One year after the burning deaths of a Pakistani Christian couple for their alleged desecration of a Quran, fear still runs rampant within Christian communities of Punjab province since no assailants of the crime have been convicted and the vast majority remain at-large.
In November of last year, Shama and Shahzad Masih, a married couple with four children living in a community near Lahore, were attacked and murdered by a Muslim mob after witnesses claimed they found pages of the Quran in their trash.
On the anniversary of the murders, many within the community have expressed frustration with local officials regarding the progress of the investigation — or lack thereof. more >>
A large survey of attitudes and opinions held by people in several Arab states have found that Egyptians and Palestinians are the most sympathetic toward the Islamic State. Among Syrian refugees, 13 percent expressed support for the terror group.
The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, which released its findings this month, carried out a public opinion poll of 600 respondents in the countries of Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iraq, as well as a sample of 900 Syrian refugees based in camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
While the vast majority, or 72 percent of all respondents said that they have an overall negative view of IS, which has captured territory across Iraq and Syria, the militant group found small pockets of support — overall 4 percent of all respondents said they have a positive view of IS, and 7 percent said "positive to some extent." more >>
A former Jordanian police officer has reportedly opened fire and killed two American citizens, along with one South African, at the outskirts of the Jordanian capital, Amman, at the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center.
CBS News reported on Monday morning that the suspect was a 29-year-old police captain, who was also killed during the attack.
Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Momani said that the three victims were trainers at the police center, while six other people were also injured during the attack. more >>
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has said that the bombing of a Russian airliner by the Islamic State terror group last week can be seen as Russia's 9/11, referencing the terror attacks on the U.S. that prompted the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"All indicators are pointing to the fact that it was ISIS putting a bomb on an airplane," Texas GOP Rep. Mike McCaul said on "Fox News Sunday."
"I have a high degree of confidence. It's been my gut (feeling) all along. … This is comparable to 9/11 for" Russia, he added. more >>
The global persecution of Christians is uniting denominations, including Evangelicals and Roman Catholics, Pope Francis said in a message earlier this week.
"In various parts of the world, the witness to Christ, even to the shedding of blood, has become a shared experience of Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, Evangelicals and Pentecostals, which is deeper and stronger than the differences which still separate our churches and ecclesial communities," Francis said in a message to Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. more >>
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei continues to claim that the infamous "Death to America" chant is not actually against the American people.
Khamenei told students in Tehran earlier this week that the slogan, often chanted at anti-American rallies, is aimed at U.S. foreign policy, and not at actual Americans.
"Your 'Death to America' slogan, and the cries by the Iranian nation, have strong logical support behind them," he said, according to The Associated Press. "Obviously by 'Death to America,' we don't mean death to the American people. The American nation is just like the rest of the nations. It ... means death to U.S. policies and its arrogance." more >>