The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud at 90 years of age early Friday is being mourned by thousands of gatherers in Riyadh. U.S. President Barack Obama praised the leader for his "enduring contribution" in the search for peace, though Saudi Arabia remains a country with one of the worst religious freedom records in the world.
ISIS Kidnaps 20 Egyptian Christians in Libya; Miracle of God Needed to Prevent Expected Execution, Says Persecution Watchdog Head
Twenty Egyptian Christian men are believed to be facing the imminent threat of execution after being abducted in Libya by extremist militants associated with the Islamic State terrorist organization.
Survey Finds Major Gender Divide in Religious Beliefs in UK: Most Men in 40s Are Atheists, But Twice More Women Believe in God
A survey has found there is a significant gender divide when it comes to religious beliefs in Britain. While 54 percent of men in their 40s said they were either atheists or agnostics, women were twice more likely to believe in God and life after death.
The United Nations warned on Tuesday that ISIS militants are executing educated women within the territories it controls, reporting that the militants have already executed three female lawyers this month.
The Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq has executed 13 teenage boys solely because they were found watching a soccer match, an act that has apparently been deemed punishable by death under ISIS' sharia law.
The Great Wall of Saudi Arabia: Royal Family Constructing 600-Mile Barrier on Iraqi Border to Keep ISIS Militants Out
In response to the growing threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group, the royal family of Saudi Arabia is having a 600-mile barrier constructed to completely block the Iraqi portion of the Saudi northern border, hoping to prevent ISIS militants from infiltrating the kingdom.
A 12-year-old girl asked Pope Francis during Sunday's mass in the Philippines to explain why God allows children to suffer and experience horrible things like drugs and prostitution. Francis admitted that such a question is difficult to answer, but called on the world to offer more compassion.
The Islamic State's execution spree picked up dramatically last week, as the militant group released its latest round of execution photos. Along with photos showing the execution of an adulteress and two bandits in Iraq, the group has also reportedly crucified and executed 17 men accused of fighting against the caliphate.
Muslim Mobs Burn Down Churches, Pastors' Homes in Niger for Charlie Hebdo's Prophet Muhammad Cartoons; 10 People Dead in Protests
At least 10 people have been killed in violent protests in Niger over the weekend, after Muslim mobs burned down a number of churches in retaliation to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo publishing cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Christian Nurse Suspended for Praying for Sick Muslim Co-worker in UK; Rejects 'Religious Nutcase' Treatment With Suit Against Health Agency
A Christian nurse says the U.K.'s National Health Service suspended her for "harassment and bullying" because she prayed a short prayer for her Muslim colleague who was going through heath and personal problems. The nurse is filing a legal challenge against the NHS.
Over two dozen terror suspects believed to be connected with ISIS have been arrested across Belgium, France and Germany, officials said on Friday. Two terror suspects in the Eastern Belgium city of Verviers were killed in a counter-terror raid on Thursday, and at least 13 others were detained.
Officials in Afghanistan have confirmed that the Islamic State terrorist group is present and active in the country's southern region, flying its black flags, recruiting fighters and even fighting against forces from another radical Islamic extremist group, the Taliban.
Charlie Hebdo: Pope Francis, Patriarch Tawadros Say Insulting Islam Is Wrong; Turkey Warns It Will Not Tolerate Muhammad Drawings
Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II have separately said that while the terror attacks on France last week were wrong, it is not right for people to insult the faith of others. The sentiment has been echoed by Turkey Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who warned that his country will not tolerate drawings of Muhammad, such as the ones made by satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
Boko Haram Massacre: Woman Slaughtered While Giving Birth; Satellite Images Reveal 'Catastrophic Devastation'
Jihadists from Boko Haram reportedly killed a woman in the middle of giving birth to a baby boy, witnesses to last week's massacre in Baga and surrounding villages have said. Satellite images released by Amnesty International revealed the extent of the "catastrophic devastation" following the attacks, which are believed to have killed up to 2,000 people.
