Three Egyptian Christian students are set to stand trial on Thursday after they appeared in a video last year showing them mocking Muslim prayers.
The 30-second clip, which was recorded by their teachers, shows one of Coptic Christian students pretending to pray while reciting verses from the Quran, and the two others laughing behind him. One of the students also gestured to convey the sign of beheading, according to The Washington Post.
The video first surfaced in April 2015, after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) beheaded dozens of Coptic Christians in Libya. Atty. Maher Naguib said that the teacher had already been given a three-year jail sentence after being tried separately over the same charges, the report relays. more >>
Hundreds of Yazidi women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State have managed to escape and report that they've been subjected to painful "virginity tests" by Iraqi authorities to prove that they were actually abused.
The Independent reported that watchdog groups, such as Human Rights Watch, have documented the traumatic experiences women have been forced to undergo after escaping from IS.
Rothna Begum, a researcher at the group's women's rights division, said she has spoken with victims who have confirmed that hundreds of women and girls have been subjected by Iraqi authorities to the painful virginity tests to prove that they have been raped. more >>
Everyone loves to deal with moderates, especially when they represent a rare shift toward moderation for a rogue state. The trouble is that the concept of a moderate is relative. In dealing with the former Soviet Union we heard the term "Politburo moderates" over and over. Reaching out to this fabricated species was an excuse for being nice to despicable governments.
In the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran, reaching out to "moderates" among the ayatollahs' inner circles has been a constant dream of American officials for the past 30 years. These moderates are supposed to be the cure to the Iranian enigma, which has been a unique problem for every US administration for the past three decades.
Voice of the Martyrs is partnering with Integrity Music and its parent organization David C Cook to aid Christians displaced by the Islamic State terror group and bring greater awareness to the "I Am N" movement.
The movement gets its name from the the Arabic letter ن or "N" that IS Sunni terrorists are known to have painted on the homes of Christians (Nazarenes) in Mosul before forcing them to flee the city, as reported by The Christian Post back in 2014.
David C Cook, the 140-year-old church resource provider, is helping VOM to combat the plight of persecuted Christians around the world through a new 12-track album titled I Am N that will be released on Feb. 12, accompanied by a book of the same name, I Am N: Inspiring Stories of Christians Facing Islamic Extremists along with a curriculum and 90-day companion devotional, which is set to release on March 1. more >>
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Tuesday, and asked the pontiff for prayers as the Middle Eastern country attempts to improve its relationship with the international community.
Rouhani had a private meeting with the pope during his four-day trip in Europe, which analysts say is meant to restore ties to western powers after economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted.
During his visit, Rouhani reportedly asked the pope to pray for him, adding that visiting the Catholic holy site was a "real pleasure." more >>
A mass grave containing 40 bodies, including women and children, has been discovered in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, which was recently liberated from the control of the Islamic State terror group.
CBS News reported Tuesday that Iraqi video footage shows local security forces and a forensics team at the scene, wearing masks and digging with shovels. Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan confirmed, explaining that the mass grave contains the bodies of civilians and police.
A joint United Nations report from earlier in January said that as many as 18,800 people have been killed since 2014 in the ongoing Iraq war, while 3,500 women and children are being kept as IS sex slaves. more >>