Four former hostages who were held by the Islamic State terror group at an abandoned oil refinery in Syria in 2014 have revealed that Kayla Mueller, the Christian aid worker who was slain in IS captivity last year, refused to deny Jesus Christ despite being repeatedly raped and tortured.
Frida Saide of Sweden and Patricia Chavez of Peru and Belgium, who were held alongside 26-year-old Mueller in the oil refinery, said that despite what Mueller was forced to suffer through, she remained steadfast in her Christian faith, The Associated Press reports.
Chavez noted that Mueller acted like a big sister to the other captured girls, looking to keep up their spirits despite the grim situation they were in. more >>
After intense scrutiny and a wide debate across Europe on the increasing number of refugees coming to the continent, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted that she made some mistakes in the open door policy that welcomed record numbers of migrants.
"We didn't embrace the problem in an appropriate way. That goes as well for protecting the external border of the Schengen area," Merkel said in an interview, according to Breitbart News, on Thursday.
"In Germany we ignored the problem for too long and blocked out the need to find a pan-European solution," she added. more >>
Militants with the Islamic State terror group in Mosul, one of the captured cities in Iraq, reportedly executed nine youths by slicing them in half with chainsaws as punishment for joining an anti-ISIS faction.
Iraqi News reported on Wednesday of a "well placed source" inside Mosul that recalled the graphic execution, which was apparently sanctioned by one of the terror group's courts.
"The death sentence pronounced by ISIS sharia court stated that the men should be tied to an iron pole in the center of Tal Afar Square in Mosul and then sliced into two with an electric chainsaw," the anonymous source said. more >>
President Barack Obama's administration is facing a federal lawsuit from the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative law group, over its failure to properly address the ongoing genocide of the Islamic State terror group against Christians and other religious minorities.
The ACLJ pointed out that despite the U.S. Department of State recognizing earlier this year that IS has indeed been committing a genocide in its captured territories in Iraq and Syria, the persecuted minorities are still not receiving the help they need.
Mel Gibson's upcoming film "Hacksaw Ridge" details the heroics of a U.S. Army medic whose only weapon on the battlefield during World War II was prayer.
Based on the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider Man"), who served in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle in the Pacific and miraculously saved 75 men without firing a shot, "Hacksaw Ridge" will hit theaters nationwide on Nov 4.
Doss served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army but refused to kill or carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. Consequently, he thought it was fitting to become a medic during the war. more >>
The first reports of Christian leaders being arrested in Russia following the passing of new anti-terrorism laws that ban evangelism outside of churches have started coming in.
The Moscow Times reports that Sergei Zhuravlyov, a representative of the Ukrainian Reformed Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior, was arrested earlier this month while he was preaching before the St. Petersburg Messianic Jewish community, and was charged with violating a provision of the law that bans illegal missionary activity.
Law enforcement officials later told Interfax news agency that Zhuravlyov is being accused of "fomenting negative attitudes toward the Russian Orthodox Church," and of having ties to the Ukrainian nationalist political party called Right Sector, which is banned in Russia. more >>