Twenty-five Christians from a large group of Assyrians kidnapped from the Khabur river valley earlier this year have been released, marking progress in negotiations with the Islamic State terror group.
Fides News Agency revealed that the hostages, all men and including two young boys, were released on Wednesday following negotiations, and reached the town of Tel Tamar in Syria.
The newly released Assyrians belong to a group of over 250 that were kidnapped during major raids by IS militants in February. Talks with IS for their release have been going on since, and pockets of Christians have been released throughout the year. Another group of 10 Christians, mostly elderly people, were released on Nov. 24, but overall close to 130 hostages remain in captivity. more >>
The governments of China and Russia have indicated they will protect North Korea from facing U.N. sanctioned consequences for its various human rights abuses.
Voice of America reported on Tuesday that although the United States is set to call for a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea's human rights abuses this week, both China and Russia will block any punitive resolutions.
The Security Council's five permanent members include Russia, China, the U.S., the U.K., and France, and it only takes one nation to veto a resolution to ensure that it does not go through. more >>
New documents have surfaced that purportedly detail the Islamic State's master plan to establish fully functioning government bureaucracies and also highlight how the terror group has always planned to train child militants for jihad.
Through an undisclosed businessman working within IS, Aymenn al-Tamimi, a 23-year-old British researcher who has compiled over 300 IS documents in the past year, has obtained a copy of a 24-page document that he believes is a set of instructions and directives on how to establish governmental agencies for healthcare, education, economy and treasury.
The document is titled "Principles in the Administration of the Islamic State," and is believed to have been published soon after IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi claimed a caliphate in June 2014. more >>
A network of over 1,100 Christian nuns have reportedly been dressing as prostitutes and infiltrating brothels around the world in a mission to save victims of sex trafficking.
"I'm not trying to be sensational, but I'm trying to underscore the fact this is a world that has lost innocence ... where dark forces are active," John Studzinski, the investment banker and philanthropist who chairs the Talitha Kum network, told Reuters.
"These are problems caused by poverty and equality, but it goes well beyond that." more >>
Japanese coast guards have reported a string of North Korean vessels containing dozens of dead bodies washing up on its shores, believed to be the victims of forced labor.
Japanese police reported at least 12 incidents of wrecked wooden boats since October, which have carried on board as many as 22 dead bodies – including five skulls.
Reuters noted that North Korean authorities have not reported any missing boats, but critics have pointed out that leader Kim Kong-Un has been forcing fishermen to work harder and harder and earn more foreign currency. more >>
From selling out shows to stopping the sale of human beings, Christian rock duo for KING & COUNTRY are showing the world a different side of them in their upcoming movie Priceless.
The Grammy-winning brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone will act as supervising producers in the upcoming film that tells a redemptive love story set in the world of human trafficking. After touring the world and being welcomed into the ears of countless Christian pop music fans, viewers will witness Joel's big screen debut next fall.
Joel will transform into a man name James Stevenson on the silver screen. There he will fight for the heart of a woman who is caught up in human trafficking. more >>