An inquiry into the 2008 massacre of nearly 100 Christians in Orissa, India, has concluded its investigation and is set to publish its findings amid reports that Hindu extremism is rising again.
Fides News Agency said that the detailed report of the investigation, which looks into the worst anti-Christian violence in India's history, will be published in December.
Judge A.S. Naidu, head of the Commission of Inquiry, explained that "because of the lack of cooperation of many stakeholders, including the government, it took almost seven years to finish the investigation." more >>
Muslim men who gangraped two teenage Pakistani Christian sisters at gunpoint last year have been acquitted of their charges by a Pakistani court after a key witness was bribed into changing his testimony.
During the middle of the night on Nov. 28, 2014, sisters Sherish and Farzana went outside of their home in the village of Jaranwala in the Punjab province to use the bathroom since their home did not have inside plumbing. The two girls did not return home that night and were found the next morning lying unconscious along the side of the road several miles from their home.
After the girls were taken to the hospital, they told police that a well-known Muslim landlord, Muhammad Shabaz, and other Muslim men had abducted them at gunpoint and raped them repeatedly throughout the night. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has executed 12 Iraqi children who attempted to flee from a jihadi training camp in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.
Saeed Mamuzini, the spokesman for the Kurdistan Democratic Party's Mosul branch, told the Kurdish news site Rudaw that the militants killed the boys last Saturday for trying to escape from the town while they were being trained and indoctrinated at IS' Ashti military training camp.
"At least 12 children have been reportedly killed by the IS radicals. The children were receiving training at Ashti military camp in Mosul and they were caught trying to escape," Mamuzini said. "The ages of the executed children are around 12 to 16. They are mostly Arabs from Mosul." more >>
The Islamic State terror group has captured the Syrian town of Maheen in the central Homs Province, reports have said, and is now advancing toward the nearby town of Sadad, which is home to nearly 15,000 Syriac Orthodox Christians.
BBC News reported that the terror group, which has captured significant territory across Syria and Iraq, has been focusing on expanding from its mainly northern and eastern strongholds toward Homs in central Syria in recent months.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the fall of Maheen started with two suicide blasts on Saturday, with government forces eventually being driven out of the city. The watchdog group said that at least 50 government soldiers were killed or wounded in the fighting. more >>
A businessman who holds duel citizenship with the United States and Iran was reportedly arrested in mid-October in Tehran.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that a friend of United Arab Emirates based businessman, Siamak Namazi, confirmed the arrest while the Iranian government has not made public any charges.
Namazi, believed to be in his early 40s, is head of strategic planning at Crescent Petroleum in the United Arab Emirates. The New York Times reported Thursday that Namazi has ties to the National Iranian American Council, whose mission is to advance "the interests of the Iranian American community. more >>
President Barack Obama has decided to deploy dozens of U.S. troops to train, advise and assist local rebel forces on the ground in northern Syria to fight the Islamic State terror group, the White House announced Friday.
Fewer than 50 soldiers will be based in Syria and openly work with local ground forces, Josh Earnest, spokesman for the White House, told reporters Friday, marking the expansion of the U.S. fight against IS, which controls a large part of Syria and Iraq.
Thus far, the U.S. has conducted airstrikes in Syria, targeting IS. more >>