April 2014 Headlines

Nigerian Christians: 'Our Blood Will Speak about Christ'

In Nigeria, Christians in the Muslim-majority North have been the targets of relentless deadly attacks by Islamic extremists.

 

UN: 'Piles of Bodies' in South Sudan Massacre

The United Nations says hundreds of civilians in South Sudan were massacred last week in the city of Bentiu.

UK's Tony Blair: Radical Islam Biggest Global Threat

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the U.S. and Europe should set aside their differences with China and Russia to focus on the growing threat of radical Islam.

NATO War Games Send Warning to Moscow

U.S. troops and NATO allies conducted separate military maneuvers in Europe as part of the strongest Western response so far to Russia's threat to Ukraine.

Obama Begins Fence-Mending Asian Tour

President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo Thursday, his first stop on an eight-day fence-mending trip focusing on assuring America's Asian allies.

More Than 200 Girls Kidnapped from Nigerian School

Some 234 girls are missing from a Nigerian school attacked by Islamic extremists last week, much more than the 85 originally reported.

Saeed Sends Easter Message from Hospital Bed

Pastor Saeed Abedini sent an Easter message from his hospital bed in Iran, where he's serving an eight-year sentence for his faith.

Assad Promises to Protect Syrian Christians

Syria's embattled president is promising to defend the tiny Christian minority from Islamist rebels.

Dreams and Visions: Revival Hits Muslim N. Africa

A Christian revival is touching the northernmost parts of Africa. In a region once hostile to the Gospel, tens of thousands of Muslims are following Jesus.

Ukraine PM: Putin Wants to Revive Soviet Union

Having already retaken South Ossetia from Georgia a few years ago and now Crimea, Russian troops are poised on the border of Ukraine, ready to take more.

S Korea Leader: Ferry Captain's Actions 'Murderous'

South Korea's president is calling the actions of the captain and some of the crew of the sunken ferry "unforgivable, murderous acts."

China Not on Obama's Asia Trip Itinerary

President Barack Obama begins an eight day trip across Asia this week to strength ties with key countries like the Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea.

Everest Hikes in Jeopardy after Avalanche Deaths

The future of climbing Mount Everest is in jeopardy after a deadly avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpa guides, Friday.

China Set to Be 'Most Christian Nation' by 2030

China will be the "world's most Christian nation" in 15 years, according to a report from the London Sunday Telegraph.

Christians Celebrate Easter Around the World

The world's more than 2 billion Christians celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ Sunday.

Vatican Easter Celebration

Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted so many Christians.

Nigerians Mark Easter Amid Mourning and Fear

With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.

13th Body Pulled From Everest Avalanche

Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.
 

Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Arrested

The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.

Plane Registered to Utah Bank Spotted in Iran

An airplane that mysteriously ended up in Iran is registered to a Utah bank under an arrangement for aviation ownership that has prompted two warnings from a government watchdog in the past year.

No Dice: Ukraine Separatists Stay Put Despite Deal

Pro-Russian insurgents in east Ukraine say they will vacate government buildings in more than 10 cities only if the interim government resigns.

Pope Francis Washes Feet of Elderly, Disabled

In commemoration of Holy Thursday, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people as a reminder that Christians are called to serve like a "slave."

Anti-Semitic Ukraine Leaflets Reminiscent of Nazis

A chilling sign reminiscent of the rise of Adolph Hitler is taking place in eastern Ukraine.

Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for Ferry Captain

Dive teams searching the sunken South Korea ferry raced against time and weather. Meanwhile, prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for the captain.

Chile Fires Under Control, Clean-Up Efforts Begin

The wildfires that devastated poor neighborhoods in Valparaiso, Chile, are under control Thursday.

British PM Calls for Defending the Christian Faith

British Prime Minister David Cameron is encouraging his country to stand up for Christianity.

UK City Probes Muslim Plot to Take over Schools

The city of Birmingham, England, is investigating an alleged Muslim plot to expand Islamic influence in the public schools.

Crew Member: Ferry Tragedy Could've Been Prevented

A crew member said the ship's officers spent a half hour trying to stabilize the ferry before telling passengers to get off, something that may have cost lives.

