The Indonesian capital Jakarta experienced a mass "Paris-like" attack with explosions and shootings being carried out across the city, police have said, with at least seven people reported dead so far.
Two civilians were killed and 19 were wounded during the terror attack. Five of the suspected terrorists are also dead and police are now searching for others who were involved in planning the attack, CNN has reported.
BBC News reported on Thursday that the attacks began at about 10:40 a.m. local time after a series of bomb blasts shook the area near Sarinah shopping mall. Authorities said that at least two men carried out a suicide bomb attack on a police box near the intersection of the mall with a Starbucks coffee shop. more >>
The Christian persecution watchdog group Open Doors has released its annual list of countries where Christians face the greatest persecution and found that it has reached unprecedented levels worldwide as over 7,000 Christians were killed for their faith between Nov. 1, 2014, and Oct. 31, 2015.
Although the California-based ministry, which works in over 60 countries, stated last January that 2014 was the worst year for Christian persecution than any other time in modern history, the organization said during the rollout of its 2016 World Watch List that 2015 surpassed 2014 as the deadliest year for Christians worldwide.
Open Doors found that over 3,000 more Christians were killed for faith-related reasons during its reporting period for the 2016 World Watch List than it found during the reporting period for the 2015 report. Additionally, over 2,400 churches were attacked, damaged or destroyed during the reporting period, which is more than double the number from last year. more >>
A day that began with a longtime Christian couple worshiping in church ended tragically Sunday night in an apparent murder-suicide that their pastor has called "demonic."
Police told NBC Washington that 40-year-old Andre T. Howell, a chief petty officer in the Navy, fatally shot his 39-year-old wife, Naomi H. Howell, then turned a firearm on himself in their Lansdowne townhome in Leesburg, Virginia.
The couple's young daughter, whom several reports list as between 4 and 5 years old, was inside the home at the time of the incident but wasn't physically harmed. The couple have a second daughter together who was reportedly away at college at the time. more >>
Over 200 people were arrested on Monday at a large anti-Islamisation protest in the German city of Leipzig, clashing with police over the mass sex assault attacks carried out by suspected refugees on New Year's Eve.
BBC News reported that close to 2,000 supporters of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West movement (Pegida) marched through Legida in protest against Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy, which saw Germany welcome in close to 1.1 million asylum seekers in 2015.
The nation was rocked by news of mass sexual assaults in Cologne and other cities over New Year's Eve when thousands of suspects believed to be from Arab and North African backgrounds groped, assaulted, and in some cases raped women out on the streets. Well over 500 cases of assault were reported in Cologne, sparking protest marches in several cities. more >>
A Protestant Christian church was burned by suspected Islamic radicals in the village of Bath in Pakistani Punjab, leaving Christians in the community fearful and asking for protection.
Fides News Agency reported that the Protestant Christian congregation called "Apostolic Church" was set on fire last week following a dispute between Christians and Muslims in the village. The attack occurred the day after a prayer vigil for Epiphany on Jan. 6, when an arson destroyed the church building.
Pastor Zulfiqar of the Apostolic Church revealed that Bibles and sacred vessels were burned in the fire, and suggested that the earlier dispute between Muslims and Christians might have had something to do with the attack. more >>
World leaders need to continue their compassion toward migrants despite concerns of national security, Pope Francis said Monday.
Speaking in his annual address to the diplomatic corps of the Holy See, Francis argued it's possible for European countries to accept migrants without sacrificing their national security or culture, saying that global leaders must "overcome the inevitable fears associated with this massive and formidable phenomenon."
The pope went on to argue that the recent, massive influx of migrants from primarily Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq to European countries "seems to be undermining the foundations of that 'humanistic spirit' which Europe has always loved and defended." more >>