Militants associated with the Islamic State terrorist group are claiming responsibility for the abduction of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya, according to a statement received by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Christian Churches Set on Fire in India; New Delhi Archbishop Says There's an Emerging Pattern of Attacks on Christians
Archbishop Anil JT Couto of New Delhi says there's an emerging pattern of attacks on Christian churches in the city, after a fourth church was vandalized and had its windows smashed on Wednesday.
Al-Qaeda Claims Responsibility for French Terror Attack, Says Killings 'Sooth Pain' of Insulting Muhammad
Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen said on Wednesday that it's responsible for the terror attack in Paris last week that left 12 people dead following a shooting at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. In a video the group's top commander, Nasr al-Ansi, said that the killings "sooth the pain" that Charlie Hebdo caused for its cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
'I Am Not Charlie;' Al Jazeera Staff Reflect Divided Reaction to Charlie Hedbo Attack in Leaked Emails
Despite widespread support from western journalists defending the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's right to offend after a terrorist attack on its Paris office left 12 people dead last Wednesday, a series of leaked emails between journalists at the Qatari-government run news outlet Al Jazeera has revealed a cultural rift between western staff and their Middle East counterparts about that support.
5 Years After Quake: Christian Group Delivers on Promise to Rebuild Haiti; Set to Open 30 New Schools for Over 25,000 Children
Five years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, Christian ministry Compassion International reveals it is on track to erect 30 new school buildings by this spring despite setbacks. The schools, built with the $31.2 million sponsors and donors from around the world gave the organization following the tragedy, will restore education and a pathway out of poverty for the more than 25,000 Compassion-assisted children who were affected by the disaster.
Communist or Christian? Pope Francis Defends Vatican Report Titled 'This Economy Kills' in Criticism of Global Financial System
Pope Francis has said that his continued criticism of the global financial system is not because he supports Communism, but because of Jesus' call for Christians to serve the poor. The Vatican meanwhile is set to publish a report titled "This Economy Kills," highlighting the damage that the world economy brings to impoverished populations.
AirAsia Black Box and Tail Section Recovered; Official Believes Plane Exploded Upon Hitting Water, Killing All 162 People on Board
The important black box flight data recorder was retrieved by Indonesian divers in the Java Sea on Monday, along with the tail section of the plane that disappeared on Dec. 28. A search official said that the plane likely exploded after it hit the water, killing all 162 people on board.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that her country, which has technically been at war with North Korea since the 1950s, would be willing to hold a summit meeting with North's leader Kim Jong Un without any precondition, though she also maintained her country needed an anti-North security law.
World Mourns French Victims but Ignores Horrific Boko Haram Massacre of Nigerians, Catholic Archbishop Accuses
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jos has accused the western world of focusing on mourning last week's terror attack in France, while ignoring the ongoing massacre of Nigerians, including many Christians, at the hands of terror group Boko Haram. As many as 2,000 people are believed to have been killed and several churches were burned in one of the deadliest attacks last week in Baga.
World Leaders Join 1.6 Million People in France's Unity March Against Terrorism; 2.5M Marchers in Other Cities
World leaders, including presidents and prime ministers, led more than a million people through Paris on Sunday to show their solidarity against terrorism days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. attended the French Interior Ministry's security summit, but not the rally.
UK Christian School Shut Down After Boy 'Didn't Know What a Muslim Was;' Another Labeled 'Intolerant' When Inspectors Asked 10-Y-O What Lesbians 'Did'
A state-funded free Christian school in the United Kingdom will be forced to shut down after government inspectors deemed the school "inadequate" and claimed that the school's students displayed "discriminatory views" toward people of other faiths.
Is Saudi Arabia as Bad as ISIS? Kingdom's Harsh Capital Punishment Rivals Terror Group, Says Middle East News Site
Saudi Arabia and the Islamic State terrorist group have a nearly identical justice system in their interpretation of Shariah law and the use of capital punishment, according to a Middle Eastern news site.
