Christian leaders in the Assyrian-Syriac Churches have issued a joint statement condemning the Islamic State terror group's New Year's Eve attack on Christian-owned businesses that killed 16 people in the Syrian city of Qamishli.
"We dedicate this evening to prayers for the victims of those attacks," the Christian church coalition said in a Jan. 1 statement, according to ARA News. "We pray for our region and country amid the bloody war that claims lives of civilians everyday."
The North Korean government claimed on Wednesday that it has carried out successfully its first-ever hydrogen bomb test, sparking concern from leaders worldwide.
"If there's no invasion on our sovereignty we will not use nuclear weapon," the North Korean state news agency declared. "This H-bomb test brings us to a higher level of nuclear power."
A Michigan Arab activist who's also a former State Department representative is defending the stabbing of Jews and even posted a video online that criticizes Muslims who beleive stabbing Jews is forbidden under Islamic law.
In a video posted to YouTube last week, Lina Allan, who represented the State Department's U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative under the Obama administration in 2012, refuted moderate Muslims who suggest that it's a violation of Islamic law for a Palestinian to stab a Jew.
In the video titled "Is Stabbing Jews Haram [Forbidden]" that was translated by the Middle East Media Research Center, Allan argues that those who say the stabbing Jews is forbidden by Islamic law are misguided or are trying to twist Islamic law to further their own motives. more >>
The city of Cologne in Germany has called for crisis talks after 1,000 "drunk and aggressive young men" that were reportedly of Arab or North African appearance sexually assaulted at least 80 women on New Year's Eve.
Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers called it "a completely new dimension of crime," according to BBC News, and said that most of the crimes were robberies, but women were also groped and raped.
Mayor Henriette Reker added that the attacks were "monstrous," and said that authorities will take a tough stand against such crime. more >>
A historic black church based in Virginia has pledged to donate $1 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Alfred Street Baptist Church, a historically black congregation in Alexandria that traces its history back to the early 1800s, has announced their donation for the educational institute.
"ASBC has always been a leader in community outreach and missions within the faith-based community," said the Rev. Howard-John Wesley, lead pastor of Alfred Street Baptist, in comments to The Christian Post on Monday. Wesley added that this was the first time a faith-based organization had donated $1 million to the Smithsonian. more >>
A new video released by the Islamic State terror group shows a man and young boy with British accents presiding over the beheading of five supposed U.K. spies, and warning of further attacks.
Media analysts have suggested that the masked man with the British accent is taking up Jihadi John's mantle, the infamous IS figure believed to have been a U.K. citizen who was featured in several of the terror group's execution videos throughout 2015.
BBC News reported that Britain's security and intelligence agencies are examining the new 10-minute video, which shows the killing of five men who were accused by the Islamic militants of working as spies for the U.K. more >>