May 2009 Headlines
Mehmet Kirbasoglu is passionate about his faith in Allah, the Muslim God. But he believes that his religion needs a fresh interpretation.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates- Religious persecution is often a way of life for many Christians living in the Middle East. But in one Muslim country, Christians are experiencing unusual favor from government authorities.
Few people in Southeast Asia have suffered more in recent years than those in Myanmar.
More than half of Iraq's Christians have fled their country since the start of the war.
Two American journalists seized nearly three months ago face a trial this week in Pyongyang.
A survey of dozens of women who fled violence in Darfur found that a third of them reported or showed signs of rape.
Corpses lay exposed in the Swat Valley's main town on Sunday.
South Korea and Thailand criticized North Korea on Sunday.
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says efforts to restore democratic freedoms and the rule of law have so far failed.
A battle in a militant-controlled region of western Afghanistan killed 30 insurgents and nine Afghan soldiers.
Pakistani troops have retaken the largest town in the Swat Valley from the Taliban.
The U.S. defense chief urged Asian allies Saturday to consider tougher sanctions against North Korea.
One church congregation is fighting the trend to allow older church buildings to stand empty and unused.
A large dam ruptured in Brazil killing four people, leaving 11 missing and destroying atleast 120 homes.
Hundreds of people in Central America are homeless after Thursday's deadly earthquake.
Ten days after meeting with Israel's prime minister, President Barack Obama discussed peace in the Middle East with the Palestinian leader.
A sea of wailing mourners filled the streets of Seoul for the funeral Friday of ex-President Roh Moo-hyun.
North Korea has fired another short-range missile, according to the South Korean government.
President Obama welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House, Thursday, and Israeli settlements topped the list of their talking points.
The man in charge of the Iranian Foreign Press office said the government is trying to give foreign journalists more freedom to do their job.
Catholic and Protestant congregations will celebrate Easter on the same day as Orthodox churches in 2010 and 2011 because of a coincidence in calendars.
A life-size replica of Noah's Ark is now on display for the public to tour on a 270,000 square-foot site on Ma Wan Island.
The Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility Thursday for a deadly terror attack on police and intelligence agency offices.
A strong earthquake struck early Thursday off the coast of Honduras, collapsing shacks in Honduras and Belize.
North Korea has renounced the 1953 truce with the South and has threatened to strike any ships that tries to intercept its vessels.
In the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, testimony is expected to conclude this week in the trial of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
A new report by the pentagon indicates that former Guantanamo Bay prisoners are returning to terrorism.
The death toll from Cyclone Aila in eastern India and Bangladesh rose while heavy rains caused deadly mudslides and slowed rescue efforts.
Gunmen detonated a car bomb near police and intelligence agency offices in Lahore on Wednesday.
The United States could have fighting forces in Iraq and Afghanistan for a decade, the top Army officer said.
North Korea faces international condemnation in the wake of a second nuclear test and the restart of its nuclear plant.
Iraq has seen a surge in violence in recent days.
Less than 36 hours after announcing a successful underground nuclear test, North Korea fired off two more short-range missiles.
North Korea has carried out a nuclear test with an explosion similar to the of the bombs that flattened Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII.
The blocking of the popular social networking site Facebook in Iran has prompted critics of the president to condemn it on Sunday.
All 18 U.S. soldiers infected with swine flu have recovered and left this oil-rich ally of Washington.
Thousands streamed to a village in rural South Korea on Sunday to pay their respects to ex-President Roh Moo-hyun.
Pakistani troops battling the Taliban have captured several points in the Swat Valley's main town.
Sri Lanka's former war zone is a wasteland, its earth scorched and pocked by craters.
Several swine flu cases have been detected among U.S. soldiers passing through Kuwait, officials said Saturday.
Horst Koehler has won a second five-year term as Germany's largely ceremonial president.
Pakistani security forces have entered the main town in a northwestern valley where Taliban fighters are holed up.
Embattled former President Roh Moo-hyun jumped to his death while hiking in the mountains behind his rural home in South Korea.
A strong earthquake swayed skyscrapers in Mexico City and rattled colonial buildings in neighboring Puebla state Friday.
This has been one of the most violent weeks in Iraq in recent months.
Across Africa, children are often accused of being witches, and many of them are subjected to horrific exorcisms.
Troops are encircling Taliban terrorists in their mountain base as well as the main town in the Swat Valley.
Arab governments are starting to see the fingerprints of the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group all over the Middle East.
Iran's missilie launch is raising concerns that its missile program is becoming more sophisticated.
Pakistani troops killed 80 militants and drove the Taliban from a major urban stronghold on Wednesday.
Democrats are now joining Republicans and questioning President Obama's strategy for shutting down Guantanamo Bay.
Abdu Murray urges Christians to change their focus in dealing with Jews and Arabs in the Middle East.
Iran has test-fired a new advanced missile - one that could reach Israel and southern Europe.
Israeli fighter jets carried out a series of attacks, including targets on the Gaza -Egyptian border.
A nine-year investigation into Ireland's Roman Catholic-run institutions says government inspectors failed to stop the chronic beatings, rapes and humiliation.
An Indonesian military plane carrying troops and their families crashed into a row of houses and burst into flames Wednesday.
Oil prices traded around $59 a barrel on Tuesday as investors booked profits on early gains.
Myanmar's military regime appears to be rushing a trial of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Sri Lanka's president declared his country "liberated from separatist terror" Tuesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Capitol Hill Tuesday, where he will likely to face questions about his resistance to a Palestinian state.
As bad as the recession has been in the United States, it's been even worse in Europe.
