.

Pres. Obama Will Meet with Syrian Opposition Leader

President Barack Obama will meet with Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba during his current visit to Washington, the White House said Tuesday.

US Planes Fly Over Nigeria in Hunt for Missing Girls

This week the world saw some of the first images of the Nigerian school girls since they were kidnapped nearly a month ago.

Separatists Hail Ukraine Referendum as a Victory

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are calling this weekend's referendum a victory.

UK Patients Experience Long Medical Delays

Patients waited more than a week to see their doctor in the United Kingdom nearly 50 million times last year.

 

Ukraine in the Midst of 'Undeclared War' with Russia

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says his country is in the midst of an undeclared war, in a televised address Thursday.

Boko Haram a 'Monster That Needs to Be Dealt With'

As Nigeria works to rescue the 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram - a former Nigerian colonel warns the terror group is a monster that needs to be dealt with.

N. Korea Blames Christians for Human Rights Abuses

The North Korean government has unleashed more inflammatory rhetoric against the United States, this time for rampant human rights abuses.

Pressure Intensifies for Nigeria to Find Missing Girls

International pressure is mounting on the government of Nigeria to do more to find the 276 school girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Faith Leaders Pledge Support for Persecuted Church

More than 175 American Christian leaders have signed a pledge of solidarity supporting persecuted Christians in other parts of the world.

Sudanese War Plane Bombs Catholic Hospital

A Sudanese war plane bombed a Catholic hospital in the Nuba Mountains of southern Sudan, leaving one person injured.

'Ragamuffin' a True Story of Famed Christian Singer

'Ragamuffin' is a film that captures one man's struggle to overcome the trappings of success, and to learn how to accept the unconditional love of God.

El-Sisi: Muslim Brotherhood Finished in Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood will never return to Egypt, according to Egyptian presidential hopeful Abdel Fatah el-Sisi.

S. Sudan Rebel Leader Agrees to Peace Talks

The leader of South Sudan's rebel forces has agreed to attend peace talks.

 

Search for Nigerian Girls Generates Global Support

Governments around the world are offering to aid Nigeria in its efforts to locate the hundreds of school girls kidnapped the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Putin Urges Delaying Vote to Split Off E. Ukraine

The White House is denouncing pro-Russian insurgents' plan for a weekend vote on independence in eastern Ukraine. 

Thai Court Orders PM to Resign over Abuse of Power

A political crisis in Thailand is deepening as the country's Constitutional Court ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and most of her cabinet to resign.

Boko Haram Threatens to Kidnap More Young Women

Three weeks after kidnapping hundreds of girls from a school in Nigeria, the terrorist group Boko Haram is threatening to attack abduct more young women.

Pro-Russia Militants Killed in Ukraine Offensive

Thirty pro-Russian insurgents have been killed in Ukraine's latest push to remove anti-government forces from the east.  

Hollywood Boycotts Brunei Hotels over Sharia Law

Strict Islamic Sharia law is becoming the law of the land in the southeast Asian nation of Brunei.

World Powers Resume Iran Nuclear Talks

Negotiators from Iran and six world powers kicked off another round of expert-level talks in New York with the hope of reaching a deal regarding Iran's nuclear program, Monday.

Nigerian Leader Under Global Pressure to Find Girls

Nigeria's government says it's responding to a worldwide demand to free 276 Nigerian girls.

Data on Missing Malaysia Flight Re-Examined

A panel of aviation experts will re-examine all data collected in the nearly two-month-old hunt for missing Malaysia Flight 370.

Fragile Ukraine Gov't Losing Control City by City

Ukraine's fragile government is losing control of city after city as violent clashes continue to spread to other parts of the country.

Nigeria President: 'All Must Be Done' to Free Girls

Nigeria's president told key leaders in security, school, and government that "everything must be done" to free the girls held captive by Boka Haram.

U.S, Offers More Aid to Congo Targeting Stability

The United States is prepared to give Congo $30 million in aid for stability and democracy-building under certain conditions.

Ukraine Launches Major Assault on Separatists

Ukraine said a surface-to-air missile used to shoot down one of its helicopters is proof of Russia's involvement with separatists forces.

Watchdog Highlights Worst Religious Persecutors

An independent government watchdog panel is highlighting some of the world's worst violators of religious freedoms in its 15th annual report.

Peace Talks Tentatively Scheduled for S. Sudan

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has agreed to meet with his rival at the request of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Car Bomb in Nigeria Kills at Least 19

At least 19 people are dead after a car bomb exploded in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

Kerry Promoting End to South Sudan Violence

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Africa to promote peace in South Sudan.

General: Leaders Knew Benghazi Attack Wasn't over Video

Military leaders knew almost immediately the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, was a terror attack, not a response to an anti-Islamic video.

Atheists Send Handbooks to British Schools

A group of atheists have sent a free copy of "A Young Atheist's Handbook" to every secondary school in England and Wales.

Separatists Seize More Bldgs. in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russia gunmen walked into a police station and mayor's office in eastern Ukraine Wednesday, commandeering them without resistance.