Ukraine, Russia, US Reach Deal to Ease Crisis

Representatives from Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union reached a deal Thursday to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine.

Search for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Narrows

The search is on Thursday for the teenage girls abducted by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.

Huge Al Qaeda Meeting Puts Intel Community on Alert

A new video shows what looks like the largest gathering of al Qaeda terrorists in years.

Divers Search for Survivors of Sunken S. Korea Ferry

Nearly 300 people are still missing and two are confirmed dead after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea.

Ukraine Danger Grows after Putin, Obama Talk

The White House expressed "grave concern" over Putin's support for pro-Russian militia in eastern Ukraine, after Obama and the Russian leader spoke Monday.

Suspicion Falls on Boko Haram in Nigeria Bombing

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing in Nigeria that killed at least 72 people and injured 169 others.

Inconsistencies Found in Syria Chem. Attack Reports

Government and rebel forces are blaming each other for an alleged chemical strike that killed and injured several people in central Syria April 11.

Nigeria Bus Station Blast Leaves Scores Dead

A morning explosion at a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital of Abuja claimed the lives of at least 71 people and injuring 124 others.

Pro-Russia Mobs Defy Ukraine's Order to Vacate

Armed pro-Russian mobs defied a Ukraine government order Monday to turn over all occupied buildings in the region.

Deadly Chile Fires Sweep through Port City

Raging fires continue to sweep through the Chilean city Valparaiso Monday. At least 12 people are dead and around 2,000 homes have been destroyed.

Robot Submarine Plumbs Indian Ocean in Jet Search

Search crews are sending a robotic submarine into the depths of the Indian Ocean, hoping to locate what could be the black boxes from missing Malaysia Flight 370.

CAR Christian, Muslim Violence Leaves 30 Dead

The fighting between Muslims and Christians has left at least 30 people dead in the Central African Republic.

NATO to Russia: Pull Troops from Ukraine

NATO urged Russia Friday to pull back its troops from Ukraine's border. New satellite pictures reveal an estimated 40,000 Russian troops gathered there.

Peace? Philippines Signs Deal with Separatists

After more than 17 years of negotiations, the Philippine government has finally signed a peace agreement with a militant Islamic separatist group.

Pakistan Judge Orders Execution of Christian Couple

A judge in Pakistan has sentenced a Christian couple to death on false charges of blasphemy.

Gunmen in Syria Murder Well-Known Dutch Priest

A well-respected Dutch priest has been murdered in the Syrian city of Homs.

Two Decades After Genocide, Rwanda 'Country United'

Citizens of Rwanda are marking a somber of anniversary. Twenty years have passed since the genocide that killed more than a million people in the African country.

China Christians Form Human Shield to Protect Church

Thousands of Christians in Wenzhou, China, have formed a human shield around Sanjiang Church after the government announced plans to demolish the building.

A Win for India's BJ Party Bad News for Christians?

Voters are flocking to the polls in large numbers in India. For the next five weeks, voters in India will cast ballots to decide which party will control their federal government.

Native French under Attack in Muslim Areas

Violent crime can happen anywhere and to anyone and for many reasons, but in parts of France, it has become especially dangerous to be white.

Ukraine Threatens Pro-Russia Protesters with Force

Ukrainian authorities are threatening to use force against pro-Russian separatists who've taken control of government buildings in several cities in the east.

Fifth Ping Helps Narrow Malaysia Jet Search

Searchers looking for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 detected another possible underwater ping that could be coming from the plane's black boxes.

US Accuses Russia of Fueling Ukraine Protests

Pro-Russia protesters have captured government buildings in eastern Ukraine. The U.S. says Russia is fueling the protests to justify an intervention.

US: Iran's UN Envoy Nominee Is 'Not Viable'

The United States has barred Iran's pick for its new U.N. ambassador one day after U.S. lawmakers voted against letting the diplomat enter the country.

'Pings' Give Malaysia Jet Search Crews New Hope

People searching for missing Malaysian Flight 370 found new clues and hope Wednesday.

