On Thursday, the Kurds have finally started the bloody and intense journey from Mt. Sinjar to retake their town that was seized by the Islamic State.
The attack is the first known ground offensive that the Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been training for. Months of weapon handling and military training have started to pay off as the militia have regained some areas in Sinjar.
According to the Kurdish Region Security Council in a statement released late Thursday that more than 150 square kilometers (60 square miles) of territory have been reclaimed by the war-weary Kurds. more >>
An Evangelical leader in the Palestinian communities has disputed a story from October in which Israel's ambassador to the United Nations presented a diagram claiming Palestinian children are taught lessons such as "how to stab a Jew."
Ambassador Danny Danon made the claim on Oct. 16 before the U.N. Security Council, where he held up a diagram displaying the human body with the title "How to stab a Jew." Danon alleged that such material was being shown to Palestinian children, who he said are "taught how to hate."
"We talk about a lot about incitement — here you see what Palestinian incitement looks like. The picture is being taught in middle schools, in high schools, in elementary schools. Instead of educating about peace and tolerance, the Palestinian leadership is brainwashing children with incitement and hate," Danon said at the time. more >>
For golf fans, no news is better than a tournament with four of the biggest names in the sport participating, with only one to come out on top. Abu Dhabi organizers are bold enough to organize the strongest season field of the New Year so far, pitting the likes of Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, and Rory Mcllroy.
The European Tour's HSBC Championship is scheduled for Jan. 21-24, 2016, which will feature four of the current top 10 in golf's official rankings. The event is actually played at the same time with the PGA Tour's CareerBuilder Challenge in the other side of the world — in Palm Springs.
Organizers of the tournament announced the inclusion of the four on Wednesday. more >>
Christian women raped in Pakistan have a hard time achieving justice because they fear it will only endanger their whole family.
In November 2014, two Muslim men were accused of kidnapping and raping Christian sisters in the Pakistani village of Jaranwala. But before the trial even started, the teenage rape victims were threatened with death and the suspects were acquitted last month, according to a Morning Star News report cited by World Mag.
The home of the Christian rape victims were sprayed with bullets before the trial began. After the trial, the girls' father moved them to a safer place for fear that they will be killed. He said they never got justice for what the two Muslim men did to her daughters. more >>
Hundreds of Christian fighters from across Syria have united to defend a biblical Syrian Christian town from being conquered by the Islamic State terrorist organization, the head of the Syriac Orthodox church has said.
As IS militants continue to push west toward the Syrian capital of Damascus, the jihadi group began an offensive in the ancient Assyrian heartlands on Oct. 31. Although IS has already captured the town of Maheen, Christians are coming from all over the country to prevent IS from conquering the town of Sadad, which lies about 4 miles from Maheen.
Sadad, which is referred to in the book of Numbers and the book of Ezekiel as "Zedad," is seen as a strategic town that lies on a highway that connects Damascus and the town of Homs. more >>
Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai of Lebanon has claimed that Muslims plan to use their rising birthrate to conquer Europe and the West.
The cardinal, who heads the Maronite Church, spoke to Italian magazine Famiglia Christiana a few days after the conclusion of the Roman Catholic Synod on the Family at the Vatican late last month.
"I've heard several times by Muslims that their goal is to conquer Europe with two weapons: faith and the birthrate," Rai asserted. "For them, the practice of the faith is essential and fundamental." more >>