Army staff sergeant Robert Bales has been charged in connection with the shooting spree in Afghanistan. He is faced with 17 counts of murder and 6 counts of assault and attempted murder . Bales' lawyer predicts a long difficult trial with no forensics to go on.
A landmark report introduced in the Quebec legislature could rekindle the national debate on Euthanasia. A commission made up of nine members from all political parties decided the Quebec government should make it legal for doctors to help terminally ill patients. The group however rejected legalizing assisted suicide performed by a family member.
Although the 24 year old suspect in the Al Qaeda shooting rampage jumped out the window and died yesterday, the investigation continues on for other possible accomplices. French President Nicholas Sarkozy announced that intention not long after Mohammed Serah's standoff with police ended.
Just two hours before the standoff began the suspect had made a phone call to a "France 24". He asked for the editor by name. That editor Ebba Kalondo who recounts her conversation with Mohammed.
Meanwhile, Al Qaeda in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the killing of American teacher Joel Shrum. The reason given what that the 29-year old native of Pennsylvania was spreading Christianity in the nation. Shrum was gunned down and leaves behind a wife and two sons. An online statement by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said that it was God's gift for the mujahedeen to kill the American who was actively proselytizing under the cover of teaching. Earlier in the week, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah called for the destruction of all Churches in the Arabian Peninsula
While we mostly hear the bad stories about Christian Persecution and the destruction of Churches, former Church Planter among Muslims Jerry Trousdale in West Africa has miraculously good stats: Over 6,000 new churches were planted among Muslims in 18 different countries in Africa over the last seven years. Trousdale, the director of International Ministries for CityTeam International , also reports that hundreds of former sheikhs and imams have become followers of Christ in that same period.
Pope Benedict arrives in Mexico today. But his first visit could be overshadowed by the previous Pope. As Rafael Romo reports, Mexico is a place where the image of Pope John Paul II still looms large.
IN HEALTH NEWS
If you're planning a trip to the mountains, you might want to pack some ibuprofen. A new study in the "Official Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians" says the painkillers Advil or Motrin, can prevent altitude sickness. Researchers say you take it before traveling to higher elevations. Altitude sickness affects about one in four people. Symptoms include nausea, lightheadedness, sluggishness, shortness of breath and headache. Experts say the ibuprofen was about as effective as current medications to treat altitude sickness with fewer side effects.
IN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Actress Lindsay Lohan's dad Michael is encouraging his daughter to embrace "God". Even though the 25 year old "Means Girls" star continues to receive praise from a California judge for staying out of legal trouble while on probation, her father says making things right with a judge doesn't mean making it right with God. He called God the ultimate judge. Lindsay has almost completed her court ordered community service
And that concludes this edition of World Report, I'm Christine Williams