Sri Lanka declared Monday it had crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels, killing their chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran.
The leaders of the United States and Israel sit down Monday to discuss an array of Mideast issues on which they disagree.
The U.N. Security Council visited Rwanda on Sunday, eager to see the progress that central African nation has made.
The International Criminal Court has summoned a Sudanese rebel leader to face war crimes charges.
The last remaining civilians trapped by fighting in northern Sri Lanka poured across the front lines Sunday.
President Barack Obama says he needs to see how fast Afghanistan can be stabilized.
Sri Lanka's president declared victory Saturday in his nation's quarter century civil war.
Heavy machine gun fire blanketed the patrol as troops used smoke grenades and cover fire to escape the ambush at a school in Afghanistan.
A car bomb destroyed an Internet cafe and tore through a bus carrying handicapped children in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday.
Four U.S. contractors for the private security company formerly known as Blackwater are accusing the company of holding them against their will in Afghanistan.
The Congress party headed to a resounding victory Saturday in India's monthlong national elections.
Operation Blessing has been in the quake zone since day one, helping in recovery and rebuilding.
The makers of the highly controversial film, 'The Da Vinci Code,' will release a new movie in theaters Friday.
Swedish health authorities say women should be allowed to have abortions for any reason up to the 18th week of pregnancy.
Pope Benedict XVI ended his five-day trip to Israel Friday with a visit to Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Roxana Saberi left the Islamic Republic behind and flew to the Austrian capital.
The Pentagon is looking at plans to significantly accelerate and expand the training of Pakistan's military.
Sony Corp. reported a 98.9 billion yen ($1 billion) loss for the fiscal year ended March.
Suspected Taliban stormed a depot handling supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday and torched eight trucks, as Pakistani troops and warplanes battled terrorists in a swath of the northwest.
A suicide bomb attack killed seven people and wounded 21 Wednesday outside a U.S. military base in the same part of eastern Afghanistan where terrorists stormed government buildings a day earlier, police said.
The European Union says the world's biggest computer chip maker used illegal sales tactics to shut out smaller rival AMD.
Sgt. Russell was just weeks shy of ending his third deployment in Iraq, and his shooting is raising convers over troop stress and multiple deployments.
On Monday, President Obama fired the top American commander in Afghanistan.
A mortar shell struck the only functioning medical facility in Sri Lanka's northern war zone Tuesday, killing 49 patients and bystanders.
John Demjanjuk arrived at a German prison on Tuesday to face allegations of being an accessory to the murder of 29,000 Jews and others as a guard at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp.
A U.S. soldier serving in Iraq was in custody Monday night. He's accused of killing five of his fellow soldiers.
Chinese officials say a 30-year-old student just back in the country from the U.S. has come down with China's first case of the flu on the mainland.
The Pentagon will replace its top general in Afghanistan as President Barack Obama tries to turn around a stalemated war.
Millions of children, many wearing surgical masks, returned to scrubbed and disinfected classrooms Monday after a nationwide shutdown.
Doctors voiced concern over "unusual" burns on Afghan villagers wounded in an already controversial U.S.-Taliban battle.
Roxana Saberi, 32, the U.S.-born journalist sentenced to an eight-year prison term for alleged spying, has been released from an Iranian jail.
The United Nations called the killing of hundreds of ethnic Tamil civilians in a weekend artillery attack in northern Sri Lanka a "bloodbath."
Suspected Nazi guard John Demjanjuk, who has been ordered to surrender to U.S. immigration authorities in Ohio, is expected to be deported to Germany by Tuesday.
After a weekend tour and mass in Jordan, Pope Benedict XVI has begun his five-day visit to Israel.
An overnight artillery barrage in Sri Lanka's northern war zone killed at least 257 civilians.
Thousands of fearful civilians streamed out of Pakistani valley on Sunday as authorities briefly lifted a curfew.
The pope urged Middle East Christians Sunday to persevere in their faith despite hardships.
Next week, Pope Benedict XVI is making his first papal visit to Israel and the Middle East.
Jacob Zuma became president of Africa's economic powerhouse Saturday.
Civilians cowered in hospital beds and trapped residents struggled to feed their children Saturday.
The top religious adviser to Jordan's king thanked Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday for his expression of regret.
The Gallup Poll shows British Muslims are more patriotic than the British public at large.
Many churches were closed because of the H1N1 virus but a few Christians did come together to pray for their nation.
China is observing the one year anniversary of a deadly earthquake.
The first of President Obama's surge troops have arrived in Afghanistan.
Israel will deploy 80,000 security officers as part of "Operation White Cloak."
Mexico's government mobilized thousands of education officials and parents across the country to swiftly disinfect schools.
How many can say that they have the best job in the world? Well, one man might qualify.
Radio host Michael Savage says he'll sue British officials for defamation.
Bibles sent to a soldier serving in Afghanistan by his home church are creating a stir.
The Israeli post office is issuing special stamps in honor of the pope.
President Obama hosted a White House meeting, Wednesday, with the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled a meeting for Monday, May 18 at the White House.
President Obama focuses his efforts on the war in Afghanistan Wednesday.
Life is returning to normal in Mexico after a five-day shutdown caused by the global swine flu outbreak.
A new poll shows most Jewish Israelis fear and disapprove of President Obama's Middle East policies, like his plans to negotiate with Iran's leader, who wants Israel destroyed.
A recent survey revealed that Israelis like the U.S, but they have less affection for President Barack Obama.
The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee is in the midst of its 2009 policy conference in Washington.
Although Israel recently celebrated its 61st birthday as a modern nation, it has not been an easy ride.