Update 8:21 am ET: The number of confirmed deaths in the shooting spree at a satirical newspaper in Paris is now 12, up from 11.
At least 11 people have been killed in Paris after two masked gunmen stormed the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande confirmed. The newspaper attracted controversy and was burned in 2011 after it published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, deemed insulting to the Muslim world.
The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for an early Monday-morning altercation involving four militants and a Saudi border patrol post on the Iraq-Saudi border that left three Saudi border officers dead and two others injured.
The incident marks the first documented attempt at infiltration into Saudi Arabia by ISIS operations in Iraq since the terrorist group expressed desire to expand the claiphate into the Desert Kingdom in late November.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, four militants were spotted trying to sneak across the border into Saudi Arabia close to a Saudi border post near the town of Arar around 4:30 a.m. When a Saudi border guard arrived to try and halt the four individuals from advancing across the border, the militants open fired and killed the border guard. more >>
A number of German cities this week have hosted mass protests against the "Islamisation" of Europe, with over 18,000 people attending an anti-immigration rally in Dresden on Monday. Counter rallies have also sprung up, however, claiming that the protesters are displaying racism and Nazism.
BBC News reported that the protests against the wave of Islamic immigrants coming to Germany and other Western European nations are part of the Pegida media campaign, which was founded in October 2014 and stands for "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West."
The protests are aimed against the mass numbers of asylum seekers from the Middle East arriving in Germany each year, numbering close to 200,000 for 2014 alone. Attitudes are also set against established Muslim communities in the country, such as the 3 million ethnic Turks, representing Germany's largest immigrant community. more >>
The body of a high-ranking official in the Islamic State's self-proclaimed police force in Syria, a unit well-known for conducting beheadings, was found beheaded, a monitoring agency reported Tuesday.
Reliable sources told the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that an Egyptian national, who is known as a deputy "emir" of the al-Hesbah police in province of Deir al-Zor in the eastern region of the country, was found decapitated near a power plant in the city of al-Mayadin.
Sources also said that the head of the official, whose name was not disclosed in the report, was found with a cigarette in his mouth and the words "O Sheikh this is munkar (a hateful and evil thing)" written on his body. His body was also found to have been tortured. more >>
A candle light vigil commemorating the fourth anniversary of the death of Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province who was assassinated because of his desire to reform the country's abusive blasphemy laws, was attacked by a group of angry men Sunday night in Lahore.
Soon after members of a local civil society staged a vigil at Lahore's Liberty Chowk honoring the slain governor, who was shot 27 times by his own bodyguard in January 2011, a group of nine to 10 unidentified men, presumably Muslim, showed up and began tearing apart the vigil.
According to Dunyanews.tv's video coverage of the attack, the group of men, some of whom were carrying long wooden sticks, violently disrupted the vigil. The men snatched posters, signs, pictures out of mourner's hands and quickly ripped them apart. One scene in the video shows two degenerates trying to angrily rip apart a large picture of the fallen governor. more >>
History provides ample evidence of ways in which the local church provides continuity, encouragement and support of family life and societal freedoms. It also reveals what happens when churches close: societal structures erode, crime escalates, and freedoms evaporate.
Throughout Europe, tens of thousands of churches have been torn down, sold and repurposed due to an 80-90 percent drop in attendance. Non-attendance is indicative of negative population growth and sub-replacement fertility rates. And negative population growth is indicative of empty pulpits.
Heterosexual marriage and procreation cannot be forced. But both are the natural heartfelt response to hearing the Gospel. And if there is no one preaching, teaching, or encouraging the development of family and community life, both will cease to exist. more >>