Three Christian teenagers have been sentenced to five years in jail by an Egyptian court after they were accused of mocking Islam.
The three boys, ages 15 to 18, were sentenced Thursday in Egypt's Minya province. They were charged last year with insulting Islam after recording a video while on a class field trip.
The video, recorded in January 2015, showed the boys pretending to be Islamic State militants by reciting Quranic prayers and pretending to slit each others' throats. more >>
The various atrocities being carried out by Islamic terror group Boko Haram, an ISIS affiliate, on the civilians in Nigeria, have left children suffering mental issues and thinking about suicide, reports warn.
As many as 6,500 children have also been left malnourished due to the conflict.
"I witnessed people's shock and disbelief at the devastation suffered by their communities. I saw trauma in children's eyes. The scale of the suffering is way beyond what I anticipated to find. The people I met demand and deserve urgent protection," said Leila Zerrougui, the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Nigeria. more >>
With numerous reports about the increasing number of Muslim people across the globe, a new announcement has been made in Gambia Africa.
President Yahya Jammeh, who has been in power since his 1994 coup, has recently raised controversy as he declared that Gambia is now a nation under the ISIS. According to The Christian Broadcasting Network, Jammeh said, "In line with the country's religious identity and values, I proclaim The Gambia as an Islamic State."
He went on to clarify that making Gambia an Islamic State nation doesn't mean he is removing the rights of other religious groups. "Let me make it very clear: that does not mean Christians cannot worship in their way of life," he explained. more >>
A new report by UNICEF and International Alert, a peace-building group, has warned that freed Nigerian women that had previously been captured by Boko Haram are being rejected by their communities, alongside their children, due to social stigma.
"As they return, many face marginalisation, discrimination and rejection by family and community members due to social and cultural norms related to sexual violence," the 28-page report reads, talking about the freed women.
"There is also the growing fear that some of these girls and women were radicalised in captivity. The children who have been born of sexual violence are at an even greater risk of rejection, abandonment and violence." more >>
Christians around the world are taking time this week to remember the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by Islamic State militants one year ago in a threatening video to the "nation of the cross."
"One profound result and gift of this horrific act is that it brought people together," said Bishop Amba Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church, in a service of commemoration last week in the Chapel of St. Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster, London.
"These men paid the ultimate price, but gave us a cause to advocate for all those persecuted; they also showed us that there was a level of evil that we must all stand in solidarity against, and a level of courage, faithfulness and defiance that we must all aspire to," Angelos added. more >>
UNITED NATIONS — Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died, Venezuelan U.N. Ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreno, president of the U.N. Security Council for February, said on Tuesday. He was 93.
An Egyptian, Boutros-Ghali served one five-year term as U.N. chief from 1992 to 1996.
The 15-member Security Council observed a minute's silence. No further details on his death were immediately available. more >>