The criminal complaint and sex assault trials in Cologne are now underway with the case of a 26-year-old Algerian man charged with attempted sexual assault and theft, as the German city seeks to bring justice for the mass New Year's Eve attacks against women.
BBC News noted that over 1,000 criminal complaints were filed over the violence on the night, including hundreds of alleged sexual assaults, with women stating that they were surrounded by large gangs of men, many of them with North African or Arab appearance.
The 26-year-old Algerian man in question, the first of the many trials to come, is accused of participating in a group of 10 men who groped a woman in the city's main railway station. more >>
A Protestant church in Jabat, in Madhya Pradesh India, was attacked by a mob of 500 Hindu extremists who threw stones at Christians and damaged the church's entrance over an allegedly torn nationalist flag.
AsiaNews reported on Thursday that the radicals were apparently incensed when they discovered that saffron-colored flags, the symbol color of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, placed outside the church had been torn.
The activists reacted by throwing stones at believers at the church, with Meena Chauhan, superintendent of Alirajpur district police, claiming that authorities immediately registered the complaint and sent in a patrol to start making arrests. more >>
"Armor Of Light" will broadcast nationally on PBS Tuesday, May 10. It's a movie that shows the heart-wrenching fight of Lucy McBath after the murder of teenager Jordan Davis, and one pastor's journey to explore the pro-gun and pro-life arguments.
The compelling documentary follows Reverend Rob Schenck, founder of the Christian outreach program Faith and Action, on his quest to start a dialogue with his Christian brothers and sisters on gun laws and how they align with what the Bible teaches.
McBath, who is actively fighting for stricter gun laws after her unarmed teenage son was shot and killed on November 2012, is a big part of "Armor of Light." The grieving mother, also a devout Christian, vowed to fight for stricter screenings for those who want to acquire fire arms. She believes it's what God has instructed her to do after losing her own son to unwarranted gun violence. more >>
Travis Clunie, a 25-year-old man who allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl during youth meetings at a church in Sedalia, Missouri, has been slapped with second degree and statutory rape charges for his sins.
According to court papers cited by Fox 4 News, a few months ago Clunie raped the teen inside the church after she repeatedly told him "no."
The girl told investigators that Clunie assaulted her during youth meetings at the New Hope Baptist Church and had sex with her once in an upstairs bathroom and in another room at the church. more >>
Two American missionaries found murdered on the island of Jamaica on the weekend were both shot and one of them chopped up, according to a recent autopsy report.
Local police also denied Tuesday a report that a number of suspects in the murders had been identified.
The missionaries, Randy Hentzel, 48, and Harold Nichols, 53, were killed on Saturday. Shocked residents of the Boscobel, St. Mary community on the Caribbean island stumbled upon Hentzel's bound and lifeless body at about 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and a day later, around 5 p.m., Nichols' battered body was discovered with the help of search dogs and police. Initial reports only noted that his head was bashed in and injuries on his body showed he died a violent death. more >>
An Indian Catholic bishop who was kidnapped by unknown abductors, beaten and interrogated about the finances of his diocese has been freed.
Bishop Prasad Gallela, who serves the diocese of Cuddapah in the Andhra Pradesh state in southeast India, went through the details of his recent abduction in an interview with the Catholic news outlet UCANews.com.
The 54-year-old Gallela explained that he was on his way home from mass at Karunagiri Shrine on April 25 when unknown abductors came in two vehicles and took him to an undisclosed location. more >>