Nineteen women were burned alive inside an iron cage by the Islamic State terror group in the Iraqi city of Mosul after they refused to have sex with the extremists.
Eyewitnesses said that the women, all of whom were Yazidis, were killed in front of hundreds of spectators, Ynetnews reported.
Yazidis, Christians, and other religious minorities have been enslaved by the thousands across Iraq and Syria, with IS forcing women and girls to marry jihadists and use them as sex slaves. more >>
The genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks during Wold War I, many of them Christians, has been recognized by the German parliament in a move that prompted Turkey to recall its ambassador in anger.
BBC News reported on Thursday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recalled the country's ambassador from Germany and has threatened further action.
"We will do whatever is necessary to resolve this issue," Erdogan said. more >>
Syrian troops have captured a notorious Islamic State executioner who is known to the West only by his nickname, "The Bulldozer of Fallujah."
Videos have surfaced online this week purporting to show Syrian Army troops dumping a heavyset IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) militant into the back of a pickup truck and hauling him away.
One video shows the militant, who has his hands tied behind his back and is not wearing a shirt, grimacing as he lies on his back in the bed of the pickup truck while Syrian troops gather around to take photos and videos of the writhing man before the truck pulls away. more >>
A Texas pastor involved in building Christian-Muslim dialogue at a high level has warned that American Christians being hateful and unwelcoming toward Muslims is only fueling the persecution of Christians in Muslim-majority countries.
Dr. Bob Roberts, the senior pastor of Northwood Church in Texas, told The Christian Post in an interview that he is "very concerned" about Christian-Muslim relations in America. Roberts had joined some 200 Muslim leaders in Morocco to write a 750-word document protecting the freedom of religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries in January.
Roberts points to LifeWay Research surveys that show that in America, the people with the most negative view of Muslims are Evangelicals, which he says is a contradiction with what it means to be an Evangelical. more >>
Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says there has been some debate among Christians as to whether Memorial Day should be honored, given that Jesus Christ taught peace.
"For some Christians, Memorial Day is a complicated experience. These Christians would argue that it is inconsistent at best for believers in the Gospel to celebrate anything won by war. They think, 'Didn't Jesus settle this on the Sermon on the Mount? What's hard to interpret about 'turn the other cheek' and 'love your enemies?'" Moore wrote in a blog post on Memorial Day.
He suggested that Christians with such pacifist views can find biblical warrant, and pointed to several passages in the New Testament in which Jesus and His Apostles forbid seeking vengeance, such as in Matthew 5:38-44 and Romans 12:18-21. more >>
A parasitic flesh-eating disease is reportedly breaking out throughout the Middle East, with the Islamic State terror group contributing to the problem with its death and destruction campaigns that create environments where disease can fester and spread.
Breitbart News reported that thousands of cases have been reported in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan, as nearly four million Syrian refugees flee their country's civil war and seek shelter in Europe.
The tropical disease, called Cutaneous leishmaniasis, is caused by bites from infected sand flies that live amid the squalid conditions created by IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) destruction. more >>