US: Russia-Iran Oil Pact Could Trigger Sanctions

Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are underway in Vienna. But reports of multibillion-dollar oil talks between Tehran and Russia are posing another obstacle to reaching an agreement. 

Italian Priests, Canadian Nun Abducted in Cameroon

Armed groups have abducted two Italian priests and a Canadian nun serving as missionaries in northern Cameroon.

Afghan Presidential Election 'Triumph of Democracy'

The international community is hailing Afghanistan's presidential election as a triumph of democracy over violence.

Russia to Ukraine: Crackdown Could Mean Civil War

Ukraine officials are seeking to regain control Tuesday after pro-Russia demonstrator seized control of government buildings in several cities in the country.

Pings 'Most Promising Lead' in Malaysian Jet Search

An Australian ship in search of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 picked up what could be ping signals from the airliner's black boxes.

Ukraine PM: Russia Plotting to Dismember Us

Pro-Russia protesters stormed government buildings in eastern Ukraine over the weekend, demanding referendums be held on whether to join Russia.

US Re-Evaluating Role in Mideast Peace Talks

The United States will re-evaluate its role in Middle East peace talks. Leaders made that decision after recent moves from both Israeli and Palestinian leadership all but ended negotiations.

Vision Beyond Borders Answers Cries of Syrian Refugees

More than two million Syrians have fled the fighting in their country, about half of them are living in Lebanon.

Downward Spiral: Erdogan's Radical Makeover of Turkey

The U.S. has long viewed Turkey as an ally and force for moderation in the Muslim world. But recently, the republic has moved in a radically different direction.

Afghan Citizens: Taliban Threats Won't Stop Voters

Afghanistan is choosing a new president this weekend and as voting gets closer violence is escalating.

The Pope, iPhone, and a 'New Era' with Pentecostals

A video message from Pope Francis to U.S. charismatic Christians has gone viral, starting what some religious leaders are calling "a new era" with Pentecostals.

Naghmeh Abedini: Pastor Saeed 'Doing Better'

Pastor Saeed Abedini's wife says he's doing better now that he's getting some medical treatment.

Malaysia Jet Hunt Goes Undersea as Time Runs Out

The search is on for the black boxes that hold the key to what happened aboard the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

'Festival of Joy' Spreads Gospel in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica's mountainous coffee country, Christians recently joined forces to offer their neighbors free healthcare and entertainment, along with a life-changing message.

Lebanon Registers One-Millionth Refugee

Lebanon is now home to more than one million Syrian refugees, that's equivalent to nearly a fourth of the entire Lebanese population.

US Built 'Cuban Twitter' to Undermine Castro Regime

The U.S. government secretly built a Cuban version of Twitter in hopes of undermining the communist Castro regime, according to an Associated Press report.

Major Aftershock Triggers New Evacuations in Chile

The north coast of Chile was rocked by another earthquake Wednesday night, prompting a new round of evacuations.

Ousted Ukraine President: 'I Was Wrong to Invite Russia'

Viktor Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine in February, said he will try to persuade Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine.

Syria Envoy Warns UN of 'Staged' Chemical Attack

Syria's U.N. ambassador is accusing militants of staging a chemical attack with the intent of blaming it on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

CAR Held Hostage to Killings, Sexual Violence

Escalating violence in the capitol of Central African Republic has pushed to the United Nations to call on the international community to do more to help.

UK Launches Global Probe of Muslim Brotherhoood

British intelligence agencies are investigating the Muslim Brotherhood inside and outside the United Kingdom.

Deadly 8.2 Earthquake Displaces Thousands in Chile

A powerful earthquake struck off northern Chile Tuesday, setting off a small tsunami. Five people died and more than 80,000 have been displaced.

No US Troops Killed in Afghanistan in March

No U.S. service members died in Afghanistan in March, according to a recent NATO report.

Soviet Sweden? Model Nation Sliding to Third World

Sweden is wealthy, beautiful, and modern. But it has been compared to nations like the Soviet Union. One U.N. report says it will soon be a third-world nation.

Hagel: US 'Can't Confirm' Russia's Ukraine Withdrawal

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is downplaying recent reports that Russian troops are pulling away from Ukraine's border.