A terminally ill 17-year-old has died in Belgium by physician-assisted suicide just two years after restrictions on euthanasia were lifted in the country to allow children of all ages to end their life, a move one family advocate is calling "tragic" and "atrocious."
Though few details have been released about the child's identity, government officials confirmed that the physician-assisted suicide has taken place.
Often called "mercy killings," euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002 and to date there have been 8,752 cases, according to EuroNews. In 2014, the law was amended and the age restrictions were scrapped, making it the only nation where children can choose to end their own lives. The Netherlands also allows euthanasia, but has an age restriction requiring children to be 12 years old or older. more >>
A new video released by an Islamic State-run media outlet provides in depth detail into how the jihadi organization is brainwashing and training young children to become the next wave of jihadis who will help "conquer Damascus, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Mecca, Al-Medina, Dabiq, Rome and Andalusia."
The video, which was posted and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, features a narrator who tours an IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) "sharia institution" in the Syrian town of Deir ez-Zor.
The footage shows a class of young boys in green uniforms sitting down on the floor with their legs crossed while reading and reciting the koran. more >>
Huffington Post blogger Larua Goldman has criticized the recently released film "Bridget Jones's Diary" simply because abortion and birth control were not discussed as options in the movie.
In "Bridget Jones's Baby," the third movie of the "Bridget Jones" trilogy, the over 40 Bridget Jones (played by Renée Zellweger) breaks up with her boyfriend and then shortly after develops a new love interest. When she ends up getting pregnant, Jones is unsure of who the father is.
Although some women in that situation might consider getting an abortion, Jones decides to carry the child to term. more >>
The senior pastor of a Florida Methodist church who is also a married father of two, was among 22 men arrested in a child sex sting on Wednesday, after he allegedly traveled to a designated location with plans to have sex with a 14-year-old boy.
The Pensacola Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday that David Donald Hoppenjan, 52, who had served as senior pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Pace since last year, traveled to two locations in an effort to have sex with who he thought was a 14-year-old boy.
In the undercover child sex sting billed "Operation Undertow" which took place over five days from Sept. 7–11, Pensacola Police targeted adults who traveled to designated locations in Pensacola to have sex with children. more >>
Pakistani Human rights activists are decrying government claims that 90 percent of the over 1,100 children reported missing in Pakistan's Punjab province last year left their home on their own will, and argued that the police are covering up the systemic abuse and kidnapping of Christian girls.
As word has swept across the province that over 600 children have been kidnapped in the region in recent months, Haider Ashraf, the deputy inspector general of operations for the police department in Lahore, has denied such claims.
Although it is hard to deny the fact that over 1,000 abduction cases are filed every year in the province, Ashraf has gone on record as saying that 90 percent of the 1,134 children reported to be abducted in 2015 actually left their homes on their own accord after being admonished by their parents. Ashraf further asserted that about 929 of the abducted children have returned on their own. more >>
A human rights group has warned that despite the passage of a new law in Egypt that aims to protect churches, long-standing restrictions on church construction remains in place, and little is being done to guarantee that radicals who attack Christians will be punished.
"Many Egyptians hoped that governments would respect and protect freedom of religion, including for Christians, after the 2011 [Arab Spring] uprising," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
"Instead, the authorities are ignoring the underlying systemic issues and sending a message that Christians can be attacked with impunity." more >>