King Abdullah II of Jordan Praises Pope Francis' Remarks on Limits to Free Speech, Says Religions Must Not Be Offended
King Abdullah II of Jordan has praised Pope Francis' much-debated remarks about the limits to free speech, and insisted that religious beliefs must not be offended.
World's Oldest Bible Scripture? Scientists Claim 1st Century Gospel of Mark Found in Ancient Mummy's Mask
A team of scientists and scholars claim to have discovered the world's earliest-known version of the gospel, dating back to the first century A.D., which was found on a sheet of papyrus used to make an ancient mummy's mask in Egypt.
Nigerian Mother, Daughters Say Father Had His Throat Slashed by Boko Haram as They Fled Baga Massacre
The horror stories from terror group Boko Haram's massacre in Baga earlier this month, believed to have killed as many as 2,000 people, continue flooding in. One woman has described how her husband was killed and had his throat cut by the jihadists as she fled the town with their three daughters.
A British Christian doctor recently treated a woman by performing an exorcism on her.
Terror group ISIS has said that it will behead two captured Japanese hostages unless a ransom of $200 million is paid within 72 hours. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded by vowing that his country will do all that it can to save the men from execution.
British PM Cameron Disagrees With Pope Francis on Limits to Free Speech; Says Even If Jesus Is Insulted He Can't 'Wreak Vengeance Upon Them'
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he disagrees with Pope Francis' comments that there are limits to free speech, regarding the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks. He added that as a Christian, he would be offended if someone insults Jesus Christ, but laws in a free society protect such expression.
About 7 million people, most of them drenched in rain and wearing their ponchos, gathered for an open-air Mass with Pope Francis in the Philippines on Sunday, the final full day of his weeklong trip. It was the largest-ever crowd for a papal event.
First 'Gay School' Catering to LGBT Students to Open in the UK as Christian Schools Fear Closure for Teaching Biblical Traditional Marriage
Plans for a first-of-its-kind "gay school" in Britain seeking to carter to LGBT students have been criticized by some politicians who've spoken out against this kind of segregation.
Pope Francis Criticized by Piers Morgan for Saying He Would Punch Someone for Insulting His Mother; Vatican Defends Remarks
Pope Francis' recent comments that he would punch someone for insulting his mother have been criticized by some Catholics, such as former CNN host Piers Morgan. The Vatican has defended the remarks, however, noting that they were a "free style of speech," and that the pope does not condone violence.
The ISIS commander who appeared in a propaganda video earlier this week that showed a young boy executing two Russian spies on camera was reportedly killed days later in the Syrian city of Kobane, sources have said.
Two terror suspects have reportedly been killed and one seriously injured during a counter-terror raid in Eastern Belgium on Thursday. Initial reports indicate that the suspects have connections to the Islamic State terror group and might have been planning an attack in Belgium.
Kim Jong Un Accepts Putin's Invitation to Attend Russian War Commemorations in First Ever Foreign Visit
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accepted an invitation by Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend a ceremony in Moscow in May to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. This is set to be Kim's first official overseas trip as leader of his country, and follows indications from Putin that he wants closer ties between the two world leaders.
Anti-Islamisation Rallies in Germany Gather Record Numbers Following France Attack; Refugees Speak of Fears
The anti-Islamisation movement Pegida gathered record numbers of people in rallies this week in Germany, following the terror attacks in France that left 17 people dead. Larger counter-demonstrations for unity have accused the movement of harboring anti-immigrant xenophobia, however, and some asylum-seekers have spoken out about fears for their safety.
Terror group ISIS has released a video that shows a young boy executing two men with a gun that are said to be Russian spies.
Egypt's President Urges Muslim Clerics to End Violent Islamic Ideology, Lead Peaceful 'Religious Revolution' in Groundbreaking Speech
With Islamic extremist attacks seemingly happening throughout the world on a regular basis, the president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, delivered a groundbreaking New Year's Day speech at the highly-prestigious, 1000-year-old Al-Azhar University and urged Muslim imams to change radical rhetoric and lead a "religious revolution" that embraces peace.