A Christian family in the ancient city of Nineveh is reportedly defending the 2,700 year-old tomb of the Jewish prophet Nahum, as the armies of terror group ISIS advance in the region and are now only 10 miles outside.
"When the last Jewish people in Al Qosh left, they asked my grandfather to watch over the tomb, to keep it safe. I don't know much more than that," said Asir Salaam Shajaa, an Assyrian Christian.
"Nahum is not our prophet, but he is a prophet, so we must respect that. He's a prophet, it is simple." more >>
Most Americans, even most liberals, believe the state of moral values in the United States is getting worse, according to a Gallup poll.
When asked, "right now, do you think the state of moral values in the country as a whole is getting better or getting worse?" Seventy-two percent of Americans said "getting worse" and 22 percent said "getting better," according to the poll results released Tuesday.
While social conservatives are consistently more pessimistic and social liberals are consistently more optimistic about the state of moral values, a majority of social liberals, 58 percent, answered that moral values are getting worse. Eighty-one percent of social conservatives and 76 percent of social moderates agreed. more >>
Michael Enright, a British actor who has appeared in small roles in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," has joined the Kurdish army to fight terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Enright admitted he might not return alive from the mission, but said he feels it's his duty to fight the jihadists.
"ISIS, they need to be wiped off completely the face of this Earth," he told Dubai-based television network Al Aan, according to The Independent. "They are a stain on humanity. This is a call on humanity to obliterate them."
The 51-year-old actor was reportedly living in Los Angeles when he decided to join the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) earlier this year. He said he will be helping the army free civilians captured by ISIS, which has taken control of significant territory in Iraq and Syria. more >>
Iran's revolutionary court is believed to have sentenced 18 Christian converts to prison for their faith in a new crackdown on Christianity in the Islamic Republic, a report said.
Fox News noted that the charges include evangelism, propaganda against the regime, and creating house churches to practice their faith. It added that the total sentences come close to 24 years, but it's not known how many years each individual received, due to the lack of transparency in Iran's judicial system.
"The cruelty of Iran's dictatorial leaders knows no limits," said Saba Farzan, the German-Iranian executive director of Foreign Policy Circle, a strategy think tank in Berlin. more >>
President Barack Obama has promised a Cuban priest that he will defend human rights despite restoring diplomatic relation with Cuba late last year. Obama reportedly spoke with the priest at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami, where the president stopped to pray and light a candle to Cuba's patroness, the Virgin Mary.
"The topic of freedom for Cuba and human rights will always be on the negotiating table with [Cuban President] Raul Castro," Obama told Father Juan Rumin Dominguez in an unexpected visit last week, according to Catholic News Service.
Dominguez was able to speak with Obama in detail about the plight of Cubans in exile, many who have come to the United States seeking refuge. more >>
The designer of the iconic "Hope" poster used during President Barack Obama's 2008 election campaign has said that Obama has failed to live up to the promise, adding that America's entire political system needs an overhaul.
Shepard Fairey, a street artist who's also famous for designing items for clothing line OBEY, said in an interview with Esquire magazine that Obama has "not even [come] close" to living up to the promise behind the "Hope" poster.
"Obama has had a really tough time, but there have been a lot of things that he's compromised on that I never would have expected. I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he'd support]," Fairey said in the interview published on Thursday. more >>