Besieged Syrians in three towns are facing an "extremely dire" humanitarian crisis, the International Committee of the Red Cross has warned, noting that starvation is forcing some to start eating dogs, cats, and grass.
"Citizens are dying. They're eating stuff off the ground. They're eating cats and dogs," an activist inside the rebel-controlled town of Madaya told BBC News.
The crisis has also gripped the government-held towns of Foah and Kefraya, with people resorting to eating grass to survive, reports added. more >>
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, has told her family who visited her in prison that she has forgiven those who falsely accused her.
"Christmas is the celebration of God's mercy. I forgive my persecutors, those who have falsely accused me, and I await their forgiveness," her family quoted her as saying, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
Bibi was sentenced in 2010 following an incident in 2009 where she was harvesting berries with a group of Muslim women who accused her of drinking from the same water bowl as them. An argument followed, and those women went to a local cleric and told him that Bibi had blasphemed against Islam. more >>
A Michigan Arab activist who's also a former State Department representative is defending the stabbing of Jews and even posted a video online that criticizes Muslims who beleive stabbing Jews is forbidden under Islamic law.
In a video posted to YouTube last week, Lina Allan, who represented the State Department's U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative under the Obama administration in 2012, refuted moderate Muslims who suggest that it's a violation of Islamic law for a Palestinian to stab a Jew.
In the video titled "Is Stabbing Jews Haram [Forbidden]" that was translated by the Middle East Media Research Center, Allan argues that those who say the stabbing Jews is forbidden by Islamic law are misguided or are trying to twist Islamic law to further their own motives. more >>
Washington's state government has created new rules making it illegal to prohibit transgender individuals from using public bathrooms, showers or changing areas designated for the opposite biological sex, making it one of the first states to attempt a statewide transgender bathroom policy.
On the day after Christmas, Washington's Human Rights Commission clarified its human rights code by adding regulations for "gender segregated facilities" for businesses and entities with eight or more employees.
In an interview with The Christian Post, InterVarsity explained why a Black Lives Matter representative was included at its Urbana 15 student missions conference but a pro-life group was denied an exhibitor application.
InterVarsity's denial of Students for Life had nothing to do with the worthiness of the organization's mission but was based upon an application requirement that the pro-life group failed to meet, InterVarsity vice president Greg Jao told The Christian Post during a phone interview Monday.
"My understanding is that Students for Life is a non-religious organization," Jao said. more >>
America's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, conducted nearly 324,000 abortions and received over $553 million from taxpayers in 2014, the organization's latest report shows.
Planned Parenthood released its annual report for 2014-2015 which shows that although the organization performed fewer abortions, provided fewer services and saw about 200,000 fewer clients than in 2013, the organization received increased funding from the federal government.
Although the Hyde Amendment explicitly forbids federal tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions, the amount of taxpayer dollars that went to Planned Parenthood increased by about $25 million from 2013 to 2014, as the group received $553.7 million in 2014. more >>