Police officials in Yamunanagar, India, have revealed that a migrant from Bihar "mortgaged" his wife off to a friend in exchange for 30,000 rupees and later killed the lender for refusing to let his wife go after the money had been paid back.
The Times of India reports that upon trying to solve the mystery behind the death of 35-year-old quiltmaker Mohammad Golam, officers in Yamunanagar discovered that Golam had loaned a friend named Sabir Ali 30,000 Indian Rupees, the equivalent of $453, this past January.
The officers realized that this was no ordinary loan when it came to light Monday that Ali had offered his wife, Salma, to Golam as collateral for the loan. more >>
A Pakistani Christian family has been forced to flee from home and is now in hiding after the family's eight-year-old daughter was beaten and locked inside of her school's bathroom for hours after she allegedly used a toilet designated for Muslims.
The British Pakistani Christian Association, a London-based humanitarian organization, reports that Sara Bibi, the youngest of five siblings, was expelled from the Government's Girls School in Samundari area of the Punjab province after she was accused of using the same toilet that her Muslim classmates use.
While a common mentality displayed in the Pakistani Muslim community is that Christians are "unclean," Bibi's classmates accused her of "polluting" their toilet. After her classmates informed the school's headmistress, Zahida Rana, that Bibi used the Muslim toilet, Bibi was verbally scolded and abused by the headmistress. more >>
One of Canada's largest congregations is urging the nation's new Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise international awareness to help secure the release of the Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim from detention in North Korea when he meets with Asian leaders in the Philippines this week.
Lim, who has been detained by North Korean authorities for approximately eight months, is the head of the 3,000-member Toronto megachurch Light Korean Presbyterian Church and was arrested during a humanitarian trip to North Korea in February.
During the trip, the South Korean-born Lim was in the midst of supporting on-going ministries that included orphanages, nurseries and nursing homes when he was detained and charged with committing crimes against the communist regime. more >>
NEW YORK — Act after act hit the stage at Madison Square Garden on Friday for TobyMac's "This is Not a Test" tour. Artists Hollyn, Colton Dixon, Britt Nicole were on the bill along with TobyMac and his diverse city band. The 51-year-old hiphop/pop star used his platform to share his stance on the current racial and religious issues affecting the world.
Before TobyMac hit the stage in between one of the earlier sets, his drummer, B.Haley from the Diverse City band took to the stage with a powerful 10-minute presentation for a new movement calling for unity of every race and denomination under the banner of Christ.
Mac and his crew are a multi-racial bunch, hence the name Diverse City. It was apparent that B.Haley's movement, called We Are 1, is fully backed by Mac since Haley spoke freely and confidently to the crowd. During his passionate speech Haley explained to everyone in the sold-out theater that the purpose of We Are 1 is to Love, Unite and Build a community of one body. more >>
While calling for greater global cooperation on terrorism Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said financing for the Islamic State is coming from 40 nations, including some G20 states.
I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them," Putin asserted, answering questions posed to him by the press at the summit in Antalya, Turkey.
According to Russia's government-funded media outlet Russia Today, Putin provided satellite imagery to other heads of state at the G20 leaders summit, disclosing the black market sale of oil by the Islamic State: <em "I've shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products," Putin said. more >>
The Islamic State has ruthlessly targeted Yazidi minorities in Iraq and the Obama administration has moved to label attacks against them "an act of genocide." But is the Administration counting Christians as being among the terror group's victims?
Yahoo News reports that President Barack Obama was prompted by a report released Thursday by the U.S. Holocaust Museum that chronicles the murders of Yazidis, calling it a genocide. Other Iraqi minority groups are also mentioned in the report.
Nina Shea, who is the director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, is questioning why Christians are omitted as victims of genocide by the Administration. more >>