At least 25 Christians have been arrested in the Islamic Republic of Iran solely because of their faith in Jesus Christ, it has been reported.
According to the National Council of Resistance in Iran, Iranian human rights outlets are reporting that over two dozen Christians were recently arrested during a raid by authorities in the southern city of Kerman.
Security officials raided Christians' homes where they confiscated belongings and arrested as many as 25 believers. As of now, there has been no reason given for why the Christians were arrested and their location is unknown. more >>
A 39-year-old housewife in Iraq, who leads a tribal militia and has been fighting Islamic State for years, says in a media interview that she has beheaded fighters from the terror group, cooked their heads and posted the pictures on her Facebook page.
"I fought them. I beheaded them. I cooked their heads, I burned their bodies," Wahida Mohamed, also known as Um Hanadi and who carries a Beretta 9-millimeter pistol with her, tells CNN. "This is all documented. You can see it on my Facebook page," adds Hanadi, who leads a force of around 70 men in the area of Sharqat in Salah al-Din province, a town 50 miles south of Mosul.
The mother of two daughters says she started fighting terrorists in 2004, working with government and coalition forces. She has received death threats from Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. "But I refused. I'm at the top of their most wanted list even more than the prime minister," she says, adding that terrorists killed her first and second husbands, her father and three brothers. more >>
As Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are systematically sexually enslaving and physically abusing women, at least one anonymous woman in the group's stronghold in Iraq has reportedly taken it upon herself to kill the jihadis.
According to Iraqi News, it was reported on Monday that two IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) militants were killed by a veiled woman in Mosul.
The news site reports that the killing of the two jihadis by a woman wearing a veil is the third of such incidents to occur in the region in the past month. more >>
Excavation work in Israel has uncovered an ancient city gate and shrine that the biblical King Hezekiah wanted destroyed somewhere in the eighth century B.C., archaeologists have said.
The gate in question was found in the ancient city of Tel Lachish within an 80-by-80-foot six-chambered area. The gate, parts of which were first discovered decades ago by archaeologists from the United Kingdom and Tel Aviv University, is believed to be the largest one of its kind found in Israel from the First Temple period. more >>
Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres died in Tel Aviv on Wednesday aged 93, Israel Radio said.
Peres was hospitalized following a stroke two weeks ago and had made some progress before a sudden deterioration in his condition on Tuesday.
An official announcement of the death of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former prime minister was expected at around 7 a.m. local time (04:00 GMT). Details of the timing of the funeral were also expected. more >>
Officials from the U.N., the United States, Russia, and other nations are pointing fingers and accusing each other of "barbarism" after the latest round of bombings by Syrian forces killed at least 85 people on Sunday in the besieged city of Aleppo.
Matthew Rycroft, British ambassador to the U.N., said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies have been carrying out war crimes against Syrian civilians in the continued bombings aimed at taking out rebel forces in the civil war.
"After five years of conflict, you might think that the regime has had its fill of barbarity — that its sick bloodlust against its own people has finally run its course," Rycroft said, according to CNN. more >>